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Fort Drum is the Jefferson County base of the US Army's Tenth Mountain Division.

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In a somewhat anxiety-inducing article today, the Watertown Daily Times is reporting that a new Army analysis projects Watertown’s Fort Drum will lose about 2,800 soldiers and civilian workers over the next several years. Gah! What does this...
Update, 3:35 pm: We’ve received confirmation from Fort Drum in the form of this press release, pasted below: Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Press Release Release Nr. 1306-08 June 25, 2013 Fort Drum Public Affairs Statement by Major...
Hello! New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is in Watertown today, and as part of his visit (his office is also hosting a conference on leadership in local government) he’s released a new report on that city’s financial...
New York’s Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, will be in Watertown tomorrow to release a new report on Watertown’s fiscal health. He’ll release the report as part of a conference, the “Local Government Leadership Institute,”...
One of the weird muddles complicating the scandals swirling around the Obama administration is that the accusations –broadly speaking — stem from two fundamentally different convictions about the White House and its stance on national...


Fort Drum
May 22, 2013 — The sergeant has been accused of secretly videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, sometimes when they were showering. The New York Times report follows a series of accounts in recent weeks about alleged sexual assaults within the military.
Nov 11, 2011 — Is a picture worth a thousand war stories? Suzanne Opton, author of Soldier/Many Wars, took photos of veterans to find out. In one series, she had them adopt a vulnerable position by laying their heads on a table, while in another, she draped them with fabric to explore roles like warrior, martyr, saint.
Jun 23, 2011 — In remarks at Fort Drum, N.Y., he told those who have fought in Afghanistan that the U.S. has turned a corner in that country. But the president said the job isn't finished and, in his words, "There's still some fighting to be done."
 

Special Reports

Audio Series
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at Fort Drum
According to Army studies, a quarter of returning soldiers will bring home mental problems associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Their depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and substance abuse, if not properly treated, can deeply scar themselves, their families, and the communities they live in. David Sommerstein reports.
IED
Audio Slideshow:
Soldiers learn to spot IEDs at Ft. Drum
Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, kill more American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other weapon. David Sommerstein visits a hands-on IED training exhibit at Fort Drum near Watertown.
Photo Audio Essay
President Bush Visits Fort Drum
President Bush pumped up military personnel at Fort Drum near Watertown Friday, July 19, 2002. He toured the base and reviewed military maneuvers by the 10th Mountain Division troops.
Photo Audio Essay
Return from Afghanistan
NCPR News talks with Ft. Drum soldiers and families.
Photo Audio Essay
On Patrol in Vitina
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 1
Photo Audio Essay
The Real Life of Peacekeepers
10th Mountain Division Peacekeepers in Kosovo. pt 2
Photo Audio Essay
10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.
Photo Audio Essay
Senator Schumer: Support the People of Ft. Drum
New York Senator Charles Schumer visited Fort Drum last Friday and kept his message simple: the people of Fort Drum need our support.
A soldier trains at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards
A soldier trains at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards

Fort Drum Army officers anxiously await word of job cuts

In any company town, people get worried when the major employer is planning layoffs. How will they earn a living if they lose their job? How will they remake their identity?

This is the picture for many Army officers stationed at Fort Drum. By early summer, some will find out they have to go. It's part of an overall downsizing of the military as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Evaluations this spring will determine whether some officers can stay in the service.  Go to full article
A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Photo: US Dept. of Defense

Fort Drum short-listed for East Coast missile defense site

The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.

The decision narrows the number of locations being considered from 10 to four. The Defense Department stresses that no decision has yet been made about whether the facility will actually be built.  Go to full article
The Black River Rollers strike a pose. Photo: Nora Flaherty

What's so great about roller derby?

Roller derby has a surprisingly long history: It first emerged as a contact sport in the late 1930s; started broadcasting on TV in the late '40s; and had a bit of a TV revival in the '80s and '90s.

The sport as we know it today is mostly an all-female, woman-organized amateur sport. This most recent incarnation got its start in the early 2000s, in Austin, Texas.  Go to full article
John Bartow, executive director of the Tug Hill Commission, says despite the housing allowance for Fort Drum soldiers rising again this year, rents are stabilizing in the region.

Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize

The growth of Fort Drum and its fluctuating soldier population have always complicated the housing market around Watertown. But the Army post throws another factor into the...  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum

Not long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario in November, the program that aircraft belonged to is getting a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending...  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens at a Fort Drum ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2012 for the Warrior Transition Battalion Complex. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39582141@N06/7267460364/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Owens: budget deal is good news for Fort Drum

North Country Democrat Bill Owens says the budget deal that passed this week in Washington is good news for Fort Drum. The spending plan eases military-spending cuts made...  Go to full article
CenterState CEO presented their economic development plan at Clarkson last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Is this really a biz plan for the North Country?

Last month Centerstate CEO, a Syracuse-based economic development group, released a plan for a region they call central New York. It stretches from the Finger Lakes to...  Go to full article
The 10th Mountain Division's Headquarters in the field during the division-wide Mountain Peak training exercise at Fort Drum, August, 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards

Drum numbers likely dropping, but no cause for alarm

The Watertown area's economy is heavily dependent on Fort Drum. With the federal budget sequester on and the Afghanistan war winding down, the numbers of soldiers assigned to...  Go to full article
New York Air National Guard members loading trees donated to the Trees for Troops program by Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/96225726@N08/8803994313/">2nd Lt. Colette Martin, New York National Guard</a>

Christmas trees donated to Fort Drum families

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Soldiers and their families at Fort Drum are getting a bit of holiday cheer.

Base officials say about 700 farm-grown Christmas trees will be...  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Reaper drone crashes in Lake Ontario

The search for an unmanned drone aircraft that went down in the waters of Lake Ontario yesterday, is expected to continue today. There were no reports of any injuries or...  Go to full article

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