After 5 years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bergdahl returns to active duty
Fox News reported that Sgt. Bergdahl has returned to active duty. Bergdahl returns to active duty after spending 5 years in Taliban captivity. He was released in exchange for five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
Bergdahl has completed his therapy, but Steven Hayes of The Weekly Standard says it seems rushed since the investigation in Bergdahl’s disappearance has not been completed.
“He’s been interviewed several times about the circumstances of his departure, about his time in captivity, […] but they haven’t reached any conclusion about whether he was or was not a deserter,” Hayes said.
He is also expected to meet with Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, the officer who is investigating the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s disappearance from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
Sergeant Bergdahl’s transfer from the therapy phase to a regular soldier’s job is part of his reintegration into Army life, officials said. He will live in barracks and have two other soldiers help him readjust.
Last Thursday, Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who heads the Armed Services Committee, released letters from each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supporting the repatriation of Sergeant Bergdahl, a rebuttal to critics who said the swap should not have been made.
According to USA Today, Bergdahl will be assigned administrative duties at the US Army North headquarters. Bergdahl’s return to service comes after the Obama administration drew sharp rebukes from many Republicans — and even some Democrats — in Congress for making the swap. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been among those who expressed concern that the Guantanamo Bay detainees could return to the battlefield in Afghanistan and even kill Americans.
Senator Levin, sent letters to high ranking military officials including Patrick Dempsey. “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 Sgt. 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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