In response to those of you interested in my personal judgments about the recovery of SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the questions about this particular soldier’s conduct are separate from our effort to recover ANY U.S. service member in enemy captivity. This was likely the last, best opportunity to free him. As for the circumstances of his capture, when he is able to provide them, we’ll learn the facts. Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred. In the meantime, we will continue to care for him and his family. Finally, I want to thank those who for almost five years worked to find him, prepared to rescue him, and ultimately put themselves at risk to recover him.
It is our ethos that we never leave a fallen comrade. Welcome home SGT Bowe Bergdahl.
I regret that our government has shut down. Unfortunately we don't have that option. Please continue to do what you've always done--serve the nation. For those of our civilian team mates who will be furloughed, I'm sorry. You are valued members of our profession, and we look forward to your return to duty. Thank you all. I'm honored to serve with you.
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