Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl landed in San Antonio early Friday morning, ending another leg in a journey that began when U.S. officials negotiated his release from Islamic insurgents in Afghanistan last month in exchange for sending five Afghan detainees to Qatar.
Bergdahl, who had been held for nearly five years, arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center. Officials at U.S. Army South scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. CDT "to discuss the final phase of reintegration."
"Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was returned to the United States June 13. He arrived at the San Antonio Military Medical Facility on Fort Sam Houston early this morning. He is currently undergoing Phase III of reintegration. During reintegration, Sgt. Bergdahl will be equipped with the necessary tools to effectively resume normal life, with minimal physical and emotional complications," the officials said in a statement.
Bergdahl had made the journey from Germany via military transport. After his release, the 28-year old Idaho native was sent to a
His family, from the small town of Hailey, Idaho, released a statement saying they are overjoyed with his return but will not discuss their travel plans.
"While the Bergdahls are overjoyed that their son has returned to the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl don't intend to make any travel plans public. They ask for continued privacy as they concentrate on their son's reintegration," according to the statement released through the Idaho National Guard.