So, some douche who deserted 40 years ago found out there's no statute of limitations on the UCMJ:
(Frozen Hell, ND)An Airman who disappeared from an Air Force Base in North Dakota 40 years ago is in custody of the U.S. Air Force after he was discovered last week living in Florida.Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested Thursday on charges of desertion after he failed to report for duty at North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base on July 6, 1977,
I don't know how the Air Farce plays the game, but I can tell you how the Marines did it in the mid-1980s, and probably still do.
Back in the day, In Swamp Lejeune, the MPs marched in some $#!^bag who'd taken a powder 10 years earlier, after he'd been popped by the cops for a traffic violation, and he'd been ID'ed as somebody wanted for Unauthorized Absence 10 years prior.
They brought him back to us, because we were his former unit (in 1975), just long enough to get his paperwork stamped and signed by the current OIC, ran him by the barber shop to get him shaved back to bootcamp bald, then issued him a lovely set of cammies with huge white "P"s on them, and as he'd had 2 years and 3 months left on his enlistment when he'd decided to take a powder, he spent 2 years and 3 months shoveling mud and snow and picking up trash while he was prosecuted for UA, and then separated via a Bad Conduct Discharge. Rain or shine, six days a week, the MPs ran him everywhere on base on foot, with Sundays off, and he was still there when I was transferred out for my tour in Japan.
See if you can guess how long that little morality play affected UAs in the regiment and division for the next few months as the story spread.
When you sign on the line, you're gonna do the time. Even if you're 64 years old.
Michaels might have known that in his head, but soon he's going to feel it in his bones. Especially this winter, when he's out cleaning up the base and the wind chill gets down to negative numbers.