While watching GPS with Fareed Zakaria this morning on CNN, a news break reported that the soldier being held in Afghanistan was a 23 year-old young man from Ketchum Hailey, Idaho. A video was posted to a site used by the Taliban of the young man; his name is Bowe Bergdahl.
The Defense Department released the name of Pfc. Bowe (pronounced BOH) R. Bergdahl, 23, who was serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment. The private was serving at a base near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.
On the video, which was posted on a Web site pointed out by the Taliban, Bergdahl says he’s from Hailey, Idaho, a town of about 7,000 people that lies 160 miles east of Boise. The Pentagon identified his hometown as Ketchum, which is about half the size of Hailey and about 12 miles north. His family says he grew up in Blaine County, closer to Hailey.
Bergdahl is a member of 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.
His parents are asking for privacy.
The family of Bergdahl released a statement to news media today, through the Idaho National Guard: “We hope and pray for our son’s safe return to his comrades and then to our family, and we appreciate all the support and expressions of sympathy shown to us by our family members, our friends and others across the nation. Thank you, and please continue to keep Bowe in your thoughts and prayers.”
While this U.S. Army Soldier is not a National Guardsman, the Idaho National Guard is coordinating with a number of Department of Defense agencies to provide public affairs and other assistance to the Bergdahl family during this difficult time.
On the video released, Bowe is seen eating and talking. Of course, it is sooo totally a piece of propaganda.
Please respect the family’s wishes and send thoughts, prayers, good energy for whatever solace they can find during this trying time.