FALLS CHURCH, Va. (September 22, 2009) -Jose Guillen, employedby DynCorp International as a civilian police advisor inAfghanistan, received the DynCorp International President’s ValorAward on September 15, 2009. He was recognized for hisdistinguished service and valor in rendering medical assistance toan injured police advisor while under enemy fire. The award waspresented by Tony Smeraglinolo, President of the DynCorpInternational Global Stabilization and Development Solutions (GSDS)business division, which includes work under the internationalcivilian police program (CIVPOL) of the U.S. Department ofState.
Walter Redman, Chief Police Advisor, U.S. Department of StateBureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs(INL), addressed the ceremony on behalf of the Department of State.He noted “tonight we honor the significance of the sacrifice madeby those who serve in the international civilian police program,”and emphasized the special role of these advisors, stating that”American police bring experience and knowledge of policing in ademocracy” to their duties.
On September 24, 2008, a police training mission convoy whichincluded civilian police advisors Guillen and Steve Martin, was enroute to an Afghan National Police station in Chark District, LogarProvince, Afghanistan, when it was attacked by an improvisedexplosive device (IED). The lead vehicle was struck and itsoccupants ejected, seriously injured, onto the road. SteveMartin was among them. Jose Guillen left the relative safety of hisown vehicle further back in the convoy to render medical assistanceto the injured. When they came under small arms fire frominsurgents, he shielded Martin’s body with his own.
As cited on the commendation, Police Mentor Guillen brought creditto the CIVPOL mission, to the law enforcement profession and tohimself as a man with great courage and character under hostile andaustere conditions. He acted selflessly, saving lives byrendering first aid and comforting his injured companions.
Jose Guillen, previously with the Houston Police Department inHouston, Texas, said he was touched by the valor award, but wantedto give a special tribute to Steve Martin, his partner on theCIVPOL mission in Afghanistan, as a true hero, whose commitmentwould never be forgotten. Guillen said he was “encouraged tocontinue to strive for excellence as an international policeadvisor.”
Steve Martin also spoke movingly of his own debt to Guillen,because “without him with me that day, I would not be here now.”Also joining Guillen at the ceremony was his wife and fourchildren, and Army Infantry Staff Sgt Michael Downing, who wasinjured in the same IED attack.
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