Robin Long went absent without leave from the U.S. Army in 2005, hiding in a Boise basement for several months before seeking refuge in Canada. Now he is apparently the first U.S. military deserter to be deported to the United States.
Long was escorted back to his Army unit at Fort Carson, Colo., on July 18 and promptly went before a magistrate judge. He faces charges of desertion, and is being held at the jail in Colorado Springs because there is no detention facility at Fort Carson, according to Army spokesperson Brandy Gill.
His unit command, the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division, will determine how Long's case is handled. He could be returned to the unit, put on barracks restriction or some other type of probation or face military court martial.
"He'll very much get a chance to speak to the command," said Karen Linne, a public affairs officer for the base.
From a 2006 BW interview with Long: "Are you willing to go to prison for your decision if it comes to that? Yeah, if it came down to that, I'd be willing to go to prison because I know I did the right thing, and I can sleep at night and my conscience is still good."
See boiseweekly.com for a transcript of the entire 2006 interview.