DynCorp International firefighters from the Camp Leatherneck Fire Department joined troops from across Regional Command Southwest to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and honor those lost while assisting victims. Their 9/11 cookout was featured in Defense Video & Imagery Distribution Systems News.
“We try to do cookouts periodically to give back to the military members … to say thank you,” said Jaime J. Jimenez, Camp Leatherneck Fire Department chief and DynCorp International employee. “When the firefighters came to me and said that they wanted to do one on the 9/11 anniversary, I said we should do it … and the support we’ve had from all units around the camp has been incredible.”
“It is an honor for me to serve alongside troops out here in Afghanistan because I know what it’s like to wear the uniform,” explained Jimenez, who retired after twenty years as a firefighter in the U.S. Air Force.
“I thank God every day for having the opportunity to be out here protecting them and helping them, just because they protect us every day.”
Keeping the memories alive can be very emotional for some, but for the troops and firefighters at the event, it was a moment to feel proud and focus on the mission and duty, Jimenez affirmed.
Michael J. Gaul, also a DI employee and Camp Leatherneck Fire Department captain, shared his thoughts.
“September 11th is a very emotional day for all the firefighters, to remember the 343 firefighters who gave their lives during 9/11 … they are in our memories,” explained Gaul. “But events like this cookout will help us keep all the people who passed away during the attack in our minds.”
“The idea is to share in commemoration of the 10 years and enjoy time together to think back and remember why we are here,” Gaul said.
Camp Leatherneck Fire Department
The Camp Leatherneck Fire Department serves as first responders to various crises on the 1,600-acre base located in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The fire department works closely with the Combined Aid Station and Provost Marshall’s Office to serves the military and civilian contractor outfits on base.
LOGCAP IV Team
Jaime J. Jimenez and Michael J. Gaul work at Camp Leatherneck under the LOGCAP IV program, implemented by the DynCorp International Contingency Operations business area. Every day across the globe, DI moves, pre-positions, maintains, and repairs facilities, equipment, and supplies for military deployments, humanitarian operations, and disaster relief.
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