He should also be charged with treason.
From The Washington Times.
The Army is charging Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to his lawyer.
Eugene Fidell told The Washington Times on Wednesday that Sgt. Bergdahl was given a charge sheet early Wednesday afternoon with allegations of “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.”
“We’ll be responding in due course,” Mr. Fidell said.
The Army is expected to make an official announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Sgt. Bergdahl was taken as a prisoner of war while serving in Afghanistan. After returning home in May in a swap for five Gitmo detainees, some speculated that Sgt. Bergdahl had deserted his post before being kidnapped.
……”Many of my brothers died because of Bergdahl’s actions, and this has been a very hard day for all Geronimos”…
……”Bowe’s platoon was assigned to conduct security and stability operations out of FOB Sharana and other locations in Paktika. The untold background that led to Bowe’s situation involves an article and pictures published by Guardian reporter Sean Smith.” One of the battalion leaders punished Soldiers, including Bergdahl (who had been photographed snoozing in his armored vehicle), with extra guard duty assignments for conducting operations in an unprofessional manner at Outpost MEST (OP MEST).”Bergdahl was already disenchanted with the war effort,” my source said, “and I think the extra duty was the last straw for him.” On the morning of June 30, 2009, “Bergdahl completed a guard shift, removed his equipment, weapon and sensitive items, and left OP MEST with several Afghan security forces personnel. He took a compass, a couple bottles of water and two knives and his journal….he willingly walked off OP MEST and was secured by enemy forces not long after.”
……”We were told there was a DUSTWUN (Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown), and to pack for a three-hour assault. We received a brief that Bergdahl was missing, and we were going to get him. … Sometime after dark we boarded CH-47’s to assault an objective thought to contain Bergdahl. We never made it to the landing zone, as the helicopters took very heavy fire on approach to the objective and had to divert.”……”We averaged 18 to 22 kilometers a day on foot, clearing house to house, room to room looking for Bergdahl. … We even went as far as rappelling down wells and crawling through tunnels to look for him.” The standard procedure for recapturing Bergdahl was not “normal,” the Soldier noted. “He was very good with knives, and trained to throw and fight hand-to-hand with knives. We did not know the mental state of Bergdahl at the time. All we knew was he left on his own, he caused us lots of hardship, and if we entered a room and saw him, we would put him down because he could attack us.”
……”we assaulted several objectives looking for Bergdahl. … We executed the mission without incident and were waiting to be exfiltrated. Our aircraft were in sight when they turned and flew in the opposite direction. At the time we did not know why, but we were stranded. The enemy took advantage of Bergdahl’s capture and attacked numerous outposts that morning.”
“Combat Outpost Zerok was almost overrun, multiple Soldiers were wounded, and PFCs Justin Casillas and Aaron Fairbairn lost their lives fighting that day”…
……”We learned later that our exfiltration aircraft were diverted to support COP Zerok, and that the situation there was so dire that at one point there were two Apache gunships on station that went Winchester, meaning they expended all ordinance and ammunition, but they would not abandon the Soldiers still fighting, so they resorted to low-level unarmed passes to distract the enemy. Bergdahl’s actions undoubtedly caused these events. We spent the remainder of Independence Day walking in the desert … waiting for aircraft that did not come for many, many hours.”
He continued: “A few days later, we (FTF) conducted a daylight raid on some tents looking for Bergdahl. We took heavy small arms and RPG fire on approach and ran off the CH-47s in contact. Our entire element engaged the enemy, who turned out to be a Taliban shadow governor and his bodyguards. … Multiple people died that day. … All of this happened because Bergdahl got tired of playing Soldier. The remainder of that deployment was focused on recovery efforts. Countless members of the brigade were wounded, and we lost good friends, among them PFC Matthew Martinek and 2LT Darryn Andrews. I have no doubt these great men would be alive if Bergdahl did not leave.”