Bergdahl Leaves Germany for the United States
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 12, 2014 Former POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has left the hospital in Germany and is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio tomorrow where he will resume his recovery, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed today.
Kirby said Bergdahl left from Ramstein Air Base this afternoon and will continue his reintegration process at Brooke Army Medical Center.
The U.S. government exchanged five Taliban leaders held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for Bergdahl. U.S. special operations forces picked up the sergeant in eastern Afghanistan on May 31. U.S. medics in Afghanistan treated him at Bagram Airfield, and he continued on to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. So far, Bergdahl has not spoken publicly about his time in captivity or about the circumstances that led to him being taken hostage.
As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has made clear, Kirby said, “our first priority is making sure that Sergeant Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs.”