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Hamming it up for the camera at the bakery.
Hamming it up for the camera at the bakery.

Audio Diary: Chatting at a Baghdad Bakery

Today we hear the sounds of the everday in Iraq, from Corporal Bill Putnam, a photojournalist with the Army's 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. David Sommerstein met Bill when he was reporting from Kosovo in 2002. Bill's stationed now at Camp Ferrin-Huggin in southern Baghdad. A few days ago he was with a unit patrolling through a run-down neighborhood of Baghdad, a couple miles from the international airport. They came upon a bakery, a hotspot for conversation and gossip, and stopped to chat. Here's Bill's audio diary.  Go to full article
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga in Line for Federal Grant

An Essex county historic site is one step closer to getting a $1 million dollar boost from the federal government. The spending bill that passed Congress last week and awaits the President's signature includes more than $4 million dollars for military projects in the North Country. Fort Ticonderoga Government Relations Officer Walt Lender says the federal grant would be used for construction and program development at the fort's proposed Mars Education Center.  Go to full article

Hundreds of NY Reserves Could Get Assigned to the Middle East

Hundreds of former New York soldiers could be assigned to Army or National Guard units anywhere in the country and sent to Iraq or Afghanistan this fall or winter. That's according to military officials in charge of the Individual Ready Reserve, which is undergoing its largest use since the 1991 Persian Gulf War. There are rumors that government leaders could institute another military draft. David Sommerstein asked people outside the post office in Canton if they thought there'd be a draft.  Go to full article
A-10 Warthog at low altitude
A-10 Warthog at low altitude

Military Flyovers: From Controversy to Collaboration

In the 1980s, low-level military flights elicited passionate reactions and often rancorous debate. It got so bad then-Governor Mario Cuomo created a joint citizen-military committee to resolve the problems. A toll-free hotline (800-228-3567) was set up for complaints and is still in operation today. Now the military is preparing a new plan for using North Country airspace. But this time, the dialogue with citizens on the ground is far more civil than in years past. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Atlas author Jerry Jenkins
Atlas author Jerry Jenkins

A New Adirondack Atlas, A New Vision of the Park

The new Atlas of the Adirondacks book gathers together hundreds
of maps and illustrations, with detailed text. The result is a rich, geographic portrait of the world inside the blue line. As Brian Mann reports, the Atlas joins a long tradition of Adirondacks maps that tell complex and sometimes controversial stories.  Go to full article

Fort Drum, Economy Top Jefferson County Issues

Things are looking up for people in Jefferson County, thanks in large part to Fort Drum, but the economy remains the number one concern. That's according to the results of Jefferson Community College's 5th annual community survey. David Sommerstein spoke with Joel Lalone, the survey coordinator. He says residents' general satisfaction in Jefferson County dropped sharply after the 2001 terrorist attacks and during the economic recession. This year, the sense of quality of life remains lower than it was before September 11th, but it's improving. Still, Lalone says, most people cite the local economy as the number one problem.  Go to full article

Army Base That Supports NY Reservists Hit

A deadly rocket attack hit an Army base on Wednesday that provides logistical support to New York reservists serving in Iraq. Three soldiers died at the base known as "Anaconda". The military hasn't released names pending notification of families. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
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

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