Bowe Bergdahl arrives in Texas

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived in Texas early Friday, nearly two weeks after he was released by the Taliban after five years in captivity.

He left from Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Thursday and arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center near San Antonio, Tex., early Friday, according to a Department of Defense news release.

While at Brooke, Bergdahl “will continue the next phase of his reintegration process,” the news release said. “There is no timeline for this process.” The Pentagon’s “focus remains on his health and well-being,” the release said. “Secretary Hagel is confident that the Army will continue to ensure that Sgt. Bergdahl receives the care, time and space he needs to complete his recovery and reintegration.”

The Army said in a statement that as part of his “Phase III reintegration,” Bergdahl “will continue to receive medical treatment and debriefings.” It added: “Following Sgt. Bergdahl’s reintegration, the Army will continue its comprehensive review into the circumstances of his disappearance and captivity.”

The Brooke Medical Center, considered the Army’s flagship hospital, is located at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston. The news was first reported Thursday afternoon by ABC News, citing an anonymous U.S. official.


This image shows Bowe Bergdahl in a video released by the Taliban in 2010, more than a year after he was captured after vanishing from his Army platoon’s patrol base in eastern Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)

Bergdahl had been at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since U.S. Special Forces picked him up May 31 from insurgents in exchange for the release of five Taliban fighters who had been held in the military’s Guantanamo prison. Bergdahl was captured after vanishing from his unit’s patrol base in eastern Afghanistan in 2009.

This post was updated at 4:10 a.m. to reflect new information.

Dan Lamothe covers national security for The Washington Post and anchors its military blog, Checkpoint.
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