Missing Guard member sought

January 18, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Army is investigating the case of a Parkville-based National Guard member who was reported absent without leave after her battalion was assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a military official said this week.

Nancy Sophia Fortune of Baltimore failed to join her battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga. The unit was sent to Cuba to guard Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners who began arriving from Afghanistan, said Col. Howard S. Freedlander, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard.

A five-year veteran and payroll specialist at the Parkville Armory, Fortune was reported missing two weeks ago at Fort Stewart, Freedlander said.

Fortune is part of the 115th Military Police Battalion, based in Salisbury. About 100 battalion members were sent to Cuba last week.

Members of the battalion helped guard the Pentagon after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11; some were called to active duty at Fort Stewart in October, Freedlander said.

"Anybody that puts on that uniform faces the possibility of overseas deployment," Freedlander said.

Fortune's case has been turned over to the Army, which will investigate and handle disciplinary proceedings, should they be necessary. Soldiers who are found guilty of being absent without leave could face jail time, Freedlander said.

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