Sgt. Bergdahl Back In United States

By: AP
By: AP
The Pentagon says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who

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The Pentagon says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is back in the United States.

A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says Bergdahl arrived early Friday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on a flight from Ramstein Air Base. The Idaho native is expected to be reunited there with his family.

He was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five Taliban officials were released from detention.

Kirby says that Bergdahl will -- quote "continue the next phase of his reintegration process" at the Texas base.

The Army released a statement early Friday morning regarding Bergdahl's return to American soil:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was returned to the United States on June 13. He arrived at the San Antonio Military Medical Facility on Fort Sam Houston early this morning where he will undergo Phase III reintegration.

U.S. Army South is the lead command for reintegration and will ensure Sgt. Bergdahl receives the necessary care, time and space to complete the process. Among other components of this phase, Sgt. Bergdahl will continue to receive medical treatment and debriefings.

Following Sgt. Bergdahl's reintegration, the Army will continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity.


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