Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bergdahl to Face Court-Martial in Desertion

SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army Soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan, will face a general court-martial charges. He disappeared from his outpost in 2009, was shortly later captured by insurgents, and then held prisoner for five years. The Obama administration set free five high-level Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay for his release in May 2014. A arraignment hearing will be held in the future at Fort Bragg, N.C. The presiding general officer, General Abrams, is probably putting his career in jeopardy. Any consideration for command after this decision by him will be likely be looked at unkindly by the Obama administration. Bergdahl is currently still in the Army and assigned to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas at a desk job. Read more in "Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to face most serious kind of court-martial in Army desertion case", The Washington Post, December 14, 2015.

A Shattered Life. One man who was severely injured during an attempt to find and rescue Bergdahl provides some background on just how costly the Army deserter's actions were to him. (Stars and Stripes, Dec 22, 2015).

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