AWOL Man Shows Up Armed and Loaded in Fla.June 15, 2010 - 3:01 PM | by: Phil Keating
A military man who has gone “AWOL”–absent without leave–has been tracked down and detained after Air Force guards say after catching him and a woman with 6 weapons and a cache of ammo trying to enter MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida.
Christopher Paul Kilburn is charged with desertion while additional charges will be pending as the investigation continues. His female accomplice, Micah Noel Goodier of Palm Beach, Fla. will face charges pending a decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
MacDill is one of the Pentagon’s most significant bases because Central Command, which runs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is located there as well as the Special Operations headquarters. General David Petraeus, who commands the wars, has his primary office at the Air Force Base.
Around 5 p.m. Monday, an Air Force spokesman says Kilburn and Goodier pulled up to the Bayshore Gate in their Honda SUV. As is standard procedure, a guard at the gate asked for identification. But the couple either had no military ID’s or improper civilian ID’s. That’s when an Air Force canine at the gate detected a positive hit while sniffing around the vehicle.
Located inside the vehicle, according to the Air Force, were 3 military-style rifles, 3 handguns, plenty of ammo, military clothing, rifle bags and duffel bags.
Colonel Dave Cohen said, “Suffice it to say that our trained military personnel there felt there was something not right about them and as they began to delve into their identification, it was determined that they were, in fact, fraudulent.”
Kilburn was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas , part of 1-16th 1st Infantry Division. Information as to why the pair was trying to enter the base was not immediately clear.