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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
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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.
Back home: (above) Susan Olsen, (below), Evan and Garth observed by dog Sadie
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 from the front line inside the Sunni Triangle. This morning, we'll hear a very different point of view, with an audio diary recorded by Major Olsen's wife - Susan. Susan Olsen lives in Saranac Lake with her sons Garth and Evan.

Next Monday, the series continues with a look at a soldier's daily life north of Bagdad.  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 Iraq. He was a private with the National Guard. As Brian Mann reports, the ceremony was a time for remembrance and pride and pain and sorrow.  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 audio diary from the front lines. This dispatch was mailed home well before last week's firefight, which left one north country soldier dead. The sounds of combat you'll hear in Major Olsen's diary were all recorded during training exercises on the Kuwait-Iraq border.

The series continues next Monday, with an audio diary from Major Olsen's wife, Susan, on the home front in Saranac Lake.  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

Local Republicans Support Iraq War and Have Questions

In recent weeks, opinion polls have shown that public support for the war in Iraq is eroding. President Bush spoke in an hour-long press conference last night about the...  Go to full article

South Glens Falls Guardsman Killed in Iraq, Others Wounded

A National Guard soldier from South Glens Falls was killed Sunday north of Baghdad, according to a report published today in the Glens Falls Post Star. Private First...  Go to full article

Culture Clashes in Mosul

Members of the 511th Military Police Company, based at Fort Drum, also have stories of Kuwait. But their more recent memories are of the hot and dusty streets of Mosul in...  Go to full article
Convoy forming up in Kuwait

Iraq Diary, Pt. 2: "Up-Armoring" In Kuwait

While some Fort Drum soldiers are returning home from overseas, roughly seven hundred National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York have just arrived in Iraq. Over the...  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 1: For Soldiers Leaving Home, It's Hurry Up And Wait

Hundreds of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York and Vermont are deployed in Iraq. For the next year, they'll serve alongside regular Army units, patrolling...  Go to full article
Specialist Mike Ames in Iraq

NY Guard on the Ground in Iraq

Families from across the North Country have already begun hearing from their loved ones in Iraq. More than 700 members of New York's National Guard have begun a year-long...  Go to full article

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