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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
Col. Eric Olsen has deployed repeatedly with the Army National Guard since the 911 attacks.
Col. Eric Olsen has deployed repeatedly with the Army National Guard since the 911 attacks.

National chaplain shortage hits New York's Army National Guard

The National Guard has solved its recruiting problem, for the most part, finding plenty of rank-and-file soldiers willing to sign up. But here in New York and across the country reserve units are struggling to find enough clergy willing to serve as chaplains. All the Guard services are scrambling to bring more religious into their ranks, but the Army National Guard has the deepest shortage. In New York, only 8 out of 24 chaplain's posts are filled. And there are no Roman Catholic priests serving in the Army Guard despite the fact that nearly half the soldiers are Catholic. Brian Mann sat down to talk about the problem with Colonel Eric Olsen from Saranac Lake. He's the state chaplain for New York's State Division of Military Affairs.  Go to full article
Rep. John mcHugh meeting with soldiers at Ft. Drum.
Rep. John mcHugh meeting with soldiers at Ft. Drum.

McHugh faces questions, assurances at confirmation hearing

Congressman John McHugh took mostly polite questions in a two and a half hour hearing today to become the next Secretary of the Army. The North Country Republican gave a somber assessment of the Army. He spoke about high suicide rates and deployment stress, recruitment challenges, and the future of "don't ask, don't tell". The toughest questions came from fellow Republican, John McCain, who criticized some of McHugh's campaign contributions. Still, members of the Senate Armed Services committee promised a swift confirmation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
John McHugh during a trip to Iraq (File photo)
John McHugh during a trip to Iraq (File photo)

McHugh's moderate path to the Obama Administration

During his years on the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. John McHugh has wrestled with plenty of thorny issues, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Abu Ghraib. He's viewed as a moderate Republican, willing to tangle with leaders of both parties. As Army Secretary, he will also have to help sort out a controversial ban on open homosexuals serving in the military. Brian Mann has this political profile.  Go to full article
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House
Rep. McHugh with President Obama on Tuesday at the White House

McHugh supported Bush on conduct of Iraq War, and raised questions

Congressman John McHugh will need Senate approval before taking over as Secretary of the Army. The North Country Republican has been a passionate supporter of the military during his nine terms in Washington. As Brian Mann reports, McHugh has taken nuanced -- and sometimes conflicted -- positions on defense policy.  Go to full article
Captain Phillip Esposito, who was murdered in Iraq, with daughter Madeline and wife Siobhan (Photo provided)
Captain Phillip Esposito, who was murdered in Iraq, with daughter Madeline and wife Siobhan (Photo provided)

A double homicide in Iraq slows the rise of New York top general to national post

The top soldier in New York state is facing new questions and new scrutiny following his nomination by President Obama to head the Army National Guard. Major General Joseph Taluto, who lives in Fort Ann in Washington County, had been expected to win easy confirmation by the U.S. Senate. But now the widow of one of his officers killed in Iraq says General Taluto mishandled discipline and morale during a deployment in 2005. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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