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Reporter Jim Dao
Reporter Jim Dao

New York Times documents 'A Year at War'

This year, a reporter and a photojournalist from the New York Times have been following soldiers from Fort Drum during their deployment to Afghanistan. Through print, photos, videos, and readers' submissions, they've tried to capture the everyday reality of combat in northern Afghanistan for the 1-87th Infantry Battalion.

We've been checking in with reporter Jim Dao throughout the year. He's told us the stories of troops experiencing live fire combat for the first time and of families living through the pain of separation. Today we hear about the everyday stress of the young leaders on the ground in this war, the junior officers. Dao spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Gillibrand looks to extend tax cut for hiring vets

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the federal government can help returning veterans find work. Last year, lawmakers approved a tax credit for businesses that hire vets. Now, Gillibrand says Congress should make these credits permanent. Of approximately 3,000 veterans in the North Country who qualify for the tax credits, she says more than 560 are unemployed. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
McHugh speaking to reporters...
McHugh speaking to reporters...

McHugh returns to roots at Ft. Drum

It was a memorable homecoming for Secretary of the Army John McHugh. The longtime North Country Congressman made his first visit to Fort Drum since becoming Secretary as the 10th Mountain Division celebrated an historic milestone. McHugh gave thanks to Fort Drum for its big role in his rise to the top civilian position in the Army. And he acknowledged the difficult road forward for soldiers and their families. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Owens supports gays in military; wants more jobs legislation

Hearings are underway in Washington on ending the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military. President Obama sent his top military leaders to the House Armed Services committee this week, after pledging to end the policy in his State of the Union address last month. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Maj. General Joseph Taluto will retire from the New York National Guard next month
Maj. General Joseph Taluto will retire from the New York National Guard next month

Maj. Gen. Taluto from Washington County drops bid to lead Army National Guard

A North Country officer chosen by the White House to head the Army National Guard has withdrawn his name from consideration. Major General Joseph Taluto, who lives in Fort Ann, in Washington County, was chosen by President Obama to lead the Guard nationwide back in May of 2009. But his nomination was held up by the controversy surrounding the murder of two of his officers during a deployment to Iraq in 2005. In a statement issued yesterday, Taluto said that the confirmation process had become a "distraction." He also announced that he will retire as head of New York state's national guard, ending a 44-year career. Brian Mann's report on Taluto's nomination first aired last May.  Go to full article

Lake Placid soldier arrives in Afghanistan

More soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division are arriving in Afghanistan this week, as part of the surge ordered by President Barack Obama. Army Captain Sean Kane from Lake Placid checked in by phone just before heading overseas. He told reporter Chris Morris that the transition from home to the front lines can be tricky.  Go to full article

Cycle of deployments hurting morale

As David Sommerstein reported today (see related story), the revolving door of deployments is taking its toll at Fort Drum. David joined Martha Foley during the Eight O'Clock Hour to talk more about how continuing deployments are affecting morale.  Go to full article
Jeremiah Monroe, age 31, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sept. 17, 2009
Jeremiah Monroe, age 31, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan on Sept. 17, 2009

Soldier's death brings the Afghanistan War home

An Army soldier from the Adirondack town of Chester was laid to rest over the weekend. Jeremiah Monroe was 31 years old when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

As Brian Mann reports, his death has brought sorrow to his family and his small mountain village.  Go to full article

Outgoing Ft. Drum commander leaves a local legacy

This morning at Fort Drum, Major General Michael Oates will step down as commander of the Army base near Watertown and the 10th Mountain Division stationed there. David Sommerstein covers Fort Drum for NCPR. He talks with Martha Foley about Oates' career.  Go to full article

Gillibrand to Kansas Senators: Confirm McHugh

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on two Republican Senators to stop delaying the confirmation of John McHugh as Secretary of the Army. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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