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.
Lopez was supposed to report to Fort Leonard Wood 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 was considered a deserter before she turned herself in.
SFC (Join to see) , While I am glad she turned herself in after going AWOL Pvt. Erika Lopez, should not be allowed to finish training without showing cause for going AWOL. Disclaimer - I successfully completed 12B training in March 1975.