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At Least 418 Civilian Contractor Deaths in 2011

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A United Nations Mine Action Employee has filed a lawsuit against

Ronco Consulting Corporation

for negligence after stepping on a landmine resulting in an immediate below the knee amputation in an area previously cleared by and certified clear of landmines by Ronco Consulting.

The United Nations board of inquiry found that Ronco failed to find the mine that injured Mr Fartham as well as three other mines.

The complaint states that Ronco Consulting, acting through it’s agents and/or employee’s, breached it’s professional duty of care to Fantham and did not exercise the reasonable care and skill expected of professional mine clearance companies.

Fantham vs. Ronco Consulting

Ronco Settles Negligence Lawsuit with UN Mine Action Employee

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  1. Can anybody help me locate a missing civilian contractor in Afghanistan? He left little information behind. Do not know which contract company he was working for. Last spoke with him on November 7 when he stated he was lost in the mountains, possibly south of Kandahar. He flew from Ramstein AFT to Kabul on Oct. 29. Name: Jean-Christophe (Francois) Hyacinthe. Age 45. He is a US citizen, born in France.

    Please contact me if you have any idea how to find a civilian contractor in Afghanistan. Many thanks.

    Comment by Robbie Reddy | November 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Please disregard the earlier post about missing contractor in Afghanistan. Thank you.

      Comment by Robbie Reddy | November 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Hello! I also try to locate a close friend working as civilian contractor in Afg. The same I don’t know what company he was working for and last day I spoke with him was 13 november 2011. All I know is that he was suppose to be transffered from the base he was working in to a smallest one, he said maybe the smollest from afg. He is romanian and was working for a US private company in afg since april 2011. If there is anyoane who can help me …..I am really worried.

      Comment by mihaela | November 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. I’m looking for contractors that provide food service in Afganstan and Iraq.I’m a free-lance chef looking for a new venture.

    Comment by Douwe Iedema | November 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. I am a licensed plumber and am looking for information on how I would be paid if I went there. I have heard rumors that it is tax exempt if I stay for a year. How is food and lodging deducted from pay and how much? I heard I could make upwards of $150,000.00 in a year, does that sound correct?

    Comment by David Barnard | December 12, 2009 | Reply

    • David,
      It may still be possible to make that kind of money, but it is not what it used to be. Most of the work is being done by local contractors under foreign management. As far as being tax free, it is no different than any other expat job, 11 consecutive months and then only for the first 80K or so.

      Afghanistan seems to be picking up. I am not sure who is heading up those contracts but was in Kabul for a while myself.

      Comment by Art | January 6, 2010 | Reply

      • No Guaranteed Tax Free Income for civilian contractors and employees. The IRS is now auditing returns of civilian workers in the middle east. In a recent audit the IRS agent arbitrarily disallowed the foreign earned income exclusion for a U.S. worker who qualified under the physical presence 330/365 day test although he was abroad 2 years. Reason, an IRS memo issued in Feb. 2009 instructs agents to disallow the FEIE for anyone who may possibly have an abode in the U.S. and therefore would not have a tax home abroad (IRC Sec 911(d)(3). Case is now preparing to go to Tax Court. Updates will be reported on the Tax Power website as they become available. If IRS prevails this could spell big trouble for many U.S. expats who for years have been able to claim the FEIE but now are being denied this tax benefit.

        Comment by Andy | September 7, 2010

  4. Can anyone help me, I looking to change careers, from a chauffeur to working overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan I’ve recently gotten my TWIC card and would like to try something in a new field. I understand that I can earn really good money tax free and learn a new trade while in another country. Age 40, no criminal history, and a none smoker.
    I thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

    Comment by Anderson | December 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. 27 years of experience as self employed building and remodeling contractor. Predominantly residential some commercial. From dirt to door knobs. Interested in oppertunities for employment in Iraq.

    Comment by Tim Drewry | December 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. I came to Iraq in April 2004 and am still here. I am looking to link with other contractors who have been here. I have found that there are few places to go to share the experience with. Yes, the money was good, but I came because I thought it the right thing to do. I would like to know others who feel the same.

    Comment by Art | January 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi, I am from India. I want to work as civilian contractor in Iraq. I have experience in IT Support and Staffing. Can someone guide me, how to go about it?

      Comment by Waseem | March 4, 2012 | Reply

  7. Looking for website or information from attorneys working in afghanistan? Have to make a decision pretty quick. A response is greatly appreciated.

    Comment by adavis | January 23, 2010 | Reply

  8. i am looking for my brother michael dean faulkner last talked to him aug. of 2009. while he was in kubal,afg. as a private security. no one as any records of him.when i tried to get ahold of kbr,haliburton. please help me locate him. would like to know if he is ok. emial me with any info,of how to find him or how he is will be greaty appreceated

    Comment by eugene archer jr | March 5, 2010 | Reply

  9. I am looking into going back to civilian contracting (overseas) and it seems to be impossible. Would appreciate if someone would please offer me some leads so that I may land a position within a Logistics/Supply atmosphere. Willing to take anything open, though.


    Comment by Yolanda | April 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Things have changed under the Obama administration, I spent 7 years in Iraq and Afghanistan so I have seen it change. Jobs over there are fewer and the pay is not there like it once was. I have gone back to typical construction contracting in Africa and the money is better as are the conditions.

      Comment by Art | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. i am an arab american.from tn.i have been looking for job overseas, kuwait. could some body help me to find american company work there.

    Comment by ameen | April 22, 2010 | Reply

  11. I am a filipina looking for overseas job in iraq and afghanistan can anyone help me to find job to work to any position will do just to help my family and establish myself and my daughte.thanks and God bless!

    Comment by Norilyn | July 28, 2010 | Reply

  12. Hi Everyone.

    Can anyone tell me how to locate contractors overseas in country’s like afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait? Contacts would be nice? I’m a carpenter/carpenter foreman in the States. I have a resume. I would appreciate any help I can get.


    Comment by James | August 29, 2010 | Reply

  13. Hello, If anybody could help me I would be so appreciative. I have just gotten out of the U.S. Army as a carpentry and masonry specialist. I have been home for about two years in the reserves and did four years active duty with 864th eng bn, where I searved two tours in afghanistan. I would love to go back just not in a military uniform. I don’t know how to go about getting a job out there. I would really like to find a recriter, is this possible. Are there recruiters for companies such as kbr and such.

    Comment by Steven Mark Spencer Jr | September 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Steve,

      Go to mpri.com and then look at the job listing under “careers”.
      Also, “Fluor” has a big presence now in Afghanistan. Check with them. They’re always hiring. Google it for website.
      Check mpri first, pays better and more specialized. A good company.

      Comment by Ron | October 22, 2010 | Reply

  14. want to go overseas as a cna.
    have FBI background check
    who can i contact without all the run around and smoke and mirrors.you have people who are there and they dont want to be and the people who want to be cant get there please help if you can

    Comment by teddy | October 10, 2010 | Reply

  15. My husband was a contractor working for Dyncorp International in Kandahar, Afghanistan. In an altercation with another contractor, which turned into a fight, the other guy was stabbed. My husband has been extradited to the USA to stand trial. I have no contact with him due to the fact that Dyncorp did not give him any money to take with him. He had pay due to him, and they could have. I last spoke to him for 5 minutes on 23 December. I realise that the DOD law MEJA has put him in this position, but SURELY I should be able to contact him? I do not have the financial means to fly from South Africa to the USA to see him. Who can assist? Will the US government pay for my ticket?

    Comment by carol | December 31, 2010 | Reply

  16. My husband went to work in Afg as a security contractor and it has become a NIGHTMARE! The company turned out to be a fraud (fake MOI license needed by non-Afghan contractors to work there). This guy turned out to be a fraud in every sense of the word and a gun-runner to boot! My husband hasn’t been paid since Nov 2009! When he reported his boss he was fired.My husband learned all of this and reported him immediately but nothing has happened to this guy! The Fed’s have the case but this guy is still running around that country! Meanwhile, my husband (a former cop with so much experience and qualifications he could do anything) now has no job and no money to provide for his family. We are literally down to the last bit of our savings and can’t find work. Take this as a warning to all those that think it would be great to work overthere…don’t. There’s no regulation and the fraud runs rampant.

    Comment by Left out in the cold | February 14, 2011 | Reply

  17. I have been trying to jump on a heavy mechanic contract for some time now. My buddy is currently in Iraq on a BAE contract and I am wondering how in the hell I can get on something like this? I have the clean background, a passport and the knowledge, what is the secret? I have had my resume re-vamped quite a few times and I would like to know how guys that only did oil changes at wal-mart are qualified to work on MRAPs? I have experience in multiple fab shops as well as machine and welding gigs. Any help would be oh so friggin great! Thanks everyone!

    Comment by Mike | April 14, 2011 | Reply

    • Aecom is always looking for mechinics , good luck

      Comment by mike griffin | September 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Mantech is better, they do a lot of work with large vehicles. Go to mantech, create a profile and go through the steps. They are posting now for that.

      Comment by dallantaJohn | December 9, 2011 | Reply

  18. I’m prior servicve military and looking for civilian contractors regarding cooking. Can someone please contact me about any openings.

    Comment by keione mellon | April 18, 2011 | Reply

  19. I received a message stating that one of my friends had died this past week in Iraq and I am unable to find a contractors casualties list. Could someone please tell me where I can look? Thank you.

    Comment by Amber A-K | May 4, 2011 | Reply

    • There are no casualty lists.
      We monitor the news reports and list the ones we find here.
      Try the Contractor Casualties Category and Tag on this blog.

      Comment by defensebaseactcomp | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  20. I am looking for advice. I am currently a contractor in Afghanistan, but I am not getting any hazard pay. Everytime that it’s been asked about, it just gets dismissed, and said that we’re not entitled to it. I have read several different federal and DoD regulations that say that I should be getting it. Is there something out there that I may not know of that would prevent my company from paying me hazard pay and getting away with it legally? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by Tobias | May 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Have you found out anything new? When a contract is awarded by the govenment, there is a percentage added on to the base pay for hazard pay and another percentage for isolation allowance. The money does not come out of the employers pocket but is given to the company to distribute to the employee. The government gives100% for hazard and 100% for ISO. The company then determines what they will give to the employee. I do not think it is mandated how much they have to give. Therefore, different companues offer different amounts. I was there for two years from 2008 to 2010 and experienced this.
      Stop talking to your manager, obviously he does not know or does not want to discuss it. Call your financial department and HR. You can also contact the department of labor.
      The contracting companies make a large portion of their money just by putting a body in country. That person does not have to do anything, the government will pay them.

      Comment by dallantaJohn | November 2, 2011 | Reply

      • We have received many reports of companies not paying the employees the danger pay that the government provides. This is illegal.

        Comment by defensebaseactcomp | November 3, 2011

      • I am in the same situation. When asked we are told it wasn’t added into the contract. Rumor is the company is pocketing it, but that’s just rumor. Can the company bid the contract to where State Department Rules do not apply?

        Comment by haulin'class | September 22, 2012

  21. I am interested in overseas contracting.Please contact me with information. Thank you Charles Williams.

    Comment by charles williams | July 19, 2011 | Reply

  22. I am interested in working in Kurdistan, does anyone know of any construction opportunities there? In addition, does anyone know of security companies who provide top notch security 24/7 while in IRAQ?


    Comment by gary | July 22, 2011 | Reply

  23. i speak arabic, and others im really intersted in overseas jobs. i been working with speaicl force since 2008, and im getting out of the army sometimes in Nov. please contact me with information

    Comment by zakaria aging | July 23, 2011 | Reply

  24. I’m looking for my dad. I haven’t talked to him in about 4 months, I don’t know if he’s alive or not. Last time I spoke to him he was working for KBR. His name is Kenneth (Ken) Coffey. From Houston, TX. He’s been overseas since 2006. If anybody could help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You

    Contact information:

    Comment by Brittany Coffey from Houston, TX | September 3, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi this is your grandma jans cousin we have been trying to find him also we maybe could work together his mom jan is in friendswood and has been very ill thought she was going to die wev are family even though we have never met i live in atoka okla now my phone number is 254-733-7305 would love to here from you love judy

      Comment by Judy Danderson | October 24, 2011 | Reply

  25. Can felons get a jobs working over seas becasue this shitty ass $7.25 an hour is cutting it .
    If a child can not live on such wages we know that grown men can not live on them either.

    Comment by Chris Roberts | October 3, 2011 | Reply

  26. trying to get human resources info for KBOSSS

    Comment by debbie | November 1, 2011 | Reply

  27. I was recently a contractor for AECOM for two years. I applied for a lead mechanic postion. Instead of giving me the position they chose to give it to a man with no mechanical experience. I questioned the decision and from that day forward my supervisor was out to get me fired. He even went around telling anyone that would listen that he was going to have me fired because he didn’t like me.What he really meant was he didn’t like my color. Aecom has low production because the have people without the skills or knowledge working in the mechanic shops. They have more Indians than Americans working on the United States military vehicles.

    Comment by Chad Senn | November 19, 2011 | Reply

  28. To get a job overseas, it is best to go through the internet looking for them. After you find a company that does that type of work, you will most likely have to make a profile on their website and post your resume. From there, you can monitor their openings. Some of the companies I am familiar with that do this work are
    Mantech, CACI, Fluor, AECOM, and Trinetics. There are many more. If you are into electronics, check mantech, caci. and trinetics. AECOM provides people for cooking labour, offices….They are cheap and prefer Indians who will work for a lot less than Americans. If you are a certified welder, air conditioning, or generator person, you have a great chance as they always need those.

    Comment by dallanta | November 19, 2011 | Reply

  29. My name is Richard Kerr….I served in the USMC for 41/2 years, Lance Corporal. I’m very interested in this job and would like to know how I could get a job as a private contractor. Please let me know. Thank you

    Comment by Richard Kerr Jr | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  30. im ex irish army and intrested in working in the middle east trained to the highest standered army ranger wing for 3 years.What is the best company to work with thanks

    Comment by k johnson | November 23, 2011 | Reply

  31. ◦Hello! I try to locate a close friend working as civilian contractor in Afg. The same I don’t know what company he was working for and last day I spoke with him was 13 november 2011. All I know is that he was suppose to be transffered from the base he was working in to a smallest one, he said maybe the smollest from afg. He is romanian and was working for a US private company in afg since april 2011. If there is anyoane who can help me …..I am really worried. You can contact me at melucica@yahoo.com

    Comment by mihaela | November 28, 2011 | Reply

  32. does anyone know of any defense attorneys that i could hire to represent me? i’m currently at KAF (Kandahar Airfield) please email with any referrals. thank you: stevenfrank1@gmail.com

    Comment by steve | December 3, 2011 | Reply

  33. Hi I am a certified executive chef looking to contract in the Middle East. What is the best way and could someone contact me with how and who to contact for more information…thanks areevesfisher@gmail.com.

    Comment by allen | December 7, 2011 | Reply

  34. Hello, I am an ex-Army Infantryman that served honorably in Iraq in 2003. I am looking at getting back overseas for work, any kind. I also have done about 4 years of construction, and most recently, I have ran a Aluminum Manufacturing factory. Please contact me anytime at danielf4974@msn.com anytime for possible job placement overseas, anywhere. Thank you for your time.

    Comment by Daniel Fuhrman | December 20, 2011 | Reply

  35. Hello, I am trying to find a friend working as a civilian contractor (DOD). I have not heard from him since Aug, 2011, He is suppose to be stationed in Irag and working in Afghanistan. It is not like him to not email me at least once a month. His name is Mark L. White. He is retired from the Army and now works as a civilian contract employee. He is 40 years old and a black male. I am so worried that he has been in an accident or worse. Does anyone know where I can find a list of civilians killed over there?

    Contact me at l0veb1rds@yahoo.com –636-734-4046 ref: ML White

    Comment by Sonya Crites | January 1, 2012 | Reply

  36. My fiance is employed by global intregrated security. I have not spoken to him now in four days. Our last conversation was him telling me he is going out on a mission and he will call me once he gets back. He is basedis Mazri sharif. I was never informed who to call if he comes up missing. Someone please help. Who can i contact to get information.

    Comment by tony | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  37. Go to their website, there are a lot of email addresses and some phone numbers. email them, explain the situation and ask for help. Aldso, include your congressmen and senators in the email. Make sure that global security understands you will not stop and they need to help you. It might work.

    Comment by dallantaJohn | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  38. I am shia muslim from India and I am interested in civilian contracting in Iraq. I have experiance in IT Support and HR staffing. I have worked as IT trainer as well. Can someone guide me, how to find a civilian contractors job in Iraq…Thanks (email : speed123_1@yahoo.com )

    Comment by Waseem | March 4, 2012 | Reply

  39. I am looking for a civilian contractor that just arrived to Afghanistan. She was working for DynCorp, but now is working for a different company. I am pretty sure she went to Bagram, and it is pretty dangerous there. Her name is Gail M. Losee, and she is a logistics. SHe just got back in to country, just in time for all these attacks and killings! Can someone help me find the company she is working for and where she is? I can then keep an eye on reports of what company is in harms way. Thank you!

    Comment by Tam | March 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you. She isn’t working for DynCorp anymore, not sure who she is working for, thinking Fluor is there, as is US Logistics…any info on them or how to contact? DynCorp has good website, not so much the others. Is there a phone number
      to those places?

      Comment by Tam | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  40. Contact the Regional Support Center at Bagram which is now run by CSC and ManTech. Dyncorp works in their building on Bagram. I worked there for the last two years, that is how I know.

    Comment by dallantaJohn | March 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Are there phone numbers to call? Thank you!

      Comment by Tam | March 20, 2012 | Reply

  41. I am a professional that is available for safety security protection details and dt training.

    I have worked in abu dhabi in the past on a 90 day detail and several 14 day details in the security fields.

    All levels of protection including VIP. Ceo’s and celebrities seasoned professional short or long term details.

    Brian Gates

    Comment by Brian Gates | March 18, 2012 | Reply

  42. Hobbie Gill: is my name yes I’m looking for a new change and want to go overseas and work, its hard find a good job in the US,IWant to do better, who do I need to see or a address to write or phone # if you can help me please

    Comment by Hobbie Gill | March 21, 2012 | Reply

  43. Hi,I am an ex-clearance man that served honorably in combodia in 1993. I am looking at getting back Overseas for work, any kid.I also have done about 2 years of Constructor, and most recently , I have ran a Aluminum Manufacturing factory. Please contact me anytime at inspira.un.org/ gflood@roncowash.com. any tim for Possible Job placement Overseas, anywhere thank you for your time.

    Comment by sophea | March 27, 2012 | Reply

  44. Hi, I’m looking for information on a friend who I believe is a contractor with DOD or navy working in Baghdad as of March 2012. He’s been there since around 2005, before that Afghanistan, Bagram via Moffett Field in San Jose, CA. I’ve not heard from him since March 11. His nickname is Chino, last name Perez. He’s from Brooklyn and in his early 30’s. I’ve sent several emails since March 11 with no reply. Thanks for any info or Iraq causalities list.

    Comment by mara | April 16, 2012 | Reply

  45. want to go overseas to use my skill in working in the field as contractor my tell phone number is 786-327-9207. am ready to go no felonies or nothing and very much expirience on construccion

    Comment by manuel parrondo 51 | September 30, 2012 | Reply

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