MSNBC/AP have a rather sad story:
Holcomb, 30, and her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Vaughn Holcomb, 40, lived with their children at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs when both were sent to Iraq in February.
Family members were taking care of their children, but the couple returned on emergency leave in September when Vaughn HolcombÃ¢€™s ex-wife went to court to get full custody of two of the children from their previous marriage.
judge said one of the Holcombs had to remain home or they would lose custody. Simone Holcomb said she decided to stay because she is a reservist while her husband has 20 years of active-duty service and is near retirement.
She also said her husband, a tank platoon sergeant with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, would be more sorely missed by his unit. He is now back in Iraq.
The Army requires two-soldier families to agree on custody plans before deployments so that children are taken care of, said Col. Rich Thomas of Army Forces Central Command in Atlanta.
My guess is the Army will decide not to prosecute, which is probably the right decision. That said, a rather obvious question arises: Why are both of them, voluntarily, in the Army? The very purpose of the Army is to prepare for and fight our country’s wars. Deployment to war is, therefore, a rather real possibility. Mrs. Holcombe could certainly have gotten out of the Reserves at any point before the deployment orders came in without much difficulty. So, why was she taking her Army paycheck if she wasn’t willing to be deployed? It’s not like she didn’t have the kids then.