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DynCorp International Honors Defense of Freedom Medal and Chairman’s Purple Star Recipients

MCLEAN, Va. — (June 2, 2014) – DynCorp International last week recognized 11 team members who were injured or killed while serving U.S. government missions abroad as they received the Department of Defense’s Defense of Freedom medal and DynCorp International Chairman’s Purple Star Award.

The honorees previously worked on either the Company’s Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) or Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract. Award recipients, their families, representatives from the Department of Defense, the office of Rep. Kay Granger and from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) were in attendance at the ceremony held May 30, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Featured speakers included Colonel Darren Werner, chief of staff for the Army Sustainment Command.

The Department of Defense’s Defense of Freedom medal was created to honor civilian personnel who were injured or killed in the line of duty; it is the civilian equivalent of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. 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.

“Today we come together to celebrate members of the DI family whose extraordinary service deserves recognition by our Company and by our country,” said Steve Gaffney, DynCorp International chairman and chief executive officer.

Jim Grazioplene, vice president, DynCorp International, added, “Every moment that I get to spend with our deployed teams recharges me and reminds me of what’s important. The team members who perform these missions hold in their hands the opportunity, the will and the ability to effect change in the world.”

The CSTC-A team members recognized include Michael Robert Bradford of Grovetown, Ga. (posthumous recognition); Robert Doyle Halsell of Hatch, N.M. (posthumous recognition); and Angel Roldan of Safia Isabel, Puerto Rico (posthumous recognition).

Team members recognized from the LOGCAP program included William Allen of Pittsburgh, Penn. (posthumous recognition); Timothy Carr of Knoxville, Tenn.; Kevin Davis of Houston, Texas (posthumous recognition); Stacy Grimlan of Alvarado, Texas; Alan Herzel of Pensacola, Fla. (posthumous recognition); Jeremiah Ransaw of Hampton, Va.; Dennis Roberts of Seattle, Wash.; and William Scott of Savannah, Ga.

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