Bergdahl scheduled to arrive in Texas on Friday

Thursday, June 12, 2014 2:46 PM
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WASHINGTON - Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.

Bowe Bergdahl  AP/File
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Bowe Bergdahl

The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.

Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl's condition and his travel plans out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.

He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.

Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl's former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.

Republicans and Democrats questioned the wisdom of releasing the five Taliban members, saying they could return to the battlefield. Administration officials have told Congress that four of the five Taliban officials will likely rejoin the fight.

In congressional testimony Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the former Taliban government officials "enemy belligerents" but said they hadn't been implicated in any attacks against the United States. He said Qatar, which has promised to keep the five inside the country for a year, promised sufficient security measures to warrant making the swap for Bergdahl.

Hagel also said Bergdahl was early in the process of recovering from the trauma of captivity. He said that process began with his arrival at Landstuhl on June 1.

"He's being held there because our medical professionals don't believe he's ready. ... This isn't just about a physical situation," Hagel said. "This guy was held for almost five years in God knows what kind of conditions. ... This is not just about can he get on his feet and walk and get to a plane."

Bergdahl has not made any public comment since his release, and Pentagon officials say there is no timeline for arranging his initial contact with the news media.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/12/14 - 03:27 pm
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Realize the only reason he's

Realize the only reason he's a Sergeant is because he was promoted while he was missing. He meets the definition of traitor clearly.

Buckys Friend
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Buckys Friend 06/12/14 - 03:42 pm
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I'm thinking that he surely

I'm thinking that he surely must go on trial for desertion. There would have to be an investigation. I hope a more thorough one than the Benghazi one. From all news accounts that I have followed, he and his dad pretty much immensely dislike the United States.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 04:00 pm
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There is NO WAY that he is

There is NO WAY that he is going on trial.

Right now he is spilling his guts about the Taliban, and I think that there is FAR more to this story than is being told.

He has insider info that nobody else can provide.

If the US can refuse to prosecute that hot mess of garbage Jessica Lynch, then he doesn't deserve to be prosecuted either.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/12/14 - 04:56 pm
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At best,
Unpublished

if the information I've heard concerning "Bergdahl" is correct, he is at least guilty of being AWOL and leaving his post ( when I was in the Navy that was a violation of Articles 86 and 87 of the Military Code of Justice). In a time of War, which most certainly is what we are with in afghanistan, he's a DESERTER, period. Just the kind of fellow obama holds in high esteem.

Buckys Friend
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Buckys Friend 06/12/14 - 05:07 pm
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Corgimom The bad thing is

Corgimom

The bad thing is that some people who read these posts might think you know what you are talking about and you don't. Bergdahl and Lynch cases not even close. Insider info, I'll go along with that.....he converted! And i am sick of people referring to him as a POW. He wasn't a POW. He deserted his post. I'll give you...hostage...maybe.

cush1944
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cush1944 06/12/14 - 06:14 pm
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"Corgimom The bad thing is

"Corgimom
The bad thing is that some people who read these posts might think you know what you are talking about and you don't."
Buckys Friend, most of us know better. She might be somewhat right this time. The piece of garbage we have for a president will not allow him to go on trial as long as he is in office.

southern2
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southern2 06/12/14 - 07:46 pm
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As a Navy vet...please allow

As a Navy vet...please allow me 2 questions about his military (dis)service.

If he was booted out of the Coast Guard why would he be fit to serve in the Army?

Why would he receive 2 automatic promotions after deserting his post especially in war?

At least six American servicemen were killed in attempts to find him. Based on what we have learned from those who served directly with him a court-martial is in order followed by the death penalty if found guilty of desertion and treason.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 09:19 pm
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Who was president when

Who was president when Jessica Lynch was freed?

George W. Bush.

And if anybody deserved to be prosecuted, it was SHE. By her own words, she never tried to fight back, she did not try to escape, she just let herself be captured. She didn't even pick up her rifle during the attack. She is the worst example of a coward in our generation.

Navy Gary, there is absolutely no evidence that he deserted. Do you notice that the "sources" that reported this never give one person's name, for this to be verified? Whenever I see stuff like that, I consider the source- "anonymous sources"- and ignore it. Because if it were true, somebody's name would appear.

And Navy Gary, if somebody was in the Coast Guard, and was deemed to be not suitable to serve, then they get to serve the rest of their contract out as an Army infantry soldier.

There can be all sorts of reasons why people aren't appropriate for the Coast Guard, but it doesn't take much qualifications to fire a gun. He could've washed out for academic reasons, you are trying to dream up stuff.

But I think there is far more to this story that what some of you are reading on the nutcase blogs, and I laugh at the idea that all of you are just so sure that you know the whole story.

I don't think that people like us will never really know the whole story, but that won't stop the nutcase blogs and the people that believe that crap. They think that because they pay money for those sites that they are legitimate, and they aren't. A whole lot of that stuff on there they just make up, and then people like some of the posters on here come along and actually believe it.

Obviously his CO didn't think he deserted, otherwise he wouldn't have been promoted. Did any of you stop to think that through?

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 09:21 pm
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Don't believe all the crap

Don't believe all the crap you hear about the people at Gitmo. Some are dangerous hardcore terrorists, others are just flunkies who got caught up in stuff.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 09:24 pm
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Personally, I think all 5 of

Personally, I think all 5 of them will join back up- because that's what always happens in those prisoner exchanges.

So what?

I would think that all of you who think he committed treason would WANT him back to be put on trial, that the honor of the Army and the United States was compromised, and you care about that more than 5 Gitmo carrots.

But I guess not.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/12/14 - 09:30 pm
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People in a war zone that

People in a war zone that spout crap like he supposedly sent to his parents don't have to worry about desertion. They find themselves on the wrong end of an American bullet.

That's why all of this is just too pat, I think that there is way more to this than is being said.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/13/14 - 07:37 am
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Corgi you are about the most

Corgi you are about the most unreliable resource of info.
"And if anybody deserved to be prosecuted, it was SHE. By her own words, she never tried to fight back, she did not try to escape, she just let herself be captured. She didn't even pick up her rifle during the attack. She is the worst example of a coward in our generation."

'Jessica Dawn Lynch (born April 26, 1983) is a former United States Army soldier who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces. On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Lynch was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces during the Battle of Nasiriyah. Lynch was seriously injured and captured. Her subsequent recovery by U.S. Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003, received considerable media coverage and was the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since Vietnam and the first ever of a woman.

Initial official reports on Lynch's capture and rescue in Iraq were incorrect. On April 24, 2007, she testified in front of Congress that she had never fired her weapon, her M16 rifle jammed, and that she had been knocked unconscious when her vehicle crashed.[1] Lynch has been outspoken in her criticism of the original stories reported regarding her combat experience. When asked about her heroine status, she stated "That wasn't me. I'm not about to take credit for something I didn't do... I'm just a survivor."[2]'
WOW HOW HONORABLE-SHE COULD HAVE JUST CLAIMED THE FAME-A PROGRESSIVE WOULD HAVE.
SO SHE DIDN'T LEAVE HER POST, HER GUN JAMMED AND SHE DIDN'T FIRE HERE WEAPON, AND SHE WAS KNOCKED OUT. SHE DOESNT' CONSIDER HERSELF A HERO. SHE WASN'T A FIGHTING SOLDIER BUT PART OF A SUPPLY UNIT. SHE WASN'T A HERO THAT'S TRUE BUT SHE WAS NOT A COWARD NOR TRAITOR. I THINK YOU CORGI ARE PRETTY COWARDLY FOR ATTACKING THIS YOUNG LADY WHO DID NOTHING BUT YOU SEEM FIT TO ATTACK FOR SOME POSIT TO SUPPORT OBAMA. THAT'S DESPICABLE.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/13/14 - 07:40 am
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I bet Bergdahl will claim he

I bet Bergdahl will claim he is a hero and use the talking points the Obama administration gives him as his cover story. You know they already have lawyers to defend him against any court martial.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/13/14 - 08:15 am
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Corgimom Large Demo

You have to be a demorat, with a true liberial slant; only they think like that. So the 7 soldiers thay had on the Megan Kelley show are all liars. When ask as a group which ones thought he was a deserter, they all raised their hands at the same exact time. They know because they were there...where you?
Hope Berry Ob doesn't go to TX to get his face time on CNN and continue the dog and pony show he is currently staring in.
He should be picked up at the airport by MPs and taken straight to jail.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/13/14 - 08:19 am
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POW?

A true POW continues to get paid and promoted when they become eligible, as well has his family continues to receive benefits. That's how he made SGT.
C-mom, if you wash out of basic in one service, you DO NOT go to the Army to shoot a gun. My guess the the closest you have been to the military is when you ride by the gate at Fort Gordon

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/13/14 - 08:31 am
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Maybe, just maybe

Maybe we have inserted a gps locator chip in the 5 we gave back...we will soon know.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 06/13/14 - 09:18 am
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Corgimom wrote: "... but it

Corgimom wrote: "... but it doesn't take much qualifications to fire a gun..."

Well dang, lady, thank you for reducing my and my compatriots military service to the level of idiots. "All them there rifle shooters is just plain dumb folk, don't take no skill to far a rifle."

So, 8 weeks of basic, 8-16 weeks of AIT, and a lifetime of learning how to stay alive on a battlefield and accurately send rounds down range to kill our nation's enemies is an "unqualified skill"?

Have you even tried researching what it takes to be a modern soldier on the battlefield?!

Sounds like that job is right up someone's alley, corgimom. Care to try it?

If not, then stop insulting those of us who carry/carried and fired those rifles.

slowrider
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slowrider 06/13/14 - 03:19 pm
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Corgimom....

You need to answer for your comments about Lynch. I am not sure where your information is coming from, but those are pretty harsh words to leverage against a soldier unless you have some specifics to back it up.

Bizkit laid out his facts... now show yours.

I'll hold off any additional comments pending your explanation.

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