Special Agent Rick Alan Ulbright

Special Agent Rick Alan Ulbright

United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, August 8, 2004

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Rick Alan Ulbright

Special Agent Rick Ulbright was killed in a mortar attack on Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, while assigned to the area for law enforcement purposes. He was walking outdoors on the base when the attack occurred.

Agent Ulbright was the first federal agent killed during a mortar attack while detailed to Iraq to conduct investigations related to the War on Terror.

Special Agent Ulbright was a civilian special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He had served with the agency for 27 years and was assigned to the 33rd Field Investigative Squadron at Andrews Force Base, Maryland. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Special Agent Ulbright was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award and Defense of Freedom Medal.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 27 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Location Overseas
  • Weapon Explosives; Mortar
  • Offender Not available

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Calm, cool, collected, he was always the voice of reason when I was frustrated by what I thought were slights and unprofessional behavior around me, really when it was mostly me. Rick was more of a friend than a realized at the time and wish I would have never lost contact. My ears still ring from an incident we were involved in at Ramstein, believe it or not it the tinnitus makes me smile thinking about Rick and his calm, cool voice and always present smile.

Ray McMurphy, Major, US Army Retired
Former Special Agent AFOSI, Former SMSgt USAF (Security Forces/AsMA)

December 27, 2022

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