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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Formally Charged With Desertion

U.S. Army Officials announced Wednesday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was recovered in Afghanistan last spring after five years in captivity, has been charged with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.

The court hearing for Bergdahl, 28, will be held at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where Bergdahl faces a maximum punishment of confinement for life, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction to private and total forfeiture of pay and allowances since the time of his disappearance.

Bergdahl went missing went from his base in the Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was held captive in Pakistan by an insurgent group allied with the Taliban, until the White House agreed to swap him for five Taliban officials on May 31, 2014.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the case, spoke to the Washington Post Wednesday and said that the Army’s decision is an important step in determining the accountability of Bergdahl.

“I am confident that the Department of the Army will continue to ensure this process is conducted with the utmost integrity under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” McCain said.

Bergdahl has faced several accusations from his fellow soldiers that he abandoned them on the battlefield, triggering a manhunt that diverted resources from the war effort and put lives in danger.


Matt Schuck

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Matt Schuck is a staff writer for Daily Surge. He's a DC native who got his start in broadcasting doing stints at the legendary radio station DC101 and Hot 99.5, before being recruited by the Heritage Foundation to launch their first ever radio program. Matt has worked with SiriusXM, Phil Hendrie (Team America, Futurama), and as an executive producer for the John Fredericks Show.

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