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June 30 marks two-year point for U.S. soldier in captivity

Release No: UNRELEASED June 30, 2011 PRINT | E-MAIL

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 30) – Today marks two years that Sergeant Bowe W. Bergdahl has been in captivity. Sgt. Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, was discovered missing during his unit’s roll-call in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Sgt. Bergdahl was declared Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) on July 1, 2009, and his status was changed to “Missing-Captured” on July 3, 2009. Sgt Bergdahl is a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska. The U.S. Army recently announced his promotion to sergeant on June 12, marking his second promotion since his capture. He was promoted to the rank of specialist on June 12, 2010.

“Ever since SGT Bergdahl’s capture, U.S. and ISAF forces have made it a top priority to find him and bring him home safely to his family,” said Rear Admiral Vic Beck, Director of ISAF Public Affairs. “We will continue in our effort to ensure his safe return. On this important anniversary particularly, our thoughts and prayers are with Sgt Bergdahl and his
loved ones.”