Aug 28, 2014 — Earlier this month, the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team cased its colors for the last time. There are 3500 soldiers in the unit--this inactivation comes as part of reductions the Pentagon announced last year. But it's still not clear what's planned for Fort Drum, the region's biggest economic driver.
The Pentagon plans to reduce the size of the Army by another 70,000 soldiers over three years. But it remains unclear which bases will endure those cuts.
Senator Chuck Schumer came to Watertown last spring to assure the community that Fort Drum has "a glowing future".
"And the 10th Mountain Division is exactly the kind of highly trained, nimble and tactical unit the Army wants to be the new standard for all our Armed Forces. Fort Drum should be at the epicenter of our country's future military."
But people around the base are anxious that this month's inactivation ceremony was just the beginning of more downsizing. Go to full article