HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE -- The Massachusetts National Guard will dedicate a readiness center to a Guardsman killed as a result of wounds suffered from enemy action while serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The dedication will take place on Sunday, May, 4 2014, in Worcester, Mass.

The center will be named in memory of 1st Sgt. Kevin A. Dupont, who died on June 17, 2009 at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds he suffered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his military vehicle in March of 2009.

"Kevin was a courageous, selfless, and committed leader who served his community, commonwealth, and country during times of peace and war," said Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. "He was a role model for Soldiers, and it is my hope that by dedicating this readiness center in his name, that others will remember him and continue his legacy of leadership and service," said Rice.

Dupont, graduated from Chicopee High School in 1976 and lived in Templeton. He served in the United States Marine Corps for six years and joined the Massachusetts National Guard in 1984. Dupont was assigned to the 79th Troop Command, Rehoboth, Mass., when he was serving in Afghanistan.

Dupont was an infantryman, small arms readiness training officer and was working full-time for the Massachusetts Army National Guard's counter-drug program in Milford when he volunteered for duty in Afghanistan in 2008.


Dupont was a member of the 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps of Afghan National Army Embedded Training Team while serving in Afghanistan. The unit worked with tribal leaders to identify insurgents and helped train Afghan soldiers.