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Three DynCorp International Employees to Receive Chairman’s Purple Star Award

On December 6, DynCorp International, LLC, will present the Chairman’s Purple Star Award to Timothy Carr, Stacy Grimlan and Dennis J. Roberts in Falls Church, Va. DynCorp International CEO, President and Chairman Steven F. Gaffney will be on hand to present the awards.

DI’s Chairman’s Purple Star Award is the highest recognition given by the Company to recognize the extraordinary sacrifices of individuals who were wounded or killed while serving customers’ missions.

Timothy Carr, Knoxville, Tenn.

Timothy Carr, 33, of Knoxville, Tenn., will receive the Purple Star Award in recognition of his courage and sacrifice while serving as a security specialist in Afghanistan.

On December 2, 2010, Carr was wounded during a mortar attack on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Camp Wilson. Due to the severity of his wounds, his right leg was amputated below the knee. After several surgeries and months of physical therapy, Carr now walks without assistance.

“I can run, jump, and move almost as well as I used to. I’m currently doing my physical therapy and I look forward to returning to work soon. I will continue serving my country in any way that I can,” said Carr. Before joining DI in August 2010, Carr served in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. Carr was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for combat injuries from an I.E.D. while deployed in Iraq and also received the Combat Infantry Badge.

Stacy Grimlan, Alvarado, Texas

Stacy Grimlan, 34, of Alvarado, Texas, will receive the Purple Star Award in recognition of his courage and sacrifice while serving as a generator mechanic in Afghanistan.

On September 6, 2010, Grimlan was injured during a mortar attack at FOB Howz-E-Madad came under mortar attack. An explosion sent shrapnel through a Hesco barrier and into a bunker where DynCorp personnel had gathered, hitting Grimlan.

Grimlan spent a month in intensive care with a severe traumatic brain injury and is currently continuing to recover and adapt.

Grimlan served the LOGCAP program and supported the U.S. military with professionalism.
Prior to working with DynCorp International, Grimlan served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic on various military vehicles.

Dennis J. Roberts, Seattle, Wash.

Dennis J. Roberts, 48, of Seattle, Wash., will also receive the Chairman’s Purple Star Award in recognition of his courage and sacrifice while serving as a security coordinator in Afghanistan.

On February 4, 2010, a rocket attack struck Kandahar and injured Roberts. The rocket’s motor separated, flew through the windows of a vehicle, penetrated an accommodation unit and struck Roberts, collapsing his lungs and severely wounding his shoulder and hand. His right thumb was severed, wrist ligaments damaged and some shoulder muscle was lost.

Following multiple surgeries and physical rehabilitation Roberts is recovering from his injuries and adapting well.

Since returning home, Roberts has enrolled in an online studies program and expects to complete a bachelor’s degree in security management in 2012. He hopes to utilize his nearly 10 years of experience with the U.S. Air Force and his degree to become a security manager director.

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  1. ShiloWatts says

    I’m glad you all are recovering well! It was GREAT to have the opportunity to work with all of you! Your sacrafice will never be forgotten! May your future be forever bright! 🙂

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