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    Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Soldier mom refuses deployment to care for baby - Yahoo! News

    SAVANNAH, Ga. – An Army cook and single mom may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan because, she said, no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas.

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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    I think she has cause even though she went about it the wrong way.

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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I think she has cause even though she went about it the wrong way.

    I think so too, Orius. This is a tough story to read. No good answers, really.

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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    I can already tell this is going to turn into an OMG OUTRAGE!!!11 thread, so hopefully that can be preempted to some degree by forcing people to read the details:

    Kevin Larson, a spokesman for Hunter Army Airfield, said he didn't know what Hutchinson was told by her commanders, but he said the Army would not deploy a single parent who had nobody to care for his or her child.

    "I don't know what transpired and the investigation will get to the bottom of it," Larson said. "If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there's no question she would not have been deployed."

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    The Army requires all single-parent soldiers to submit a care plan for dependent children before they can deploy to a combat zone.

    Hutchinson had such a plan her mother, Angelique Hughes, had agreed to care for the boy. Hughes said Monday she kept the boy for about two weeks in October before deciding she couldn't keep him for a full year.


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    Hughes said she returned Kamani to his mother in Georgia a few days before her scheduled deployment Nov. 5.

    She said they told her daughter's commanders they needed more time to find another family member or close friend to help Hughes care for the boy, but Hutchinson was ordered to deploy on schedule.

    Larson, the Army post spokesman, said officials planned to keep Hutchinson in Georgia as investigators gathered facts about the case.

    "Spc. Hutchinson's deployment is halted," Larson said. "There will be no deployment while this situation is ongoing."
    It sounds like the Army has policies in place to prevent this from happening to single parents, but there was some confusion because the woman changed her plans last minute. I'm sure it will get resolved shortly.
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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I can already tell this is going to turn into an OMG OUTRAGE!!!11 thread, so hopefully that can be preempted to some degree by forcing people to read the details:



    It sounds like the Army has policies in place to prevent this from happening to single parents, but there was some confusion because the woman changed her plans last minute. I'm sure it will get resolved shortly.
    I'm sorry, but as soon as I got to "If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there's no question she would not have been deployed."

    I got caught up in popping my eyeballs because of the frustration double negatives give me.
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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by EpicDude86 View Post
    She should've taken that kid with her.
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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    I think all of the branches have the program that sets up a child-care plan in case of deployments. I know the Air Force does. Hell, they remind the folks with kids usually once a month or so to log in and double check/update our plans with the Family Support Center here on base to to be sure everything is as updated and acurate as it can be. And the grandmother runs a daycare with 14 children, not to mention the ones that are special needs....apologize to the parents, drop 2-3 kids off of your daycare services, bump up your fees a couple bucks and take care of the kid.
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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I'm sorry, but as soon as I got to "If she would have come to the deployment terminal with her child, there's no question she would not have been deployed."

    I got caught up in popping my eyeballs because of the frustration double negatives give me.
    That's not a double negative.

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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I think she has cause even though she went about it the wrong way.
    No, she doesn't. Not only is she in a bind, but her commander is in a bind to, because it's her commander's reponsibility to insure that arrangements have been made to care for the children of single parents. First, the parent, then, the unit commander. There's no excuse for this.
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    Re: Army Mom skips flight to Afghanistan

    You see - this ridiculous situation is exactly why women weren't allowed in the armed forces for so long! (and it tees me off!).
    Tradition for CENTURIES had it that the men went to war - the women took care of the home and children. If we (women) really want the military to be more accepting and accomodating then this type of "ditching deployment 'cause of my babies" has to STOP.

    If you are a single parent (male or female - but there are far more single females than males) then you shouldn't even BE joining the army for this exact REASON. You should take care of your kids, the army often prevents that from happening - case and point!
    Sorry - but you just shouldn't.

    Aside that fact, since she was already in it and set to deploy she SHOULD have addressed her command about it and they would have been able to oblidge without ANY drama - some paperwork, reassignment, tada...done.

    STUPID women make us NORMAL women look bad!

    "equal pay for equal work..." until that equal work isn't being done but then they still want equal pay for nothing.

    Her **** is inexcusable - she was officially awol and that a dire offense. I feel they shouldn't give her any slack at all. She should have dealt with it the RIGHT Way - and just *ladeda* isn't it!
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