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Police Mentor Ronald Zimmerman, Killed in Afghanistan,Honored for
His Service in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the United States

PHOENIX, AZ (August 13, 2010) – Representatives from DynCorpInternational (DI), the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau ofInternational Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and fromthe law enforcement community, gathered on July 23, 2010, to honorRonald Zimmerman, who was killed while serving as a police advisorin Afghanistan in 2006. Marlaina Zimmerman, his widow, and daughterCheyenne accepted awards from DI and INL in recognition of hisservice. 

Mr. Zimmerman was killed on May 18, 2006, when his convoy washit by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED). He wasan international police mentor-advisor in Afghanistan, andpreviously served as a police advisor in Kosovo. Prior to workingfor DI overseas, Mr. Zimmerman was with the Brookville IndianaPolice Department from 1998 to 2004, rising to the rank of sergeantand holding the positions of patrol officer and field trainingofficer.

Major General (USA Ret.) Don Ryder, DI Vice President and CIVPOLProgram Manager, presented the family with DI’s President’s ValorAward. The DI President’s Valor Award is the highest recognitiongiven by the Company to recognize individuals’ bravery and heroismin execution of their responsibilities in the most challenging ofcircumstances.

In presenting the award, Ryder noted that the ceremony coincidedwith a gathering in Washington, D.C. of more than 2,000 families ofsoldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan for a weekend ofremembrance activities.  “What we are doing here today is theexact same thing that those families are doing in Washington, D.C.- we are all gathering to honor those who made the ultimatesacrifice for our country,” said Ryder.

Highlighting Mr. Zimmerman’s extraordinary dedication in servingas a police officer in the U.S. and then overseas, Walter Redman,Chief Police Advisor, Office of the CIVPOL Program, INL, said, “Hiscall to service had no bounds. It extended from his neighborhood,to his city, to his state, and his country.”

Melanie Brock, Foreign Affairs Officer and Afghan Police ProgramManager, INL, said, “Ron’s work was a critical part of one of ourhighest foreign policy priorities in Afghanistan. His work set thestage for where we are today, building towards a time where we canhave Afghans take control of the security of their country on theirown.”

Officer Steve Martin, a former police mentor who also worked inAfghanistan and Kosovo before he was injured in an attack inAfghanistan and now serves with the Arizona Department of PublicSafety, organized the event and spoke about the call to service andthe importance of Mr. Zimmerman’s contributions.

“I did not know Ron – he left Kosovo shortly after I arrived -but I followed in his footsteps working in both Kosovo andAfghanistan after he did,” said Martin. “The American policeofficer who leaves the relative safety of home and family to workin places like Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Liberia, Haiti, Iraq andAfghanistan is an important piece of the puzzle in U.S. foreignpolicy. We do not have a national police force like many countriesaround the world but people like Ron Zimmerman continue to answerthe call and volunteer whenever the need arises.”

Although Mr. Zimmerman was from Indiana, the ceremony took placein Phoenix, AZ, where his wife and children relocated after hisdeath. Members of several local Phoenix law enforcement agenciesand military personnel attended the ceremony to honor their fallencolleague.

More than 6,000 experienced civilian police advisors have beenprovided by DI in support of U.S. CIVPOL programs in 11 countries.The Company currently works on CIVPOL contracts with INL, providingmentors and trainers in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. INLmanages the CIVPOL program, which focuses on meeting the demand forlaw enforcement, criminal justice, and corrections experts andassistance in post-conflict societies and complex securityenvironments.

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Representatives from DynCorp International (DI), U.S.Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and LawEnforcement Affairs (INL), and representatives from Phoenix areamilitary and law enforcement agencies, presented posthumous awardsto the wife and daughter of Ronald Zimmerman, who lost his lifewhile serving as a police mentor in Afghanistan. Front row, left toright: Michael Warren, DI; Walter Redman, INL; Melanie Brock,INL; Cheyenne Zimmerman; Marlaina Zimmerman;Major General (USA Ret.) Don Ryder, DI; Father Joseph O’Donnell;Officer Stephen Martin, Arizona Dept of Public Safety.

About DynCorp International
DynCorp International is a global government services provider insupport of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives,delivering support solutions for defense, diplomacy, andinternational development. DI operates major programs in logistics,platform support, contingency operations, and training andmentoring to reinforce security, community stability, and the ruleof law. DynCorp International is headquartered in Falls Church, Va.For more information, visit www.dyn-intl.com.