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Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.
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

Commentary: Baghdad Memories

As the country considers war against Iraq, it's tempting to view it in terms such as collateral damage, smart bombs, and other words that gloss over the actual suffering and dying. Commentator Paul Willcott has a more personal view of the conflict.  Go to full article

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