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10 injured during artillery training at Fort Bragg

WRAL.com March 15, 2011

Fort Bragg, N.C. — Eight Marines and two Navy sailors received shrapnel wounds and deep cuts in an explosion at Fort Bragg Monday night while conducting an artillery live-fire exercise, according to Staff Sgt. Jayson Price.

Fort Bragg has not released the names of the Marines, who are with Camp Lejeune, nor the names of the sailors. Their conditions were also not available.

Two were taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, while the remaining eight were being treated at Womack Army Medical Center, Womack spokeswoman Shannon Lynch said.

The units were firing 155mm ammunition, which can be associated with loud explosions and reverberations upon detonation. Fort Bragg is the closest military training area that can accept the 155mm weapons systems.

In June, a contractor was killed, and a second contractor and a soldier were wounded during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.  Please read the entire story here

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | Leave a comment

DynCorp Employees Killed in Afghanistan

just released this:

September 7, 2010 – We are deeply saddened to report that a September 6 attack on a forward operating base in , in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, took the lives of three LOGCAP IV personnel and wounded several others.

William Allen, 51, of Munhall, Pennsylvania, worked as an electrician on the LOGCAP IV program and was killed at the time of the incident. Alan Herzel, 48, of Milton, Florida, who worked as a plumber foreman, received medical care after the incident but later passed away as a result of his injuries. A third subcontract employee who provided information technology support for the program also lost his life in the attack; International will defer to his employer to release any personal details.

A number of individuals who were wounded in the attack were transported by medevac for hospital care.

In a condolence note to LOGCAP IV management, Colonel Cameron G. Holt, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Commander, Afghanistan, wrote:

“As is too often the case in war, the cost of freedom extends not just to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines who have pledged their lives to defend their country; it is also borne by our civilians at home and among the ranks of American defense contractors like you who stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this struggle.”

Thanks to Ms Sparky for this update

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured or killed, with their families, and with all of our colleagues at FOB .

September 8, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, DynCorp | , , , , , , | 1 Comment