(WASHINGTON) — As Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues his recovery at a Texas military hospital, the Army is launching a probe into the circumstances of his disappearance and capture in 2009.
The Army has appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, a two-star who led troops in Afghanistan, to lead the investigation.
“The primary function of this investigation, as in any other investigation, is to ascertain facts and report them to the appointing authority. These types of investigations are not uncommon and serve to establish the facts on the ground following an incident,” the Army said in a statement Monday.
According to the Army, Dahl will not be able to interview Bergdahl, who arrived in San Antonio last week to continue his reintegration process, until the sergeant is cleared by the “reintegration team.”
“The Army’s top priority remains Sgt. Bergdahl’s health and reintegration. We ask that everyone respect the time and privacy necessary to accomplish the objectives of the last phase of reintegration,” the Army said.
Bergdahl, 28, was released from captivity on May 31 after nearly five years as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan. He was freed in exchange for five Taliban members detained at Guantanamo Bay and taken to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany shortly after his release from captivity.
The Idaho man’s post-captivity reintegration process entails three phases, starting with recovery. The program was developed from lessons learned after the release of prisoners of war following the Vietnam War.
The second phase of reintegration took place at Landstuhl, where Bergdahl received medical care and briefings with psychologists.
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