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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.
Dec 24, 2012 — George McGovern, Arlen Specter, Warren Rudman, Dan Inouye ... just some of the political giants who died in 2012. This week's super-sized Political Junkie column is dedicated to their memory.
Sep 10, 2012 — As the U.S. military steps up training of Afghan troops in preparation for the U.S. withdrawal in 2014, it has also ratcheted up its efforts to train U.S. soldiers in Afghan language and customs. This year, the Army has more than doubled the number of soldiers trained in Pashto and Dari.
 

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.
Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan

Afghan Leader Thanks Drum Troops

Fort Drum welcomed a head of state yesterday. Afghan president Hamid Karzai came to thank thousands of 10th Mountain Division soldiers who helped to stabilize his country. It was the first stop on a week long visit to the United States. He meets with President Bush at the White House next week. Senator Hillary Clinton was on hand to greet Karzai as he walked off his plane. In his speech to soldiers, Karzai said the U.S. military put Afghanistan on the road to democracy. But with upcoming elections and escalating violence, tough challenges remain. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
President Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Visits Fort Drum

Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit 10th Mountain Division Soldiers tomorrow to say thanks for providing security in his war-torn country. Jody Tosti has more on the story.  Go to full article

In the First Person: A Rocket Attack in Iraq

Almost every day, we hear another report of a rocket attack on U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This morning we hear a first-hand account of a near-miss from Corporal Bill Putnam, a military journalist for the Army News Service. He's been serving in Iraq for two months. David Sommerstein met Putnam while he was in Kosovo. They've arranged for Putnam to send occasional audio diaries of his experiences.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Gets New Brigade, 3000 Troops

Fort Drum near Watertown got good news over the weekend. The army base will likely get a third brigade as a part of an Army-wide reorganization. And next year's defense...  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 6: Daily Life Brings Long Hours, Tension

The situation in Iraq is tense these days for hundreds of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from northern New York. The armed uprising continues and temperatures have...  Go to full article

3000 Drum Soldiers May Be Headed to Iraq

Another 3000 soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown may leave for Iraq as early as this summer. The Department of Defense has alerted the army base to begin preparing for...  Go to full article
Back home: (above) Susan Olsen, (below), Evan and Garth observed by dog Sadie

Iraq Diary, Pt 4: Soldier?s Family Waits Nervously

Hundreds of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York state are serving now in Iraq. Over the past month, Army chaplain Eric Olsen has been sharing his experiences...  Go to full article
Nathan Brown, 1982-2004

Death For A Young Soldier, Sorrow For His Family

Flags flew at half-mast yesterday in Glens Falls, as the community mourned the death of Nathan Brown. Brown, who was 21 years old, died on Easter Sunday, while serving in...  Go to full article
Ready for the sand.

Iraq Diary, Pt. 3: North to the Sunni Triangle

More than seven hundred National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York state have taken up positions inside Iraq. This morning, Army chaplain Eric Olsen continues his...  Go to full article

Father of Injured Soldier Upset by Conditions in Iraq

David Sommerstein talks with Robert Hemsing of Argyle, near Glens Falls. His son, Specialist Rob Hemsing, was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. He says...  Go to full article

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