Seven employees of Fluor Corp. were among the 13 people killed in an Oct. 29 suicide bombing of a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, CEO David T. Seaton confirmed Nov. 3. The workers were employed by the Irving, Texas-based firm under its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV support contract with the U.S. Army Sustainment Command.
A Fluor spokesman says the employees killed are four U.S. citizens, two British nationals and one person from Kosovo. The company declines to identify them or their roles, but says it has informed their families of their deaths.
Published reports have identified the British employees as David Quinn, a 34-year-old electrician, and Stephen Brown, 52. One U.S. employee was identified in published reports as Jarod Keith Cravens of Cedar Hill, Texas. His age and job was not provided.
Fluor has been working in Afghanistan under its most recent LOGCAP task order, awarded in 2009, to provide construction and sustainment services, power, water, housing, base operations, and logistics support to bases in the country’s northern section. Its task order was worth up to $1.5 billion in its first year, with the option to win similarly valued awards in four additional years, the firm said at the time.
Another team, led by defense contractor DynCorp International, Falls Church, Va., and including CH2M Hill Cos. Ltd., Denver as a key team member partner, was also awarded a LOGCAP IV task order to work at an undisclosed number of bases in the south.
The NATO convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomb containing more than 1,500 lb of explosives, Seaton said. “This is a very difficult time,” he said.