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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

Nat'l Guard Families Braced for Send-Off

Some 2000 family members and friends filled Fort Drum's McGrath Gymnasium Saturday for an emotional farewell to 700 New York National Guardsmen. The soldiers, many from the North Country, are in the final preparations for a year-long mission in Iraq.
They will soon become the first New York National Guard infantry unit sent into combat since World War Two. They'll replace an active duty combat force serving in Iraq. The 108th's roots date back to 1898 when it was created as a voluntary infantry unit. Today, its members come from all across upstate New York and western Vermont. As David Sommerstein reports, families are bracing themselves for a difficult year ahead.  Go to full article

Housing Privatization Protects Fort Drum's Future

Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their families. The construction is expected to cost more than $300 million over ten years. Decisions the company makes will affect the base itself, as well as towns in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, where many soldier families live. The plan is a part of a massive nationwide project to privatize military housing, called the Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI. David Sommerstein spoke with John Deans, chairman of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, about the privatization plan. Deans has toured bases around the country to learn more about RCI. He says on many bases, soldiers live in aging homes.  Go to full article

Lewis Co. Manufacturer to Triple Workforce

A homespun maker of gun cleaners in Lewis County announced yesterday it is expanding its plant in Lyons Falls, creating 107 new jobs over five years. As David Sommerstein reports, homeland security contracts are fueling the growth.  Go to full article

Excitement & Caution at Fort Drum

News of Saddam Hussein's capture thrilled soldiers and their families at Fort Drum near Watertown. Many of their loved ones and colleagues are currently stationed Iraq. But as David Sommerstein reports, most don't think their work overseas will let up anytime soon.  Go to full article

Reserve Soldiers Feel the Strain

National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York are now training for deployment overseas. By spring, reserve units will make up one third of the U.S. fighting force in Iraq. With civilian soldiers facing longer and more frequent deployment, analysts -- and even some military leaders -- say morale is suffering. As Brian Mann reports, a reserve officer with a unit in Rochester has made his protest public.  Go to full article

Zebulon Pike Grave May be in Sackets Harbor

Archeologists believe they may have found the grave of Brigadier General Zebulon Pike in Sackets Harbor. Pike is best known for ascent and naming of Pike's Peak in Colorado, but he also led soldiers into battle during the war of 1812 from Sackets Harbor. Jody Tosti talks with Laurie Rush, head of Fort Drum's cultural resource management program. Rush says she is 80-90% sure her team has got the right location.  Go to full article

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

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