Overseas Civilian Contractors

News and issues relating to Civilian Contractors working Overseas

Canadian man and American woman kidnapped in Wardak

Khaama Press  October 12, 2012

According to reports two foreign nationals were abducted by unknown gunmen in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the two individuals were kidnapped in Syedabad district.

The source further added the two individuals including a Canadian Man and an American woman were civilians.

They were kidnapped while they were on their way from eastern Ghazni province to capital Kabul.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Afghan government officials yet to comment regarding the report.

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October 12, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Kidnapped, Contractors Missing | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Missing in action: Service members and Contractors left behind

The DPMO website cites 4 men as missing – see below. And yet, other contractors are known to still be missing.

Kirk von Ackermann

More than five years later, Altaie’s case remains unsolved and has been turned over to the missing personnel office, along with those of three missing defense contractors: Kirk Von Ackermann, lost since 2003; Timothy Bell, lost since 2004; and Adnan al-Hilawi, lost since 2007

See also Gulf War II Operation Iraqi Freedom at POW Network

Politico February 9, 2012

With U.S. combat troops out of Iraq and a time frame for a pullout set in Afghanistan, an ominous question looms: Who will we have left behind?

In Iraq, at least one U.S. service member is currently listed as missing, along with three defense contractors. And in Afghanistan, an Army sergeant is believed to be captured by the Taliban.

“Even if there’s only one, that’s one too many,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who for years has advocated better accounting of America’s lost service members.

Since 1993, King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been pushing for legislation that would establish a panel to investigate the handling of missing-in-action and prisoner-of-war cases from past conflicts. The latest iteration of his bill is stalled in the House Rules Committee.

King is especially concerned about World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, which together claim more than 83,000 unaccounted-for U.S. service members, according to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.

“It’s never been the political issue during either of the Iraq wars or in Afghanistan the way it was in Vietnam,” he said in an interview with POLITICO. “It was such an emotional issue for so many Vietnam veterans, and I believed a full investigation was required.”

Asked why his bill hasn’t gained traction, King said Pentagon officials oppose it. “They feel it would open up too many sensitive records,” he explained. “I feel that there are enough serious questions that they should be opened up to finally resolve them and that there are so many veterans who feel so strongly about this.”

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February 9, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Contractors Missing | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Information sought regarding 3 missing men in the Gardez / Khost region of Afghanistan

We have confirmed that these men were recovered and have returned safely to their home countries.

Missing and reported several days overdue are.

39 yr old Carlos Emilio Perezeo of Belize,

40 yr old Willam Stricklund of the Gulf Islands Canada,

both Security Contractors,

and Sales Rep

Mr.Enrico Michael Lopez 46yrs old of El Salvadore.

It is NOT believed these contractors have met any foul play.

Their vehicle was recovered and appears to have suffered Catastrophic Mechanical Failure,

Its apppears the men may have set out on foot ,their last known location was in Zharandi Sar a mountainous region approx 40 miles east of Gardez Afghanistan along the Gardez/ Khost Highway.

Any and all info and tips can be forwarded to
attention : Paulo

June 23, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractors Missing | , , | 5 Comments