Aug 28, 2014 — 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
Oct 07, 2013 — Many civilian employees placed on furlough by the government shutdown are going back to work at Ft. Drum.
In a statement Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that workers who contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members" will be exempted from the shutdown furloughs, and will be called back. Go to full article
Lowville, NY, Jan 14, 2013 — New York Sen. Charles Schumer was in Lowville, in Lewis County, on Friday, to announce the restoration of funding for the state's rural hospitals as part of the fiscal cliff deal.
After his announcement, Schumer responded to reporters' questions about other issues, including sequestration, automatic across-the-board spending cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn't enact another deficit reduction plan soon. Go to full article
Fort Drum, NY, Sep 12, 2011 — As the nation marked the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, yesterday, a formal ceremony was held at Ft. Drum to remember the victims and the 10 years of military action that followed that day's events.
The morning ceremony took place outside the post's Mark W. Clark Hall, where a monument memorializes 9/11. Joanna Richards was there and has the story. Go to full article