Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Daniel Joseph Kuhlmeier

Omaha, Nebraska

February 20, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Air Force DoD Civ

Detachment 204, 2nd Field Investigations Region

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq when the convoy he was traveling in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

From Air Force Office of Special Investigations:

Special Agent (SA) Daniel J. Kuhlmeier graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1993.

Kuhlmeier enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in December 1994. He first he served as the Security Section Leader, Marine Corps Ground Defense Security Force, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kuhlmeier was later assigned to the American Embassies in Bonn, Germany and Yaounde, Cameroon as the Assistant Detachment Commander. In November 2000, Kuhlmeier entered the United States Army Reserves where he served as a Counterintelligence Agent and Farsi Linguist for the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, Maryland. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Maryland, University College, with highest honors.

In October 2003, Kuhlmeier joined the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and following graduation from AFOSI's Special Investigators' Course in March 2004, was assigned to AFOSI Detachment 204, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. Here he began duties as a Special Agent assigned to the detachment's Counterintelligence Section. Kuhlmeier provided counterintelligence and force protection support to the 55th Wing and HQ, US Strategic Command. Kuhlmeier later investigated criminal violations related to military members involved in narcotics activities while assigned to the detachment's criminal section.

Kuhlmeier volunteered for deployment duty as a counterintelligence collections agent. He was assigned to the Strategic Counterintelligence Directorate, Baghdad, Iraq, where he arrived on 8 February 2006.

On 20 February 2006, Kuhlmeier was part of a two-vehicle convoy en route to a meeting with Iraqi and U.S. military officials. He and the Army driver of his vehicle were killed when their vehicle was hit by an Explosively Formed Penetrator, a machine manufactured shaped charge designed to take out armored vehicles. SA Kuhlmeier was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Civilian Career Service Award and the Defense of Freedom Medal.

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