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A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Photo: US Dept. of Defense
A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its silo at Fort Greely, Alaska. Photo: US Dept. of Defense

Fort Drum short-listed for East Coast missile defense site

The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.

The decision narrows the number of locations being considered from 10 to four. The Defense Department stresses that no decision has yet been made about whether the facility will actually be built.  Go to full article
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Jefferson Community College in Watertown Thursday. Photo: Joanna Richards
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at Jefferson Community College in Watertown Thursday. Photo: Joanna Richards

Gillibrand optimistic for reform in military sexual assault cases

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing hard to reform the way the military handles sexual assaults. Her proposal was dropped once, but she's hopeful it will come up for a vote again and succeed.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/9724908661/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY honor guards at 11,000-plus vets' funerals in 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of the New York National Guard's honor guards are expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,500 veterans by the end of the year.

State military officials say the Army National Guard's honor guards had provided services for 9,735 ceremonies as of Tuesday and expect to conduct another 265 military funerals by New Year's Day.  Go to full article
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7609868734/">Diane Cordell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY road march honors deployed US military members

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Hundreds of marchers are expected to participate in a 3-mile Christmas Eve trek held in an upstate New York community to honor U.S. military personnel who can't be home for the holidays.

New York National Guard officials say soldiers from the Queensbury Readiness Center and other Albany-area units will lead the march starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The march ends back at the downtown arena.  Go to full article
F-15 Eagle being readied for night operations. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/expertinfantry/5416852345/">Expert Infantry</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-15 Eagle being readied for night operations. Photo: Expert Infantry, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Air National Guard continues night flights

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are wrapping up their latest night training missions.

Guard members will be flying F-15 fighter planes on Thursday night.  Go to full article
The 10th Mountain Division's Headquarters in the field during the division-wide Mountain Peak training exercise at Fort Drum, August, 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards
The 10th Mountain Division's Headquarters in the field during the division-wide Mountain Peak training exercise at Fort Drum, August, 2012. Photo: Joanna Richards

Drum numbers likely dropping, but no cause for alarm

The Watertown area's economy is heavily dependent on Fort Drum. With the federal budget sequester on and the Afghanistan war winding down, the numbers of soldiers assigned to the post and civilians working there is likely to decrease. But the outlook is more complicated than just doom and gloom.  Go to full article
New York Air National Guard members loading trees donated to the Trees for Troops program by Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/96225726@N08/8803994313/">2nd Lt. Colette Martin, New York National Guard</a>
New York Air National Guard members loading trees donated to the Trees for Troops program by Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in 2012. Photo: 2nd Lt. Colette Martin, New York National Guard

Christmas trees donated to Fort Drum families

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Soldiers and their families at Fort Drum are getting a bit of holiday cheer.

Base officials say about 700 farm-grown Christmas trees will be delivered to 10th Mountain Division headquarters Monday morning for distribution to families.

The trees are being donated through the Trees for Troops program run by the Christmas Spirit Foundation. Trees for Troops expects to deliver more than 17,000 trees this year to soldiers at more than 60 bases.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer wants vets to get their NY property tax credit

Thousands of veterans in New York are missing out on property tax breaks. Sen. Charles Schumer says that's largely because they don't know about them.

Schumer is trying to get the word out about a New York State program that can save veterans hundreds of dollars a year. He visited Herkimer County this week, where more than 6,000 veterans are eligible.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

Air Force: F-35 will come to Burlington

The F-35, the Air Force's new, expensive fighter jet, has a new home: Burlington, Vermont. In 2020, 18 planes will come to the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington Airport and replace the existing F-16s.

The debate over whether to bring the F-35 to town has divided people in Chittenden County for years. Opponents say noise levels from the plane will adversely affect people who live near the airport, including children and minority populations. Supporters say the plan will keep the Air Guard in the area, provide jobs and spur economic growth.  Go to full article

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