Bergdahl due to arrive in San Antonio


WASHINGTON (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, is expected to return to the United States on Friday.

Before his departure from Germany on Thursday, officials in Washington said Bergdahl will not receive the Army promotion that would have been automatic had he still been held prisoner.

A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says Bergdahl left Ramstein Air Base on a flight to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, for a Friday arrival.

The Idaho native is expected to be reunited with his family in San Antonio.

He was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five Taliban officials were released from detention.

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