KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—Resolute Support honored three slain DynCorp contractors with a memorial ceremony on camp headquarters Sept. 9.
Richard 'Dick' McEvoy, Barry Sutton and Corey Dodge were killed when their convoy was attacked by a car bomb in Kabul. Hundreds of Resolute Support personnel gathered to pay tribute to the three men who were working in support of the Afghan National Army/Afghan National Police Advisor and Mentor Program. All three were veterans of the U.S. military.
“Everyone here knows deployment isn’t easy. There are long hours, a tough separation from loved ones and constant vigilance in dangerous conditions. Yet the hardest day is when we lose one of our own. And on Aug. 22, we lost three,” said Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. “Contractors, Department of Defense civilians, American and Coalition forces—we all work together here. It is one team; one fight. And to lose three dedicated members of this team has been truly devastating.”
DynCorp leadership flew into Kabul to pay respect to their fallen colleagues.
“These men were true patriots. They dedicated their lives to service and were making a difference on behalf of their country,” said Lou Von Thaer, chief executive officer, DynCorp International. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and colleagues during these difficult times.”
McEvoy, Sutton and Dodge were honored individually by Richard Munsey, program manager, DynCorp, who spent extensive time with all three in Afghanistan. He highlighted their roles at DynCorp, but focused on their personal accomplishments and the families the three men left behind.
The ceremony included a bugler playing taps, a final salute to McEvoy, Sutton and Dodge, and their legacy in Afghanistan. Maj. Sean Wead, chaplain, honored the three men in a closing sermon.
“What sort of men sacrifice the comfort of home and family for those who are oppressed? What sort a men risks all to serve and protect in the name of justice?” asked Wead. “I’ll tell you what sort of men, men like Corey Dodge, men like Dick McEvoy; Men like Barry Sutton. Men of courage, men of dedication, and most of all, men of hope. These men embodied hope for other people as soldiers, police officers, and DynCorp employees. They embodied a hope for a better Afghanistan.”