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Developers, Investors meet in Fort Drum Housing Forum

More than 300 developers, investors and elected officials met in Watertown on Thursday for a daylong summit aimed at solving Fort Drum's housing crunch. Both Senator Clinton and Senator Shumer spoke at the event.

An influx of nearly 6-thousand soldiers at Fort Drum has led to a severe housing shortage. Most have already arrived, but the Army estimates it still needs 2-thousand-60 single-family homes and approximately 225 two-person apartments in the Watertown area to provide housing. Then there's the problem of providing housing for low-income families displaced by the arriving soldiers.

John Deans is chair of the Fort Drum regional liaison organization. He told Gregory Warner that yesterday's forum was a good networking opportunity.  Go to full article
Freed hostage Bernard Planche
Freed hostage Bernard Planche

Drum Soldiers Find Escaped French Hostage

Soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown were involved in the escape of a French engineer held captive in Iraq. Bernard Planche was kidnapped in Baghdad on December 5th. Planche fled from his captors Saturday. He approached members of the 10th Mountain Division who were conducting a checkpoint. Freelance journalist Bill Putnam is embedded with the 10th Mountain's 1st Brigade Combat Team in Iraq and sent us this story.  Go to full article

Troop Reduction Won't Affect Drum

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will drop troop levels in Afghanistan in the spring. The decision affects the 10th Mountain Division, but not soldiers based at Fort Drum. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

Defense Bill Targets Drum Housing Crunch

The $450 billion defense spending bill that passed the House of Representatives early Monday morning has some measures designed to help the housing crunch at Fort Drum. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cheney Pushes Steady Course in Iraq

Vice President Dick Cheney told troops at Fort Drum that an early withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq would increase the risk of terrorist attacks at home and abroad. Cheney rallied several thousand members of the 10th Mountain Division and the 42nd Infantry Division yesterday in a hangar on Fort Drum's airfield. The appearance was a part of a series of speeches aiming to shore up support for the war in Iraq at a time when public support is at an all-time low. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Bradley's Military Supply
Bradley's Military Supply

Heard Up North: Soldiers React to Vice President's Speech

If you watched Vice President Cheney's speech on TV you saw soldiers sitting behind him wearing light grey camouflage uniforms. Unlike the darker green uniforms that the Army's worn since the 1980s, these uniforms - known as ACUs - are made for desert combat. Deployed soldiers have them, but the rest of Fort Drum wasn't supposed to be issued the new uniforms until January. That all changed when Dick Cheney came to town.... Top brass gave the order to ramp up delivery, and over the weekend, Bradley's Military Supply outside Fort Drum was elbow to elbow with soldiers getting outfitted. Workers have been hearing the same noise for the last five days...  Go to full article

Cheney Brings War Message to Drum

Vice President Dick Cheney is heading for Watertown today for a meet-and-greet with troops just back from Iraq. It's part of a concerted effort to shore up public support for the Iraq war. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Pataki: Millions More for Housing

Governor Pataki was in Watertown Monday. He announced $9 million in grants to spur on housing construction near Fort Drum. The funding is on top of another $7 million Pataki delivered just four months ago. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Schumer Calls for Drum Housing Summit

Senator Chuck Schumer wants North Country leaders to get together to deal with the housing crunch around Fort Drum. On Monday, the Democrat called for a Fort Drum Housing Summit to address the issue. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sgt. Michael Norwood and his family of five spent a month in temporary housing at Fort Drum.
Sgt. Michael Norwood and his family of five spent a month in temporary housing at Fort Drum.

Ft. Drum Expansion Fuels Housing Crunch

The expansion of Fort Drum near Watertown continues at a frenetic pace. By the spring, some 6,000 soldiers and their families will have relocated to northern New York in the last year and a half. The Army is building new housing on base. Private developers have plans for large subdivisions in nearby LeRay and Pamelia. But demand far exceeds supply as far as 30 miles from the base. David Sommerstein reports on the housing crunch.  Go to full article

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