The U.S. Department of State recently held a ceremony honoring six DynCorp International team members who were killed while supporting the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in Afghanistan. Lilian C. Boit, Anil Gurung, Ganga B. Limbu, Ponnappan Vengasseril Kuttappan, Raveendran Parambath and Lenaitasi Q. Rokodi had their names added to the INL Memorial Wall of Honor on August 3, 2015, at the Department of State building in Washington, D.C.
Department of State Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom and INL Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield attended the ceremony and laid a wreath at the wall during the ceremony.
The family of Lilian C. Boit, a Kenyan native, was also in attendance during the ceremony.
“It’s such an honor to be here as my wife is recognized today,” said Lilian’s husband, Robert Irungu. “I feel more happy than sad in this moment as I know my wife’s legacy will live on as her name is placed on that Wall.”
“I would like to thank the State Department for this noble act and the respect they have shown to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I have been given hope and strength after the tragedy of her loss and am able to better tell our daughter about how her mother was a hero through this experience,” Irungu continued.
He added, “The support we have received from DynCorp International has been extraordinary and we hope to maintain a long-term relationship with DI as we continue to remember Lilian.”
Attack at Camp Gibson
On July 22, 2014, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked Camp Gibson in Kabul, Afghanistan, where the DI team members served on the Afghanistan Civilian Advisory Support (ACAS) program. The six DI team members were killed in the attack and several others were injured.
The ACAS program assists the U.S. State Department to meet the goals of increasing Afghanistan’s overall capability to strengthen rule of law and combat the illicit drug trade. Under this program, DI also provides support services for advisors, mentors and trainers in the areas of rule of law and counternarcotics, including life and mission support.
INL Memorial Wall of Honor
In May 2013, the Department of State unveiled a new memorial to honor civilian police and corrections advisors, pilots, and support staff killed while supporting the Department’s criminal justice assistance programs abroad. Those recognized on the Memorial Wall of Honor include U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals, all of whom were serving as federal employees or government contractors at the time of their deaths. Many of those honored were former police officers who played a critical role in developing rule of law and democracy in countries of vital interest to the United States, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Colombia, and Peru.
Of the 93 names currently on the wall, 58 are DynCorp International team members.