Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: Freedom, day one, two, three in the news

2014 6JUNE 1 Boise news conference kboi2

Bob and Jani Bergdahl give a full news conference in Boise, Idaho. They address Bowe and give thanks to those who have supported Bowe and the Bergdahl family throughout Bowe’s period of captivity.

Watch the video at kboi2.com

Also read Bergdahl family speaks out about POW’s return at MSNBC.com

 Bowe Bergdahl RELEASED Hailey reacts (video)

“Sgt. Bergdahl’s hometown reacts with tears of joy”

Watch video comments and hear from residents of Hailey, Idaho

See Channel 3000 video for more comments.

Bowe Bergdahl in Germany

 

From the Associated Press:

“The U.S. soldier freed in Afghanistan after being held for nearly five years by insurgents has arrived at an American military hospital in Germany. It’s not immediately clear how long he will stay there before continuing to the United States.”

Read more

 

Bob and Jani Bergdahl at White House press conference

See NBC News VIDEO of Bowe & Jani Bergdahl speaking in the White House Rose Garden about Bowe’s release.

From NBC News:

President Barack Obama and the parents of newly freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl thanked the military and the country in an emotional Rose Garden press conference Saturday.

“We just can’t communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president,” father Bob Bergdahl said.

Read more and see video at NBC News of Bob and Jani Bergdahl speaking at the White House.

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl held prisoner by the Haqqani network

It was another day in nearly five years of captivity for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and he didn’t know what the 18 Taliban fighters had in store for him Saturday.

There, in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the heavily armed fighters turned Bergdahl over to U.S. military commandos.

The soldier’s plight had come to an end.

Within minutes he was airborne. The helicopter’s rotors whooped so loudly that Bergdahl couldn’t communicate clearly with the men on board.

So he grabbed a paper plate and wrote three characters: “SF?”

The men understood: Special Forces?

Read MORE at CNN

 

2014 5MAY 31 Bob Jani Pres Obama after press conference

From CNN:

President Barack Obama, flanked by the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at the White House on Saturday, praised the diplomatic officials and troops who helped secure the release of the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war.

Read MORE at CNN

 

 

 

 

Balloon bunch RWB

 

From the Idaho Statesman:

A truck circled the streets in downtown Hailey on Saturday morning carrying a sign with the news that residents had waited five long years to hear: Bowe Bergdahl had been set free.

The celebration began immediately.

Read MORE at the Idaho Statesman

 

 

 

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CNN:  Tears of joy: Idaho hometown of Bowe Bergdahl prepares homecoming

KBOI2Governor: ‘We join all of Idaho and America in expressing our joy’ 

CNN:  Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, freed in swap

CNN:  Hagel: U.S. acted fast to save Bowe Bergdahl’s life

FOX News:  Small Idaho town makes plans to welcome home US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

USA Today:  Obama: Bergdahl ‘was never forgotten’

NBC News:  Taliban Spin: We Treated Captive as ‘Guest’ 

CNN:  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Flight to freedom

Wall Street Journal:  Video and Transcript: Remarks by President Obama and Bowe Bergdahl’s Parents

 

 

BOWE BERDGDAHL PROOF of LIFE!: What can his supporters do now?

2014 1JAN 16 PofL Contact CongressNow with news of the recent proof of life video showing Bowe, it’s all the more important to get a hold of your Members of Congress and let them know that there are literally tens of thousands of Bowe supporters who are calling on them to TAKE ACTION and obtain Bowe’s release. How much longer must he wait for freedom! Let them know that America can no longer allow Bowe to remain in enemy hands!  Our Members of Congress have a VERY large say as to how and when Bowe’s release will be obtained.  Let them know that America is counting on the to do the right thing.

If you’ve never contacted your Members of Congress before and need to find out who they are or get their contact info, use this link and search using your zip code: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

If you are going to write by mail or email, you can see some sample letters here: http://supportbowe.org/contact-elected-officials/contacting-elected-officials-tips/

If you want to leave a message for them at their local office along with one in Washington DC, the phone number to the US Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.

In case you’re just now finding out about the proof of life video, here are the details according to three new sources:

“The United States has obtained a “proof of life” video of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and is the only U.S. service member held captive by enemy forces, officials said Wednesday.

The video — which was on a thumb drive intercepted by the U.S. last week — shows a frail, shaky Bergdahl making a reference to the recent death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, the officials said.”

“In the latest video received by the military, Bergdahl was speaking and appeared “gaunt,” the official told Fox News on Wednesday.”

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

Bergdahl strong, well-rounded and easy to talk to, friends say

“We cannot discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — we work to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely,” the spokesman said.”

His family, who received a letter from him last year via the Red Cross, issued a statement in response to the latest video.

“As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father,” the statement reads. “BOWE – If see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!”

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/world/asia/us-prisoner-video/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/15/22315644-us-has-recent-proof-of-life-video-of-pow-bowe-bergdahl

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/15/us-military-obtains-new-video-american-soldier-held-in-captivity-official-says/?intcmp=latestnews

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO? READ ON:

If you’re wondering what others are doing to raise awareness about Bowe, you might be interested in this photo album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302700829818923.74928.186446128111061&type=3

If you are interested in supplies that you can use to raise awareness about Bowe, follow this link (be sure to check out the free downloadable brochure): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.288017024620637.7225

It’s time to bring Bowe home!

Bowe Bergdahl captor killed in drone strike

2010 Bowe Bergdahl with Taliban commander Maulawi Sanginn l
 
Write/call your Members of Congress to get Bowe back home NOW!  These drone strikes could possibly be very close to where Bowe is being held captive.  (Find out how to contact your elected officials.) 

 
From the Idaho Statesman:

Mullah Sangeen Zadran is listed by the U.S. State Department as the… “shadow governor” for Afghanistan’s Paktika Province and a commander of the Haqqani network. He was among six fighters killed Friday by a drone attack in the North Waziristan tribal district of Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials.

Zadran was also involved in the 2009 capture of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey. Read MORE

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