Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The preliminary hearing for Idaho Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is set for Thursday. Bergdahl left his Afghanistan post in 2009, was captured by the Taliban, held for five years, and released back to the U.S. in a prisoner trade. He is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The military hearing is known as an Article 32. Several media reports, and the Bergdahl Wikipedia page, say his Article 32 is similar to a civilian grand jury. But Brigadier General Walt Donovan says that’s incorrect.

The Army says it has pushed back the date for a preliminary hearing for Bowe Bergdahl, the sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.

Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

His hearing had been scheduled for July 8.

But the Army says that at the request of Bergdahl's lawyers, the hearing was put off until Sept. 17 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

His preliminary hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial for trial.

Idaho National Guard

Officials have scheduled the initial hearing for the Army sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Army officials announced Thursday that his Article 32 hearing will be held July 8 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

That proceeding is similar to a civilian grand jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial and go to trial.

Idaho National Guard

According to Reuters, the U.S. Army is refuting claims that it's made a decision in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Outlets including Fox News and NBC News reported on Tuesday that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion later this week.  

The reports cited unnamed senior defense officials.

Dept. of Defense

This post was updated Thurs. June 5 at 10:30 a.m. 

A Pentagon spokesman says former military captive Bowe Bergdahl's health is improving daily, and he is resting more comfortably and becoming more involved in a treatment plan designed to ease his return to the U.S.

The spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said there is no date set for Bergdahl to make his first phone call to his family in Idaho or to be transferred from a U.S. military hospital in Germany to an Army hospital in Texas.

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This post was updated at 4:37 p.m. on May 31, 2014.

President Barack Obama is welcoming the release of the lone U.S. solider held in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains at basecamp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.

Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  — who's been held by the Taliban since 2009 — has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him.

But if he's released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

Some people are convinced that on June 30, 2009, just a few months after he arrived in Afghanistan, Bergdahl willingly walked away from his unit in Paktika province.

Bergdahl — who's from Idaho — was last seen in a video the Taliban released in December.

U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl

Feb 18, 2014
Dept. of Defense

The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is working on a possible prisoner swap with the Taliban in order to free Idaho prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. According to the Post, U.S. officials are prepared to release five members of the Afghan Taliban imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Idaho POW's Family Reacts To New 'Proof Of Life' Video

Jan 15, 2014
Idaho National Guard

Here's the latest update from The Associated Press, 5:20 p.m. 

The Idaho family of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is renewing their call for his release after the seeing a new video of him.

U.S. officials say they believe the video was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive after nearly five years of captivity.

A senior defense official said the video came to light several days ago. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos.

Idaho Town Remembers Fallen Airman

Jan 2, 2014

According to the Associated Press, 118 Americans were killed in Afghanistan in 2013.

Ten of them were killed in December, including two Marines from Massachusetts, Sgt. Daniel Vasselian and Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez.

People in the town of Sandpoint, Idaho, are also mourning this week.

Air Force Captain David Lyon died when the vehicle in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device last Friday in Kabul. He was 28.

The Defense Department says an Air Force captain assigned to Peterson Air Force Base has died from an explosion in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says 28-year-old David I. Lyon of Sandpoint, Idaho died Thursday.

His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kabul.

Lyon was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson. He was serving a yearlong deployment and was an advisor to Afghan National Army commandos.


Supporters of a captured soldier from Idaho are urging people to add one more name to their holiday mailing list. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of the Taliban since 2009.

Now, organizers in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are trying to get Christmas cards to him.

It's been four-and-a-half years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured near his base in southeast Afghanistan. The now 27-year-old is still believed alive, but so far there's end in sight for his captivity.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter spoke to a large group gathered at the Idaho Fallen Heroes Memorial Wednesday morning in Boise to celebrate and commemorate the lives of those lost fighting the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the people in the crowd were families of Idaho soldiers who died in those wars.

Speaking to the crowd, Otter asked everyone to pause and remember that day 12 years ago, and the people who made the “ultimate sacrifice” in response to it.


A U.S. drone attack has reportedly killed the militant commander believed to be holding Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl captive. That's according to news reports out of Pakistan. The strike dealt a blow to the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani  Network.