DynCorp International LLC, staff in Kandahar, Afghanistan, celebrated Halloween by donating their time and treats to U.S. military personnel.
At Kandahar Air Field (KAF), employees spent an evening after their shifts assembling goody bags of assorted candy, letters and small toys sent from stateside family and friends, and handing them out to the men and women who serve our country. The bags – along with a smile – were distributed to U.S. military personnel at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Baylough. Sherry Prine, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV (LOGCAP IV) Contracts Compliance Manager, organized the effort and is also responsible for organizing several events on the base throughout the year.
Much of the goody bags’ contents were sent to Kandahar from students and faculty at J.E. Turner Elementary in Wilmer, Ala. and Jim Thorpe Elementary in Henderson, Nev., who donated assorted candy, handwritten letters and cards. Families and friends of DynCorp International staff who ship care packages during the holidays to pass out to the troops also contributed to the goody bags’ contents.
“Thanks to the generosity of those at J.E. Turner Elementary and Jim Thorpe Elementary as well as DI team members from all over the world, we were able to provide enough candies, cards, and a hand written letters to each of the warfighters stationed at FOB Baylough,” said Prine.
The Halloween event was organized to help brighten the holiday for U.S. service men and women. As with any good idea, it started with one person who wanted to do something good and evolved into something bigger. Others joined the plan, asking stateside contacts to send baked goods. Boxes and bags were collected until a few days before Halloween and photos were taken throughout the day.
Prine and a team of volunteers from the LOGCAP IV program visited the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, KAF’s military hospital, badging offices, Army Post Office, and boardwalk areas to distribute goody bags until everything was handed out.
With each contact with a troop member, DynCorp International staff would say, “Thank you for your service.” Said Prine, “The gifts were given away fast, but the memories the volunteers collected during that brief time will last.”
Beyond the DI Core Values of: We Care, We Serve, We Empower, We Perform and We Do the Right Thing, DynCorp International team members aim to support those serving in the Armed Forces in any way possible.
For more information on how DynCorp International embraces their core values beyond just job performance, visit their website.