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DynCorp International CEO Travels to Nepal and India to Award the Chairman’s Purple Star

On May 23 in Kathmandu, Nepal, and May 25 in Bangalore, India, DynCorp International (DI) CEO Lou Von Thaer and a delegation of DI senior executives presented the Chairman’s Purple Star Awards to seven employees who were injured in the line of duty, and the families of four teammates who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service.

The Chairman’s Purple Star Award is the highest honor DynCorp International can bestow on a member of the DI team. The award reads, “in recognition of selfless and meritorious service.” It was created to honor those who made extraordinary sacrifices while serving our customers around the world and the medal reflects the core values of our company: We Serve; We Care; We Empower; We Perform; and We Do the Right Thing.

In Kathmandu, the Chairman’s Purple Star was awarded to: Rajkumar Chhetri; Meg Gurung; Sudhir Limboo; Bashu Dev Ranabhat; and Bipeen Simkhada. Three Purple Star Awards were presented posthumously to the families of Anil Gurung; Hit Bahadur Gurung; and Ganga Bahadur Limbu. Also speaking to honor the service of our Nepali awardees was U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina Teplitz, and the Honorable Suryaman Gurung, Minister of Labor and Employment for the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.

In Bangalore, the Chairman’s Purple Star was awarded to Anilkumar Bhaskaran and Sasidharan Nair. Two additional Purple Star Awards were presented posthumously to the families of Ponnappan Kuttappan and Raveendran Parambath. In addition to DI’s leaders, the Indian ceremony included presentations by Deborah Robinson, the Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Chennai, India; and from the Republic of India, Major General K.S. Nijjar, General Officer Commanding of the Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area in Bangalore.

Mike Warren, DI’s Employee Assistance Program vice president noted that, “while there were many tears at the ceremonies, those tears were later combined with a smile because the families appreciated the display of care and concern, and recognized that DI truly valued the service and sacrifice of the awardees.”

“The men we honored are heroes. We are lucky to have them as members of our family and we will miss those who are no longer with us,” concluded Lou Von Thaer.

You can view photographs of the Nepal and India Purple Star ceremonies in albums on DI’s Flickr page.


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