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Families sue military contractor Mission Essential Personnel over soldier deaths in Afghanistan

Fay Observer    July 12, 2011

The families of two Fort Bragg soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan last year by a disgruntled interpreter have filed a lawsuit against the military contractor for whom the man worked.

Capt. David J. Thompson and Spc. Marc P. Decoteau were killed Jan. 29, 2010, after Nasir Ahmad Ahmadi opened fire inside Camp Nunez with an AK-47 assault rifle. The camp was in Wardak province.

A third soldier, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Russell, was injured in the attack.

Ahmadi had worked as an interpreter at the base for Special Forces soldiers.

According to the complaint, Ahmadi opened fire on soldiers in the base after being told he would be reassigned to another base.

Russell and the estates of Decoteau and Thompson filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court against Mission Essential Personnel LLC. The complaint alleges that Mission Essential Personnel “failed to properly vet, prepare, place and manage (Ahmadi).”

In response to the lawsuit, Mission Essential Personnel released a statement calling the incident that led to Thompson’s and Decoteau’s deaths “shocking and tragic” and offered the families their deepest condolences.

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July 12, 2011 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Government Contractor, Interpreters, Legal Jurisdictions, Mission Essential Personnel, Private Military Contractors | , , , , , ,

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