In addition to attending “The Community’s Got Talent” event, held February 2, 2012 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va., DynCorp International was a Silver Sponsor, donating to both The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation (CIAOMF) and The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF).
In the inaugural event hosted by KippsDeSanto & Co., “The Community’s Got Talent” is an invitation-only “battle of the bands” that directly benefits CIAOMF and SOWF. CIAOMF and SOWF provide direct financial support for college education, technical training, personal counseling and professional education to surviving dependents of fallen shadow warriors. Combined, these foundations provide college funding for almost 800 surviving dependents of fallen shadow warriors.
Community’s Got Talent
Hosted by actor/comedian/musician Dan Aykroyd, “The Community’s Got Talent” featured bands comprised exclusively of musically talented intelligence community, special operations forces and industry personnel.
Competing bands were judged by a discerning panel of internationally-recognized music critics. Immediately following the battle of the bands segment, Dan “Elwood Blues” Aykroyd and Steely Dan founding member, Skunk Baxter, performed a Blues Brothers “Lite” set.
The event was attended by senior leadership in the intelligence and special operations fields, as well as active duty military personnel and government officials.
The CIA Officers Memorial Foundation
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Officers Memorial Foundation was established to provide financial and other assistance to the families of CIA officers who have died in the line of duty. In May 2006, the foundation’s Board of Directors voted to expand its mission by providing educational support to the spouses and children of CIA officers who die while on active duty from accident, illness or other causes.
The foundation has also provided financial support to CIA officers and their families to deal with emergencies and specific circumstances resulting from carrying out the mission of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation was founded in 1980 to provide support and assistance to personnel serving in the U.S. Special Operations Command.
There are two major aspects to the Foundation’s mission:
For those who lose their life in an operational mission or training accident serving in the U.S. military special operations community, the Warrior Foundation provides funding for a full college education to surviving children.
For those who are severely wounded while deployed, the Warrior Foundation provides immediate financial assistance and support to family members during recovery, which may be used for travel, child care, food and lodging.