Zinni Takes Full-Time Position With DynCorp

DynCorp International, one of the largest U.S. contractors in Iraq, said today that retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni has resigned from its board to take a full-time position with the Falls Church company, which provides security and police training services to the government. He will serve as an as executive vice president, overseeing the company's business development and strategy, the company said in a statement. Zinni, 63, retired from the Marine Corps in 2000 after 39 years of service that included a three-year stint as head of U.S. Central Command. He also served as U.S. envoy to the Middle East under former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

"I am extremely pleased that Tony Zinni has agreed to assume a full-time position with our company," DynCorp chief executive Herb Lanese said in a statement. "During the last 10 months, he's served as a senior adviser to DynCorp International, helping us build relationships with key leaders throughout the world and develop new business opportunities. His valuable insights and his notable experience in the Middle East have made him a trusted friend and adviser."

By Mike Shepard  |  July 18, 2007; 1:04 PM ET  | Category:  Government & Professional Services
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Tony Zinni, a great American who has contributed so much to the stability of world peace through his career from a Vietnam adviser through Commander of Cent COM to movements towards a Palestinian state - a true humanitarian general who recognized engagement as the best option towards a sustainable peace in the Middle East.

Why would such a great American be associated with DynCorp International defies belief. I work in Kuwait for DynCorp International on the F/A18 aircraft maintenance program. In my time here I have seen corruption, intimidation of Quality managers to overlook problems, rampant drug use, unsafe loading of weapons, aircraft released for flight with servicings overdue or parts missing on a regular basis, cover up of maintenance errors, withholding of hazardous duty allowances to employees in contradiction to State department regulations, intimidation of employees not to report breaches of ethics, coercion to disregard safe operating practices, failure to compensate employees for overtime, cover up of accident investigations or lack of commitment to investigate them properly, knowingly employing unqualified persons to perform duties with full knowledge of their inability to meet the set requirements, deceiving the customer, disregarding duty of care by not issuing NBC equipment to personnel in a war zone until after hostilities commenced, total disregard for employees under their care with respect to meeting a minimum standard safe work environment for employees, threatening employees with dismissal for attempting to enforce regulatory aircraft maintenance standards, decreasing section manpower to save costs while increasing work hours to cope with increase work load for the same low pay. Paying workers a 6% pay increase in 10 years while housing has increased 70% and cost of living expenses increased 23% last year alone. DynCorp International in Kuwait has failed in every aspect of good management, ethical operating standards and fair work practices. Thankfully I am no longer a part of their operation but believe it only a matter of time before another accident occurs that will result in loss of life - aircraft 413

I have read Anthony Zinni's biography and I am surprised that a man of his acclaim would be associated with a company like DynCorp International

Posted by: DynCorp Employee 10 years | August 8, 2007 4:55 PM

To DynCorp Employee 10 years:
Thank you for speaking up. I am disgusted with our country's selling of the Iraq war for the profiteers. That Zinni would associate with DynCorp is a blow to humanity, but he's been on the Board before he took this position, so he is doubly guilty of war crimes, along with the Bush administration, Blackwater, Halliburton, etc.

You are brave to have said this, but I suggest you look for alternate employment.

Posted by: Concerned Florida Citizen | August 11, 2007 2:08 PM

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