IRVING, TEXAS (August 25, 2005) – MikeDawes of Stilwell, Oklahoma, an International Police LiaisonOfficer with DynCorp International, was killed Tuesday by a suicidebomber in Iraq. A second DynCorp International employee was injuredin the attack.
The attack occurred when a suicide bomber walked into a diningfacility at the Diyala Province Police Headquarters in downtownBaqubah at about 1:30 p.m. and detonated the explosives.
Mr. Dawes died at the scene. The injured employee was treated atthe scene and then evacuated to the combat support hospital inBalad. His wounds were not life-threatening.
Nine Iraqi police officers were also reportedly killed in theattack, and the building was severely damaged. Mr. Dawes previouslyworked at the Tahlequah Police Department and the Cherokee NationsMarshal Service. He had worked in law enforcement for 16 years, andhe had completed two civilian police missions with DynCorpInternational in Kosovo, giving a total of 42 months´ service. Heserved in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1969, and one of his sonsrecently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S.military.
Mr. Dawes is survived by his wife, two sons, and twodaughters.
Police liaison officers in Iraq are responsible for training andmentoring Iraqi police officers under the supervision of theDepartment of State. DynCorp International has conducted policetraining with the Department of State in several countries,including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and East Timor.
DynCorp International is a leading professional services andproject-management firm serving governments, corporations, andinternational organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Irving,Texas, it has more than 14,000 employees in some 35 countries. Ithas its origins in 1946 with the founding of the companysubsequently known as Dynalectron Corporation and later as DynCorp.It had revenues of nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year endingMarch 31, 2005.