Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Controversial Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is arriving home Friday to undergo further treatment after his release from five years of captivity by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl left a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany on Thursday afternoon. He was brought to Ramstein Air Base, where he boarded a US military aircraft for his flight to San Antonio, Texas. He is expected to arrive early Friday for transfer to the Brooke Army Medical Center, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
Kirby said the transfer of Bergdahl, 28, is the second phase of his reintegration before he is reunited with his family in Idaho.
The transfer came as lawmakers are questioning why it was taking Pentagon a long time to bring him home when other soldiers wounded in Afghanistan are brought back to the U.S. within a few days.
Sgt. Bergdahl was freed on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay. The swap was criticized by Republican lawmakers because they were not informed in advance about the release of the Guantanamo detainees as required by law.
Some service members also accused Bergdahl of deserting that led to his capture and the death of several U.S. soldiers who tried to rescue him from his captors.