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Gillibrand says she'll revive military sexual assault bill

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she plans to keep fighting for a bill that would change the way rape and sexual assault crimes are prosecuted in the US military.

She says thousands of service members now being assaulted each year deserve more protection.  Go to full article
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.
The start of the Boston Marathon "shadow run" at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2012. This year's shadow run will be the last, as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. Photo: US Army.

US troops in Afghanistan hosting "shadow" marathon

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division will host what will be the last Boston Marathon "shadow run" to be held at Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

The 26.2-mile shadow runs are held by deployed U.S. military personnel on or around Patriots Day, when the Boston Marathon is run. This year's Boston Marathon is Monday, but the Bagram race is being held Friday.

Some 600 military members and civilians are expected to run in Bagram's shadow Boston Marathon.  Go to full article

Syracuse University gets $3 million grant from Small Business Administration

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The Small Business Administration is giving a $3 million grant to Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.

The money will be used for entrepreneurship education and training in support of service members as they transition to civilian life.  Go to full article
USS Slater Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jackjack/">Michael Sheehan </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
USS Slater Photo: Michael Sheehan , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With the ice finally off the Hudson River, an Albany-based World War II warship has headed south to Staten Island for repairs.

The destroyer escort USS Slater is the last of its kind afloat in the U.S. and is a floating museum from April through November. It was supposed to head south in February to be dry-docked for extensive repair work. But thick ice downriver kept the 70-year-old ship in its upstate port. It finally left its Albany dock Sunday morning, towed by the tug Margot.  Go to full article
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Jefferson County legislative chairwoman Carolyn Fitzpatrick looks on as Sen. Charles Schumer speaks in Watertown Wednesday. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Schumer: Ft. Drum shouldn't "come within a whiff" of Army cuts

New York Senator Chuck Schumer says he's not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown city hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 U.S. Army troops.  Go to full article
Sen. CHarles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdmc/13131820805/">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. CHarles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum

New York Senator Charles Schumer will be at city hall in Watertown this afternoon and says he'll fight to block any troop reduction at the nearby Fort Drum Army base.

In a statement released this morning, Schumer suggested that Army downsizing and return of the so-called "sequester" budget cutting measure in Washington could threaten troop levels at the base.  Go to full article
Cars enter Fort Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Cars enter Fort Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Fort Drum may fare better than other bases, but more cuts still likely

Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned - but that doesn't mean it won't take a hit.  Go to full article
Gatehouse at Fort Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Gatehouse at Fort Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY, VT reps concerned over impact of proposed defense cuts

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a plan yesterday to shrink the Army to pre-WWII levels. It would include closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping of priorities.  Go to full article
A soldier trains at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards
A soldier trains at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards

Fort Drum Army officers anxiously await word of job cuts

In any company town, people get worried when the major employer is planning layoffs. How will they earn a living if they lose their job? How will they remake their identity?

This is the picture for many Army officers stationed at Fort Drum. By early summer, some will find out they have to go. It's part of an overall downsizing of the military as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Evaluations this spring will determine whether some officers can stay in the service.  Go to full article
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63045541@N03/5761370539/">Meg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: Meg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) G.I. Joe is turning 50.

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and Hasbro Inc., which introduced it in 1964.  Go to full article

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