ISAF remembers Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

KABUL, Afghanistan — June 30 marks four years that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe W. Bergdahl has been held captive. Sgt. Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, was discovered missing during a unit roll-call in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

"Four years later, we are still waiting for Sgt. Bergdahl’s safe return, and it is my sincere hope that the wait will soon come to an end. To Sgt. Bergdahl’s family, I want to say that we know you have not given up hope, and neither have we," said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Commander of ISAF. 

"I understand the people of Hailey, Idaho continue to remember Sgt. Bergdahl this year by planting a tree and hosting a 500-bike motorcycle ride. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and would like nothing more than to see him returned to his loved ones,” Dunford said.

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 listed as a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Fort Richardson, Alaska.

[Check out the Facebook page set up by Bowe’s family and friends to increase visibility to his POW status and lobby for his return. Bergdahl was taken captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network on 30 JUN 2009. Since then, the Taliban has released five videos showing him in captivity. The Taliban originally demanded $1 million and the release of 21 Afghan prisoners and Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. They threatened to execute Bergdahl if Siddiqui was not released. Most of the Afghan prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay. The Taliban later reduced its demand to five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl’s release.

Bergdahl was a Private First Class (E-3) when captured. In June 2010, he was promoted to Specialist (E-4) and to Sergeant (E-5) on June 17, 2011.]

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