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Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.

Pataki Delivers Aid for Ft. Drum Housing Crunch

Governor Pataki was in Watertown yesterday to deliver aid for the region's housing shortage. He announced $7 million in state grants to renovate old housing and build new units in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a 55% increase in the number of soldiers at Fort Drum is causing the squeeze.  Go to full article
Fort Ticonderoga's Fife & Drum Corps enters the Parade Ground at the National Muster.
Fort Ticonderoga's Fife & Drum Corps enters the Parade Ground at the National Muster.

Postcard: 600 Fifes and Drums at Fort Ti

600 fifers and drummers - and a few bagpipers - convened last weekend in Fort Ticonderoga for the National Muster. It was the first time the Fort has ever hosted the event, an annual celebration of early American martial music and uniforms.  Go to full article
The briefing room.
The briefing room.

Soldiers Learn to be Media Savvy

Fort Drum is getting ready for a series of massive deployments that will position more than half of its force overseas. This week 3,000 soldiers in the 1st Brigade leave for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. In the winter, the 10th Mountain Division will take control of U.S. operation in Afghanistan, sending more than 5,000 soldiers from the Army base near Watertown. These soldiers have been training to deal with Iraqi and Afghani nationals and insurgents for months. Thereis another group they'll contend with hundreds of journalists and cameramen, from network news reporters to freelance bloggers. To see how soldiers prepare to face the media, David Sommerstein attended a training session at Fort Drum and has this report.  Go to full article

Another Look at the Media and the Military

For a different perspective on the media and the military, David Sommerstein called up Paul Rieckoff. He served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division. Now he directs Operation Truth, a non-partisan advocacy group for veterans of the war in Iraq. Rieckoff says active duty soldiers do have restrictions on their first amendment rights to free speech.  Go to full article
"Freight Train" Willie Raines blows up a hot water bottle
"Freight Train" Willie Raines blows up a hot water bottle

Evangelical Strongmen Break Bricks, Preach Gospel at Fort Drum

A four-day Christian revival event came to the North Country last week. This was no traveling tent show. The North Country Encounter featured stunt bikers and rock climbing, motorcycle tours and Christian rockers. The lineup also included two strongmen evangelists known as the Power Team. They smashed bricks and bent steel bars - but their message was spiritual. Chaplains at Fort Drum invited the Power Team and other evangelists to perform on the base. About a hundred soldiers and their families attended. Greg Warner went to the event and sends us this report.  Go to full article

New Head for NNY Guard

The 2-108th Infantry Battalion of the New York National Guard observed a change in leadership over the weekend. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Survives, Boosters Stay Vigilant

There was big relief across the region last week when Fort Drum was NOT on the Pentagon's list for base closures. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC, recommended shutting down 150 military assets nationwide. New York's biggest casualty was the Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls. The recommendations don't become final until September. That makes for a summer of intense politicking. As David Sommerstein reports, Fort Drum supporters say they won't be caught off guard.  Go to full article

For Wounded Soldiers, Hand Cycling Therapeutic

More than 12,000 U.S. soldiers have been wounded since combat began in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Department of Defense, about half of them were injured severely enough to prevent their return to duty. When they return home, these soldiers face a double challenge. They have to cope with the mental trauma of war. And they have to reshape their lives to accommodate a new disability. As a part of our year-long series Disability Matters, David Sommerstein reports on an adaptive cycling program that helps amputees return to physical and mental fitness.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum Boosters Await Base-Closing Endgame

The list of military facilities to be closed in the Base Realignment and Closure - or BRAC - process could be made public as early as tomorrow. Civilian liaisons to Fort Drum are cautiously optimistic the Watertown area Army base will be safe from Pentagon cuts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Vows to Spend Millions to Spare NY's Bases

Governor Pataki says he expects to spend millions of dollars in the effort to protect New York state's military installations from the next round of base closures.  Go to full article

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