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  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade bids farewell to Kiowa

    Jul 30, 2015

    The skies over New York's North Country had a solemn feel as the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment conducted its final OH-58D Kiowa Warrior flight over Fort Drum and the surrounding communities, July 28.

  • Warrior Brigade Soldiers conduct Mountain Peak

    Jul 30, 2015

    Units throughout 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) had an opportunity to sharpen their basic Soldier skills during a weeklong Mountain Peak training exercise July 18-25 at Fort Drum.

  • 2nd Brigade Troopers honor regiment's historical ties during McChrystal - Briles Competition

    Jul 30, 2015

    Approximately 35 troopers assigned to 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment "Wolverines," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), paid tribute to their past during the McChrystal - Briles Competition held July 23 on Fort Drum.

  • Patient experience top priority for Fort Drum MEDDAC

    Jul 30, 2015

    Providing Soldiers and their Families with a level of health care equal to the sacrifices they have made is a top priority for the Fort Drum U.S. Army Medical Department Activity. Over the last couple of years, the MEDDAC has spent a great deal of time reviewing feedback from beneficiaries, tracking trends, and looking at strengths and weaknesses within the activity in order to provide the best patient experience possible, according to Tracie Duckett-Stephens, Fort Drum MEDDAC patient advocate.

  • Fort Drum community celebrates 50 years with ACS

    Jul 30, 2015

    Members of the Fort Drum community celebrated Army Community Service's 50 years of care and support to Soldiers and Families with a party July 24.

  • Commissary tour provides tips on selecting healthiest foods at grocery store

    Jul 23, 2015

    Have you ever gone to the grocery store only to find yourself completely overwhelmed with the choices? Do you want to make healthy choices when you shop but find you get distracted and end up with a cart full of junk food? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the Fort Drum MEDDAC's Nutrition Clinic Commissary tour is for you.

  • New York Army National Guard conducts premier training at Fort Drum

    Jul 22, 2015

    Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard traveled from all corners of the state to spend their annual training from July 11-31 at Fort Drum to employ the Exportable Combat Training Capability program, or XCTC.

  • Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife staff works with other agencies to research deadly disease

    Jul 22, 2015

    Members of the Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Program, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met July 15 near LeRay Mansion on post to study a community of little brown bats. This group of bats has shown some resiliency to a deadly disease called white-nose syndrome and may provide some hope for scientists.

  • Military Police take advantage of training at Fort Drum

    Jul 22, 2015

    Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon "Devastators," 563rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, completed a 12-mile ruck during training at Fort Drum July 17.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers master sling-load skills at annual training

    Jul 21, 2015

    It's like standing under a hurricane hanging just above your head.

  • New York Army Guard Cavalry Troopers hone mortar skills at annual training

    Jul 20, 2015

    Soldiers assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry have been hard at work here honing their mortar marksmanship skills while supporting the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's (IBCT) annual training. The training brought together mortar crews from each of the squadron's three troops, Alpha, Bravo and Charlie, to train with the M120 and M224 mortar. "We've got a lot of rounds to shoot," said Staff Sgt. John Brois, a section leader with Troop Alpha, out of Geneva, New York. The M224 Mortar is a 60mm, weapon with an effective range of nearly 3,500 meters. The M120, is twice the size of the M224, and can fire mortars nearly twice as far.

  • Army Community Service to celebrate 50 years of service

    Jul 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Army Community Service turns 50 this month, and the Fort Drum ACS staff invites the community to join them in celebrating this milestone on July 24.

  • Military Working Dogs put on demonstration for students

    Jul 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 30 second-graders from Port Leyden Elementary School and Glenfield Elementary School made a trip June 15 to Fort Drum to see a military working dog demonstration.

  • Fort Drum MEDDAC offers resources to ensure beneficiaries stay informed

    Jul 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Learning to navigate the military health care system can sometimes be a daunting task. But the Fort Drum U.S. Army Medical Department Activity wants to ensure beneficiaries here have all essential information they need.

  • Fort Drum employee helps bring honor, closure to veterans

    Jul 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For some veterans, the wars in which they fought are a distant memory. Some have trouble putting the events they experienced during these conflicts into words, while others are too humble to speak of the brave actions they performed to help restore peace, protect the helpless and ensure the freedom of their loved ones back in America. Debbie Atkins, a program assistant with Fort Drum's Warrior Transition Battalion, is passionate about making sure that every veteran in the local area not only feels appreciated, but that they are given an opportunity to see in person the gratitude the nation feels toward veterans.

  • First Army designs exercise to replicate combat training center rotation

    Jul 2, 2015

    Helping to ensure select Army National Guard units maintain readiness before deploying was the focus of a multi-echelon integrated brigade training, or MIBT, event held here, June 13-26.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers hone mission command skills

    Jul 2, 2015

    New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Kevin Ferreira maneuvered his computer-generated UH-60 helicopter above the pixelated terrain below. Ferreira, a member of the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, spoke through a microphone attached to a virtual reality headset. He and members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade had a mission to execute: insert two long-range surveillance teams into enemy territory.

  • Air Defense Airspace Soldiers prepare for the watch

    Jul 2, 2015

    Air Defense Airspace Management Cells of 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams, 10th Mountain Division (LI), alongside Target Acquisition Platoons of 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st BCT, and 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, digitally tested and trained on a Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Warning system June 25.

  • National Guard Soldiers solve commo woes to keep exercise going

    Jul 2, 2015

    Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Signal Company had a problem. Their job was keeping the 42nd Infantry Division and the Vermont Army National Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team connected during multi-echelon integrated brigade training conducted June 13-26 at Fort Drum. But something was killing the signal.

  • Warrior Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted adviser

    Jul 2, 2015

    Command Sgt. Maj. Mark D. Belda relinquished his position as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) senior enlisted adviser to Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy L. Rose during a change of responsibility ceremony June 26 at Fort Drum.

  • Fort Drum community honors fallen heroes during remembrance ceremony

    Jul 2, 2015

    With dark rain clouds gathering overhead and reflecting the somber mood of the occasion, Soldiers, Family Members and guests filled the tents and bleachers in Memorial Park to honor six 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers whose lives were lost in 2014 during Fort Drum's annual Mountain Remembrance ceremony on June 23.

  • It's all about communication, Signal NCO learns

    Jul 2, 2015

    Master Sgt. George Isla spent his entire military career working on the mission, and he reaped all the benefits he could earn as a Soldier. Last month, he finished his time as the deactivated 10th Mountain Division's Signal Company's first sergeant.

  • Odierno visits Fort Drum, tells troops to prepare for future uncertainties

    Jun 25, 2015

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno met with Fort Drum troops and Families during his visit to New York's North Country, June 23.

  • Memorialization ceremony honors fallen Warrior Soldier

    Jun 25, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- On a day filled with remembrance for their fallen brothers in arms, Warrior Brigade Soldiers memorialized one of their own who was killed in Afghanistan nearly two years ago. Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis, of 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, was forever memorialized when the building that houses a rifle marksmanship range was renamed from Range 2 to the Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis Weapon Training Center on Tuesday.

  • Soldiers help students during school field day

    Jun 25, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers from D Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), helped students celebrate the end of the school year during Black River Elementary School's annual field day Monday.

  • Soldiers kick off Mountainfest with competitive day of sports

    Jun 25, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - This year's Mountainfest celebration started June 17 with a postwide division run and a day full of unit team sporting events all over Fort Drum.

  • 2-15 Field Artillery Soldiers case colors for deployment to Afghanistan

    Apr 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Allons Soldiers stood tall and proud in formation as their battalion colors were furled during a casing ceremony April 8 at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum. Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team completed one of the last remaining steps before heading off to Afghanistan.

  • 10th Mountain Division names training facility for highly decorated World War II veteran

    Apr 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A 10th Mountain Division veteran who was highly decorated for his actions during World War II was honored during a memorialization ceremony April 8 at Fort Drum. Fort Drum officials rededicated the Training Support Center as the 1st Lt. John S. Creaghe Training Support Center. Creaghe served with the 1st Battalion, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, during WWII.

  • Cavalry Soldiers sharpen skills during gunnery training exercise

    Apr 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- As the rains began to melt the snow and turned dirt to mud, Soldiers of Ghost Squadron piled into their tactical vehicles and made their way to the field to conduct semi-annual light cavalry gunnery April 7-15 on two different training areas north of Fort Drum.

  • Fort Drum SARC nominated for DOD's top honor

    Apr 16, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Being the best at whatever she does is nothing new for Sgt. 1st Class Chylciale M. Washington; she's made a career of it. Among her many accolades, Washington was recently named one of U.S. Army Forces Command's best sexual assault response coordinators during the selection for the Department of Defense's Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Award.

  • 1st BCT food service team competes in Armywide food competition

    Apr 9, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Most people realize that Soldiers have to be able to perform difficult missions in the most austere locations and under considerably challenging conditions; however, what many may not consider is that these demands do not discriminate based upon one's military occupational specialty. Food service personnel from 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team participated in the field feeding category of the Department of the Army Phillip A. Connelly Awards food competition here March 27, showing that the expectation to contribute to mission success -- anytime and anywhere -- is for all Soldiers, whether they are infantrymen, medics or cooks.

  • 7th Brigade Engineer Battalion trains like champions during Resiliency Week

    Apr 9, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers from the Hammer Battalion lined up March 19 to draw weapons for the beginning of Operation Iron Hammer, the culminating exercise of the three-day resiliency focused event. As the first company entered the start point for the first event it was a mere 7 degrees, and the battalion chaplain's motto echoed in their minds: "Think like a champion, train like a champion, believe like a champion." The 7th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team executed its quarterly resiliency training March 17-19, focusing on developing skills that Soldiers and Families will need to meet challenges in the coming months.

  • Fort Drum MEDDAC Soldier heading to medical school

    Apr 9, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Spc. Jared Seaman was a teenager, he was a self-proclaimed "science nerd" -- the type of kid who would watch hour after hour of the Discovery Channel. Now, Seaman is taking that love for science to the next level as he prepares to head to medical school.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers to test their skills at elite competition

    Apr 9, 2015

    Six Fort Drum Soldiers have spent the past four months preparing themselves for an event that will test their warfighter skills, in addition to their mental and physical endurance -- the 32nd David E. Grange Jr. Army Best Ranger Competition, at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Defense secretary visits Fort Drum, announces deployment

    Apr 2, 2015

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter made Fort Drum his first military domestic stop, March 30, since taking office in February.

  • Soldiers will deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve

    Apr 2, 2015

  • Too close for comfort: Fort Drum firefighters tackle training in tight spaces

    Apr 2, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Time is tight in a rescue operation, and sometimes, so are the spaces. Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services personnel concluded a 10-day training course on confined space rescue operations at Fire Station #2 on Friday.

  • 20th ASOS holds 24-hour challenge for fallen

    Apr 2, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Four years ago, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Eric Rankin wanted a way to both cope with his personal loss and also help the Families of fallen airmen. As the superintendent of the 20th Air Support Operations Squadron on Fort Drum, Rankin helped pass along the message that none of those who have fallen in defense of the nation should be forgotten.

  • Sustainment officer teaches Soldiers lifelong skills

    Apr 2, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - When Spc. Vernon Griffin was a young child, he underwent a very traumatic experience while in the water. The event kept him away from ever learning how to swim. Still, Griffin recognized that it is important for every Soldier to be able to swim. So when he found out that Maj. George Horne, 10th Sustainment Bri-gade deputy support operations officer, taught swimming classes, he decided that he would finally overcome his childhood fear of the water.

  • New York Senate, Soldiers celebrate 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day

    Mar 19, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the Army looks at where to trim its ranks, state officials voiced support for Soldiers during 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day on Tuesday at the New York State Capitol.

  • 10th Mountain Division honors senior NCO for 32 years of service

    Mar 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers rushed across the gymnasium floor looking for a seat in the bleachers. Company, battery and troop guidons speckled the mass of digital camouflage that filled the seating areas, and Soldiers continued to fill the areas around and even above the bleachers to the pavilion to witness the ceremony that began a few minutes later.

  • Fort Drum officials honor division's first commander

    Mar 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum officials renamed the installation's Range Operations Center in honor of Maj. Gen. Lloyd E. Jones during a memorialization ceremony Friday at the facility. During the event, Brig. Gen. Carl A. Alex, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general of support, and Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander, unveiled a plaque memorializing Jones's service that will be affixed to the Maj. Gen. Lloyd E. Jones Range Operations Center.

  • Soldiers honor division history during Mountain Winter Challenge

    Mar 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Over the course of two days, Soldiers from across 10th Mountain Division (LI) competed in a Mountain Winter Challenge testing their ability to shoot, move and communicate.

  • HHBN Soldiers brave cold during 'Gauntlet Challenge'

    Mar 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers braved the bitterly cold North Country temperatures March 5 to compete in the 2nd Quarter "Gauntlet Challenge."

  • Fort Drum Civilian meets goal of running 100 miles a month for 100 consecutive months

    Mar 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Growing up in northern Maine, Scott Palm enjoyed sports from a young age. He participated in wrestling throughout junior and senior high school. A state championship qualifier, he considered himself skilled in the sport. Although he also began running around age 13, he did so primarily as a means of staying fit, and he felt he was just an average runner. If he had been told that one day he would be running two or three times a day nearly every day, he probably would not have believed it.

  • Unit sharpens skills, uses interpreters as combat multipliers

    Mar 12, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- The Joint Readiness Training Center here is renowned for its capacity to train rotational training units for combat, humanitarian assistance and other contingency missions. "Bottom line is that we're focused on the infantry brigade combat team and all the enablers we're able to bring to bear," said Lt. Col. Stephen Shrader, Brigade Mission Command senior observer-controller / trainer.

  • 10th Mountain Soldiers place nationally in Army Small Arms Competition

    Mar 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For the first time, a 10th Mountain Division (LI) four-Soldier team participated in the U.S. Army Small Arms Competition (All Army) at Fort Benning, Ga., during the first week of February.

  • Officials name building to honor legacy of World War II division officer

    Mar 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum officials have dedicated the Mission Training Complex in honor of Lt. Col. Dured E. Townsend, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star for his actions with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, during a memorialization ceremony March 3 at the center.

  • NCOs teach resiliency skills: Fort Drum leaders engage incoming Soldiers

    Mar 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- One of the most important skills a Soldier can have is being resilient during difficult times. While each Soldier is different, they all face similar challenges -- moving to a new duty station, meeting new leadership and facing the constant unknowns of Army life.

  • JRTC provides 'realistic, rigorous, relevant' reps for rotational units

    Mar 5, 2015

    Editor's note: Following is part one of a two-part series on 2nd Brigade Combat Team's live-fire training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk. La. FORT POLK, La. -- When units arrive at the Joint Readiness Training Center they are seeking training that will expose their Soldiers to the types of experiences and challenges that they will face in a deployed environment.

  • 2nd BCT will deploy on Resolute Support mission this spring

    Mar 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Elements from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), will deploy to southern Afghanistan in support of Resolute Support Mission during the spring and summer.

  • Fort Drum officials kick off AER campaign

    Mar 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Every year, the Army Emergency Relief helps thousands of Soldiers, Retirees and Family Members with emergency financial assistance and awards scholarships to students. Last year alone, Fort Drum's AER gave $2.48 million to 2,061 Fort Drum Soldiers and Family Members, and uniquely, the funds have come from donations worldwide.

  • EOD technicians sharpen skills at Joint Readiness Training Center

    Mar 5, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Preparing for a week of simulated combat in support of 2nd Brigade Combat Team's rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center here, explosive ordnance disposal tech- nicians of 754th Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Drum, N.Y., executed improvised explosive device training lanes Feb. 9-16.

  • 2nd BCT culinary specialist, lets enthusiasm shine in the kitchen

    Mar 5, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- "That's exactly what I want to do ... sign me up for that!" That is what Pfc. Jared Little exclaimed two and a half years ago after his recruiter showed him a video of military chefs in tall white hats preparing delicious gourmet food for generals, government staff and the president of the United States.

  • Family Members to attend service academies this fall

    Mar 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Growing up in a military Family, children are exposed to many things their civilian peers would never experience. From growing up in a foreign country to becoming accustomed to a parent being away for milestones, military children learn independence, self-reliance and an appreciation for those who choose to wear the uniform of the armed forces.

  • Sgt. David Edge

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) was inactivated during a ceremony Tuesday at Fort Polk's 5th Aviation hangar. The 4th BCT colors were cased for the final time, as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) colors were uncased, marking the brigade's reflagging and the beginning of a new legacy on Fort Polk. On Jan. 19, 2005, a new brigade unfurled its flag for the first time on Fort Polk's Warrior Field. The 4th Brigade Combat Team stood ready to face all enemies foreign and domestic.

  • Fort Drum Culinary Team preps for national competitive event

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Pfc. Nichapa Srisaringkarn joined the Army, she had no idea that she would find herself among the very best food service specialists on Fort Drum within her first couple of years … something that usually take years of experience for others to do.

  • Community honors past Soldiers during Black History Month

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Hundreds of Fort Drum Soldiers and Civilians came to celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 18 at the Commons, and they left with a greater appreciation for several notable African American figures who shaped the world today.

  • Garrison senior enlisted adviser relinquishes responsibility at Fort Drum

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers, Family Members and Civilians gathered for an intimate ceremony Friday at the Commons to bid farewell to Fort Drum Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas E. Geddings.

  • 10th Mountain Division sister brigades complete decade of service: Spartans, Patriots combine

    Feb 26, 2015

    Over the last decade, the Spartans of 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Drum, N.Y., and the Patriots of 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Polk, La., served separately as part of the 10th Mountain Division (LI). They share a legacy of being born in response to the nation's global war on terrorism.

  • South Country hosts first Light Fighters School

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Fiscal year 2015 is the first time the "Patriots" from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), had an opportunity to host instructors from the "north." Light Fighters School instructors stationed at Fort Drum provided several training sessions, including the Urban Combat Leaders Course, Machine Gun Leaders Course, Rifle Marksmanship Instructor Course, Pre-Ranger Course and Air Assault Course.

  • 2nd BCT combat medics receive intensive intervention training at JRTC

    Feb 26, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Pfc. Devon Moore has a look of intense concentration on his face as he supports a patient's head between his steady hands. He has already checked the airway. For now, breathing is under control. His trauma team stops the bleeding from the remnants of an amputated left arm and right leg with tourniquets while constantly observing vital signs. Within minutes, Moore's calm, unwavering voice directs his two team members to sweep for additional wounds and administer medication.

  • Aviation Soldiers case colors for Resolute Support Mission

    Feb 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Capt. Eugene Lee and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Enghusen cased the Delta Company, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade colors Thursday at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan.

  • 2-15 Field Artillery troops lay down fire at JRTC

    Feb 19, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Nestled in the northern-most area of the Joint Readiness Training Center is Peason Ridge. Its sandy soil emblazoned with scorched stubble of once-dense undergrowth is speckled with expelled small-arms casings, signal flare tubes and smoke grenades.

  • Fort Drum Soldiers run to new APFU

    Feb 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When staff members at Fort Drum's Military Clothing and Sales Store received the new Army Physical Fitness Uniform last fall, they were surprised to have them completely sold out.

  • Bootprints in History: Mountaineers take the Ridge

    Feb 19, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Driving around Fort Drum's main post, you may see familiar street names representing important places where 10th Mountain Division Soldiers have made their presence known during the last 14 years -- Tigris River Valley, Pech River and Euphrates River Valley, for example. Some street names may be less familiar. Names like Po Valley, Mount Belvedere and Riva Ridge; those names are reminders of the division's not-so-distant past. Those are places are where the 10th Mountain Division earned its reputation during the Italian Campaign of World War II. Those are places where the Army's first mountain infantry Soldiers, who were expertly trained in winter warfare, experienced the harsh terrain of the Apennine Mountains.

  • Tax Assistance Center offers free filing services for Soldiers, Family Members, retirees

    Feb 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. It's that time of year again! As you begin collecting your W-2s, 1099 forms and other tax documents from 2014, don't forget that Fort Drum's Tax Assistance Center is here to help -- until April 15.

  • America's Light Infantry: Fort Drum marks 10th Mountain Division's three decades in North Country

    Feb 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When the Department of Defense made a decision to reactivate the 10th Mountain Division as a "light infantry" unit Sept. 11, 1984, only a handful of current Fort Drum Soldiers were even in the Army at that time: nine to be exact. While most Fort Drum Soldiers were still in grade school by the time the division was activated in New York, 1,164 weren't even born yet.

  • 5-25 Field Artillery Regiment conducts Red Leg Challenge

    Feb 12, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Soldiers of 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division held its Red Leg Challenge on Jan. 30 at Fort Polk's Marion Bonner Recreation Area.

  • Warrior Soldiers train for future by going old school

    Feb 12, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Through the last decade of combat, Soldiers have deployed with contracted services and just about all of their noncombat-related support.

  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers assume medevac mission at Fort Drum

    Feb 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers of C Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, assumed responsibility for Fort Drum's 24-hour range medevac mission Jan. 1. The tasking provides 24-hour / seven-days-a-week helicopter su-pport that uses advanced medicine to treat life-threatening injuries sustained during training at Fort Drum.

  • Blackhawk Troop is 'Ready Now' in air, sling-load operations

    Feb 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- On a cold, crisp morning, the troopers of B Troop "Blackhawks" from 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, assembled in their unit area to prepare for a mission. The training exercise would combine air insertion of dismounted troopers and sling loads of two M1151 humvees.

  • Fort Drum community honors retiring Soldiers

    Feb 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum community members honored 16 Soldiers with more than 346 years of combined military service during a retirement ceremony Friday at the Multipurpose Auditorium.

  • Warm welcome: International Spouses Support Group helps Family Members feel at home

    Feb 5, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Moving to a new post can be a difficult process. Between packing up household goods, enrolling children in new school systems and acclimating to a new weather environment, the process can often take a toll on Soldiers and their Families.

  • Governor Cuomo recognizes Fort Drum Soldiers during state address

    Jan 29, 2015

    When Pfc. Brandon Jamison graduated from Kenmore East High School, he enlisted as a military policeman in the Army, left the Buffalo area behind and set out to see the world, excited about the opportunities that awaited him.

  • 10th Mountain Division honors outgoing leader

    Jan 29, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Brig. Gen. Mark J. O'Neil, outgoing 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general of operations, received the Legion of Merit during a Mountain Salute ceremony in his honor Jan. 21 at the Magrath Sports Complex at Fort Drum.

  • Civilian Employees epitomize 'mission-first' mentality during snowstorm

    Jan 29, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Just as Soldiers focus on accomplishing a mission, Fort Drum Civilian Employees also have a mission to complete -- supporting Soldiers.

  • Soldier takes ALS bucket challenge after deployment to honor dad's memory

    Jan 29, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - When Danielle Lipscomb and her 18-month-old daughter Scarlett started putting ice cubes in a bucket of water, it was more than eight months after last year's ALS ice bucket challenges that took over social media pages, but for her husband, Sgt. Paul Lipscomb, it was exactly the way he would have wanted it.

  • Bitter cold fuels live-fire exercise

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Artillerymen from across 2nd Brigade Combat Team conducted Operation Commando Phoenix, a company-level fires support coordination exercise, Jan. 12-15 on Fort Drum's training areas.

  • 2nd BCT prepares Families for separation during training, missions

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- One thing Soldiers and their families know is that they need to be prepared for all the contingencies that are thrown their way in the course of their military careers. Permanent changes of station, extended training exercises and deployment missions are intermingled among family vacations, celebrations and a child's sports game or dance recital.

  • 'Mountain Tough' roots thrive in deep snow

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- In the darkness before physical training Thursday, an intrepid group of Mountaineers gathered in an empty parking lot with rifles, snowshoes, assault packs and bayonets, prepared for whatever the future held.

  • Soldiers close ranks to help hero get back on his feet

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Trapped in time somewhere between flame, water, smoke and snow, the remnants of the two-story apartment building that Sgt. Anders "Andy" Olafson and several other service members called home is now encased in ice after firefighters extinguished a blaze at the complex Jan. 8 in Felts Mills.

  • Fort Drum community celebrates King's birthday

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 86 years old this year, and although his life was cut short, the legacy of his fight for equal rights for all people continues to live on through the many generations who have celebrated his life.

  • 'Military mom' shares knowledge, skills with local high school students

    Jan 22, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- In a fast-paced, digital world, it's often easy to forget where our food comes from. Fresh food does not originate in a grocery store or a fast-food restaurant; it comes from the earth.

  • 10th Sustainment Brigade Muleskinners welcome new commander

    Jan 15, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Col. Willie Rios III relinquished command of the 10th Sustainment Brigade to Col. David V. Gillum during a change of command ceremony Monday at Magrath Sports Complex.

  • 10th CAB prepares for Warfighter exercise

    Jan 15, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade staff took part in the weeklong Mission Command Training Program that wrapped up Sunday at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in preparation for Warfighter Exercise 15-3, which will take place at Camp Atterbury, Ind., at the end of the month.

  • Sculpture depicting French martyr donated to Fort Drum

    Jan 15, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Typically portrayed as an armed and armored Amazon astride a horse charging into battle with a sword and looking to the heavens, the Pieta of Joan of Arc depicts a lamenting Joan cradling the head of an enemy prisoner and looking into his eyes as she comforts him during his final moments.

  • 725th EOD troops train with 10th Mountain Division

    Jan 15, 2015

    FORT POLK, La. -- Army explosive ordnance disposal troops are training with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) at the U.S. Army's premier light infantry training center this month.

  • Fort Drum ornithologist balances habitat protection, training ground obligations

    Jan 15, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When the golden-winged warbler begins its 2,000- to 3,000-mile flight up from South America in a few weeks, a flock of the petite yellow-crowned songbirds will make a beeline for Fort Drum, where they will sing, breed and forage the low tangled shrublands here under the watchful eye of Jeff Bolsinger, the installation's leading ornithologist.

  • Looking back: 2014 Year in Review

    Jan 12, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- As the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum community prepares for another event-filled year, The Mountaineer staff paused to reflect on the people who made headlines during 2104. Following is a brief glimpse back at the events of the year gone by.

  • Battalion volunteers organize winter clothing drive

    Jan 12, 2015

  • Winter Warriors: Soldiers hone mountaineering, survival skills

    Jan 12, 2015

    Twenty-six Soldiers epitomized the spirit of the 10th Mountain Division song when they braved the "cold of snow" during the rigorous Mountain Warfare Course, or MWC, Dec 1-12. From rucking through drifts while freezing drizzle fell, to learning to tie knots that would support their weight in a variety of rappelling and climbing situations, Soldiers developed confidence in their abilities to accomplish the mission no matter what Mother Nature had in store for them.

  • Fort Drum officials announce changes to gate access procedures

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Beginning Jan. 15, motorists who wish to access Fort Drum may notice some changes to the requirements to enter the post. Similar changes are being implemented across the Department of Army. Non-DOD ID card holders must have a "bona fide need" to enter the installation, according to Charlie Childs, Directorate of Emergency Services physical security officer. Verification of this need will require a DOD ID card holder (sponsor) to acknowledge and sponsor any guests who do not possess a DOD ID card.

  • Trees for Troops brings holiday cheer to Fort Drum Soldiers

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For Spc. Casey Edmonson, this Christmas will be nothing short of a miracle. He and his wife are expecting their first child, a daughter, any day. Enjoying their first holiday as a Family of three was made just a little bit more special, thanks to a few local tree farmers.

  • 1st Brigade Combat Team units earn marksmanship, physical fitness streamers

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Every Soldier has read and quoted the Soldier's Creed. "I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself." Over the past year, Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) took those words and put them to work.

  • Renovating 1st BCT Gold Star spouse's home provides hope years after loss

    Dec 18, 2014

    REDWOOD, N.Y. -- Giving one's life for his or her country is often considered the ultimate sacrifice, but that statement begs the question, "whose sacrifice is it?" It's safe to say that no one has sacrificed more for the nation than the Families of the fallen -- the Gold Star Families.

  • 2-14 Infantry 'Golden Dragons' fire for effect

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Indirect fire infantrymen from across 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment "Golden Dragons," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, completed more than two weeks of their semiannual Mortar External Evaluation Program, or MORTEP, Wednesday on post.

  • 1st BCT Families get ready for JRTC and beyond

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Hundreds of 1st Brigade Combat Team Soldiers and Families gathered Thursday at the Commons for the Warrior Family Joint Readiness Training Center deployment briefing and Readiness Fair.

  • 10th CAB commanders past and present reunite

    Dec 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers of 10th Combat Aviation Brigade recently welcomed back a former commander, retired Maj. Gen. Kenneth J. Quinlan Jr., while the brigade took a break from training to celebrate during its holiday ball in Alexandria Bay.

  • Active-duty, Reserve Soldiers hone skills during Mountain Medic Course

    Dec 18, 2014

    To ensure that they are optimally equipped to care for the comrades, 22 Soldiers and Reservist medics completed an intensive two-week Mountain Medic Course at the Bridgewater-Vaccaro Medical Simulation Training Center at Fort Drum, New York, Dec. 1-12, 2014.