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DynCorp International Posthumously Awards John Martis with Chairman’s Purple Star Award

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Richard “Buzz” Minor, president, DynCorp International Free Zone (left), and John Gastright, DynCorp International vice president, Government Relations (right), present the Purple Star to Jerome Martis, John Martis’s brother.

John Martis, a DynCorp International team member who lost his life in an attack at Camp Pinnacle in Afghanistan, was posthumously awarded with a Chairman’s Purple Star Award. The award was presented to his family at a special ceremony in Cairo, Egypt.

On July 2, 2013, Camp Pinnacle came under attack when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device detonated, breaching a camp wall, destroying living quarters, and providing an opening for insurgent attackers to gain access to the compound. At the time, Mr. Martis was working in support of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Afghan Ministry of Defense Program (AMDP).

“The destruction the explosion caused was widespread, but what cannot be destroyed are the many wonderful memories that John’s family, friends and loved ones, have of him and hold close to their hearts,” said John Gastright, DynCorp International vice president, Government Relations. “The constant values that graced John’s life were unfailing courtesy toward others, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical principles, and a willingness to extend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.”

Jerome Martis, Mr. Martis’s brother and DI team member working in support of the Egypt Personal Support Services program, accepted the award on his behalf.

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The DynCorp International Chairman’s Purple Star is one of the highest honors the Company can bestow on a member of the team and was created to honor those who made extraordinary sacrifices while serving customers around the world.

DynCorp International and the AMDP Program

Under the AMDP contract with the U.S. Army, DI assists the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) by providing training and mentoring services for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police.

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