One of the Army's 1st female combat engineer recruits is a deserter
One of the first women to sign up to become an Army combat engineer is now considered a deserter after being AWOL for 30 days.
Pvt. Erika Lopez was supposed to report to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, on Jan. 4 after convalescent leave. She was considered absent without leave on Jan. 5 when she didn't show. Lopez was dropped from the rolls Thursday, which means she's considered a deserter, said Tiffany Wood, a spokeswoman for Fort Leonard Wood.
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