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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.

Potsdam Casualty of Afghan Fighting Remembered by Family

A Potsdam man killed Sunday while fighting in Afghanistan is being remembered as a dedicated and determined soldier. Family members say Chad Fuller will be buried in a family plot near the Raquette River. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed, Including One from Potsdam

A 23-year-old Potsdam man was one of the two Tenth Mountain Division soldiers killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Chad Fuller died Sunday when his unit engaged Taliban guerillas in eastern Afghanistan.  Go to full article

North Country National Guard Remains on Alert for Iraq

National Guard officials say there are no details yet on which north country soldiers might be deployed in Iraq. The 27th Infantry Brigade, with units across the region, has been on alert since July. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Clinton To Tout North Country E-Commerce

Senator Hillary Clinton will make a swing through Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties Saturday. She'll unveil an initiative to promote locally made foods and crafts on the...  Go to full article

New Leadership at Ft. Drum

The Army's 10th Mountain Division is preparing for a change in leadership. As David Sommerstein reports, Brigadier General Lloyd Austin will return to Fort Drum to assume...  Go to full article
Peace activist Martha Swan

As Questions Are Raised, A Quiet Peace Movement Speaks Up

A small group of protestors gathered Thursday in Elizabethtown, hoping to raise questions about the U.S. war in Iraq. Before the fighting began, there was a thriving...  Go to full article

Fort Drum Soldiers Tell of Life and Death on the Frontline

As U.S. soldiers return from war in Iraq the more intimate details of what it was really like there are emerging. From heavy fighting to cheering in the streets, military...  Go to full article

Fort Drum Soldiers Return From Iraq

Some Fort Drum soldiers returned from the Middle East recently, after being stationed on the northern border of Iraq. Kenneth Presley is a Brigade Targeting Officer with the...  Go to full article

Reservist Found Guilty for Refusing Vaccine

An eight-member military panel has found an Army reservist guilty of disobeying an order for refusing to take an anthrax vaccine. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

McHugh Sees Pride & Challenge in Iraq

North Country Congressman John McHugh returned this week from a five-day tour of Iraq. He was a part of the first congressional delegation to visit the country since the war...  Go to full article

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