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North Country National Guard Units Return Sunday From Iraq

This weekend more than six hundred New York National Guard soldiers serving with the 2nd of the 108th infantry battalion will return home from Iraq. A ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon at MaGrath Gymnasium at Fort Drum. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 28: Returning Home, Eager and Anxious

Over the last ten months, Major Eric Olsen has been sending regular audio diary entries from Camp Orion north of Bagdad. In his latest entry, Olsen takes stock of a year spent on the front lines and looks forward to the challenges of returning home. Major Olsen is chaplain for the 2nd of the 108th National Guard infantry battalion. He lives in Saranac Lake with his wife Susan and sons, Garth and Evan.  Go to full article

National Guardsmen Return From Iraq Delayed

National guard officials say north country reservists won't make it home in time for a New Year's Eve ceremony at Fort Drum. A demobilization ceremony scheduled for next week is now slated for January 3rd. Families were informed this week that the 2nd of the 108th battalion ha been delayed inside Iraq. It remains unclear when the seven hundred New York soldiers will leave the war zone. Two soldiers from the Glens Falls area were killed over the last year by Iraqi insurgents. Two other reservists from other parts of New York state were also killed. A half-dozen other members of the unit were seriously wounded.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 21: Faith on the Front Lines

Hundreds of soldiers from northern New York are serving on the front lines in Iraq. For many, the dangers and the moral dilemmas of war are eased by faith. But they're also living and fighting in a place where religion is a flashpoint for violence and hatred. In his latest audio diary, Major Eric Olsen -- an army chaplain from Saranac Lake -- talks with reservists in Iraq about hope and spiritual belief in a time of conflict.  Go to full article

A Transformation at Fort Drum

Changes in the United States Army are having a profound effect on Fort Drum and the surrounding communities in Jefferson County. A new combat brigade - and a total of 5,000 new troops - are coming to Fort Drum. About half have already arrived. The soldiers and their families have flooded the real estate market. Sales and rentals have increased by 24% in Jefferson County. David Sommerstein spoke with Colonel Ray Helton, Fort Drum's garrison commander about the changes. He says before, battalions who went to Iraq or Afghanistan were cobbled together from units based all around the country. The reorganization, he says, will allow soldiers who deploy overseas together to train together.  Go to full article

Guard Boosts Mobilizations, NY Units Affected

National Guard and Reserve soldiers are in greater demand this fall. After eight months of declining mobilizations, the Department of Defense is once again boosting the number of reservists on active duty. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

North Country Guardsman Injured In Iraq

A National Guard soldier from Fort Edward was seriously injured over the weekend in Iraq. Private first class Chad Byrne, age 22, was wounded when a suicide bomber attacked an Army checkpoint near Samarra on Sunday. Seven American soldiers were injured in the strike. Brian Mann spoke with Chad Byrne's mother, Gail.

Note: Byrne is the second National Guard soldier from the region injured in less than a month. On August 20th, 23-year-old Ken Comstock, from Queensbury, suffered serious head injuries after a roadside bomb struck his humvee. Comstock is currently being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Gets New Brigade, 3000 Troops

Fort Drum near Watertown got good news over the weekend. The army base will likely get a third brigade as a part of an Army-wide reorganization. And next year's defense bill includes more than $60 million in new construction for the base. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article
Nathan Brown, 1982-2004
Nathan Brown, 1982-2004

Death For A Young Soldier, Sorrow For His Family

Flags flew at half-mast yesterday in Glens Falls, as the community mourned the death of Nathan Brown. Brown, who was 21 years old, died on Easter Sunday, while serving in Iraq. He was a private with the National Guard. As Brian Mann reports, the ceremony was a time for remembrance and pride and pain and sorrow.  Go to full article
Ready for the sand.
Ready for the sand.

Iraq Diary, Pt. 3: North to the Sunni Triangle

More than seven hundred National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York state have taken up positions inside Iraq. This morning, Army chaplain Eric Olsen continues his audio diary from the front lines. This dispatch was mailed home well before last week's firefight, which left one north country soldier dead. The sounds of combat you'll hear in Major Olsen's diary were all recorded during training exercises on the Kuwait-Iraq border.

The series continues next Monday, with an audio diary from Major Olsen's wife, Susan, on the home front in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

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