Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 00:45

Washington: US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in a prisoner swap deal with the Taliban after five years of captivity, has joined active duty following a reintegration process, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Following his release on May 31 in the swap with the Taliban, Sergeant Bergdahl underwent medical examinations and counseling at a military hospital in San Antonio, Texas, to prepare him for "reintegration" to the army.

"He will now return to regular duty within the command where he can contribute to the mission," the army said in a statement.

The longtime Taliban prisoner of war returned to the US on June 13.
"He will now return to regular duty within the command where he can contribute to the mission," the statement said.
"Sgt Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of US Army South and is currently being assigned to US Army North, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA)," the Pentagon said.

"The Army investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Bergdahl is still ongoing," the Pentagon said.

Bergdahl will also meet with Major General Kenneth Dahl, who is investigating how the soldier was captured in Afghanistan five years ago.

As part of his reintegration process, Bergdahl will have two other soldiers help him readjust, the New York Times reported.

Bergdahl walked away from his unit after expressing misgivings about the US military`s role - as well as his own - in Afghanistan.

He was captured by Taliban members and held by the Haqqani network for five years.
He was released as part of the deal in which the US released five top Taliban commanders who had been imprisoned at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Some former members of his unit have labeled him a deserter and said some were wounded or killed looking for him. The Army has not ruled out disciplinary action against Bergdahl.

Bergdahl, 28, whose family lives in Hailey, Idaho, arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston on June 13 after nearly two weeks recuperating at a US military hospital in Germany.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 00:45

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