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AWOL soldier accused in MacDill incident will be returned to Kansas base

TAMPA — U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Paul Kilburn, the soldier charged with military desertion after he tried to enter MacDill Air Force Base with an unauthorized ID and car full of weapons, is being transported back to his base in Fort Riley, Kan.

As of early Thursday afternoon, Kilburn remained at the Hillsborough County jail, and Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon said details about his transfer would not be made public.

According to a news release from Fort Riley, Kilburn was officially reassigned to the base on Wednesday and will soon return to face a commander with disciplinary discretion.

The soldier was reported absent without leave, or AWOL, from the base on April 6 — about a year after he was assigned there. Fort Riley officials dropped Kilburn from personnel rolls on May 6.

Kilburn has been charged with desertion, but could face more charges as the investigation continues, according to MacDill officials.

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