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AWOL Bragg soldier discusses disappearance

Posted August 25, 2014

— A Fort Bragg soldier who was absent without leave for seven weeks surrendered Monday to Fort Bragg authorities.

Pvt. Juliet Striped Wolf was found safe and unharmed in Volusia County, Fla., on Friday. Her mother said she had been missing since July 1.

Striped Wolf, a military intelligence analyst in the 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion, said the pressure of her job and a personal relationship pushed her over the edge.

"I got to a point where I just wasn't able to do it anymore, and every single day, it was just, it just wasn't easy. It was like probably the hardest point in my life, but I didn't know how to deal with anything," she said upon her return to Fayetteville. "I left because I was basically being threatened, that this person I was with at the time was going to kill themselves, and that's what I was told almost every single day."

She has been in a turbulent relationship with a Brunswick County woman with a lengthy criminal record, according to her mother, Janel Striped Wolf. The woman was arrested Friday in Florida and is wanted on a probation violation in Brunswick County.

Juliet Striped Wolf said the relationship became mentally abusive, and she regrets not reaching out to her commanders for help.

"I really didn't reach out to them," she said. "They more or less noticed some behaviors, and they brought it up with me, and I just couldn't tell them the situation."

Striped Wolf will undergo physical and mental evaluations before the Army decides what punishment she should face under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. She said she isn't sure if she wants to fight to stay on active duty or get out of the Army.

"I'm just taking everything day-by-day. I'm just trying to get through this and move on with my life, however that may be," she said.


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  • jellybeanz Aug 26, 2014

    You all are missing the main thing here, she is stating that she was in an abusive relationship with the other female and yet if you read the previous articles she was found in Florida with the woman. I am having a hard time believing her right now.

  • James Kirby Aug 26, 2014
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    Her gender should have nothing to do with this in the world of EQUALITY that we live in right????

  • Mike Berthold Aug 26, 2014
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    The Army, Navy and Air Force reported approximately 7000 desertions per year. The Marines average over 1 a day. What makes her's newsworthy?

  • nobodyknow420 Aug 26, 2014

    I don't know in what world leaving your job to go on a florida vacation for 2 months and then crying relationship problems would fly! I just want to see some accountability in this world!

  • joefurloughski Aug 26, 2014

    it is extremely unlikely that a person who has been AWOL or in desertion status would receive the MAXIMUM punishment upon return to military control, except in the most aggravating circumstances (such as if someone went AWOL and then went on a crime-spree). In fact, the vast majority of AWOL and desertion cases are disposed of with an administrative discharge.

  • Edward Levy Aug 26, 2014
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    In my day, after being AWOL for 30 days it was call DESERTION`but we know that will not happen
    What is happening with our other DESERTER?
    That is being buried PC

  • Itsmyopinion67 Aug 26, 2014

    Oh well...suck it up buttercup. We all have "issues" and we deal with them and move on.

  • kloNC Aug 26, 2014

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    OBVIOUSLY you have never been in an abusive relationship. So because she was mentally and emotionally abused and made the decision to flee (which, yes, it is wrong and against the military code of conduct), you think she should get 20 years hard labor and kicked out of the country? Wow... let's hope none of your female relatives are ever in an abusive situation, lest you want to throw them in a maximum security prison and kick them out of the country for making poor decisions too.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Aug 26, 2014

    I'm surprised by some of the harsh comments (probably shouldn't be). She went through a rough patch in her life and made a bad decision. Now she has turned herself in to face the consequences. I have confidence the judge will handle the situation as the facts warrant. That probably means with her not in the Army anymore.

  • gmarcum Aug 25, 2014

    Not the slightest bit of sympathy for her. Others in the armed forces deal with problems in their personal lives and still do their duty. Kick her sorry rear out.