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DynCorp International and Damco Support Afghan-American Women’s Association Winter Clothing Drive

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 29, 2013) – Working in partnership with the Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA), DynCorp International (DI) and Damco, DI’s in-theater transportation supplier,  helped ship more than 40 boxes of winter clothing and supplies to Afghanistan.

Each year, A-AWA collects clothing and monetary donations to needy areas of Afghanistan to help local citizens prepare for the cold winter months. With such an overwhelming turn out of donations, DI’s Supply Chain worked with Damco to find a solution for the transport of A-AWA’s critical supplies.

“Working in countries like Afghanistan provides DI with unique opportunities to give back to local communities,” said Mark Mirelez, DynCorp International vice president, Supply Chain Management. “We are proud to be able to support the A-AWA’s efforts.”

“When DI approached us to help transport these donations we were more than happy help aid this great cause at no charge,” said Hugh Healey, Damco key account director, Government Services.

DI and Damco worked to coordinate transportation from the A-AWA office to the Damco distribution warehouse where the boxes were palletized and shrink wrapped for international shipment.

The A-AWA is a non-profit organization that each year collects clothing and monetary donations to send to needy areas of Afghanistan where local citizens, many of which are school-aged children, are in need of warm clothing for the winter season.

“For the past 4 years this program has grown larger each year with increasing positive impact for those in need.  Logistically, it has become very difficult for our organization to get these donations shipped to where they can be of use,” said Shahla Ahmadi, president and founder of the Afghan-American Women’s Association. “DI’s sponsorship and assistance is truly appreciated. It is an honor to be affiliated with a company that understands the importance of putting human need in focus.”

About the Afghan-American Women’s Association

A-AWA was founded as a result of the growing Afghan-American presence in the U.S., especially in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. A-AWA’s mission is to serve as a platform for organizing Afghan-American women through cultural, educational, charitable, and social activities. The needs of the Afghan-American community are many, as are the potential resources to address those needs. A-AWA serves as the connection between the needs of the community and available resources.

A-AWA’s primary goal is to obtain funding and construct a community center to serve the various needs of the community. In addition, they will continue to serve the local community by providing opportunities for educational, cultural, and professional growth.

The association’s position as a community organizer provides guidance to those most in need with appropriate services. A-AWA’s community outreach programs include assistance for newly-arrived immigrants, support for critically ill Afghans and their families, language and citizenship classes, educational presentations for the community, a venue for youth volunteerism, and clothing, food and medicine drives for the needy in Afghanistan.

About DynCorp International

DynCorp International is a leading global services provider offering unique, tailored solutions for an ever-changing world. Built on more than six decades of experience as a trusted partner to commercial, government and military customers, DI provides sophisticated aviation, logistics, training, intelligence and operational solutions wherever we are needed. DynCorp International is headquartered in Falls Church, Va. For more information, visit our blogs or follow DynCorp International on Twitter.

About Damco

Damco is one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers specializing in customized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. The company has 11,300 employees in over 300 offices across 90 countries and representation in a further 30 countries. In 2012, the company had a net turnover of USD 3.3 billion, managed more than 2.7 million TEU of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes and air freighted more than 210,000 tons. Damco is part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.