In an exclusive interview with TPNN, one of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s unit members stepped forward to slam President Obama’s and the administration’s handling of his former comrade. Private First Class Joey Cox is the first of those who served alongside Bergdahl in the 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment to step forward and comment on the prisoner swap of Bergdahl with five Taliban detainees. ““I have been through every emotion possibly known to man over the last three days because of this,” said Cox, “I lost a best friend (SSG Murphrey) searching for this man. For the President to portray him as a National hero, it makes me sick to my stomach.”
The events of the night of June 30, 2009 are starting to emerge as well as the details of the actions of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl the weeks leading up to his “capture.” According to the official report, at 0430, TF 1 Geronimo reported a missing soldier after he did not show up for the 0900L morning roll call. Speaking exclusively with TPNN, PFC Joey Cox, who served with Bergdahl in the 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment out of Ft. Richardson, Alaska, said anyone and everyone who could were told to gather and begin the search efforts.
Bergdahl was assigned to OP Mest about 5 miles south of FOB Sharana with the orders to conduct watches over enemy activities of nearby villages. According to Cox, within 24 hours, there was no doubt that Bergdahl had gone AWOL amongst the Battalion and “deserted his unit in a combat zone.” Just week’s prior, Bergdahl had sent most of his military uniform home to his family and at some point during the night Bergdahl grabbed a knife, a compass, water, camera and took off. He left behind almost all of his personal items including all of his gear and bulletproof vest.
“It was kind of brushed off. It’s ok, just another guy down and out about what’s going on and he will bounce back. “ Cox went on to describe how Battalion morale was down around the entire camp as many soldiers often expressed how much they missed their families. “It took about 24 hours to realize this guy betrayed America.”
Upon realizing Bergdahl was missing, all combat operations in Afghanistan were halted and efforts put into searching for the missing soldier. Bergdahl was classified as MIA instead of AWOL so that the military did not have to explain the details regarding either Bergdahl or the events surrounding his disappearance.
PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Chance Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews were all killed in action directly related to the search for Bergdahl.
Soldiers were made to sign a DUSTWUN Operations Special Disclosure Agreement (abbreviation for duty status-whereabouts unknown) that any soldier partaking in DUSTWUN Operations would not mention anything to the media or the family etc. However, many of the soldiers who are now talking about Bergdahl are now out of the military therefore freed from the agreement.
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