A flurry of foreign paratroopers filled a shed at Camp Mackall as they grabbed American equipment and rigged themselves ahead of a jump with American paratroopers to kick off the weekend’s airborne operation — the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop.
A mix of Spanish, Italian and German languages lingered throughout Camp Mackall on Thursday as paratroopers from eight countries practiced rigging American equipment and rehearsing airborne operation drills on American aircraft. Beginning Friday, the foreign paratroopers flip their role to serve as jump masters on airborne operations for American paratroopers as part of Toy Drop.
“It’s fun to have a different experience with other countries,” said Master Corporal Remy Collin, a Canadian Armed Forces paratrooper.
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Chew toys, nail clippers and canine treats were tossed into boxes as they tumbled down a line of volunteers packing them over the weekend for deployed military working dogs and their handlers.
By Saturday afternoon, 200 care packages were assembled for military working dog teams deployed all over the world. The boxes were stuffed with donations from local companies by volunteers from the nonprofit Military Working Dog Team Support Association.
Military working dogs work under the command of their handlers to detect explosives and drugs, conduct reconnaissance and track people on dangerous missions.
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The five years that Bowe Bergdahl spent chained up and beaten by the Taliban after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 likely led to the judge’s decision to spare him further confinement, military law experts said.
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Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who triggered extensive search missions after he walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, will serve no time in prison.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing Bergdahl’s court-martial at Fort Bragg, announced the soldier’s sentence Friday morning.
Bergdahl stood between his lawyers, shaking, as his sentence was read in court.
Nance announced Bergdahl should receive a dishonorable discharge, be reduced in rank from E5 to E1 and forfeit pay of $1,000 a month for 10 months. He did not offer an explanation for his decision, but considered evidence from service members who were injured searching for Bergdahl, as well as the torture the soldier endured while held captive and harsh criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump.
The sentence must be approved by the convening authority, who is Gen. Robert Abrams, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg. He has 120 days to review the sentence.
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A judge is deliberating the sentence for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, began deliberations just before noon Thursday. Court was recessed just before 5 p.m. without a decision.
Prosecutors asked that Bergdahl receive 14 years of confinement, demotion to the rank of E1 private and a punitive discharged. Prosecutors said the torture and beatings that Bergdahl endured as a prisoner of the Taliban for five years should be considered as the judge decides the sentence.
Defense lawyers asked the judge to consider a dishonorable discharge with no confinement.
Bergdahl pleaded guilty Oct. 16 without a plea agreement.
Earlier this week, Bergdahl gave unsworn testimony in which he apologized to the service members who searched for him. He said walking off post was a “horrible mistake.”
Bergdahl’s disappearance triggered extensive, hastily planned search missions, including two where service members were injured.
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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mental disorders likely contributed to his decision to walk off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a psychiatrist testified for his defense Wednesday morning.
Charles Morgan III, a forensic psychiatrist who spent about 20 hours evaluating Bergdahl, said the soldier suffers from schizotypal personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and social phobia.
“I do believe they play a role,” Morgan said of Bergdahl’s decision to desert his post, leading to his capture by the Taliban.
Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could be sentenced to life in prison.
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Two officials who debriefed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after he was rescued from five years of captivity in Afghanistan said his personal experiences as a Taliban prisoner are critical to understanding insurgents as well as training troops on survival and evasion techniques.
Bergdahl, 31, who has already pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, gave unsworn testimony on Monday to apologize to everyone involved in searching for him. He spoke for about two hours, describing the torture and constant beatings he endured in captivity.
The testimony follows the prosecutor’s case that included powerful statements from soldiers who were injured on missions searching for Bergdahl.
The military judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, will consider the testimony as he determines if Bergdahl should spend the rest of his life in prison.
Amber Dach, a lead intelligence analyst, debriefed Bergdahl for about 70 hours when he arrived at Landstuhl, Germany, in June 2014. She said Bergdahl was eager to help.
“It was a gold mine,” she said. “It really reshaped the way we do intelligence collection in the area.”
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