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The Department of Labor and the Supreme Group, A Cover Up?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 16, 2012

In the second quarter of 2010 The Department of Labor reports that the Supreme Group had 192 employee death claims filed

The Supreme Group shows no prior death claims filed dating back to September of 2001.

While no single insurer shows death claims filed amounting to this number for this time period

CNA shows 46 death claims filed

Zurich shows 105 death claims filed

And the DoL lists 103 death claims to an uninsured employer (there were previously none listed)

See Also Failure to Secure DBA Coverage, Failure to Report Claims


We filed FOIA’s on February 22, 2012 and again on March 8, 2012

Which included the following:

    1.    Any and all complaints, statements, or reports to U.S. Dept. of Labor (DoL) concerning the activities of Supreme Group, Supreme Food Service, and their subcontractors

    2.    Any and all letters, reports, e mail, memoranda or other record showing communications with people regarding the activities of and/or the filing of DBA claims by Supreme Group, Supreme Food Service, and their subcontractors

             3.        Any and all report(s) of investigation or other memoranda or record concerning results of investigation conducted by DoL or any person working for DoL concerning the activities of  and/or the filing of DBA claims by Supreme Group, Supreme Food Services, and their subcontractors


We understand that when filing FOIA requests they must be worded properly

But are we to believe that there were 192 Death Claims filed in one quarter by one company and that during this same quarter over 100 Death Claims were filed to an uninsured employer and

No one at the Department of Labor had anything to say about it?

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Iraq suicide bomb kills UK contractor Aegis, Two Americans seriously injured,

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 6, 2010

Observer News

Attacker rammed bomb-laden car into convoy

A British security contractor was killed in Iraq today when a suicide bomber rammed a bomb-laden car into a convoy of four armoured SUVs in western Mosul.

Two other western contractors – believed to be Americans – and an Iraqi were seriously injured in the attack, while five passers-by suffered moderate wounds. All the contractors worked for the British company Aegis.

It is the first British fatality in Iraq in more than 12 months. Since the British Army withdrew from its garrison near the southern city of Basra in April last year, contractors – once regular targets of insurgent bombs – have been attacked far less frequently. Around 100 British officers remain in Iraq, helping to train the Iraqi Navy in the southern port of Umm Qasr.

However, Mosul has remained dangerous for contractors and the US military alike, with daily attacks on security forces and civilians reported for much of the past year.

As the US military prepares to withdraw its combat troops by the end of next month, heavily armoured and easily recognisable contractor convoys are set to present an increasingly attractive target to militants who see private security companies as an adjunct to the military.

An estimated 400 British contractors work in Iraq today, this is well down on the 2,000 plus who worked across the country during the height of the postwar chaos three years ago.

However the lure of reconstruction work stemming from the lucrative oil sector is expected to attract many more over the coming years.

Today’s blast took place near a bridge in western Mosul around 9am. The SUV was reportedly blown 40 metres into a nearby ravine. A second Aegis car was also reportedly damaged.

The officer in charge of operations in Mosul, Colonel Edan Ali, said he dispatched an Iraqi Army patrol to the scene, but it was kept at bay by contractors who would not let anyone near them.

“They were a company there for reconstruction,” he said. “The British flags on their cars were obvious.”

US forces evacuated the dead and injured by helicopter and closed the road. The British Embassy in Baghdad said it was providing consular assistance

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Robert Wayne Pittman, Wexford Group, Killed in Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 6, 2010

Clarksville contractor killed in Afghanistan

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – A Greenwood, Miss., couple is mourning their 41-year-old son who was killed while working as a private contractor in Afghanistan

Wayne and Vicki Pittman said Robert Wayne Pittman Jr. of Clarksville, Tenn., retired as a U.S. Army master sergeant in April and had been working for The Wexford Group International as a combat adviser in Afghanistan.

He died July 29. An obituary in The Leaf Chronicle said services are Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksville, Tenn. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The family said a funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Greenwood.

Robert Pittman is also survived by his wife, Melissa, and daughters Loren and Robbie.

Robert Pittman graduated from Greenwood High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1990 and served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Military people don’t talk about what they do,” Wayne Pittman told The Greenwood Commonwealth. “When he was in the military, we knew that he was in harm’s way. We didn’t know that he would be in harm’s way after he got out of the military. He just always told us, ‘Everything’s fine; I’m doing great.’ He was that kind of guy.”

Vicki Pittman said her son was the kind of person who was “once a friend, always a friend.”

Wayne Pittman said his son surrounded himself with good people when he was growing up and later when he was in the military.

“They’re Americans who sacrifice everything every day to let us live with the freedoms we have,” Wayne Pittman said. “Robert was always supportive of them, and they were the same way toward him.”


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