Hundreds of soldiers thought they had holiday leave. Now the Army’s trying to help them cancel their tickets
STUTTGART, Germany — Scores of soldiers deployed to Europe could be on the hook after purchasing airline tickets home for the holidays, only to learn that their leave was never fully approved.
The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Carson, Colo., is nearing the end of a nine-month deployment in support of the U.S. military’s effort to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank. In November, troops were told by their brigade commander that holiday leave was approved, allowing for soldiers to return home, according to U.S. Army WTF Moments — a site where troops often vent about military snafus.
The problem: whatever informal approval 4th CAB commander Col. Scott Gallaway thought he’d received hadn’t been cleared up the U.S. Army Europe chain of command, the website reported.
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