In June 2009, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken captive by members of the Taliban in Afghanistan. On May 31, Bergdahl was released and recovered by U.S. special operations forces. Bergdahl's freedom came with the exchange of five high level Guantanamo Bay prisoners. National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said that Bergdahl had an "exemplary service to his country," though fellow soldiers have described him as a "deserter." The circumstances under which Bergdahl went missing are still unclear.