Potsdam, NY, Nov 04, 2011 — A Potsdam woman was one of the founding members of the Women's Air Force Band back in the early 1950's. Beverly Washburn was also the first female tuba player in an Air Force band and the ensemble's assistant conductor.
The WAF Band was organized in 1951 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Washburn was one of the first eighteen women musicians in the ensemble. In its ten-year lifespan, the group toured the country and marched in three presidential inaugurations.
As she prepared for the 60th reunion of the musicians in Arizona next week, Washburn spoke with Todd Moe about her tuba-toting military career. Go to full article
A soldier from A Co., 1st of the 187th Infantry, on a hilltop overlooking a search site June 7, 2010.
Washington, DC, Jun 24, 2010 — Yesterday President Obama fired his top commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, in the wake of comments he made in Rolling Stone magazine. Pundits applauded McChrystal's replacement, General David Petraeus. But the dismissal has renewed doubts over the military's ability to win the war. Violence is at its highest since 2001. Corruption and poppy production remain serious obstacles.
With thousands of Fort Drum soldiers already in or soon going to Afghanistan, we're examining the war effort from various points of view. Several years ago, photojournalist and ex-soldier Bill Putnam sent us audio diaries from Iraq. Now, Putnam is in the mountains of Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. He's embedded with a unit out of Texas. Today he sends us the first in a series of audio journals. Go to full article
Fort Drum, NY, Nov 09, 2009 — Secretary of the Army John McHugh called the shootings at Fort Hood "a terrible tragedy". In a statement, the longtime North Country Congressman said the Army will know more about what happened at the Army base in Texas in the coming days. He said the immediate response will focus on taking care of soldiers and their families. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
May 18, 2005 — There comes a moment every spring when the sun is so warm it takes you back to summer memories. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has roots in Texas, has been watching the weather change in Saranac Lake, and recalls one especially fine "Lone Star" day last year. Go to full article
Feb 16, 2004 — Unwanted polliwogs in Adirondack ponds. Too many moose in Vermont. Our news today is full of animals that threaten the human idea of balance in the environment. Paul Willcott found himself contemplating an unwelcome alien on a recent trip to his native habitat -- coastal Texas. Go to full article