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David Quinn Scottish Civilian Contractor Killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 1, 2011

The Herald Scotland   November 1, 2011

THE family of a Scots contractor who was among 13 people who died when a suicide bomber rammed a military convoy in Afghanistan said yesterday they were “heartbroken” after his killing.

Father of one David Quinn, of Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, died in the attack on Saturday along with fellow Briton Stephen Brown, 52.

It was reported Mr Quinn was 34, an electrician, and that he and his wife Jane had a daughter, Sophie.

Friends and family who gathered at Mr Quinn’s home yesterday said they were too upset to talk further of the tragedy.

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Mathew Lemmon Civilian Contractor killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on November 1, 2011

WREG Memphis October 31, 2011

Memphis — Family members are struggling to accept the news that their loved one died in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.

Matthew Lemmon, a civillian contractor was onboard a NATO armored bus with military personnel and other contractors. Lemmon was working on air conditionning units in Kabul.

Authorities say a bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the bus.

Sandy Lemmon, says her only comfort is that her son died quickly, and that he’s with God. She wants her grandchildren, and others to know how giving her son was, and how devoted he was to his church.

Lemmon’s body was brought back to the US, funeral arrangements are not yet complete

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Fluor loses seven contractors in Kabul Suicide Bombing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on October 31, 2011

 

Cross Posted from MsSparky

13 Americans believed killed in Kabul bombing    UPDATED October 21, 2011

From the comments:

Team Fluor,

Saturday we suffered a tragic loss of seven of our own teammates during an attack in Kabul. Each of those we lost was a friend and valued part of our team. We lived and worked together. We forged bonds of camaraderie that are only found at times like this.

We each deal with our grief in different ways; some will find comfort in memorial services like the one we held at Dubbs or the ramp ceremony at Bagram, others will find that talking to friends, a Chaplain, or counselor helps. We have Site Managers and Employee Assistance Program teams on site to help us through this difficult time and find ways to cope.

Yesterday we notified the families of those we lost and we have assistance officers with them to help each of the families get through the difficult times ahead. I have asked our leaders to stay engaged with our colleagues that need assistance here and answer the questions that we can. I want to be sure you all have this information, as I know that rumors and internet blogs have not always been the best source for information.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please talk to your immediate supervisor. He or she can provide the first step to find direction or help and ensure the proper steps are taken. Keep in mind that we have professional counselors on our EAP team available to assist you.

Although many of us know them personally, out of respect for their families we are not releasing any names of those lost in the attack. Please join me as our thoughts and prayers are with our teammates and their families during this difficult time.
George Rabb, Country Manager, LOGCAP
Fluor Government Group

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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 (www.thomasfuneral.com) 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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Harold Brown Jr, State Dept Contractor?, killed in CIA Khost bombing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 1, 2010

Details Emerge on Victims of Afghan Blast

One victim was publicly identified: Harold Brown Jr., a 37-year-old native of Bolton, Mass., whose wife and three children live in the Washington suburb of Fairfax Station, Va. Mr. Brown appears to have been a relatively new CIA recruit, but had worked for several years in military intelligence or for contractors.

Bolton Mother recalls son killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

Harold Brown Jr., 37, was in the US base in Khost, Afghanistan, Wednesday when a terrorist evaded security and detonated a bomb, killing eight Americans. Today, the CIA and President Obama acknowledged that seven of those killed were CIA agents. No one would say who employed the eighth American.

Brown’s mother, Barbara Brown, said in a telephone interview today that her son told her he worked for the State Department. She said he had been deployed to Afghanistan since April, and that he was formerly an Army officer who specialized in military intelligence.

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