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thedrifter
05-04-07, 07:33 AM
May 4, 3:02 AM EDT
U.S. Soldier Convicted in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A U.S. Army soldier has been convicted at a court-martial in Iraq of being disrespectful to a superior commissioned officer and intentionally missing a military flight, officials said Friday.

The court-martial was tried at Camp Victory, a large U.S. base on the outskirts of Baghdad, with a military judge sentencing Master Sgt. Penny F. Johnson, 39, of Washington, D.C., to be reduced in rank to staff sergeant, forfeit $2,000 in pay, and restricted Camp Slayer, Iraq, for two months, a military statement said.

Johnson - with the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, Multinational Corps-Iraq, Camp Slayer - was convicted at the special court-martial on April 15 of being disrespectful during a conversation with a captain at Camp Arifijan, Kuwait, on Nov. 14, 2006, and of failing to report to Ali Al-Saleem Airport on Jan. 29, 2007, for a flight to Iraq.

Ellie