Major who went missing in Kyrgyzstan to leave Landstuhl for U.S.
September 13, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger is expected to leave Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in the next couple of days to head to the United States, an Air Force spokeswoman said.
Metzger, who was kidnapped last week in Kyrgyzstan then escaped from her captors, was in good condition as of Tuesday afternoon at Landstuhl.
“She’s doing good and is anxious to get back home,” said Air Force Maj. Krista Carlos, a spokeswoman with U.S. Air Forces in Europe.
Metzger’s husband, Air Force Capt. Joshua Mayo, arrived at Landstuhl on Monday to be reunited with his wife. Mayo and Metzger met in 2003 while stationed at Ramstein Air Base.
The 33-year-old major was flown Sunday via a C-17 from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base, according to a USAFE news release. From Ramstein, she was transported to Landstuhl that afternoon for follow-up medical evaluations and debriefings by medical and survival specialists, the news release stated.
On Sept. 5, Metzger was reported missing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. On Sept. 8, Kyrgyz law enforcement officials found Metzger alive.
Metzger was just three days from the end of a four-month deployment to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan with the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing when she was abducted, the Rocky Mountain News reported.
An avid runner, Metzger was the overall female winner of the Air Force Marathon in 2003 and 2004. In 2002 and 2005, Metzger finished the Air Force Marathon as the first overall military female, according to the marathon’s Web site.