Back in July, the media and the Army celebrated Erika Lopez, from Tennessee, when she enlisted to be the first woman to become a combat engineer.
[Knoxville Army recruiter] Sgt. 1st Class Charles Ellis [said] “She was very excited about it she said ‘Hey that’s what I want to do’. She came into the army to better herself and set the example for her family.”
Sgt. Ellis knew her decision was unique, but for Erika, the magnitude of it didn’t set in until later. “It makes me feel really excited that no woman has ever done it before.”
Lopez was a mother of two boys, one was born when she was 16 years old. She shipped in September, and went to basic training, but she must have somehow injured herself during training, because she was on convalescent leave by the end of the year. According to the updated story, sent to us by Bobo, she was supposed to report back from leave on January 4th, but she was a no-show.
Spokesperson Tiffany Wood issued a statement saying, “After 30 days in an AWOL status, a Soldier is considered a deserter and a
federal warrant is issued for his or her arrest. ”
Wood says once Private Erika Lopez is arrested she’ll be taken to the nearest military installment and handed over to military police.
So, she’ll be a deserter in the morning. Another historical moment for the social justice warriors.
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