Thursday, July 26, 2007

Okay, So Korey Was a Deserter

At least according to the local paper:

A source close to Rowe’s family said the 24-year-old was at the end of his active-duty enlistment in the summer of 2005 and was trying to avoid serving a second tour of duty in Iraq under the Army’s stop-loss policy. That policy, in place since the end of the Vietnam War, authorizes the military in wartime to keep a soldier beyond his or her active-duty enlistment termination date.

More details on the prior arrest that Alex Jones mentioned:

In the summer of 2005 and with just a short time before his four-year enlistment was to expire, Rowe was arrested in the town of Oneonta for driving while intoxicated, the source said.

Oh my gosh, they drink? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

I am not going to make any judgments about Rowe's desertion issue, although others (especially those who've served their full hitch) may not feel similarly.

Interestingly it is claimed that Dylan's attempt at being a Secret Agent at NEADS resulted in the bust:

A trip last week to film the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome led to the arrest of Oneonta resident Korey Rowe for allegedly deserting from the Army in 2005.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations personnel notified the Oneonta Police Department there was an outstanding desertion warrant for Rowe, city Police Lt. Cameron Allison said.

"An individual was warned about taking pictures on military property in Rome, N.Y.," Allison said Wednesday. "The vehicle was registered to Korey Rowe."


You can't make this stuff up, folks!