FORT LEONARD Missouri – Two Afghan military students at Fort Leonard Wood are among 7 that have gone missing recently. The pair has been AWOL since September 17th.
The Military Times reports that U.S. Navy Defense Press Operations Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans confirmed four students left their posts without leave over the Labor Day weekend.
One stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia was discovered missing the weekend of Sept. 17th.
Evans said that most Afghan military students in the U.S. finish their training and return to their country, but officials have in the past uncovered some students’ plans to go leave post without authorization. Officials have not said whether they believe the absences are connected.
It is unclear what training the missing students were receiving.
Evans referred all questions about the current status of the military students to the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is working in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” ICE Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell said in an email.
See full report here: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/7-afghan-military-students-awol-from-us-posts