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Soldiers of the Third Brigade Combat Team leave the field. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Soldiers of the Third Brigade Combat Team leave the field. Photo: Natasha Haverty

As Ft. Drum closes down one brigade, what's next for the base?

Earlier this month, the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team cased its colors for the last time. There are 3,500 soldiers in the unit. This inactivation comes as part of reductions the Pentagon announced last year. But it's still not clear what's planned for Fort Drum, the region's biggest economic driver.

The Pentagon plans to reduce the size of the Army by another 70,000 soldiers over three years. But it remains unclear which bases will endure those cuts.

Senator Chuck Schumer came to Watertown, New York, last spring to assure the community Fort Drum has "a glowing future." He said, "The 10th Mountain Division is exactly the kind of highly trained, nimble and tactical unit the Army wants to be the new standard for all our Armed Forces. Fort Drum should be at the epicenter of our country's future military."

But people around the base are anxious this month's inactivation ceremony was just the beginning of more downsizing.  Go to full article
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
A successful test launch of an intercept missile in 2013. Photo: U.S. Missile Defense Agency

Support at Ft. Drum for missile site that may never be built

Fort Drum is one of four locations the military is considering for a missile defense site for the East Coast. The project could bring up to 1,800 jobs to the Watertown region.

Most people who showed up to a public hearing Tuesday night in Carthage supported the idea. The biggest question is whether the project will be built at all.  Go to full article
Field medical exercise at Fort Drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/8612345651"</a>U.S. Army</a>
Field medical exercise at Fort Drum. Photo: U.S. Army

Fort Drum, 2 counties holding emergency exercise

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Military officials at Fort Drum say the Army's 10th Mountain Division and local emergency response agencies will be conducting a mass casualty exercise.  Go to full article
Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2009. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvids/4192352567/">DVIDSHUB</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Kunar Province, Afghanistan in 2009. Photo: DVIDSHUB, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ft. Drum's 3rd Brigade deactivates as part of cuts

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) One of the Army combat brigades based at Fort Drum in northern New York is deactivating as part of Pentagon reductions announced last year.  Go to full article
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to jump off a 40-foot tower like an ROTC cadet

Last Friday, eight Clarkson University students became Second Lieutenants of the United States Army. Students from four local colleges make up the Golden Knight Battalion, the North Country's ROTC unit, spending four years going to school and training.

But the Reserve Officer Training Corps is a small, and sometimes invisible minority here. So before the cadets said goodbye to the North Country, they invited the community on to their physical training course, to spend a few hours in their world. Natasha Haverty stopped by for a lesson in rappelling.  Go to full article
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ft. Drum shouldn't "come within a whiff" of Army cuts

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he's not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown city hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 U.S. Army troops.  Go to full article
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  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
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

Fort Drum to lose 1,500 troops under Army plan

The Army announced Tuesday that Fort Drum will lose about 1,500 soldiers over the next four years as part of an overall reduction in troops across the Army.  Go to full article
A woman speaks with an Army medic after an exercise simulating field hospital treatment during a mass casualty scenario. Photo: Joanna Richards
A woman speaks with an Army medic after an exercise simulating field hospital treatment during a mass casualty scenario. Photo: Joanna Richards

A behind-the-scenes look at Fort Drum soldier training

In the communities surrounding Fort Drum, soldiers in uniform are a common sight: they're in the grocery store with their families, standing in line at the post office, or having a beer with friends after work. But for many of the area's civilians, what soldiers do on post remains something of a mystery. An annual event at Fort Drum aims to fix that.  Go to full article

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