AWOL: First female combat engineer in Tennessee wanted for desertion

The Tennessee woman who made headlines last summer by enlisting in the US Army as combat engineer is now being sought on charges of desertion. A federal warrant has been issued for her arrest.

Erika Lopez enlisted in July last year, just after the US army lifted its ban on women in combat roles. She went to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, but was placed on “convalescent leave” at the end of last year.

Private Lopez was reported absent without leave (AWOL) on January 5th, a day after she was due to return to base.

“After 30 days in an AWOL status, a soldier is considered a deserter and a federal warrant is issued for his or her arrest,” Army spokeswoman Tiffany Wood said, announcing the charges.

h/t JBR

  • Katyn

    Well, she was probably just having that time. We should be accommodating. After all, a woman can do anything a man can.

    • Surele Surele

      and of course, I want a 120 lbs, but equally strong woman to rescue me when I’m need it.

    • BillyHW

      A woman will spend her entire life complaining to everybody how hard she works cleaning the bathroom with a toothbrush while a man will invent a $5 spray that does all the cleaning for him and then go golfing on the moon later that afternoon.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …could be lying stiff somewhere…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Evidently, she is no Kurd or Israeli.

    • Surele Surele

      Evidently not.

  • BradThomas

    I wonder what Billy would say about this ….

    • Physics grad

      “told ya so…”

    • BillyHW

      Billy would say that women are stupid and useless and should learn to bake cookies instead of voting.

  • Hard Little Machine

    She wasn’t being empowered enough.

    • Clausewitz

      She found out that even though they lowered the standards for her so she could qualify, that once you get into the real world every soldier has to pull the same weight, and that’s hhhhaaaaaarrrrrdddd.

  • Hard Little Machine

    She turned herself in