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Nat'l Guard Families Braced for Send-Off

Some 2000 family members and friends filled Fort Drum's McGrath Gymnasium Saturday for an emotional farewell to 700 New York National Guardsmen. The soldiers, many from the North Country, are in the final preparations for a year-long mission in Iraq.
They will soon become the first New York National Guard infantry unit sent into combat since World War Two. They'll replace an active duty combat force serving in Iraq. The 108th's roots date back to 1898 when it was created as a voluntary infantry unit. Today, its members come from all across upstate New York and western Vermont. As David Sommerstein reports, families are bracing themselves for a difficult year ahead.  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

A Soldier is Laid to Rest in Potsdam

Flags were at half-staff in the village of Potsdam yesterday as hundreds of people said goodbye to 23 year-old Chad Fuller. A specialist in the 1-87th Infantry Battalion of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, Fuller was killed by enemy fire in the mountains of Afghanistan ten days ago. Family, friends, and colleagues packed St. Mary's Church for the memorial service. Congressman John McHugh and Assemblywoman Dee Dee Scozzafava were also in attendance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed, Including One from Potsdam

A 23-year-old Potsdam man was one of the two Tenth Mountain Division soldiers killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Chad Fuller died Sunday when his unit engaged Taliban guerillas in eastern Afghanistan.  Go to full article

10th Mtn. Fire & Chemical Units Deploy

More than 100 soldiers from 3 units based at Fort Drum near Watertown are deploying to undisclosed locations in Asia as a part of the President's war on terrorism. David Sommerstein reports the deployments come as Fort Drum has become a staging ground for over 1,000 reservists.  Go to full article
Col Kevin V. Wilkerson explains maneuvers to President Bush at Fort Drum on Friday. (Watertown Daily Times, Michael Fagans)
Col Kevin V. Wilkerson explains maneuvers to President Bush at Fort Drum on Friday. (Watertown Daily Times, Michael Fagans)

Bush Thrills Ft. Drum Troops

President Bush pumped up military personnel at Fort Drum near Watertown Friday. He toured the base and reviewed military maneuvers by the 10th Mountain Division troops. And he gave an outdoor pep talk to thousands of soldiers and their families. David Sommerstein was there and has this report.  Go to full article

Bush To Thank Troops At Fort Drum

Fort Drum near Watertown is set to host a brief visit from President Bush today. The President is expected to thank members of the Army's 10th Mountain Division for their combat role in Afghanistan last spring. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Canadian Troops Return Soon from Afghanistan

Preparations are beginning for the return of Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan, expected at the end of the month. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Canadians Respond to Friendly-Fire Deaths of Canadians Soldiers

The friendly fire incident which killed 4 Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan has angered many people in Canada. Karen Kelly spoke with residents in downtown Ottawa yesterday and filed this report.  Go to full article
Family Readiness coordinators show off the I-87 battalion quilt.  L-R, Heather Taylor, Kathy Koop, Denise Cornell, and Theresa LaCamera.
Family Readiness coordinators show off the I-87 battalion quilt. L-R, Heather Taylor, Kathy Koop, Denise Cornell, and Theresa LaCamera.

Soldiers & Wives Reflect on Battle

Tenth Mountain Division soldiers who fought in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan have begun a two week leave after returning to Fort Drum last week. Before they left base for vacations and family visits, they took time to reflect on their experiences with a pack of local and national media. David Sommerstein has this report.  Go to full article

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