Washington, DC, Nov 16, 2010 — President Obama is expected to present a four-year plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan at a NATO summit later this week. According to the New York Times, the plan calls for beginning to transfer security duties to Afghan forces over the next two years, with an eye toward ending the U.S. mission in Afghanistan by 2014.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to reporters yesterday about her trip to the region last week. She says there's been progress, but she has concerns about U.S. partners there. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
Aug 10, 2010 — Military leaders at Fort Drum have agreed not to resume helicopter training missions at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks during the time that a rare bird is nesting on the mountain's upper slopes.
The Army originally planned to restart high-altitude helicopter training at Whiteface in July, at the height of the nesting period for Bicknell's thrush, sparking an outcry from environmentalists.
As Chris Knight reports, the training missions have now been pushed back until later this summer and fall, after newly hatched Bicknell's thrushes have left their nests. Go to full article
Fort Drum, NY, May 11, 2010 — Yesterday, David Sommerstein reported on the latest press briefing from Major General James Terry, commander at Ft. Drum. The 10th Mountain Division's headquarters unit is training to take control of Kandahar region of Afghanistan, as most of Ft. Drum's soldiers are either in, returning from, or preparing to go to Afghanistan or Iraq.
Terry said the base is the busiest he's ever seen it, and talked extensively about mental wellness as stress builds with the continued deployments. Sommerstein also blogged about the subject, asking for soldiers' personal accounts. He talked with Martha Foley about some of the responses. Go to full article
Evans Mills, NY, Jul 17, 2009 — Ft. Drum soldiers who'll be headed to Iraq later this fall got the chance to talk face-to-face with the head of the Pentagon yesterday. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
May 09, 2006 — Officials at Ft. Drum say five other soldiers were waiting to board an Army helicopter when it crashed in Afganistan Friday, killing the 10 men already on board. The post is expected to release the names of the crash victims today. Some of the names have already been released by family members. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article