Former colleagues are remembering a Georgia contractor killed in Afghanistan. Joseph Griffin, a former Newton County Sheriff’s deputy, was working for a contractor, training police officers in Afghanistan, when a policewoman shot him.
Lt. Tyrone Oliver of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office said he met Griffin in 1999 and came to admire him.
“He often talked about his family, he loved his wife dearly,” said Oliver.
Griffin, 49, actually served in the department two different times for a few years in the late 90s and a few months in 2007.
“Joe was a mentor on the shift, he loved his job a lot. He would always go above and beyond to help others,” Oliver said.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – December 24, 2012 – Joseph Griffin, 49, of Mansfield, Ga., was tragically killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 24, 2012, while supporting the Afghan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police Development Program (AMDP). Mr. Griffin worked in support of several of the company’s global training and mentoring programs since November 2000; he began his most recent assignment in July 2011. A veteran of the U.S. military who served in various U.S.-based law enforcement positions over the years, Mr. Griffin was an experienced professional who will be missed by his colleagues.
“Joe spent his career helping people all over the world, most recently working to help the Afghan people secure a better future,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and CEO of DynCorp International. “The loss of any team member is tragic but to have this happen over the holidays makes it seem all the more unfair. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family, loved ones and colleagues during this difficult time.”
Under the AMDP contract with the U.S. Army, DI assists the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) by providing training and mentoring services for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police.