Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Former Navy EOD Lt. James E. Zumwalt receives Bronze Star

For Zumwalt, the citation is a tribute to his fellow EOD team members and classmates. “To be honest, it was a huge honor, but I was uncomfortable,” he said Tuesday. “But thinking about it, I feel like I’m receiving it for the guys who couldn’t be there.”

Zumwalt  left the service last year and now works for a defense contractor

Washington Post Politics  June 20, 2012

Former Navy Lt. James E. Zumwalt’s great-grandfather was awarded the Bronze Star during World War II for his actions as an Army doctor when Nazi labor camps were being liberated. His grandfather, one of the Navy’s most revered admirals, received the medal after serving aboard a destroyer during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific. His uncle was awarded it for his actions as a Navy swift-boat commander in Vietnam.

Now, James E. Zumwalt is the fourth generation of his family to receive the Bronze Star. At a ceremony in Washington on Monday, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) presented Zumwalt with the medal for “exceptionally meritorious service” in Iraq in 2010 with a Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team.

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June 20, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , , | Leave a comment

Army bars Leonie Industries co-owner from contracts

USA Today  June 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Army has suspended the co-owner of the military’s top propaganda firm in Afghanistan from receiving federal contracts after revelations about the owners’ tax debts and the admission by one owner that he launched an online campaign against journalists, according to government documents.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., who is on the Armed Services Committee, asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday to expand the Pentagon investigations into Leonie Industries. In a letter, Johnson cited allegations that the company may have misrepresented its finances while bidding for federal contracts and had started an online smear campaign directed against two USA TODAY journalists.

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June 20, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Department of Defense, Journalists, Propaganda | , , , | Leave a comment

James Markwith, DynCorp Afghanistan, charged with transporting and distributing images of child sexual abuse

Nashua Telegraph  June 20, 2012

A Nashua man was arrested by federal authorities Monday and charged with electronically sending child pornography images while working as a contractor stationed in Afghanistan earlier this year.

James Markwith, 31, of 56 Dexter Drive, was arrested on a warrant charging him with transporting and distributing images of child sexual abuse, according to documents filed at U.S. District Court in Concord.

Markwith was working for DynCorp International, a defense contractor, and was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April, according to an affidavit filed by FBI special agent Marya Wilkerson.

June 20, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Vetting Employees | , , , | 2 Comments

Job Ops- Danish Demining Group South Iraq

At Alert Net   June 20, 2012

DDG Business Developer/Project Manager – South Iraq

Posted: 20 June 2012 Deadline: 08 July 2012
Job type: Contract Salary: TBD
Location: Iraq
Organisation: Danish Refugee Council (DRC) – Denmark

Purpose
The purpose of the Business Developer/Project Manager position is to provide oversight of Danish Demining Group Mine Action current activities and opportunities in Iraq and, where applicable, neighbouring countries, and thereby reveal new opportunities linked to humanitarian Mine Action as well as Service contracts.

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June 20, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Demining, ERW, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Explosive Remnants of War, Iraq, Landmines | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civilian Contractor Fatality in Afghanistan Attack

But Faisal and provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq both said a foreigner had been killed and two wounded, with Faisal describing the fatality as a civilian contractor. Their nationalities were unclear.

Dawn.com  June 20, 2012

KANDAHAR: Eleven Taliban suicide attackers struck two Afghan and Nato bases in Kandahar province on Tuesday, after gunmen in police uniforms killed a coalition soldier, officials said.

Seven insurgents stormed a joint Afghan-Nato base in Shah Wali Kot district at around 3:30 am, sparking a 30-minute gun battle that left all the attackers dead, Kandahar governor’s spokesman Jawed Faisal said.

Nato’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the attackers breached the outer perimeter of the base but no coalition soldiers were killed.

But Faisal and provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq both said a foreigner had been killed and two wounded, with Faisal describing the fatality as a civilian contractor. Their nationalities were unclear.

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