Army general will lead new investigation of Bowe Bergdahl disappearance


Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl will lead the investigation into what happened to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was recovered by the United States from the Taliban last month. (Photo by Sgt. Steven Peterson/U.S. Army)

A two-star Army general will lead a new investigation into the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was recovered last month by the United States in Afghanistan after being held captive for nearly five years.

The investigation will be led by Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, Army officials said. They did not provide a timeline for how long it may take, or when Bergdahl will be interviewed.

“These types of investigations are not uncommon and serve to establish the facts on the ground following an incident,” Army officials said in a statement. “The investigating officer will have access to previously gathered documentary evidence, including the 2009 investigation.”

Dahl is the deputy commanding general of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. A field artillery officer, he spent from September 2005 to August 2006 deployed to Iraq, and more recently served as the deputy commanding general for support for U.S. Forces Afghanistan. In that role, he was in charge of all logistical needs for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He also has served in the Pentagon as the assistant deputy director for political military affairs in the Middle East.

Army officials said their top priority remains reintegrating Bergdahl into American life. He was recovered by a U.S. Special Forces team in Afghanistan on May 31 as part of a deal in which the United States released five Taliban officials. He arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday.

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