Former POW Bergdahl Arrives In San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, T.X. -- U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war whose recent release from Taliban captivity prompted both celebration and controversy, has arrived in San Antonio.

A flight transporting Bergdahl from a U.S. military hospital in Germany landed in San Antonio at about 1:40 a.m. Friday.

Bergdahl is expected to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation and reintegration process at Brooke Army Medical Center.

A spokesperson familiar with the operation to transport Bergdahl said the staff there was in standby mode Thursday as news spread about Bergdahl's impending arrival.

The U.S. Army South command is charged with helping Bergdahl re-acclimate to society. Among the medical center's personnel are specialists trained to conduct medical and psychological exams and interviews about his time in solitary confinement.

Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for nearly five years. He went missing from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. He was released May 31 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

President Obama and military leaders have said that Bergdahl's health was declining and that getting him home safely was a priority.

However, the administration has faced harsh criticism that Bergdahl's release came at a high price. Many also have questioned the circumstances that caused Bergdahl's initial capture.

Brooke Army Medical Center is the Army's command for advanced medical care. San Antonio Military Medical Center is the hospital component of the BAMC command. A team at SAMMC has been training for Bergdahl's arrival since before he was released.


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