This is memo that was sent out by KBR in Houston.
TO: All Halliburton employees
FROM: Dave Lesar, chairman, president and CEO
SUBJECT: KBR casualties in Iraq
Our KBR colleagues in Iraq have suffered casualties in the renewed fighting over the past week. Several of our truck convoys were attacked during their work delivering fuel, food and supplies for the U.S. Army and the Iraqi people.
I am sorry to report that two members of the Halliburton family were killed. At this time there are six more employees missing, and one, Thomas (Tommy) Hamill, was captured and is being held hostage. Eighteen others were wounded. This is a grueling and difficult development, and we are working diligently to assist the families and the military in any way we can. KBR employees and subcontractors have all made courageous decisions to work in Iraq. Daily, they risk their personal security to serve the troops and deliver much-needed services to the Iraqi people.
We are in constant communication with the authorities in Iraq and the families of the lost, missing and captured employees. Out of concern for the safety of these individuals and the privacy of their families, we are not releasing their names at this time. I am sure you all join me in expressing our condolences to the families of those who were lost and in praying for the safety of Tommy Hamill and the six missing individuals, and for the recovery of the wounded. We are grateful and supportive of everyone who continues to assist with this effort.
This is a very trying time for them and for all our fellow employees in Iraq. We are working with the coalition authorities to provide for their safety and security. And we are firm in our resolve to stay and complete our mission to provide logistical support to the coalition troops, humanitarian and reconstruction aid to the Iraqi people, and help with rebuilding Iraq’s oil industry.
I am proud of the work KBR is doing in the Middle East. It is essential work, and KBR is the right group for the job. The KBR employees and subcontractors working there are showing great courage, as well as skill and professionalism. All of us stand behind them, and we send them our heartfelt thanks along with our concern for their safety.
I will keep you informed as we learn more about the seven missing and captured employees. Until then, let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers.