Kirk von Ackermann

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Kirk von Ackermann
Bornc. 1966
DisappearedOctober 9, 2003
StatusPresumed dead
DiedOctober 9, 2003 (aged 37)[1]
OccupationIntelligence officer
Spouse(s)Megan von Ackermann

Kirk von Ackermann (c. 1966 – 9 October 2003) was an American contractor who disappeared in Iraq in 2003.[2] His family was given a "presumption of death of a citizen abroad" certificate three years later. He has not been officially declared dead.[1]

Early life[edit]

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."[3]


He was employed by Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey when he disappeared in Iraq on October 9, 2003. His car was found empty on a road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, with his equipment and $40,000 still inside.[4][5] On December 14, 2003, his colleague, Ryan G. Manelick was gunned down just after leaving Camp Anaconda. The Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU) at U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) is investigating.[3]

The CID have not given a firm conclusion on when or where von Ackermann may have died, although these is a presumption that it may have happened on October 9, 2003, in a botched kidnapping attempt. They still, however, refuse to give out information on his case which is still "active." Von Ackermann's body was never found.[6]

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lists Von Ackermann as one of five remaining missing servicemen or DOD contractors since the onset of Operation Desert Storm.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Before going to Iraq, Von Ackermann was a manager at Siebel Systems, a business software company in San Mateo, California, and living in Moss Beach, California.[8] He is survived by his wife, Megan, and three children.[3][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary". Albuquerque Journal. January 14, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  2. ^ Waller, Douglas (February 13, 2005). "Foul Play in Iraq?". Time. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Freeman, Colin. "Suspicion surrounds missing Bay Area man / His fellow military contract worker pointed to kickback schemes — and then was killed". SFGate. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Freeman, Colin (November 11, 2003). "Bay Area civilian vanishes in Iraq". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Death of a Contractor Dan Halpern, Rolling Stone, March 8, 2007
  6. ^ Kirk von Ackermann profile,, August 2006; accessed December 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, undated; accessed December 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Army Seeks Missing U.S. Civilian in Iraq". The Los Angeles Times. November 12, 2003. p. 120. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Gore, Jeanine (November 24, 2003). "Von Ackermann: 'a regular guy?'". Half Moon Bay Review. Retrieved July 28, 2018.

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