Representatives from DynCorp International this week attended the unveiling of a new memorial wall that honors civilian police and corrections advisors, pilots, and support staff who were killed while supporting the U.S. Department of State’s criminal justice assistance programs abroad.
The names inscribed on the wall include contractor and government employees, U.S. and foreign citizens. Of the 86 names on the wall – which is on permanent display inside the Department of State – 52 are DynCorp International personnel.
At the ceremony, Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, paid tribute to the fallen. The Department of State presented each family with a flag honoring their loved one.
Steven F. Gaffney, chairman and CEO of DynCorp International, attended the ceremony and commented, “It takes an extraordinary person to volunteer to step into harm’s way to support one’s country and its allies. DynCorp International has a lot of extraordinary people. This wall is an important symbol of the significant, lasting contributions of the fallen, and we are grateful to the Department of State for helping to ensure that their stories live on.”
Many of the families of those whose names appear on the wall attended the ceremony including the families of: Roland Carroll Barvels of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Brett Benton of Dry Ridge, Kentucky; Michael Copeland of Colbert, Oklahoma; Mike Dawes of Stilwell, Oklahoma; John Deuley of Van Buren, Arkansas; Henry “Hank” Doll of York, Pennsylvania; Arsenio Domingo of Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina; Gerald Gibson of Grain Valley, Missouri; Leon “Vince” Kimbrell of Boiling Springs, South Carolina; Donald “Bruce” Tow of Lake Havasu, Arizona; Gary Weston of Vienna, Illinois; and Gary Wayne Willard of Resaca, Georgia.