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Sgt. Robert Hoosier, 10th CAB at Ft. Drum, says the plastic cup signs on Rt.26 have become tradition at Fort Drum.
Sgt. Robert Hoosier, 10th CAB at Ft. Drum, says the plastic cup signs on Rt.26 have become tradition at Fort Drum.

Heard Up North: Welcome home, Drum-style

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The cycle of "train, deploy, return, repeat" has been steady at Fort Drum since 2001. Troops are regularly leaving for Iraq or Afghanistan, or coming home. A chain-link fence across Route 26 from Fort Drum's airfield has become a part of that routine. Soldiers lodge red and blue plastic cups in the fence to make homemade welcome home signs for their comrades. Sgt. Robert Hoosier of the 10th CAB on "cup duty" is today's Heard Up North.

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