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Fort Drum Soldiers Injured in Afghansitan

A helicopter crash in Afghanistan yesterday killed 5 soldiers and injured 7. Families and units of the 10th Mountain Division soldiers involved have been notified, but base officials haven't provided further details yet. Two soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division were seriously injured yesterday in Afghanistan when their vehicle struck a land mine. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

NY National Guard, pt. 2: The Families Left Behind

Almost 700 National Guardsmen from around New York are at Ft. Drum, training for a 12 month assignment in Iraq. In part one of our series, we heard about their physical training, and the emotional and mental preparations as well. Their families are also making a transition. They're losing a husband, a son, a father, a brother, a boyfriend for a year a half. They're learning to pick up the slack at home and cope with the daily news of attacks and violence where their loved ones are headed.
As National Guard families, most never expected to be in this situation. David Sommerstein finds many are simply opposed to the deployment.  Go to full article
Civil disturbance training in the rain
Civil disturbance training in the rain

New York's National Guard, pt. 1: Training For Iraq

More than 650 members of New York's National Guard are training at Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. They're preparing to become full-time soldiers for a year in Iraq. It's the first time the New York National Guard has been activated for wartime service since World War II. Many of the Guardsmen are from North Country towns, from Massena and Ogdensburg to Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. In the first of a two-part series on the deployment, David Sommerstein reports on making the physical and mental transition required to move from the North Country to an unstable combat zone.  Go to full article

Guard Soldiers Prepare For Departure

Hundreds of New York National Guard members got orders this week that will send them to Iraq. They include more than 100 people from units based in Ogdensburg, Morrisonville and Saranac Lake. Chris Knight checked in with one local unit.  Go to full article

A Soldier is Laid to Rest in Potsdam

Flags were at half-staff in the village of Potsdam yesterday as hundreds of people said goodbye to 23 year-old Chad Fuller. A specialist in the 1-87th Infantry Battalion of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, Fuller was killed by enemy fire in the mountains of Afghanistan ten days ago. Family, friends, and colleagues packed St. Mary's Church for the memorial service. Congressman John McHugh and Assemblywoman Dee Dee Scozzafava were also in attendance. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Leadership at Ft. Drum

The Army's 10th Mountain Division is preparing for a change in leadership. As David Sommerstein reports, Brigadier General Lloyd Austin will return to Fort Drum to assume command of the base near Watertown tomorrow.  Go to full article

Radioactive Waste Sought at Plattsburgh AFB

The Air Force says low-grade radioactive material may have been left at the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The material could include contaminated gloves and air filters used in bomb storage areas during the 1950s and Sixties. Some of the material was apparently buried, then misplaced through poor record keeping.
An Air Force team is expected to arrive in Plattsburgh in the next ten days to begin its investigation. As Brian Mann reports, the site is now occupied by a civilian business.  Go to full article

Military to Avoid Environmental Laws?

The U.S. military is mapping out a strategy to avoid compliance with environmental laws. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Thinking About War: Fort Drum Soldiers Await Deployment to Iraq

Earlier this month, David Sommerstein sat down with a group of soldiers waiting for war. They were members of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry, known as the Polar Bears on the base. They are still at Fort Drum, still waiting. But with the war in Iraq underway, escalating as soldiers approach Baghdad, we thought we would listen again to parts of the conversation.  Go to full article
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East

Malone "Adopt A Soldier" Program: Homegrown Help from the Homefront

A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation.  Go to full article

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