June 30, 2009
Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, walks off his outpost in eastern Afghanistan.
July 18, 2009
Taliban releases Internet video. Bergdahl says he was captured after lagging behind during a patrol.
Dec. 25, 2009
Taliban releases video showing Bergdahl wearing sunglasses and a U.S. military-style uniform, including a military helmet.
April 7, 2010
Taliban posts a video showing Bergdahl pleading to be sent home and saying the war in Afghanistan is not worth the human cost.
June 12, 2010
Bergdahl is promoted to specialist.
June 12, 2011
Bergdahl is promoted to sergeant.
May 10, 2012
Bergdahl’s parents break year-long silence about the status of their son in an interview with the New York Times, making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.
June 6, 2013
Bergdahl’s family announces that “through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son.”
U.S. officials receive a new video of Bergdahl that they believe was taken in the past month, indicating that he is alive. Officials said Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than in previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity.
May 31, 2014
Bergdahl is released by the Taliban in exchange for five prisoners held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.