Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Returned to Active Duty

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Monday, 14 Jul 2014 04:02 PM

By Elliot Jager

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Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular Army duty Monday, a senior defense official said. 

Bergdahl is now assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. That is the same location where he has been decompressing from the effects of his lengthy captivity.

His exact duties were not immediately disclosed.

The Army was expected to officially announce the Bergdahl move Monday. A senior defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to provide details about the decision on the record before the announcement.

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Bergdahl was released from captivity on May 31 in exchange for five top Taliban commanders imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

Earlier story:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is set to return to regular Army duty on Monday as part of his reintegration process, The New York Times reported, citing Defense Department officials.

Bergdahl will remain at Fort Sam Houston and be assigned to the Army North headquarters. The hospital where he had been treated and received counseling is on the same San Antonio, Texas, base.

He was captured by the Taliban after he went missing from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009. His release on May 31, 2014, was obtained in exchange for five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo.

Bergdahl has been taking part in debriefings since his release. He is to be interviewed by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who is heading the investigation of the circumstances of Bergdahl's disappearance. The inquiry is expected to conclude by August, after which time Army officials will decide whether disciplinary proceedings are called for.

Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, released on July 10 letters from the country's top military leaders endorsing the prisoner exchange.

"Each of these military leaders emphasized a simple principle – America does not leave its troops behind," Levin said in a statement. "The unanimous support of the Joint Chiefs for securing Sergeant Bergdahl's release is a powerful statement on the importance of that commitment. I give great weight to their views, and I believe it's important for the American people to hear them."

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