Dyncorp Afghan police trainer honored in “100 Faces of War Experience”
Posted by John Adams on December 29, 2010
DynCorp International police trainer James Boyd will be recognized in the “100 Faces of War Experience” portrait in honor of his actions during an insurgent attack on his outpost in Afghanistan earlier this year.
While embedded with the U.S. military, Boyd’s outpost came under fire from a group of insurgents. Boyd repeatedly braved bullets and bombs, scrambling back-and-forth across the compound to get medical bags and stretchers, lend aid and supported the team working to keep the enemy from breaching the compound wall.
According to the firm, “Boyd has supported efforts to train the Afghan border police under DI’s contract with the Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) since Nov. 2009.”
“The civilian police mentors and trainers that we have working in Afghanistan and around the world exhibit quiet acts of heroism every day,” said Don Ryder, DI vice president of the company’s training, mentoring and security programs. “James’ dedication to the mission and to helping others is a great example of the selfless contributions being made by those deployed overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is fitting that he will be honored in this exhibit.”
“A lot of people have asked about my efforts that day,” Boyd said. “I’m a trained police officer and when something like this happens, while most people react by running away from danger, we are trained to run toward it and see how we can help. That is what I did.”
According to DynCorp, “the 100 Faces of War Experience is an independent exhibition being created by professional artist Matt Mitchell. It is described on the website as an exploration of the human experience of going from America abroad into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On completion, the project will include 100 portraits people who have gone on this journey. Each portrait is accompanied by a written statement made by the person pictured. Participants are selected based upon their ability to contribute to the widest understanding of the American experience of these wars. Most of the participants served in the U.S. military, but 10 positions have been reserved for those representing American civilian roles.” (click HERE to read original article)
Artist’s Statement from “100 Faces of War Experience” Website
It is my hope that the public of our country have a place to contemplate these wars in a way which goes past politics and past silent memorials. The goal of 100 Faces is to understand human nature as it is represented by those people going abroad into these wars, to understand our country, and ourselves.
On completion the 100 Faces project will consist of 100 Portraits of Americans who have been to the theaters of war in Iraq or Afghanistan (OEF,OIF). Each portrait is accompanied by a placard featuring a statement written by the person pictured and a brief biography of the person pictured. The biographical information and the statement reflect the person at the time of the creation of the portrait.
Mostly military personnel are pictured but some civilians are also pictured. All have travelled from America to the theater of war in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. The portraits are not for sale and not done at any cost to the participants. This project is made possible through donations. Please make a small donation to help this work continue.
The portraits and statements are meant to be exhibited both while the project is in progress and upon completion. This exhibition is meant to serve as a place where people can contemplate the nature of the American experience of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
100 Faces of War Experience is granted not-for-profit status through the Veterans Education Project, a 501c3 organization located in Amherst, MA.