Army Pvt. Alexis Hutchinson - Demoted - Discharged
A single mother - Army soldier based in Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia is being discharged from the military instead of facing a court-martial, after she refused to deploy to Afghanistan, saying she had no one able to care for her infant son. Army Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old cook and single mother, to one year old Kamani - who was attached to the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, was arrested in November, after she skipped her unit's deployment flight.
Her attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, said the Army cook was excited to hear the news. She's excited that she's no longer facing jail and can still be with her son, which is the most important thing,"
Criminal charges were filed in January after the Army had uncovered evidence that Hutchinson had plans; regardless of her family situation, to resist deploying "by any means." But the commanding officers decided a court-martial would be too disruptive, requiring soldiers now in Afghanistan to return to the U.S. to testify. However; the administrative discharge, Fort Stewart commanders granted still has consequences. Hutchinson is being demoted to private and will lose all military and veterans benefits. Fort Stewart spokesman, Kevin Larson said.
"This case wasn't about a soldier having to choose between her duty to the nation and her family," Larson said. "There is evidence both from Pvt. Hutchinson and her fellow soldiers to indicate she had no intentions of deploying." A general at neighboring Fort Stewart chose to settle the case by granting her an administrative discharge rather than try her in a military court.