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American Civilian Contractor Injured in Attack on Foreign Base Kandahar

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 27, 2011

Attack on foreign base ends after six hours; one killed  October 27, 2011

Kandahar (dpa) – One Afghan interpreter was killed Thursday in an attack on a NATO-led reconstruction office in southern Afghanistan that lasted six hours, police said.

Three attackers climbed a building close to the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office of the NATO-led forces in Kandahar city and launched an attack on the compound, said Salim Ehsas, the commander of police for that zone.

‘The fight is over. Two of the insurgents were killed by police and one escaped. We are looking to find him,’ Ehsas said.

NATO’s southern command said in a statement that an Afghan interpreter was killed in the gun-battle in the volatile southern province of Kandahar.

Five international soldiers, an American civilian contractor and two Afghan security guards were also injured in the attack, the statement said


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DynCorp International Mourns the Loss of LOGCAP Team Member

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 30, 2011

March 28, 2011 The DI family is mourning the loss of Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) team member Angela Kiti of Nairobi, Kenya, who was killed on March 27, 2011 during a rocket attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Ms. Kiti, 26, joined the team as a billeting coordinator on February 2, 2011.

“Every one of our team members who leaves the comforts of his or her home in order to help others around the world is a hero. Angela worked with our LOGCAP team in Kandahar and, sadly, is now part of a group of heroic individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while supporting coalition military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan,” said DI chairman and CEO Steve Gaffney. “We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts go out to all of Angela’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

Please keep Angela’s family, friends, colleagues and the entire LOGCAP team in your thoughts and prayers.

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David Hillman, DynCorp Civ-Pol, retired customs agent, civilian contractor, killed by suicide bomber in Kandahar Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 9, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) For the second time this week, western New York has lost a native son overseas. David Hillman, a civilian contractor, fell victim to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

The family is grieving, but wants the community to know about David Hillman’s devotion to his country, his loved ones, and friends.

David’s mom, Angeline Hillman, said, “He kept telling us, ‘Don’t worry, everything is safe.'”

David Hillman at age 60 had gone to Afghanistan to help teach the police there how to protect their border.

David’s father, “Bud” Hillman said, “He said he just wanted to go over and help.”

David had been situated in the southern province of Kandahar, which remains a hotbed of Taliban activity. A suicide bomber attacked the customs warehouse where David was working. His family believes the bomber was 12-years-old.

David’s sister, Diane Strawbrich, said, “I don’t know how you fight against a 12-year-old walking in and detonating. I don’t know how you avoid that.”

David had avoided injury while serving in Vietnam. He started his career with the U.S. Customs Service in Buffalo back in 1973. When he decided to come out of retirement and work for a contractor in Afghanistan, he told his family not to worry.  Please read the entire story here

Buffalo News

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection worker who began his career in Buffalo and later moved up the ranks was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security officials said today.

David Hillman, a Western New York native, was working as a border mentor and adviser in Afghanistan when the attack occurred at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar.

Three other retired Customs workers, Michael Lachowsky, Terry Sherrill, and Vernon Rinus, were injured in the attack.

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Kevin Davis, DynCorp, Killed in Christmas Day Attack at Kandahar

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on December 27, 2010

From MsSparky

DynCorp International LOGCAP Team Member Killed in Rocket Attack

December 27, 2010 – We are deeply saddened to report that LOGCAP team member died from injuries sustained during a rocket attack in , , on December 25.

Kevin, 40, of Missouri City, Texas, joined DI on September 30, 2010, to support the U.S. Army Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract.

DI CEO Steve Gaffney acknowledged Kevin’s dedication to the mission and expressed condolences on the tragic loss saying, “Kevin lived and worked in a warzone to help support our troops – that kind of selfless courage is remarkable but too often goes unrecognized until the unthinkable happens. Kevin’s service to our military was heroic and our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.”

The DI family extends deepest condolences to all of Kevin’s loved ones and to the entire LOGCAP team.

See the original at MsSparky

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Former sheriff’s deputy Wayne Willard killed in Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 9, 2010

Mark Millican Dalton Daily Citizen

Wayne Willard, who was killed Monday in a suicide attack in Afghanistan while working as a private contractor, was described by those who knew him as a humble law enforcement officer who left a legacy across the state and in war zones where America is involved in conflict and training missions.

“He was a real quiet individual, but he was assertive when he needed to be,” said Maj. John Gibson with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, where Willard worked for many years. “Wayne was just an outstanding officer from the standpoint of having a tremendous amount of patience when he was dealing with the public. And his ability as an instructor — as far as his passing on his training skills to other employees — was just invaluable. I mean, we sent him all over the state at other departments’ request to do trainings, so he was really strong in that area.”

Gibson called Willard “a good friend” who came to work at the sheriff’s office around 20 years ago when W.G. Tallent was sheriff. Willard first left the department to go to Bosnia on contract work during that conflict, came back to the sheriff’s office and then went to Iraq. Willard left the Calhoun Police Department — where he worked since 2001 — to go to work for Dyncorp, a private security firm, in 2008, according to a press release from the police department. Gibson said his specialty was training police officers.

“He was one of these guys, you know, you always hear about (his ability) — he was really, really skilled — but you’d never know it by talking to him,” he said. “He never even acknowledged his capabilitites (but) the officers, obviously, who worked with him were very aware of his capabilities, who were around him day to day. When I first met him I was working in the drug unit for the Dalton (Police Department), and he was assigned to the drug unit for the county (sheriff’s office), so we worked together a lot initially. He was a former military (U.S.) Marine Recon(naissance) officer (and) he was a highly trained individual. I hated to hear that about him, I hate to see him go, but in a war zone things happen. The last time I saw him was three or four years ago. He was always there, a dependable guy.”

Calhoun Police Chief Garry Moss said outside of his experience with Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams and as a bomb technician, Willard had a sense of mission for training fellow lawmen.

“It was my understanding he was working at a police training facility (when killed), helping train Afghan police,” he said. “What I remember about him was his enthusiasm and energy. He wanted to prepare police officers … and keep them prepared because he had a sense about the way things were changing in the world and he wanted to make sure the officers he trained were prepared for the future. He was an outstanding officer.”

The Calhoun Times reported that U.S. Embassy officials said a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the police training center in the southern city of Kandahar. It did not disclose the nationality of the other person killed. Moments later, an attempt by two other bombers to enter the compound was foiled by security forces who shot them to death, said reports quoting a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Moss said Willard left behind a wife and two children. A spokeswoman with Thomas Funeral Home in Calhoun ( said the mortuary is handling arrangements, but it will be a week before the body is received and service times are announced.

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DynCorp Employees Killed in attack on Kandahar Police Training Center

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 7, 2010

Dyncorp employee Gary Willard killed in attack on Afghanistan Police Training Facility

Two Killed in Attack on Afghanistan Police Training Facility

June 8, 2010 – An American police mentor and a Nepalese security guard working under DynCorp International’s Afghan police training contract were tragically killed yesterday, when insurgents attacked a police training facility in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Gary W. Willard, 44, of Resaca, Georgia, deployed to Afghanistan as a police mentor on June 22, 2009. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, he was a sergeant with the Calhoun Police Department in Georgia. Earlier, he spent almost ten years with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office in Dalton, Georgia. Before his law enforcement career he was a member of the United States Marine Corps.

Hit Bahadur Gurung, 39, of Nepal worked as a security guard at the Kandahar police training facility.

“These men supported the mission in Afghanistan with courage, honor and excellence, and gave their lives in pursuit of a more secure Afghanistan,” says CEO Bill Ballhaus. “We extend our deepest sympathies to their families, loved ones and colleagues.”


Private security contractors also are facing an increase in Taliban attacks across Afghanistan. A U.S. contractor who was training Afghan police was killed on June 7 along with a Nepalese security guard by a brazen suicide attack on a police station in Kandahar.

Two civilian contractors training police, an American and a Nepalese, also died in a brazen suicide attack Monday in the southern city of Kandahar.

The attack happened at approximately 11.40 a.m.  local time in the Daman district of Kandahar province, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

Two foreign nationals were killed in a suicide bomb and commando attack on an Afghan police training centre in Kandahar today, officials said.

An American and another unidentified foreigner, both with the US security firm DynCorp, which is contracted to help with police training, were killed in the attack.

The Kandahar governor’s spokesman said one suspected Taliban insurgent blew himself up, blasting open the gates of the training centre and allowing two other insurgents to enter and start a gunfight before they were killed.

Published: June 7 2010 15:42

At least two people were killed, including a US contractor, when suicide bombers attacked a police training centre in Kandahar on Monday in the latest Taliban assault aimed at countering a big Nato operation to secure the city.

The US embassy said an American working for Dyncorp, the US security company, and another foreign national were among the dead.

Police gunned down two of the would-be bombers after the first attacker blew himself up in an attempt to breach the base wall, said Zemarai Bashary, interior ministry spokesman.

Mr Bashary denied that anybody had been killed apart from the three assailants. It was not immediately possible to account for the discrepancy between his account and the report of at least two civilian deaths announced by the US embassy

See also MsSparky

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Taliban Suicide Bomber kills American Contractor

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 7, 2010


On Monday, Taliban suicide bombers killed at least two people — one of them an American contractor — in an attack on a police training center in southern Kandahar city, the U.S. Embassy said.

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