New U.S. Department of State Memorial Honors Fallen Advisors

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2013

The U.S. Department of State has commissioned a new memorial to honor personnel who lost their lives while supporting overseas criminal justice assistance programs. These criminal justice advisors, including police, corrections, and support staff will now be honored through a permanent memorial housed at the Department’s Headquarters.

  • The memorial to the fallen advisors commemorates 86 personnel who lost their lives between 1989 and 2012 while supporting U.S. Department of State criminal justice missions abroad administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
  • Most of the personnel died supporting missions in Iraq (28), Peru (18), Afghanistan (15), Colombia (14), and Bosnia (5).
  • The memorial honors all personnel, regardless of nationality, who died while supporting INL’s criminal justice programs. Sixty-seven U.S. citizens are listed alongside 19 non-U.S. citizens. The U.S. citizens hailed from 26 different states.
  • Most of the personnel memorialized on the wall were contract employees; others include U.S. Federal Agents. Many of those killed were former police officers, corrections officers, support staff, security professionals, and drug eradication pilots.
  • Many of the contract employees were employees of DynCorp International, Engility Corporation, PAE and Civilian Police International.
  • The wall itself measures 54”x36” and consists of a glass panel with the world map etched on it. On top of this large glass panel are three individual panels with the names, dates of death and location of death of the honorees.

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PRN: 2013/0562