IRVING, TX (January 18, 2006) – Twointernational police liaison officers (IPLO) working for DynCorpInternational were killed January 18th in Iraq when a roadside bombhit their convoy near the city of Basra. One other American IPLOand an Iraqi translator were injured in the attack. The incidentoccurred at approximately 1:30 pm local time.
Killed in the attack were Richard Thomas Hickman, 52, of CaveSpring, Georgia, and Roland Carroll Barvels, 42, of Aberdeen, SouthDakota.
Mr. Hickman served in the United States Marine Corps from 1971to 1996, including tours of duty in Germany, Cuba, Okinawa, Korea,and Norway. In 1996, he became a member of the Gordon County(Georgia) Police Department, and he joined DynCorp Internationalfor a one-year mission to train Iraqi police in August 2005.
Mr. Barvels was a law enforcement officer for 17 years withseveral departments in South Dakota. He served with the AberdeenPolice Department from 2000 until he began his one-year missionwith DynCorp International in November 2005.
The two men were assigned to the Civilian Police AdvisoryTraining Team (CPATT), the component of the U.S. militaryMultinational Security Transition Command – Iraq (MNSTC-I)responsible for the U.S.-led effort to train and equip the135,000-member Iraqi police service. DynCorp Internationalrecruits, trains, equips, and supports the 500-member U.S.contingent of trainers through a contract with the U.S. Departmentof State.
“These were courageous and dedicated men who were working tobring democracy and stability to Iraq. We are deeply saddened bythis tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with theirfamilies,” said CEO Stephen J. Cannon.
About DynCorp International
DynCorp International is a technology, professional services, andproject-management company serving governments, corporations, andinternational organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Irving,Texas, it has more than 14,000 employees in some 35 countries. Ithad revenues of nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year ending March31, 2005.