Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Klein Frank, P.C. Announces $18.78 Million Awarded to Burn Victim of Contractor’s Negligence In Baghdad, Iraq

DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/

Klein Frank, P.C. of Boulder, Colorado and the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon in Dallas, Texas announce that a jury has rendered a verdict in the amount of $18.78 Million in the case of Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

Plaintiff David Dawson was a civilian contractor working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Defendant Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. entered into a $59 Million a year costs plus contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide O&M and Life Support services in multiple compounds in Iraq. This contract specifically required Fluor to provide safe water to individuals living in these compounds. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc was paid $10 Million per year plus costs to maintain Freedom Compound, a 600 bed facility in Baghdad. Dawson was burned by excessively hot water at Freedom Compound on November 16, 2007.

The jury found that Fluor was negligent and failed to properly maintain the safe temperature of the water heaters. The Defense expert for Fluor testified that the water heaters would reach over 200 Degrees Fahrenheit. All parties agreed that the safe temperature of water was 120 Degrees Fahrenheit.

As a consequence of Fluor’s negligence, David Dawson received third degree burns over 65% of his body and burns to his lungs. He was treated at the Ibn Sina hospital in Baghdad by the 86th CSH and airlifted to Germany where he received extensive treatment to save his life. Dawson credits the skill of his physicians for his survival. The jury awarded him $18.78 million in compensation for his disfigurement and the extreme suffering through which he lived.

Trial attorney Beth Klein “We are grateful that the jury held this highly compensated contractor to the standards to which it agreed. We hope that this verdict will help ensure the safety of our citizens working to support the efforts of the United States and to ensure that contractors provide the value that they promise.”

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues, USACE | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Kirkland, Civilian Contractor, Fluor, Killed in Afghanistan

Florida Today  June 8, 2012

American Contractor Killed at Forward Operation Base Salerno

John Kirkland, 55, of Houston, TX, passed away on June 1, 2012, during an attack by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Son of Jeannine and Gordon, John was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 16, 1956. He would have been 56 years old on June 16th.

John grew up in Florida, where he lived in Melbourne and Palm Bay. He owned and operated a local stucco business until he moved to Houston in 1998. He lived there before becoming employed in 2006 as a Maintenance Mechanic for KBR, a civilian military contractor.

John’s first job assignment was at a military base located in Iraq in 2006. In May, 2010 he was transferred to a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan named Salerno, where he worked for the civilian military contractor Fluor. He was killed on June 1, 2012 during an attack by the Taliban. His remains will be cremated at Dover Air Force Base.

John is survived by his son, Christopher Ashley Kirkland; and his two brothers, Virgil Eugene Kirkland of Ocala, FL and Douglas Paul Kirkland of Palm Bay, FL; as well as an Aunt and Uncle, Glenda and Eddie McCoy of Mooresville, NC, along with numerous cousins.

June 11, 2012 Posted by | AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor, Halliburton, KBR, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civilian Contractor Former Flour Employee David John Welch pleads guilty to stealing, selling military equipment

Associated Press at The Times News  April 2, 2012

RALEIGH — A civilian contractor from Hope Mills has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that involved the black market sale of equipment stolen from a U.S. military base in Iraq.

The U.S. Justice Department says David John Welch entered the plea Monday in Raleigh federal court.

The 36-year-old was the operations manager for a U.S. government contractor at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad.

Prosecutors say Welch and another person hatched a plan to steal and sell 38 military generators on the black market in Iraq last year. Investigators say Welch made nearly $39,000 from the scheme.

Welch’s sentencing is scheduled for July 9. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He also has to pay the government $160,000 in restitution

For more on this see

Former Civilian Contractor Pleads Guilty in North Carolina for Role in Scheme to Steal and Sell Military Equipment in Iraq at MsSparky

April 10, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Contractor Oversight, Iraq | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

David Quinn of Scotland Civilian Contractor killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing

Herald Scotland  November 1, 2011

THE family of a Scots contractor who was among 13 people who died when a suicide bomber rammed a military convoy in Afghanistan said yesterday they were “heartbroken” after his killing.

Father of one David Quinn, of Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, died in the attack on Saturday along with fellow Briton Stephen Brown, 52.

It was reported Mr Quinn was 34, an electrician, and that he and his wife Jane had a daughter, Sophie.

Friends and family who gathered at Mr Quinn’s home yesterday said they were too upset to talk further of the tragedy.

Five coalition troops and eight civilian contractors were killed in the Kabul attack on Saturday

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November 1, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mathew Lemmon Civilian Contractor killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing

WREG Memphis   October 31, 2011

Memphis — Family members are struggling to accept the news that their loved one died in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.

Matthew Lemmon, a civillian contractor was onboard a NATO armored bus with military personnel and other contractors. Lemmon was working on air conditionning units in Kabul.

Authorities say a bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the bus.

Sandy Lemmon, says her only comfort is that her son died quickly, and that he’s with God. She wants her grandchildren, and others to know how giving her son was, and how devoted he was to his church.

Lemmon’s body was brought back to the US, funeral arrangements are not yet complete

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November 1, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fluor loses seven contractors in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

From MsSparky

13 Americans believed killed in Kabul bombing  UPDATED  October 31, 2011

From the comments

Team Fluor,

Saturday we suffered a tragic loss of seven of our own teammates during an attack in Kabul. Each of those we lost was a friend and valued part of our team. We lived and worked together. We forged bonds of camaraderie that are only found at times like this.

We each deal with our grief in different ways; some will find comfort in memorial services like the one we held at Dubbs or the ramp ceremony at Bagram, others will find that talking to friends, a Chaplain, or counselor helps. We have Site Managers and Employee Assistance Program teams on site to help us through this difficult time and find ways to cope.

Yesterday we notified the families of those we lost and we have assistance officers with them to help each of the families get through the difficult times ahead. I have asked our leaders to stay engaged with our colleagues that need assistance here and answer the questions that we can. I want to be sure you all have this information, as I know that rumors and internet blogs have not always been the best source for information.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please talk to your immediate supervisor. He or she can provide the first step to find direction or help and ensure the proper steps are taken. Keep in mind that we have professional counselors on our EAP team available to assist you.

Although many of us know them personally, out of respect for their families we are not releasing any names of those lost in the attack. Please join me as our thoughts and prayers are with our teammates and their families during this difficult time.
George Rabb, Country Manager, LOGCAP
Fluor Government Group

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October 31, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Two British Civilian Contractors killed worked for Fluor

Scotsman October 31, 2011

The British contractors were named locally as Stephen Brown, 52, and David Quinn, 34Both men were electricians, employed by the Texas-based engineering company Fluor. Their bodies were due to be repatriated last night. “The company has notified the families involved,” said Fluor spokesman Keith Stephens. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones of our co-workers. Right now our focus is helping them.”

The British contractors were working for the Texas-based construction and engineering firm Fluor, which has extensive contracts with Nato forces in Afghanistan, including managing essential facilities on army bases all over the country.

Fluor Corp., a company based in Irving, Texas, that employs contractors in Afghanistan, confirmed on Sunday that some of its employees, including the two British nationals, were killed in the attack. Their names were not being released out of respect for their families, said Keith Stephens, a company representative.

British contractors among victims of Kabul convoy attack  October 30, 2011

Two British civilians were among 17 people killed in a Taliban car bomb attack on a military convoy in Kabul on Saturday.

The two electricians, who have not been named, were travelling in a heavily armoured Rhino bus in the western outskirts of the Afghan capital when the vehicle was rammed by a Toyota Corolla believed to have been carrying 700kg of explosives.

Four US soldiers, five US civilians, a Canadian soldier, a Kosovan civilian were killed as well. Four Afghan civilians near the scene also died in the blast, which smashed windows in buildings up to half a kilometre away.

The British contractors were working for the Texas-based construction and engineering firm Fluor, which has extensive contracts with Nato forces in Afghanistan, including managing essential facilities on army bases all over the country.

One of the bodies has already been flown out of Afghanistan, a western official said, while the second was due to be flown out on Sunday after a ceremony at Bagram air field, to the north of Kabul, which was due to be attended by senior military officers and diplomats.

It is not known which project the men had been working on, but it is thought that the bus – which was being escorted by other armoured vehicles – had just left the counter-insurgency school run by Nato at Camp Julien in the west of the city and was heading for Camp Phoenix, a US base involved in training Afghan soldiers and policemen.

October 30, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Eight American Civilian Contractors killed in Suicide Car Blast Afghanistan

 

 

 

Fluor Corp., a company based in Irving, Texas, that employs contractors in Afghanistan, confirmed on Sunday that some of its employees, including the two British nationals, were killed in the attack. Their names were not being released out of respect for their families, said Keith Stephens, a company representative.

12 Americans Die as Blast Hits Bus in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 12 Americans were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber attacked an armored shuttle bus in Kabul on Saturday, military officials said.

The bombing was the single deadliest assault on Americans in the capital since the war began, military officials said, and follows brazen Taliban attacks on the American Embassy and NATO headquarters in the city last month.

A Western defense official said at least four of the dead Americans were G.I.’s and the rest were contract workers; a Canadian soldier and four Afghans were also reported to be killed.

The attack Saturday and the other high-profile assaults are seen as a shift in Taliban strategy as the militants struggle against a surge in American troops that has loosened their grip on the Taliban heartland in the south and compromised their ability to stage more conventional attacks on NATO forces.

American officials see the latest assaults as the Taliban’s attempt to shake confidence in the Afghan government, which has been taking over security from NATO in Kabul and other areas of the country

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October 30, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. military to stop hiring Filipino workers in Afghanistan

Filipinos are scrambling for lucrative jobs in U.S. bases in Afghanistan, attracted by salaries that range from $2,000 to $15,000.

The U.S. Military Command has ordered its civilian contractors in Afghanistan to stop hiring Filipino workers and send home those whose job contracts have ended to comply with the Philippine government’s ban on deploying citizens to work in the war-torn country.

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Up to 7,000 Filipinos are affected by the order and their jobs will go to other nationalities, according to Filipino recruitment consultant and migration expert Emmanuel Geslani.

U.S. contractors Dyn International LLC and Fluor Intercontinental are to build camps for American troops in Afghanistan and provide the corresponding food, facilities maintenance and other life-support services. Their contracts amount to $5 billion.  Please read the entire article here

January 11, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Fluor, Pentagon, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | 2 Comments

IG finds Army mismanaged contingency operations support contract

Logistics Civil Augementation Program Support Contract Needs to Comply with Aquisition Rules

by Robert Brodsky at Goverment Exec

Army procurement officials failed to properly manage a key support contract for contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, awarding millions of dollars of work without competition and disclosing bidders’ proprietary information without their knowledge or consent, according to a watchdog’s new report.

The report by the Defense Department inspector general found scores of internal control weaknesses associated with the Army Sustainment Command’s management of a support contract for the massive Logistics Civil Augmentation Program, which provides a host of services and in-theatre assistance to soldiers. Three firms — DynCorp International, Fluor Corp. and KBR — compete for task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract.

Serco Inc. of Vienna, Va., in February 2007 won a $117 million support contract to help the Army plan and estimate costs of task orders on the LOGCAP IV contract. But, according to auditors, Army officials allowed the scope of Serco’s contract to expand to non-LOGCAP requirements without taking the proper steps to ensure competition and prevent conflicts of interest.

Please read the entire article by Robert Brodsky here

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contingency Contracting, Contract Awards, Contractor Oversight, Department of Defense, DynCorp, Fluor, Government Contractor, Iraq, KBR, LOGCAP, Pentagon | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment