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Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army

10th Mountain vet to receive Medal of Honor today

President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor today to a former 10th Mt. Division captain for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

It's the nation's highest military honor.

William Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with Afghan border police when U.S. and Afghan troops walked into an ambush in Kunar province on Sept. 8, 2009.  Go to full article

Civilians heading back to to work at Ft. Drum

Many civilian employees placed on furlough by the government shutdown are going back to work at Ft. Drum.

In a statement Saturday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that workers who contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members" will be exempted from the shutdown furloughs, and will be called back.  Go to full article

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US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved

Schumer: VA needs better mental health services

Senator Charles Schumer says better communication between police and Veterans Affairs could have prevented last week's Navy Yard shooting.

Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis had previously been involved in shooting incidents and showed signs of mental illness. But the V.A. was told about those incidents.

Alexis is accused of killing 12 people at the Washington D.C. base.  Go to full article
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner
A crane lowers Ron Spooner's jeep into a "duck" boat getting ready to cross the Rhine river. Photo: Ron Spooner

Memories of post-WWII Germany, in "duck" photos

Earlier this month, we reported on the discovery of what might be the wreckage of a 10th Mountain Division "duck" vehicle that sank during World War 2 in Italy.

The 10th Mountain Division is now based at Fort Drum. Its association said it hoped the discovery would also shed light on the remains of the 24 soldiers who drowned in the accident.

Well, one veteran in the Watertown area heard that story and took out his own photos of "duck" vehicles.  Go to full article

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A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum

Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens welcomes "rational alternative" to military strikes in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for talks with his Russian counterpart on a plan to secure and destroy Syrian chemical weapons.

The U.S.-Russia talks may offer a way to avoid U.S. strikes against the Syrian government for a chemical attack on civilians the U.S. blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The talks ease the pressure on Congress to weigh in on possible military action against the Assad regime.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens welcomes the potential change in direction.  Go to full article

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