What I *don't* get is how the British paper, The Telegraph, managed to scoop everyone else. It's a sad state of affairs when the best local news comes from England.
There are no reports on this story yet by the network news sites, and I kind of suspect there won't be either. Suffice it to say that soldiers aren't the only Americans who have died over in Iraq.
Kirk von Ackermann lived in Moss Beach with his wife Hillary and their three children before taking a contract position with Ultra Services, a company based in Istanbul that furnishes supplies and logistics assistance for U.S. Army bases in Iraq.
Ackermanm had a flat tire on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, and called a co-worker for assistance. Help arrived 45 minutes later only to find Kirk missing and his car abandoned. As it has been over a month since he has been heard from, the worst is presumed.
Ackermann previously served in the USAF with the 381st IS, a unit based out of Alaska that specialized in information operations, electronic surveilance, and intelligence gathering. He used to mountain bike there and he loved his time serving in Alaska. His email address used to be firstname.lastname@example.org. He worked for a local software company prior to his most recent job. He fondly remembered the time he took his wife and young daughter salmon fishing out near Half Moon Bay last May... such is the ephemera left behind when a person disappears.
My thoughts go out to Mrs. Ackermann and her family, who must be going through hell over his disappearance. I hope that if the worst does come to pass, that there will be an effort made to remember Kirk and all the others like him. They deserve a memorial too.