AWOL Female Combat Engineer Recruit Labeled Deserter, Turns Herself In – American Military News

AWOL Female Combat Engineer Recruit Labeled Deserter, Turns Herself In

Thursday we told you about one of the first female combat engineer recruits that went AWOL last month. Today she not only was labeled a deserter but turned herself in.

Pvt. Erika Lopez turned herself in today, 30 days after she failed to report back to Fort Leonard Wood on January 5th after convalescent leave.

Yesterday she was officially dropped from the rolls, making her a deserter. Turning herself in today made matters worse.

A spokesperson for the Army said:

“Pvt. Lopez’s unit will look at all the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation and take appropriate action.”

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From the Army Times:

Pvt. Erika Lopez, who went AWOL after being one of the first women to sign up to become an Army combat engineer, has turned herself in.

Lopez “turned herself in to proper military authorities” Thursday night, said Tiffany Wood, a spokeswoman for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

“Pvt. Lopez’s unit will look at all the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation and take appropriate action,” Wood said in a statement. She declined to provide further details.

Read more at the Army Times

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