Kirk von Ackermann was an American contractor.
He was employed by Ultra Services of Istanbul, Turkey 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, 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." Ackermann's body was never found.ref
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." 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.
- Bay Area civilian vanishes in Iraq Colin Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2003
- Suspicion surrounds missing Bay Area man Colin Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2005
- Von Ackermann: 'a regular guy?' Jeanine Gore, Half Moon Bay Review, November 24, 2003
- Missing In Iraq blog by Von Ackermann family/friends
- The Missing Man blog with links to articles on Manelick & Von Ackermann
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