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Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock Field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein
Student crews work on the MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock Field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein

Reaper drones to fly over Syracuse

Central New York's Air National Guard wing will soon be flying its drones over the city of Syracuse for training missions. The unit has had more airspace approved by the federal government.  Go to full article

Attorney General helps Drum troops recover vehicles from defunct company

New York's attorney general has stepped in to help Fort Drum soldiers returning from overseas retrieve personal vehicles.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office says more than 176 military personnel found their cars and trucks had not been well maintained after being moved to other locations from storage in Watertown.  Go to full article
An anti F-35 sign in front of Chamberlin School. Photo: Sarah Harris
An anti F-35 sign in front of Chamberlin School. Photo: Sarah Harris

South Burlington city council approves fighter jet

Last night the South Burlington City Council changed their mind on the F-35. The council voted three to two in support of basing the fighter jet at the Burlington airport. The long meeting was filled with passionate testimony -- and ended in a dramatic vote.  Go to full article
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett

Indian River student pays tribute to fallen veterans

As we all celebrate Memorial Day, we think about the sacrifices made by our troops. One young woman from Alexandria Bay was touched personally by the effects of war. Our news intern Josh Cameron reports on how she decided to pay tribute to fallen veterans.  Go to full article
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards

Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers to deploy together

An unusual pair of "battle buddies" is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.  Go to full article
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd
Readers & Writers road show at Fort Drum. Left to right: Chris Robinson, Ellen Rocco, author Siobhan Fallon, and Phil LaMarche. Photo: Joel Hurd

Readers & Writers: Siobhan Fallon, "You Know When the Men Are Gone"

Author Siobhan Fallon talks with Ellen Rocco, Chris Robinson and Phil LaMarche about her collection of stories on the lives of military families, You Know When the Men are Gone, before an audience at Fort Drum's Robert C. McEwen Library. This collection of loosely related stories is set at Fort Hood, in Texas, and deftly explores how army families are affected by the absence of their soldiering husbands and fathers.  Go to full article
Fort Drum cultural resources intern Michael Sprowles refers to a map to find grave markers at Sheepfold Cemetery on the Army post.
Fort Drum cultural resources intern Michael Sprowles refers to a map to find grave markers at Sheepfold Cemetery on the Army post.

Maps make Fort Drum's historic cemeteries more accessible

With the outbreak of World War Two, the Army installation then known as Pine Camp expanded, to become Camp Drum and eventually Fort Drum today. In the process, it swallowed up several villages, including their cemeteries.

Fort Drum researchers have created a database and new maps that will help family members of those buried at the cemeteries to find and visit their loved ones' gravesites, both in person and online.  Go to full article
The health, the mental health, the behavioral health issues certainly have to be attended to.

NY universities collaborate to improve vet services

A consortium of New York state university campuses is working to improve rural services for veterans and their families. Universities from across upstate New York, including Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, Albany and Syracuse, are taking part in a program funded by the Department of Health and Social Services to train people to work with veterans in the state's more remote areas.  Go to full article
Bill Owens (left) and Matt Doheny at the YNN NY-21 Candidate Debate. Photo: Amanda Morrison, <em>Watertown Daily Times</em> provided courtesy YNN
Bill Owens (left) and Matt Doheny at the YNN NY-21 Candidate Debate. Photo: Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times provided courtesy YNN

Owens, Doheny spar in last NY-21 debate

The two major party candidates met for the last debate in the North Country's Congressional race Thursday night in Watertown. Green Party candidate Don Hassig wasn't invited to the event hosted by YNN TV.

Incumbent Democrat Bill Owens and Republican Matt Doheny sparred on well-trodden ground, like tax cuts, the deficit, and Medicare.

They also differed, sharply at times, on a range of other issues, including the military.  Go to full article

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