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DynCorp International Honors Team Members with Chairman’s Awards

Purple Star AwardedDynCorp International (DI) recently recognized two team members injured in separate attacks in Afghanistan at a special ceremony on January 31, 2015. Phillip Smith of McDonough, Ga., was recognized with a Chairman’s Purple Star Award and John Spahalski of Lake City, Fla., was recognized with a Chairman’s Valor Award. Both were working as embedded police mentors in support of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Afghan Ministry of Defense Program (AMDP).

DynCorp International Chairman’s Awards

Valor AwardThe DynCorp International Chairman’s Purple Star Award was created to honor those who make extraordinary sacrifices while serving DI’s customers around the world and the medal reflects the Company’s core values: We Serve, We Care, We Empower, We Perform, And We Do The Right Thing.

The DynCorp International Chairman’s Valor Award is presented to those who have exemplified bravery and heroism in the execution of their responsibilities and recognizes those who voluntarily risk their lives to save or attempt to save the life of another person, or who voluntarily make sacrifices in a heroic manner for the benefit of others.

Spahalski receives Valor AwardUnder the AMDP contract with the U.S. Army, DI assisted 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.

“The people who work on these programs – people like Phillip Smith and John Spahalski – have a simple motivation: a genuine desire to make a difference in the world,” said Richard McEvoy, DynCorp International senior program director.

Reader Interactions


  1. Pieter Broodryk says

    Why didn’t Dyncorp-International publish and reconised Johan Burger and myself chairman awards for the same attack (22 July 2014 Kabul Afghanistan ) on their website and the six personnel that made the ultimate sacrifice that day ??

  2. DynCorp International says

    Hi Pieter,
    Good question. While the Communications department did not write up blog posts for each Purple Star award delivered to those of you in the July 22, 2014 attack, we do truly honor your contributions and sacrifices in support of the Afghanistan Civilian Advisory Support (ACAS) program.

    Because our team members are from different parts of the world, the Purple Star awards from this attack have been delivered in multiple ceremonies, and the last ones concluded last week in India and Nepal. We are currently working to put together photos and information about those ceremonies.

    While you and Mr. Burger were presented your Purple Star awards by Mike Warren in 2016, I would like to apologize that it was not recognized online. Please contact us directly at if you would like to discuss further.

    On a last note, our six team members who were lost that day are recognized on both our DI Memorial Wall in our McLean, VA headquarters as well as on the U.S. Department of State’s INL Memorial Wall of Honor in Washington, DC. A blog post on the DOS-INL ceremony can be found here:

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