Three DynCorp International team members working in the Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) program in Afghanistan were recognized with Certificates of Appreciation for their team’s efforts in disposing of more than 300 tons of potentially dangerous explosives at Camp Zafar in Afghanistan.
James McGuire, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technical advisor, Mohammad Sediq, WRA Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) team leader, and Ramin Azimy, WRA CWD area manager, coordinated the team effort.
The Explosives, ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate and Fuel Oil) and Ammonite were being stored at Camp Zafar, an Afghan military base, where they would partially melt during the heat of the summer and freeze during winter. As the weather took its toll, the explosives began to deteriorate and become unstable. Because of the potential danger to those in the area posed by the unstable explosives, it was determined that they needed to be properly disposed.
A Team Effort
McGuire, Sediq and Azimy worked with U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A), International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. embassy, U.S. Military Task Force and Afghan National Army Forces to coordinate the explosives disposal.
“The credit for this honor goes entirely to the team as a whole. The WRA team worked professionally and efficiently to make sure the explosives were properly disposed and everyone in the area was safe. It was truly a herculean effort on the team’s part and they did an outstanding job,” commented McGuire.
Global Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) Support
DynCorp International (DI) supports the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement worldwide in the destruction and safe handling and proper storage or securing of small arms and light weapons (SA/LW), stockpiled munitions, abandoned ordnance, man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), and other conventional weapons.
DI also supports the U.S. Department of State’s PM/WRA Office with a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that deploys worldwide. The QRF is a team of fully trained and certified weapons removal and abatement technical specialists, with a support infrastructure capable of rapidly implementing conventional weapons destruction and mitigation.
In Afghanistan, DI’s WRA program also functions in the following ways:
- Advise, Provide Technical Assistance, and Oversee Grant Funding to Five Afghan Demining Non-governmental Organizations
- Train and Advise Eight Afghan Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Teams
- Support the National Ammunition Survey Process
For more information about the WRA program, visit the Contingency Operations section of the DynCorp International website.