Kirk von Ackermann
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Von Ackermann was an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force, and had previously served as a Russian linguist in the United States Army. Among his roles in the Air Force was that of "former Deputy Director of intelligence for NATO operations in Kosovo in 1999(,) where he had been decorated for operations behind enemy lines."
He was never employed by Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey, but worked as a contractor on behalf of Charles Phillips when he disappeared in Iraq on Thursday October 9, 2003. His car was found empty on a road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, with his equipment and $40,000 still inside. On December 14, 2003 his colleague, who had been fired by Ultra Services after repeated warnings that he violated safety rules, Ryan G. Manelick was gunned down just after leaving Camp Anaconda. The Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU) at U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (HQCID) is investigating.
The CID determined that von Ackermann died on October 9, 2003 in a botched kidnapping attempt. They still, however, refuse to give out information on his case which is still "active." Information on the case is restricted and classified top secret. Ackermann's body was never found.
Kirk von Ackermann served as a Russian linguist in the army from 1988-1992. After earning his bachelor's degree at the University of New Mexico, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force, military intelligence. He served at Elemendorf AFB, Alaska, becoming an expert in information operations. During his time there he was deployed to Vicenza, Italy and was involved in NATO operations during the Kosovo war. On return he accepted a joint forces role in Virgnia where he was assigned a counter terrorist role with beyond top secret clearance. Before going to Iraq, von Ackermann was a manager at Siebel Systems, Inc., a business software company in San Mateo, California. He is survived by his wife and three children.
- Colin Freeman, Bay Area civilian vanishes in Iraq San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2003
- Colin Freeman, Suspicion surrounds missing Bay Area man, San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2005
- Jeanine Gore,Von Ackermann: 'a regular guy?', Half Moon Bay Review, November 24, 2003
- The Missing Man blog with links to articles on Manelick & Von Ackermann
- Kirk von Ackermann profile, missinginiraq.blogspot.com, August 2006; accessed December 8, 2015.