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The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.

US troops in Afghanistan hosting "shadow" marathon

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon "shadow run" to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

The 26.2-mile shadow runs are held by deployed U.S. military personnel on or around Patriots Day, when the Boston Marathon is run. This year's Boston Marathon is Monday, but the Bagram race is being held Friday.

Some 600 military members and civilians are expected to run in Bagram's shadow Boston Marathon.  Go to full article
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner

Memories of post-WWII Germany, in "duck" photos

Earlier this month, we reported on the discovery of what might be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division "duck" vehicle that sank during World War 2 in Italy.

The 10th Mountain Division is now based at Fort Drum. Its association said it hoped the discovery would also shed light on the remains of the 24 soldiers who drowned in the accident.

Well, one veteran in the Watertown area heard that story and took out his own photos of "duck" vehicles.  Go to full article
Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there. Photo provided by Fort Drum
Captain William Swenson, pictured during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan with the Army's 10th Mountain Division, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during combat there. Photo provided by Fort Drum

Former 10th Mountain Division soldier to receive Medal of Honor

A former 10th Mountain Division soldier will receive the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.  Go to full article
Gen. David Petraeus testifying before a congressional committe in 2009 about U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkradionews/">Talk Radio News Service</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Gen. David Petraeus testifying before a congressional committe in 2009 about U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Photo: Talk Radio News Service, CC some rights reserved

Soldiers, family members reflect on fidelity in wake of General Petraeus's affair

Marital fidelity is a sensitive subject for many in the military. Relationships are stressed by distance, frequent moves and the dangers of war. Gen. David Petraeus's admission that he had an extramarital affair has led some Fort Drum families to reflect on the difficulties of keeping their personal relationships whole - and their image among a public that often doesn't understand their culture.  Go to full article
A "welcome home" for returning 10th Mountain troops. Fort Drum is working with the local communities to provide improved mental health services for returning soldiers.
A "welcome home" for returning 10th Mountain troops. Fort Drum is working with the local communities to provide improved mental health services for returning soldiers.

Fort Drum works with community on soldier mental health

For the first time since Fort Drum's expansion after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, all of its three brigade combat teams are back home at the post.

After revolving deployments in two wars, the need for mental health services in the 10th Mountain Division is unprecedented, and complicated.  Go to full article
Sergeant Jose Reyes, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico (left), and Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez of Baltimore, MD were remembered at the Fort Drum service on Thursday. Photos provided.
Sergeant Jose Reyes, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico (left), and Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez of Baltimore, MD were remembered at the Fort Drum service on Thursday. Photos provided.

Memorial service held for two Fort Drum soldiers killed in Afghanistan

A memorial service was held at Fort Drum Thursday afternoon to remember the lives of two 10th Mountain Division soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

24-year old Sergeant Jose Reyes, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, and 28-year old Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez of Baltimore, Md., were killed July 18 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The two were heavy-vehicle drivers.

Staff Sargeant Raffinee Adams praised Staff Sgt. Rodriguez for his leadership and compassion for his fellow soldiers. His wife attended the service, joined by their three children. Sergeant Reyes' wife also attended with their two children.  Go to full article

Fort Drum general says progress made in Afghanistan

A high-ranking officer with the Army's 10th Mountain Division says the U.S. has made significant progress in its war in Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clark spoke about the war in Afghanistan during a ceremony at Whiteface Mountain last week. He says soldiers and their families have weathered difficult circumstances since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but those sacrifices have made a difference.  Go to full article
Soldiers occupy high ground during Mountain Peak maneuvers. Photos: Joanna Richards
Soldiers occupy high ground during Mountain Peak maneuvers. Photos: Joanna Richards

Fort Drum training stretches soldiers' skills, from private to commanding general

Traffic jams are expected today as Fort Drum wraps up its biggest training exercise in a decade. Operation Mountain Peak is the first opportunity the whole division, top to bottom, has been able to train together in all that time.

Reporter Joanna Richards donned body armor and a helmet to observe the maneuvers and find out how soldiers prepare for war.  Go to full article
Family of Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez hold flags presented to them during his funeral Tuesday in Carthage.
Family of Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez hold flags presented to them during his funeral Tuesday in Carthage.

Family, friends remember Sgt. Daniel Rodriguez

The remains of a Fort Drum soldier killed in Afghanistan July 18 returned to the home of the 10th Mountain Division Sunday.

At 28 years old, Staff Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez had a wife and three children, and four combat tours under his belt after 10 years of service in the Army. Rodriguez grew up in New York City, but friends and family said he wanted to be buried in the North Country, in tribute to his time with the 10th Mountain Division. His funeral was held yesterday in Carthage, in Jefferson County.

As Joanna Richards reports, Rodriguez will be remembered for his humor, the love he had for his family, and the commitment he had to his military career.  Go to full article

Fort Drum soldier becomes citizen at White House ceremony

It's a national tradition for the White House to perform a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Independence Day. Joanna Richards reports that this year, the ceremony includes a Fort Drum soldier.  Go to full article

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