U.S. ARMY COMMAND REFERS CHARGES TO GENERAL COURT-MARTIAL IN SGT. BERGDAHL CASE

Media Release
U.S. Army Forces Command
Directorate of Public Affairs
4700 Knox Street
Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310

Dec. 14, 2015
For Immediate Release

U.S. Army Forces Command Refers Charges to General Court-Martial in Sgt. Bergdahl Case

The U.S. Army Forces Command’s Commanding General referred two charges today, Dec. 14, in the case of United States vs. Sgt. Robert B. Bergdahl to a General Court-Martial.

The two specific charges referred under the U.S. Armed Forces’ Uniform Code of Military Justice are: (1) Article 85: “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty;” and (2) Article 99: “Misbehavior before the Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place.”

The date of the arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., will be announced at a later date.

The Army conducted a public Article 32 Preliminary Hearing Sept.17-18, 2015, at Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Forces Command officials charged Sgt. Bergdahl on March 25, 2015, with the two alleged offenses.

Army Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared June 30, 2009, from Combat Outpost Mest-Malak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and subsequently was captured.

Specific procedures for news-media coverage of the arraignment hearing will be announced at a future date.

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Media may direct questions to the U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs Office at Fort Bragg, N.C., at telephone 910-570-7200 or 910-570-7217, and by E-mail to john.p.boyce2.civ@mail.mil or james.e.hinnant.civ@mail.mil.

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