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In a somewhat anxiety-inducing article today, the Watertown Daily Times is reporting that a new Army analysis projects Watertown’s Fort Drum will lose about 2,800 soldiers and civilian workers over the next several years. Gah! What does this...
Update, 3:35 pm: We’ve received confirmation from Fort Drum in the form of this press release, pasted below: Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Caveats: NONE Press Release Release Nr. 1306-08 June 25, 2013 Fort Drum Public Affairs Statement by Major...
NCPR’s Joanna Richards has a great story this morning on the ways that deep military cuts could affect the community around Fort Drum. There’s a lot of uncertainty, but national reorganization efforts brewing in the Pentagon could mean...
Happy fundraiser Thursday! Have you given yet? OK, that’s all for that. So President Barack Obama unveiled the fiscal year 2014 budget blueprint yesterday (read more from the White House here.) Although, as NPR’s Scott Horsley said...
Good (late) morning! Today at ncpr.org, all about Sen. Charles Schumer’s visit to Massena yesterday, wherein the senator urged the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a final cost for Alcoa’s cleanup of the Grasse River. The EPA...
News stories tagged with "military"
Oct 06, 2004 — Changes in the United States Army are having a profound effect on Fort Drum and the surrounding communities in Jefferson County. A new combat brigade - and a total of 5,000 new troops - are coming to Fort Drum. About half have already arrived. The soldiers and their families have flooded the real estate market. Sales and rentals have increased by 24% in Jefferson County. David Sommerstein spoke with Colonel Ray Helton, Fort Drum's garrison commander about the changes. He says before, battalions who went to Iraq or Afghanistan were cobbled together from units based all around the country. The reorganization, he says, will allow soldiers who deploy overseas together to train together. Go to full article
Oct 06, 2004 — New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer made a political appearance at last night's Jefferson County Democratic dinner in Watertown. Earlier in the day, he announced a settlement with a local furniture store that was charging military families illegally high interest on debts. Spitzer sued another business last month for preying on military families. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Sep 23, 2004 — National Guard and Reserve soldiers are in greater demand this fall. After eight months of declining mobilizations, the Department of Defense is once again boosting the number of reservists on active duty. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Sep 20, 2004 — As violence continues to plague Iraq, the stress and tragedy it provokes takes its toll on Iraqis and on American soldiers. Earlier this summer in Iraq six churches were car bombed. A dozen people were killed and almost 50 wounded. Nearby that same night, in Baghdad's Al-Rashid neighborhood, Corporal Bill Putnam witnessed another fatality of war and sent us this audio diary. Putnam is a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. David Sommerstein met him in Kosovo in 2002. A note: this story contains some graphic descriptions. Go to full article
Sep 08, 2004 — Family and friends held a memorial service for 19 year-old Private Luis Perez Monday in Watertown. Perez had been in Iraq for three days when the fuel truck he was driving hit a roadside bomb in Fallujah on August 27th. He'll be buried Friday in his birthplace of East Chicago, Indiana. But he leaves behind a legacy and his 17 year-old wife in the Thousand Islands. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Sep 07, 2004 — Last week New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a lawsuit against a North Country lending firm for being a loan-sharking operation that preys on cash-strapped military families. The suit alleges a company called JAG NY has defrauded hundreds of people of thousands of dollars by offering loans at illegally high interest rates. The company operates three stores called New York Catalog Sales, one in Queensbury and two near Fort Drum. David Sommerstein spoke with Attorney General spokesperson Christine Pritchard about the case. She says New York Catalog Sales takes advantage of military families with limited incomes. The complaint number is 800-771-7755. Go to full article
Aug 16, 2004 — The area around Fort Drum, Watertown, and beyond is on the brink of a building boom. But some say it might be more of a housing crisis. 4,200 soldiers and their families are moving to the region as the army base adds a new 3rd Brigade. The army is also beginning a $315 million renovation of its existing housing on base. That's good news for builders, realtors, and economic growth. But the influx of people may make affordable housing hard to find. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Aug 09, 2004 — Today we hear the sounds of the everday in Iraq, from Corporal Bill Putnam, a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. David Sommerstein met Bill when he was reporting from Kosovo in 2002. Bill's stationed now at Camp Ferrin-Huggin in southern Baghdad. A few days ago he was with a unit patrolling through a run-down neighborhood of Baghdad, a couple miles from the international airport. They came upon a bakery, a hotspot for conversation and gossip, and stopped to chat. Here's Bill's audio diary. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jul 28, 2004 — An Essex county historic site is one step closer to getting a $1 million dollar boost from the federal government. The spending bill that passed Congress last week and awaits the President's signature includes more than $4 million dollars for military projects in the North Country. Fort Ticonderoga Government Relations Officer Walt Lender says the federal grant would be used for construction and program development at the fort's proposed Mars Education Center. Go to full article
Jul 09, 2004 — Hundreds of former New York soldiers could be assigned to Army or National Guard units anywhere in the country and sent to Iraq or Afghanistan this fall or winter. That's according to military officials in charge of the Individual Ready Reserve, which is undergoing its largest use since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. There are rumors that government leaders could institute another military draft. David Sommerstein asked people outside the post office in Canton if they thought there'd be a draft. Go to full article