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Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Rebecca Wiliams, who goes by JR, with her daughter's artwork. Photos: Brian Mann
Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Rebecca Wiliams, who goes by JR, with her daughter's artwork. Photos: Brian Mann

For Fort Drum's military moms, deployment means extra duty and extra doubts

This week, soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division are heading back to Iraq for another 15-month deployment. Their families face a tough and nerve-wracking year of separation. The challenge is especially tough for military women, some of them leaving behind very young children. Brian Mann sat down to talk about life as a military mom with Sergeant First Class Jennifer Rebecca Williams. Her own daughter, Reilly, is three years old. Sgt. Williams is deploying with the Headquarters Company of the 10th Mountain Division. She says balancing family with military duty is getting harder as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stretch on.  Go to full article

10th Mtn Division comes home, leaving brothers behind

Over the next several weeks, several thousand soldiers with the 10th Mt. Division will be returning home to Watertown. The members of the Second Brigade Combat Team have been in Iraq for 15 months. The hardest part of this tour was the abduction in May of two soldiers, specialists Byron Fouty and Alex Jimenez. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  Go to full article

Facing more funerals, Fort Drum will change soldier memorial policy

Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division who die in Iraq and Afghanistan will no longer receive individual memorials at Fort Drum. Army officials announced this week that the base will hold monthly memorial services to honor the sacrifice of service-men and service-women. Brian Mann spoke with Lt. Colonel Paul Fitzpatrick, who says the shift isn't tied to rising casualty rates.  Go to full article

Closing the housing gap around Fort Drum

In mid-June, Senator Hillary Clinton touted a vote in the Armed Services Committee that would funnel almost $350 million to the base. A week before that, Fort Drum got $357 million for construction projects. Administrators say $1.2 billion flowed through the base last year. The money is following the troops, according to Carl McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization. A whole new brigade--6,500 soldiers--was reassigned to the base in 2004, triggering new offices and training sites, as well as services and housing for soldiers and families. In January 2005, a housing forum estimated the community needed over 2,000 more homes for soldiers and families. McLaughlin told Jonathan Brown between on and off-base construction, that gap is being closed.  Go to full article
Screen shot from <i>The Last Ridge</i>
Screen shot from The Last Ridge

The uphill battle of the 10th Mountain

A new documentary about Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division debuts Sunday at 7pm on WPBS in Watertown. The Last Ridge: the Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division uses vintage film footage, first-person accounts, and on-location reenactments to bring to life the 10th Mountain's role in World War 2. NPR's Scott Simon is the narrator. Abbie Kealy directed, wrote, and produced The Last Ridge. She told David Sommerstein it's the story of the division's daring assault on the German front in the mountains of northern Italy in 1945.  Go to full article
Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) during a recent trip to Iraq
Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) during a recent trip to Iraq

McHugh supports "surge" but says Iraq War may be unwinnable

As families at Fort Drum wait anxiously for news of the missing soldiers, North Country Congressman John McHugh says he still supports the military build-up in Iraq being led by U.S. General David Petraeus. But in an exclusive interview with North Country Public Radio, the Republican suggested for the first time that the moment for victory in that country may have passed. We'll air our in-depth conversation with the congressman at 8:35. As Brian Mann reports, McHugh is talking for the first time about breaking with the Republican leadership on major policy decisions about the war.  Go to full article
Congressman meets with soldiers at Fort Drum (Source:  Rep. McHugh)
Congressman meets with soldiers at Fort Drum (Source: Rep. McHugh)

In Depth: Rep. McHugh expresses new doubts, regrets on Iraq War

Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, North Country Congressman John McHugh has walked a cautious line. The Republican has supported President Bush and the GOP leadership, while also publicly chiding the Defense Department's civilian leadership. McHugh represents Fort Drum, home to the 10th Mountain Division and is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. The Congressman now says the "surge" strategy in Iraq should continue through the summer, but says the strategy should face close scrutiny by Congress in September. As the death toll rises and public support for the war erodes, this middle ground position may become more and more difficult to sustain. On Tuesday, Congressman McHugh spoke at length about the war with Brian Mann. The interview began just as officials at Fort Drum were confirming that three soldiers from Watertown had been captured by an Al Quaeda splinter group in Iraq.  Go to full article
Hillary Clinton says Bush war plan "won't work" (File photo)
Hillary Clinton says Bush war plan "won't work" (File photo)

Clinton, McHugh blast Bush war plan

New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'll introduce legislation that would cap the number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. She and North Country congressman John McHugh held a joint press conference in Washington yesterday. Both were intensely critical of President Bush's plan to expand the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. They also called on the White House to commit more resources to Afghanistan, where soldiers and civilian aid workers face growing attacks from Taliban and Al Quaeda. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Soldiers Injured in Afghansitan

A helicopter crash in Afghanistan yesterday killed 5 soldiers and injured 7. Families and units of the 10th Mountain Division soldiers involved have been notified, but base officials haven't provided further details yet. Two soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division were seriously injured yesterday in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a land mine. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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