Soldier accused of deserting Army unit is en route to U.S.

November 27, 2009

Pfc. Christopher Pfeiffer, 20, a Westminster soldier accused of deserting his Army unit, is slowly making his way home after paperwork problems threatened to strand him in Kuwait a second time. Pfeiffer's superiors notified him last week that he might be discharged from the Army. They said he failed to return to his unit after coming home over the summer on authorized leave to take care of his sick wife and newborn daughter. Pfeiffer's family said he did everything he could to contact his chain of command and either further extend his leave or make travel arrangements back to Afghanistan. Early this week, Army officials arranged to send Pfeiffer back to Fort Richardson, Alaska, where his fate will be decided. Pfeiffer left Bagram, Afghanistan, to fly to Kuwait, then Germany, and then on to Alaska, said his mother-in-law, Theresa Mwimbwa. But when he tried to board a plane Tuesday morning to Germany, he was told he couldn't go any farther. He was cleared Wednesday to leave Kuwait. Mwimbwa said she was unsure when he would arrive in Alaska. Pfeiffer was stuck at the Kuwait airport from Sept. 14 until Nov. 3, attempting to board a plane to Afghanistan.

- McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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