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MPRI Contractor killed in Afghanistan, Paul Almryde

Special honor escort scheduled for Friday evening

Desert Dispatch  April 21, 2011

Paul Almryde

BARSTOW • A Barstow man killed last week while working as a military contractor in Afghanistan will be honored on Friday evening with a law enforcement escort as he is brought back to Barstow.

Paul Almryde, 46, was working for military contractor MPRI in Afghanistan as part of the Afghan National Army Corps support battalion on April 16 when he was killed by a suicide bomber, said his wife, Pamela Almryde. According to reports, a Taliban bomber dressed like an Afghan soldier in order to infiltrate a joint Afghan-U.S. base in the eastern province of Laghman. Four Afghan soldiers and five NATO service members — including Paul — were killed in the attack.

Rick Kiernan, a spokesman for MPRI, said the company wanted to express its condolences to the Almryde family and said that Paul was a “dedicated and professional member” of its team.

“At tragic times like these, we are reminded that we can never take for granted the sacrifices of L-3 MPRI employees worldwide,” said Kiernan. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Almryde family during this difficult time.”

Pamela said her husband was working as a mechanic at the base and was teaching Afghan troops how to repair their vehicles. Paul had served in the military for 21 years — with 12 years of active service in the Army and 9 years in the National Guard — before retiring in 2010 as a Master Sergeant. Paul joined MPRI last May. He was scheduled to come back to Barstow in June and was planning to sign another year-long contract with MPRI, said Pamela.

Please read more about Paul here

April 22, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Private Military Contractors | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I worked with Paul on the NATO base where he was killed for 6 months in 2010. He was a VERY down to Earth man who always had a smile on his face and was a friend to everyone. He always spoke about his family (especially his grand kids). The incident which lead to his death happened after my unit’s time there had expired and we had returned home. However, our thoughts were always with Paul and the rest of the MPRI team! They all served their country honorably as service members and chose to continue doing so as civilians. I respect their decision to do so in such a dangerous environment! I will never forget them (especially as they sat outside their living quarters sharing jokes and smoking cigars at the end of every work day!) May Paul Rest in Peace until we meet again!

    Comment by SGT Cupid | May 7, 2011 | Reply

    • I retired in 2005, while the wars were still raging. After retirement I relealiied that I had left my friends and my own knid behind in a time of need and felt that I needed to do more.

      I applied and was hired by MPRI as a Medical SME and was further deployed with METT 1 and FOB Gamberi. As the team settled in a few months some chnages were made. Within six months Paul Almryde had joined our team as the Maintenance SME.

      Paul and I had become close friends over the long months. Paul was a kind individual,who was always quick to show off a picture or talk about his family. Paul was a faithful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
      Paul was my knid of people, friend and brother. I love and miss you brother… I’m sure that your watching over us all from somewhere better… and to the rest of us, 82nd STB and the 101st STB, friends and family the world will be a lesser place but yet we all must CHARLIE MIKE… GOD BLESS

      Comment by Doug Alderson | May 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. my father just informed me of pauls death.we were classmates @ st columba all our childhood and he was just a good person to have as a friend.we were in a tight knit community of serra mesa back then and we played sports year round till the sun went down . no matter how serious the competition would get paul would always keep it loose by making us laugh. the older i get those are the days i miss the .most.god bless u paul and thank u for serving our country and rest in peace .the williamson family

    Comment by brian williamson | May 21, 2011 | Reply


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