DynCorp International team member, Joseph Elrod of Tampa, Fla., and Ontario, Canada, was one of four DI personnel who were tragically killed by an explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 16, 2013, while working in support of the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) program.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with nine years of service, Elrod was pursuing his Master of Arts in Geography from York University at the time of his death. On October 17, 2013, the chancellor and Senate of York University in Toronto, Canada, granted Elrod a posthumous degree.
York University chancellor R. Roy McMurty and Dean Lorne Sossin of the Hall Law School addressed the convocation and presented Elrod’s diploma to his wife, Pia, and son, Patrick.
“The DynCorp International team is deeply appreciative of the support York University’s faculty has shown to the Elrod family, especially in their efforts to recognize Joseph’s educational accomplishments,” said Michael Warren, vice president of Human Resources – Employee Assistance Programs at DynCorp International.
A Geospatial Intelligence Subject Matter Expert
Before joining DI, Elrod was a teaching assistant at York, helping to design, organize and instruct weekly geospatial intelligence labs for undergraduate students. Prior to working at York, he was a senior geospatial analyst with First American Core Logic following nine years of service as a U.S. Marine. There he held several leadership positions within the geospatial intelligence field.
During his service in the Marine Corps, he most recently served in the Marine Special Operations Command leading professional development and training initiatives to ensure comprehensive understanding and applied capabilities of geospatial data and theoretical concepts. He also served in two tours overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Elrod earned his bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of South Florida-Tampa.
DynCorp International and the CSTC-A Program
Under the CSTC-A contract DynCorp International provides mentors and trainers to support the development of the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD). DI provides mentoring, training, subject matter expertise, and program support to CSTC-A staff and the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense. The program supports development of organizational capacity to assist the Afghanistan MOD and Afghan National Army forces in assuming full responsibility for their own security needs.