SGT Bowe Bergdahl: Sen Ayotte Calls on Sec of Defense Hagel to Redouble Efforts to Find Him

The following is a letter that Senator Kelly Ayotte has sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

“Ayotte Urges Defense Secretary to Redouble Efforts to Find Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl”

“Senate Armed Services Committee Member Has Demanded Pentagon Act With Urgency”

Jan 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following reports that the U.S. military has received a video showing that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl may be alive, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte is urging the Secretary of Defense to redouble efforts to locate the missing soldier, who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 in Afghanistan.

“This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family,” Ayotte wrote in a letter this week to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Senator Ayotte has repeatedly urged the Defense Department to redouble its efforts to find Sgt. Bergdahl and bring him home – including writing two letters to then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta requesting an update on the department’s actions. She also worked successfully to include language in the Senate Armed Services Committee report for the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which called on DoD to answer questions on the status of the search for Sergeant Bergdahl.

AYOTTE LETTER TO SECRETARY HAGEL:

The Honorable Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Hagel:

I am writing to request an update on the Department of Defense’s (DoD) efforts to locate and bring home Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl.

On January 15, it was reported that a proof-of-life video featuring Sergeant Bergdahl was received by DoD. Can you please confirm whether this video exists and has been received by the Pentagon? If the reports are accurate, this video appears to provide hope that Sergeant Bergdahl may be alive.

This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, DoD must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family.

Our men and women in uniform must know that if they are captured by the enemy, our nation will not rest until they are rescued.

I look forward to receiving your response. Thank you for your service to our country.

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How Much Longer? SGT Bowe Bergdahl held captive 232 weeks

As of 10 December 2013, SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held prisoner for 232 weeks

It’s BOWE TUESDAY 232.  As of 10 December 2013, SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive by Taliban-allied insurgents for 232 weeks.

As of 10 December 2013, SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive by Taliban-allied insurgents for 4 years, 5 months, 1 week and 3 days.

There are 21 days left in the year 2013.  During the holidays, people gather together for many different activities.  Often we visit with people who we might not get the chance to see any other time of the year.  Sometimes we even get a chance to share conversations with people we have never met before.  The holiday season offers us many opportunities to share Bowe’s story with people who have yet to hear about him.  It’s a good time to have a few of Bowe’s brochures on hand to share.  Some Bowe supporters have had business cards made up with Bowe’s information on them.  Business cards are handy and fit easily in a pocket or purse. Giving out a  business card is a great way to remind people about Bowe long after you tell them about him.

Get Bowe’s downloadable brochure HERE.

There are many places where one can purchase business cards.  For some ideas about business cards, go HERE.

SGT Bowe Bergdahl now 4 years and 4 months captive

BOWE 4 Years & 4 Months Captive

From the New York Times:

Even in Washington, officials acknowledge that once American forces depart, the Taliban likely will gain ground, at least in rural areas. And the competence of Afghanistan’s 350,000-member security force remains in doubt, even after a $40 billion investment in American weaponry and training. Although Afghan forces appear to have mostly held their own against the insurgency in the recent fighting season, they made no significant gains and suffered what some officials said were heavy casualties.1

Is this the type of sitution that we are willing to accept for Bowe at the end of the 2014 troop withdrawl? The answer is a resounding NO! The next year will be here and gone before we know it. This is why we must make every moment count in the effort to bring Bowe home.

1“An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan” The New York Times. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.”

 
 
 

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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