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American Contractor killed Forward Operating Base Salerno

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 7, 2012

DoD American Forces Press Service

The attack on June 1 killed an American contractor and wounded dozens of service members.

Panetta was particularly incensed about the Haqqani network using the Federally Administered Tribal Area in Pakistan as a safe haven. The Haqqanis most recent outrage was an attack on Forward Operating Base Salerno in Regional Command-East. The attack on June 1 killed an American contractor and wounded dozens of service members.

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Did Wikileaks Reveal a Poisoned Beer Plot?

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 29, 2010

Dan Fletcher at  Time Newsfeed

An interesting morsel from the Wikileaks files: an allegation the Afghan insurgency, in conjunction with Pakistan’s ISI spy agency, tried to poison an American contractor working in Afghanistan through poisoning his beer.

The Christian Science Monitor details the plot, identifying the target as James Yeager, an American geologist. Yeager alleges he returned home one night to find his home burgled, with only a bottle of Corona beer left behind. Since Yeager didn’t like Corona, the beer left sit for sometime until, in a moment of boozy desperation, he cracked it open.

“I pulled it out and when I popped it there was no fizz and the cap was loose,” Yeager tells the CSM. “Because this one didn’t have fizz you wonder if it went rancid or not, and I just kind of sniffed it and I went ‘Oh, that doesn’t smell like beer.'”

Yeager identified the smell as sulfuric acid, which meshes with a report in the trove of documents released by Wikileaks this weekend, the contents of which allege that insurgents planned similar beer attacks. However, even with Yeager’s report, experts remain skeptical of the validity of the intelligence and warn that the plot should be “taken with a grain of salt.” (via the Christian Science Monitor.)

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Leishmaniasis from Iraq and Afghanistan a Hazard, but not a War Hazard

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 22, 2010

There will be no “Defense of Freedom Medal” for being infected with the Leishmaniasis parasite.

Leishmaniasis is a one celled parasite normally contracted via the bite of a female sandfly.

These sandflys and the parasite they carry are endemic to many countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Locals and visitors to these endemic areas are always at risk of contracting Leishmaniasis if precautions are not taken to keep from being bitten.

Leishmaniasis is no more a War Hazard than Malaria or any of the regular work place accidents that occur while working overseas yet are not reimbursable under the War Hazards Act.

So unless the female sandflys have taken up arms and joined Al Qaeda and the Taliban, which would require a complete reversal regarding their views on women…..

The War Hazards Tribunal up in Ohio needs to beware the DBA Insurance Company attempts to paint them as insurgents.

This is the first in our series of reports on Leishmaniasis which most of you who worked in the War Zones were exposed to.

Statistically, it is likely that many of you carry this parasite unawares………

Posted in ACE, AIG and CNA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties and Missing, Defense Base Act Law and Procedure, Department of Labor, Leishmaniasis, Political Watch, War Hazards Act | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

DynCorp shareholders profit well on proposed sale

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 12, 2010

Cerberus to take defense contractor DynCorp private in $1 billion deal

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – DynCorp International, which has helped train the national police in Afghanistan, said Monday that it is being bought out by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $1 billion.

A recent decision to shift control of the training program from the State Department to the military may end a contract that DynCorp has held since 2003.

The company is challenging the decision.

DynCorp shareholders will receive $17.55 in cash for each share, a premium of 49 percent from Friday’s closing price of $11.75. The deal also includes debt that pushes its total value to $1.5 billion.

Under the terms of the deal announced Monday, DynCorp has 28 days to solicit proposals from other companies.

Shares of DynCorp International Inc. soared $5.72, or 49 percent, to $17.47.

DynCorp provides services such as aviation support in Iraq to helping flood victims in the U.S. It has contracts in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Two possible drug-related deaths in Afghanistan by two contractors has raised concerns about how well the company selects and manages employees assigned to a police training contract that is considered key as the U.S. looks to hand over more of the security burden to the Afghans.  Story here

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Defense Base Act Case Summary Reports thru March 31, 2010

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on April 8, 2010

Defense Base Act Case Summary Reports

DBA CUMULATIVE REPORT BY EMPLOYER (09/01/2001 – 03/31/2010)

DBA CUMULATIVE REPORT BY NATION (09/01/2001 – 03/31/2010)

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Taliban Kill Three US Soldiers/ Frontier Corps USAID Contractors in Pakistan Roadside Bomb Attack

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 3, 2010


G.I.s Slain in Pakistan: Psyop Sergeant, Two Nation-Builders

A psychological operations sergeant and two military nation-builders have been identified as the soldiers killed earlier this week by a roadside bomb in Pakistan.

39 year-old Staff Sergeant Mark Alan Stets, Jr. (pictured) was assigned to Alpha Company of the 8th Psychological Operations Battalion out of Fort Bragg, N.C. This was his second deployment to the region, according to U.S. Special Operations Command. He also served in Iraq.

Sergeant 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller, a native of Ashland, Ky. enlisted in the United States Army Reserves as a heavy construction mechanic in 1991. He subsequently moved to the “big” Army, serving in Germany, Kuwait, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Sergeant 1st Class David J. Hartman was a veteran of the Army’s signal corps, deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both were assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade out of Ft. Bragg.

Full Story at Danger Room

by: Liam Stack   The Christian Science Monitor

at Truthout

The US military deaths in Pakistan represent a significant victory for Taliban militants after months of increasing drone attacks.

A roadside bomb attack killed at least seven people, including three Americans, in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, news agencies report. The US fatalities represent a significant victory for Taliban militants, who claimed responsibility for the attack, after months of increasing drone attacks.

The US embassy in Islamabad has confirmed that three US military personnel were killed and two wounded in the blast, Pakistani daily Dawn reports.

“It appears to be the first time American soldiers have been killed in such an attack in Pakistan,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that it had carried out the attack. A TTP spokesman accused the men of working for Blackwater International, a security contractor that changed its name to Xe in 2009 and that attracted widespread criticism over alleged excessive use of force in Iraq.

“The Americans killed were members of the Blackwater group. We know they are responsible for bomb blasts in Peshawar and other Pakistani cities,” a Taliban spokesman told Dawn. “We have warned we will take revenge and today we have avenged the deaths of innocent people.”

Initial reports identified the US dead as either aid workers or journalists. Dawn initially called them officials with the US Agency for International Development, while AFP cited an official from the paramilitary Frontier Corps calling them foreign aid workers, and sources told the Associated Press (AP) they were “part of a small, little-publicized, US mission to train members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps to better fight al-Qaida and Taliban militants.” Full Story at Truthout

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