Senator Lisa Murkowski today shared the following thought with the news that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl -- stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson -- was released today after months of negotiations:
"On behalf of the Alaskan community and a grateful nation, I am proud to welcome Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl back to his brothers and sisters in uniform -- and also to his family and friends who have held out hope while dealing with sleepless nights for all these years.
"With Sergeant Bergdahl stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, I can personally attest he was always on Alaska's minds and in our hearts as we continued seeking his return. He was always a concern and a topic of conversation in my talks with Alaskans, even as recently at the military gatherings on Memorial Day.
"This successful endeavor of negotiating was a team effort among the military and international community, but the road ahead requires just as much teamwork and vigilance. We should all support Sergeant Bergdahl and his family through our thoughts, actions and prayers.
"Today is also a day to remain aware of the thousands of men and women still deployed and in harm's way in Afghanistan. Though our efforts there are winding down, the dangers remain real. Today is a good opportunity to thank them all, for the risk that Sergeant Bergdahl took is the burden they all share -- and we look forward to their return home, as well.
"Welcome home, Bowe, and thank you to all our troops."