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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

Meeting the Housing Challenge at Ft. Drum

John Deans chairs the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, a not-for-profit that works to bridge the military and civilian worlds in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. He was president of Jefferson Community College in Watertown for 11 years. He told David Sommerstein the expansion is "the greatest single opportunity and challenge of a generation".  Go to full article

Drum Deployments Continue at Frantic Pace

A Fort Drum brigade that came home from Iraq this summer will return there next year. As David Sommerstein reports, by next July nearly all of Fort Drum's soldiers will be overseas.  Go to full article

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