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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.
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.
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.
 

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.

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 ended last month. McHugh spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday.  Go to full article

Army Tries Reservist for Refusing Vaccine

Court-martial proceedings are underway for an Army reservist who's charged with disobeying orders to take an anthrax vaccine. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

NCPR Special Report: Voices From the Home Front

North Country Public Radio caps its in-depth regional coverage of the US-led war in Iraq with this documentary. Listen to Fort Drum soldiers bound overseas and National...  Go to full article

Fort Drum Officials Ask For Alternate Ways to Support Troops

Fort Drum officials are asking people to consider other ways to support troops rather than sending unsolicited letters or packages. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Retired Ft. Drum Colonel Will Help Rebuild Iraq

A retired Fort Drum Colonel will join a dozen military officials in Baghdad to plan the reconstruction of Iraq when the war ends. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
There's little evidence of a nation at war on Watertown's Public Square

Watertown Rallies, Quietly

In Watertown, the military infuses nearly every aspect of life, and people are supporting the troops in Iraq. But patriotic displays are subdued. No more flags than normal....  Go to full article

Thinking About War: Fort Drum Soldiers Await Deployment to Iraq

Earlier this month, David Sommerstein sat down with a group of soldiers waiting for war. They were members of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry, known as the Polar Bears on...  Go to full article

Churchgoers Seek Peace of Mind During War

As Fort Drum buzzes with deployment activity, area churches are busy helping people cope during times of war. The First Baptist Church in Black River is just a few minutes...  Go to full article

Ft. Drum, Families Remember Fallen Soldiers

The 11 soldiers who died in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Fort Drum were remembered Friday as American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while preparing for their next...  Go to full article

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