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Army addresses Bergdahl's well-being as he arrives in San Antonio

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was captured in 2009 and he's been held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan ever since.

At the end of May, President Obama struck a controversial trade deal with the terrorist group. His release in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban officers from Guantanamo Bay.

After a short recovery period in Germany, Major General Joseph Disalvo says Bergdahl landed in San Antonio early Friday morning...in uniform, able to walk and speak.

"He appeared just like any Sergeant would when they see a two Star General, a little bit nervous. But he looked good, he saluted and had good deportment," Disalvo said.

Bergdahl will resume the "Reintegration" process at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

Army psychologist Colonel Bradley Poppen says part of the process is to return his sense of control.

"In captivity, fundamentally your decision to make any choice is taken away. So we slowly increase our chances to make choices and have a sense of control," Poppen said.

The army panelists said Bergdahl is being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center. In addition to debriefing and rehabilitating him, they're gradually exposing Sgt. Bergdahl to the world around him. So he's not yet aware of the media frenzy surrounding his possible desertion and what will happen to him after recovery.

"So yes at some point in time he will be exposed to the media inquiries to him, what's going on in the world...but again in the past 5 years he's had no exposure so you want to gradually...expose it to him," Poppen said.

At Friday's conference we asked the Army to address reports that Bergdahl spent two of his five years in captivity inside a metal box without even seeing humans.

"Yeah first of all we have no knowledge of that information at all. And no knowledge of what's been coming out so far in the decompression debriefings," General DiSalvo said.

Colonel Poppen went on to say in broad terms captives held in isolation previously had to develop coping skills while in captivity...skills they had to readjust when getting back to society.

The army says Bergdahl's family is not with him in San Antonio at the moment.

In a statement, the family has asked that their travel plans remain private.

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