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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returned to regular Army duty

WASHINGTON (AP) - Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who spent nearly five years as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan, was returned to regular duty Monday with a desk job that makes him available to Army investigators for questioning about his disappearance in 2009.

In a brief statement, the Army said Bergdahl is now assigned to U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, the same base where he has been decompressing and recuperating from the effects of his lengthy captivity.

His exact administrative duties were not immediately disclosed, but a Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said Bergdahl is not restricted in any way.

"He is a normal soldier now," Warren said.

The Army said that in his assignment to U.S. Army North he "can contribute to the mission," which is focused on homeland defense. It said the Army investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance and capture by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009 will continue.

Bergdahl walked away from his unit after expressing misgivings about the U.S. military's role - as well as his own - in Afghanistan. He was captured by Taliban members and held by the Haqqani network for five years. He was released May 31 as part of a deal in which the U.S. released five top Taliban commanders who had been imprisoned at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Some former members of his unit have labeled him a deserter and said some were wounded or killed looking for him. The Army has not ruled out disciplinary action against Bergdahl.

Bergdahl, 28, whose family lives in Hailey, Idaho, arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston on June 13 after nearly two weeks recuperating at a U.S. military hospital in Germany. Warren, the Pentagon spokesman, said he did not believe Bergdahl has seen his parents since his return to the United States. Army officials have refused to discuss the question of Bergdahl's contact with his parents, saying the family requested that it be kept private.

Army officials had said that in recent days Bergdahl was allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public.

Bergdahl is "able to participate in the same on- and off-post opportunities as any other soldier," Don Manuszewski, an Army North spokesman, said Monday.

Bergdahl has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no charges against him. The Army has said it is investigating Bergdahl's disappearance and capture, but that investigators will not interview him until those helping him recover say it is all right to do so.

Warren said he did not believe that Bergdahl had met with investigators, as of Monday.

Associated Press writer Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Texas, contributed to this report.

Sgt. Bergdahl Returning To Active Military Duty

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rimit9 July 14 2014 at 11:05 AM

Why is this guy not in the stockade?

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leslie July 14 2014 at 11:55 AM

You A-HOLES! There's a real American stuck in a chit hole prison in Mexico and worth a lot more than this POS!

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krs July 14 2014 at 11:50 AM

The Armed Forces will put a man in the stockade for 6 months to 10 years for ONE violation of their zero tolerance Drug policy and then give them a BCD or Dishonarable Discharge yet this Desertor/Traitor is given a pass. This, like all Obama moves, stinks to high heaven.

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herdoferds July 14 2014 at 11:42 AM

What unit in any American military base around the world would welcome this pathetic traitor back. I would never ever trust him next to me in a foxhole!!!!!
This is disgusting and an insult to every military person who wears a uniform with distinction!! Exchange him with Mexican authorities for the poor marine Tahmooressi who is being held there!!!

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LoadHarvester July 14 2014 at 11:16 AM

Why is this person being fast-tracked to respectability? There is some reason or it wouldn't be happening.

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jsrfire5 July 14 2014 at 11:41 AM

This is just Obama's way of trying to make his wrong a right. This man is a traitor to the United States and should be treated as such. He is probably a spy for the Taliban and will give them whatever they want. Obama should be impeached for what he did, negotiating with terrorists, and while we're on the subject, why isn't he doing something to free the "good" soldier who has been held in prison in Mexico for months for doing nothing but taking a wrong turn? Obama is a joke.

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joe101553 July 14 2014 at 11:21 AM

Ah yes...the corrupt government of the U.S. doing its best to reinforce the administrations false narrative concerning this deserter.

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TR by ML Neal... joe101553 July 14 2014 at 12:31 PM

joey101553... Joey, joey, joey...the government has always had corruption, why do you just make it THIS administration. What planet have you been on? What you talking about? Have you ever served in the miliary?

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Mike joe101553 July 14 2014 at 2:47 PM

TR by ML Neal - the current unadministration is the worse in the history of our nation. All he (they) do, like yourself is blame, blame, blame, lie, lie lie, forgat, forgat, forget then they go on another expensive vacation or play golf.

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bbnpl4545 July 14 2014 at 11:50 AM

This is a cover up by Obama after he broke the law to trade for him. I guess the troops that were there no nothing about what he did when he left his post.
This is a shame.

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kmgbrokerage July 14 2014 at 11:32 AM

Usually all military units are so close, they would gladly give their life for a comrade, yet, to a man, they all called Bergdahl a traitor/deserter defector. For Obama to have traded this man for 5 top Taliban is a travesty.!

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boogiewiz July 14 2014 at 11:19 AM

retrian him in track. so he can run away faster... Why is this man not being arrested as a traiter

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stanley t. boogiewiz July 14 2014 at 11:23 AM

Obama trade off of five tugs, got to look impressive. When he should be tried as a traitor.Maybe Obama to.

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