"We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small
outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an
Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan
graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he
wanted to "walk the earth" and kept a little journal talking about how
he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was
a little “out there”.
Next morning he's gone. We search everywhere, and
can't find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items.
He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan
kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where
the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has
him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his
post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in
a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people
out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that's what he
did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several
months of active searching.