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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

Ft. Drum, Families Remember Fallen Soldiers

The 11 soldiers who died in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Fort Drum were remembered Friday as American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while preparing for their next mission. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.

Drum Troops Deploy; Schumer Urges Military Support

Some 250 active duty and reserve soldiers departed from Fort Drum yesterday for an undisclosed destination in the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're from the Army's 883rd Medical Company and the 511th Military Police. New York Senator Charles Schumer was there to see them off. He urged all Americans to set aside their political beliefs about war with Iraq and support the military. David Sommerstein reports from Fort Drum's Rapid Deployment Facility.  Go to full article
Sgt. Jeremy Ray, Lt. Mark Hagen, and Pfc. Eugene Tellez of the Army's 4-31st Infantry Battalion.
Sgt. Jeremy Ray, Lt. Mark Hagen, and Pfc. Eugene Tellez of the Army's 4-31st Infantry Battalion.

Deploying Ft. Drum Soldiers Reflect on War & Peace

More than 200,000 U.S. troops are positioned in the Persian Gulf, awaiting the word to begin a war against Iraq. A couple hundred of them are from Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. Another group of Fort Drum soldiers has received deployment orders to the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're waiting for orders to depart. For some it will be their first time overseas. Others are combat veterans who fought Al-Qaeda forces last year in Afghanistan. David Sommerstein recently talked with some of them.  Go to full article

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