Camp at Forward Operating Base Dedicated to Fallen Soldier
Story and Photos by 1st Lt. Amy Bonanno, PAO, ARSIC-South
Lashkar Gah— Formerly known as Camp Falcon, the American compound here at the British base, was recently renamed in honor of a fallen comrade. An improvised explosive device (IED) took the life of Cpl. Scott Dimond, on October 13, 2008, in honor of his life the Camp here was recently dedicated to honor his memory.
At the dedication ceremony recently, Lt. Col. Joe Martini, the Helmand Provincial Lead Mentor, said, “Cpl. Scott G. Dimond was the consummate professional. Cpl. Dimond is no longer with us, but his sacrifice here in Afghanistan will never be forgotten. This marble tablet serves as a reminder of Scott and his dedication to the mission to bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan. I hereby rename Camp Falcon, Camp Dimond.”
Corporal Scott G. Dimond, 39, of Franklin, New Hampshire was killed in action while the convoy he was traveling in came under attack in Kandahar City, Afghanistan. Cpl. Dimond was assigned to Charlie Company, 3rd of the 172nd Mountain Infantry Regiment of the New Hampshire Army Guard.
Cpl. Dimond was a Police Mentor Team (PMT) member of ‘Easy Rider,’ helping to mentor the Afghan Border Police. After graduating from Franklin High School, he served on the Franklin Police force for 18 years as an Officer and a Sergeant. After retiring from the police force in 2006, he joined the Army National Guard.
Cpl. Dimond outdid other Guardsmen during rigorous training prior to mobilizing to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, despite being more than twice the age of many other soldiers. Cpl. Dimond began taking Pre-Med courses prior to leaving for Afghanistan in the hopes he could earn a nursing degree and work alongside his mother caring for aged and injured veterans.
Cpl. Dimond will be remembered for being a dedicated father and police officer. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his four children: Ashlee, Luke, Alexis, and Madison.
“Scott, you are missed by all of us, served with honro with us, and will not be forgotten by any of us, “Lt. Col. Martini concluded.