Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl landed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and was taken to nearby Brooke Army Medical Center where he is expected to be reunited there with his family. According to the military, there is no timeline for how long this phase his recuperation will last.
No media were allowed to witness Bergdahl’s return and he is not scheduled to make any public appearances ahead of what is being referred to as Phase 3 of his reintegration process.
‘Our first priority is making sure that Sgt. Bergdahl continues to get the care and support he needs,’ said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby on Thursday.
Exchange: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, stands with a Taliban fighter in eastern Afghanistan as he prepares to be freed in a swap in which the U.S. swapped five Taliban detainees, a diplomatic victory for the insurgent group.
In a pair of letters, the captured U.S. soldier asks his government to reserve judgment about his disappearance—and complains about the officers leading his unit in Afghanistan.
Writing from a Taliban “prison,” Bowe Bergdahl urged his family and his government to wait until they had all the facts before judging him for leaving his base. Then Bergdahl explained, at least in part, why he left his fellow troops in 2009.
“Leadership was lacking, if not non-existent. The conditions were bad and looked to be getting worse for the men that where actuly (sic) the ones risking thier (sic) lives from attack,” he writes in a letter dated March 23, 2013 and obtained by The Daily Beast. It’s one of two letters sent by Bergdahl to his parents during his five years held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network in the tribal region of Pakistan.
“If this letter makes it to the U.S.A., tell those involved in the investigation that there are more sides to the cittuwation (sic),” he adds. “Please tell D.C. to wait for all evadince (sic) to come in.”
Bergdahl Explains in Leaked Prison Letters Why He Vanished: The Daily Beast
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby declined to comment on the Bergdahl correspondence on why he left his base. He said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has “already made clear that the Army is going to review the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and captivity,” adding that “we need to reserve judgment until that process is complete.”