Fort Bragg, N.C.
No prison for Bergdahl: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years after leaving his post in Afghanistan, avoided prison time for desertion at his sentencing hearing last week, but was ordered demoted and dishonorably discharged from the Army. Bergdahl pleaded guilty last month to desertion as well as “misbehavior before the enemy,” which carries a potential life sentence. But Bergdahl’s legal team argued for leniency, saying that he had paid for his crimes by suffering torture in captivity. President Trump, who on the campaign trail castigated Bergdahl as a “dirty rotten traitor,” may have contributed to the lighter sentence after he criticized Bergdahl publicly during the trial. “The military justice system is very, very vigilant about unlawful command influence impacting soldiers’ ability to get a fair trial,” said Geoffrey Corn, a retired Army lieutenant colonel.