Army holding Maryland soldier in Afghanistan as deserter

November 15, 2009

A Maryland soldier is in Army custody and classified as a deserter - unfairly, relatives say - after he extended a two-week mid-tour leave to take care of his sick wife and their new baby. Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett of Frederick has asked the Secretary of the Army to investigate whether the Army mistreated Pfc. Christopher Pfeiffer, 20, of Westminster. Army officials would not comment on whether he faces charges or has received nonjudicial punishment. Lisa Wright, a spokeswoman for Bartlett, said Pfeiffer's case has been brought to the Army secretary's attention, the highest level for such appeals. "The Army is working with Congressman Bartlett's office to review this case and try to resolve it," Army spokesman Wayne Hall said Friday.

- McClatchy Tribune News Service

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