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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — The desertion case against Capt. Robert Przybylski, an infantryman who mysteriously went absent without leave several months before his unit deployed to Iraq, has been resolved, according to V Corps.

"The case was investigated. The commanding general adjudicated the case and took appropriate action," said V Corps spokeswoman Hilde Patton in a prepared statement.

Patton, however, would not elaborate on what constituted "appropriate action," saying the situation was a personnel matter.

On Oct. 10, the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division company commander inexplicably went AWOL, perplexing local authorities who launched a series of radio and TV announcements on American Forces Network in the hope of persuading the captain to return home.

On Nov. 9, Przybylski turned himself in and was charged by authorities with desertion.

An Article 32 hearing was then scheduled for the following month, though that hearing was postponed after Przybylski’s attorney requested a delay in the case. The reason for the delay was never made public.

Przybylski is currently stationed in Baumholder. But what prompted him to go AWOL in the first place remains unclear.

He no longer serves as a company commander.

"He’s currently performing administrative duties," reported Patton, who said the case was closed on Aug. 5.

Patton also said the Article 32 process was an option, but not a requirement.

A soldier is typically classified as a deserter after being absent without leave for 30 days. In some cases, soldiers are court-martialed. In other cases, soldiers can be given a less-than-honorable discharge or simply be allowed to return to their unit.

Przybylski, through his attorney on a previous occasion, declined to comment on the case.

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
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