DynCorp International Iraq operations manager, Tony Sparks, was recently recognized for his outstanding efforts in supporting the establishment of Embassy Air-Iraq to include all construction, as part of the Department of State’s (DoS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office of Aviation (INL/A, also known as the INL Air Wing program).
Sparks received certificates of appreciation from Ambassadors Robert Beecroft and James Jeffrey for his leadership in overseeing the building of the aviation infrastructure, which now supports aerial transportation for the safe passage of thousands of customers.
In a letter accompanying the certificates, Ambassador Beecroft stated that Sparks’ “ ingenuity combined with an unwavering and tireless quest for excellence proved time and again what a combined contract and DoS team can achieve.”
Since 2009, Sparks managed DI’s air operations business in Iraq. DI was tasked with building aviation facilities throughout Iraq to support both fixed wing and rotary wing operations, as well as overseeing certain aspects of the communications design, build out, and transportation of aircraft to support the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
DynCorp International Air Operations in Iraq
During the infrastructure building project, DI also assisted in recruitment, hiring, training and deploying more than 800 personnel to operate and maintain the fleet of more than 40 aircraft.
On a day-to-day basis, the DI team also manages 24/7 MEDEVAC and rescue and recovery operations, and the maintenance program for all aircraft. DI team members also ensured all Embassy Air-Iraq team members were continuously trained in aviation operations in maintenance.
One Team, One Mission
At the core of the mission’s success is the cooperation and teamwork between DI’s INL program personnel at the Patrick Support Division at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. and the Iraq Operations team. The fusion cell formed by the teams focused on keeping the mission operational as the program grew.
DynCorp International Air Operations
DynCorp International provides extensive specialty aviation support all over the world. On a daily basis, our DI’s FAA-screened and certified professionals execute critical missions supported by experienced pilots, mechanics and technicians. Team members utilize best-practices on the latest in equipment and technologies to support self-sustaining programs.