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DynCorp International Aircraft Mechanic Retires After 43 Years

Carol Simmons said, “It’s time.”

After serving 43 years with DynCorp International (DI), Carol is looking forward to spending time with her children and grandchildren in Arizona. She began work for Dynalectron, DI’s predecessor, in 1976 as an aircraft mechanic at Wichita Air Force Base in Kansas. She left Wichita to accept a short assignment to Charleston AFB and in 1978 transferred to George AFB in California supporting F-4 aircraft maintenance until 1991.

“Yes, that is correct – Carol started as an aircraft mechanic back in ’76,” said Charlie Grogan, current U.S. Navy senior program director and previous Contract Field Teams lead. “She was definitely a pioneer in her field.”

In 1991 Carol transferred to Germany and served as an aircraft mechanic, inspector and supervisor at progressively higher levels. In 2008 after 17 years in Germany, she transferred to Fort Worth, Texas as the administrative manager for the U.S. Air Force Contract Field Team (CFT) program. Carol took that job into the field in 2017 at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, where she also added an administrative role on the A-10 aircraft task order.

“Although she supported many DI contracts, from the start to the finish of her career she was assigned to the CFT contract,” continued Charlie. “Another interesting note – CFT is DI’s longest running contract. It’s been an IDIQ task order contract continuously from 1951 to today.”

Dianne Walker, SVP Human Resources, has known Carol for more than 40 years. She said, “Along the way, without intent, Carol served as a role model for social change. She paved the way for female employees to thrive in an industry whose work force was, historically, composed of male counterparts.”

“Carol was successful in her many early assignments as aircraft mechanic, electronics technician, supply technician, aircraft inspector, NDI level III inspector and as a supervisor/manager responsible for directing the efforts of assigned personnel that provide maintenance, modification and repair of rotor-winged aircraft and major weapons systems,” added Dianne. “It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with Carol these past many years. While we executed DI’s mission many miles apart from one another, it was always apparent Carol operated with ethics and integrity, led by example, and succeeded in keeping our workforce motivated and mission focused even during the most challenging of circumstances. Her actions while with DI have earned my respect, and she has been and remains an inspiration to us all and a role model worthy of emulation!”  

Carol received an engraved crystal globe in recognition of her service from the CFT Program Management Office, a Waterford crystal frame from the CAO-HR team and a beautifully engraved crystal vase from the Davis-Monthan team.

“Not only is Carol an avid collector of crystal, when she’s not with her grandchildren she can be spotted at a casino,” stated Charlie. “We hope you hit a jackpot Carol, because DI sure hit one with you!”

Check out DI’s Flickr page for pictures from Carol’s retirement.

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