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Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan
Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan

Afghan Leader Thanks Drum Troops

Fort Drum welcomed a head of state yesterday. Afghan president Hamid Karzai came to thank thousands of 10th Mountain Division soldiers who helped to stabilize his country. It was the first stop on a week long visit to the United States. He meets with President Bush at the White House next week. Senator Hillary Clinton was on hand to greet Karzai as he walked off his plane. In his speech to soldiers, Karzai said the U.S. military put Afghanistan on the road to democracy. But with upcoming elections and escalating violence, tough challenges remain. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

In the First Person: A Rocket Attack in Iraq

Almost every day, we hear another report of a rocket attack on U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This morning we hear a first-hand account of a near-miss from Corporal Bill Putnam, a military journalist for the Army News Service. He's been serving in Iraq for two months. David Sommerstein met Putnam while he was in Kosovo. They've arranged for Putnam to send occasional audio diaries of his experiences.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Gets New Brigade, 3000 Troops

Fort Drum near Watertown got good news over the weekend. The army base will likely get a third brigade as a part of an Army-wide reorganization. And next year's defense bill includes more than $60 million in new construction for the base. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

3000 Drum Soldiers May Be Headed to Iraq

Another 3000 soldiers from Fort Drum near Watertown may leave for Iraq as early as this summer. The Department of Defense has alerted the army base to begin preparing for another deployment. As David Sommerstein reports, the order continues what has become a regular cycle of deployments from Fort Drum.  Go to full article

Father of Injured Soldier Upset by Conditions in Iraq

David Sommerstein talks with Robert Hemsing of Argyle, near Glens Falls. His son, Specialist Rob Hemsing, was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. He says contrary to original media reports, the soldiers were in the back of an open truck, not an enclosed humvee, when the attack occurred.  Go to full article

Culture Clashes in Mosul

Members of the 511th Military Police Company, based at Fort Drum, also have stories of Kuwait. But their more recent memories are of the hot and dusty streets of Mosul in northern Iraq. For a year, they patrolled crowded markets, survived roadside bombs, and trained the Iraqi police force. David Sommerstein spoke with three of the MPs, who say the hardest part of the deployment was clashes in culture and expectations.  Go to full article
Specialist Mike Ames in Iraq
Specialist Mike Ames in Iraq

NY Guard on the Ground in Iraq

Families from across the North Country have already begun hearing from their loved ones in Iraq. More than 700 members of New York's National Guard have begun a year-long deployment there. They're a part of the United States' largest troop rotation since World War 2, involving more than 200,000 soldiers. Periodically we'll be checking in with soldiers and families. David Sommerstein spoke Tuesday with Molly Ames of Watertown about her son, specialist Mike Ames. She says his unit flew to Kuwait three weeks ago and then convoyed into Iraq.

The Ogdensburg Family Readiness Group is seeking donations for care packages for soldiers. You can contact Molly Ames at 315-323-0873, mba7@cornell.edu, or Sheri Smith at 315-347-2611, ssmith32@twcny.rr.com.  Go to full article
4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia
4-31st Infantry Battalion insignia

Fort Drum Remembers Helicopter Crash

Fort Drum will pause tomorrow in memory of the soldiers who died in a training helicopter crash last year. The cause of the accident still hasn't been determined. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

County Investigates STAR Abuse Claims

The St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night heard allegations of physical abuse regarding its military-style program for troubled youths. Two former employees and parents of a former participant say drill instructors used excessive force on their middle and high school students. As David Sommerstein reports, lawmakers are calling for an external investigation.  Go to full article
41st Engineer Battalion
41st Engineer Battalion

Drum Soldiers Home With War Stories

The first Fort Drum soldiers deployed in the war in Iraq are starting to come home. A company-size unit from the 110th Military Intelligence Battalion touched down at the army base near Watertown Friday. They spent most of their mission in the northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. As soldiers return, they bring with them a familiar genre more familiar in older generations: the war story. David Sommerstein spoke with a group of firefighters from the 41st Engineer Battalion back from a year in Kuwait.  Go to full article

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