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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.

11 Confirmed Dead in Blackhawk Crash at Fort Drum

11 soldiers were killed and two survived the crash of an Army Blackhawk helicopter yesterday at Fort Drum near Watertown. They're members of the 10th Mountain Division's Aviation Brigade and Second Brigade. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.

Drum Troops Deploy; Schumer Urges Military Support

Some 250 active duty and reserve soldiers departed from Fort Drum yesterday for an undisclosed destination in the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're from the Army's 883rd Medical Company and the 511th Military Police. New York Senator Charles Schumer was there to see them off. He urged all Americans to set aside their political beliefs about war with Iraq and support the military. David Sommerstein reports from Fort Drum's Rapid Deployment Facility.  Go to full article
Sgt. Jeremy Ray, Lt. Mark Hagen, and Pfc. Eugene Tellez of the Army's 4-31st Infantry Battalion.

Deploying Ft. Drum Soldiers Reflect on War & Peace

More than 200,000 U.S. troops are positioned in the Persian Gulf, awaiting the word to begin a war against Iraq. A couple hundred of them are from Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. Another group of Fort Drum soldiers has received deployment orders to the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're waiting for orders to depart. For some it will be their first time overseas. Others are combat veterans who fought Al-Qaeda forces last year in Afghanistan. David Sommerstein recently talked with some of them.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh

McHugh: Military May Be Stretched Too Thin

North Country Congressman John McHugh says the U.S. military may be overcommitted, which is putting a strain on military personnel and their families. He expressed his...  Go to full article
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring

Growing Gardens in Jefferson County

Land has been cleared for a new community garden in the North Country village of Philadelphia. Organizers say the garden, near Fort Drum, will be a reliable source of fresh...  Go to full article

More Upstate Reservists Called to Active Duty

Prison guards in New York State are worried that their ranks will be depleted as more military reservists are called to active duty. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Watertown Peace Activists Not Anti-Military

Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to march in anti-war rallies in New York, San Francisco, and more than 300 cities around this world this weekend. One of the...  Go to full article

Drum Soldiers Get Deployment Orders

Some 260 soldiers based at Fort Drum near Watertown will join thousands of troops in the Persian Gulf region. Many fought Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the mountains of...  Go to full article

10th Mtn. Fire & Chemical Units Deploy

More than 100 soldiers from 3 units based at Fort Drum near Watertown are deploying to undisclosed locations in Asia as a part of the President's war on terrorism. David...  Go to full article

Clinton To Serve on Armed Services Committee

New York Senator Hillary Clinton was named to the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday. The appointment by her fellow Senate Democrats could give Fort Drum more...  Go to full article

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