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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

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

Fort Drum Soldiers Return From Iraq

Some Fort Drum soldiers returned from the Middle East recently, after being stationed on the northern border of Iraq. Kenneth Presley is a Brigade Targeting Officer with the Tenth Mountain Division.  Go to full article
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.

Drum Troops Deploy; Schumer Urges Military Support

Some 250 active duty and reserve soldiers departed from Fort Drum yesterday for an undisclosed destination in the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're from the Army's 883rd Medical Company and the 511th Military Police. New York Senator Charles Schumer was there to see them off. He urged all Americans to set aside their political beliefs about war with Iraq and support the military. David Sommerstein reports from Fort Drum's Rapid Deployment Facility.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families across the country live in poverty. Despite recent salary increases, some enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs. Brian Mann visited Fort Drum and sends this report.  Go to full article

10th Mtn. Trains To Stay Sharp

The army's light infantry at Fort Drum is wrapping up two weeks of intensive combat readiness training, called Mountain Peak. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Colonel Assesses Fort Drum Training

David Sommerstein talks with Colonel Byron Bagby, currently Fort Drum's second-in-command, about the Mountain Peak training exercises and lessons learned from combat in Afghanistan.  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

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