DynCorp International human resources Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vice president, Mike Warren, recently presented the family of Kevin Davis, former DI employee, with a Defense of Freedom Medal. Davis was working at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan when a rocket attack on December 25, 2010 took his life.
Davis was a warehouseman working in support of the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV and had been on assignment there for only three months at the time of the attack. Although several years have now passed, his contributions have not been forgotten and he was nominated and approved to receive the Defense of Freedom Medal, a medal created by the Secretary of Defense in 2001 to honor civilian personnel injured or killed in the line of duty. It is the civilian equivalent of the military order of the Purple Heart.
At the family’s request, the DOFM was presented to Kevin’s family at their 2013 Christmas family gathering. Kevin’s mother, Francis Murray, accepted the award on her son’s behalf. Approximately 20 family members were in attendance, including Davis’s four children: Jauniece, 23, Kennedi, 15, MiKayla, 11; and Ashley, 9.
He was only with the team for a short time, but his impact was deep. His coworkers described a man “any manager would dream of having on their team.” One friend said, “For those of us here who knew Kevin outside of work, we knew him to be kind, honest and a man of great honor and quiet strength.”
The impact that he had on others clearly went beyond his colleagues and friends at work when, halfway around the world, in his hometown of Houston, Texas, more than 450 friends and family gathered for the service to celebrate his life.
Defense of Freedom Medal
The Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom was established to acknowledge civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) who are killed or wounded in the line of duty. The medal symbolizes the extraordinary fidelity and essential service of the Department’s civilian workforce who are an integral part of the DoD and who contribute to the preservation of national security.
Eligibility criteria for the medal are aligned as closely as possible to those for the Purple Heart for members of the Armed Forces; this medal differs from other medals in that it is not “recommended.” The employee is “entitled” to the medal if the employee is eligible and if the following conditions or criteria are present. The medal shall be awarded to employees who are killed or who sustain injury due to hostile action against the U.S., or killed or wounded while rescuing or attempting to rescue any other employee or individual subjected to injuries sustained under such conditions.