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  • Fort Drum officials kick off Combined Federal Campaign

    Oct 30, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum leaders challenged Soldier and Civilian representatives of the annual Combined Federal Campaign to "get out there and get active" between now and mid-December during a kick-off event Oct. 21 at the Commons.

  • Muleskinners hand off reins for last time in Afghanistan

    Oct 30, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 10th Sustainment Bri-gade, Task Force Muleskinner, cased the brigade colors during a transfer of authority ceremony Tuesday, signifying the completion of their mission and the start of the mission for 4th Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Wrangler.

  • Muleskinners conduct assumption of responsibility ceremony on post

    Oct 30, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 10th Sustainment Brigade hosted an assumption of responsibility ceremony Friday at Magrath Sports Complex to welcome its new command sergeant major.

  • Soldier Show's razzle-dazzle promotes 'Standing Strong'

    Oct 30, 2014

    An evening of singing, dancing and pop songs sends an entertaining and powerful message to USAG Bavaria

  • 1st BCT bonds at Fall Fest, Trunk or Treat

    Oct 30, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Anyone who ventured into the 1st Brigade Combat Team footprint Saturday would have stumbled upon a real treat -- pun intended. Just ask the hundreds of Soldiers and Families from the newly transformed 1st BCT who participated in the brigade's Fall Fest and Trunk or Treat event.

  • Thrills and chills: Families enjoy frightfully good time at Haunted Hayride

    Oct 30, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The roar of chainsaws, screams, cackling witches and the moans of grim reapers greeted guests attending the Haunted Hayride on Friday at Remington Park. From the moment they walked across the bridge, attendees were transported into a ghastly cemetery landscape, where surprises and terrors lurked around every corner.

  • 1st Brigade grows more lethal, flexible, agile

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The Warrior Brigade became stronger and more versatile than ever Friday after it fell in line with the Army's plan in one of the service's largest organizational changes since World War II. Leaders of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) held a transformation ceremony on Fort Drum to welcome former Spartan Soldiers and their unit colors from the recently inactivated 3rd Brigade Combat Team to its ranks.

  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team even more combat-ready, mission-capable

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Commandos," 10th Mountain Division (LI), gathered alongside distinguished guests, Families and friends to celebrate the brigade's transformation during a ceremony Thursday at Magrath Sports Complex. The change occurred after the deactivation of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and it falls in line with the Army's 2020 force restructuring plan. The plan increased the 2nd Brigade Combat Team's total combat power by nearly 1,000 Soldiers gained from the deactivated unit.

  • 2-15 FA works air-assault capability

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers assigned to B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted training on sling-load operations and air-assault raids in Fort Drum training areas last week to prepare for an upcoming 2nd Brigade Combat Team Mountain Peak rotation and, ultimately, howitzer section table two qualifications.

  • 2-14 Infantry conducts Operation Battle Rattle

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Six companies assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment "Golden Dragons," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, participated in Operation Battle Rattle, a combined three-part training event that took place Oct.15-16 on Fort Drum.

  • Fort Drum receives 'StormReady' status

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Old Man Winter lost a little of his ominous reputation here last week after Fort Drum officials received the National Weather Service's "StormReady" designation. "Simply stated, a warning of severe weather or flooding is of little value, no matter how accurate, if the people in the warned area don't hear it or respond properly to protect themselves," said Jason Franklin, NWS meteorologist in charge at the Buffalo office of the National Oceanic and Atmospher-ic Administration, during a small ceremony Oct. 14 on post.

  • Deployed service members celebrate Hispanic heritage

    Oct 23, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade and Combined Joint Task Force-10 hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month observance here Oct. 10. The celebration highlighted the achievements of Hispanics, both in and outside of the military. The 82nd CAB brought a little bit of Hispanic America to Afghan-istan, taking minds off of the dangers lying just beyond the concrete barriers by providing cultural enlightenment through entertainment.

  • From the front: NCO looks to mentors, draws on experience to shape leadership style

    Oct 23, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- There are many approaches to military leadership, many situations that affect leadership, and many ways to develop one's style. Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Angelo, acting first sergeant with C Troop, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and a recent recipient of the Maj. Gen. Aubrey "Red" Newman Award, shared events that have influenced his current leadership style.

  • Retired intel officer, Fort Drum employee defines own road to success

    Oct 16, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Bobbie Jean Gosier is not one for excuses. Although the 66-year-old former Army warrant officer can point to many difficult challenges in her lifetime, including childhood segregation where she grew up in rural Georgia and entrenched prejudices elsewhere, she never quit and continued moving forward.

  • Instructors bring Gracie Defense System to Fort Drum community

    Oct 16, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Do you know what you would do in the event of an attack? Instructors from the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Light Fighters School are teaching Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members exactly how to get away from potential attackers.

  • Fort Drum community welcomes returning Soldiers

    Oct 16, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the Fort Drum community gathered Thursday at Magrath Gym to welcome 144 Soldiers home from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The gym was packed full of banners and signs, with proud Family Members and friends anxiously awaiting the return of their loved ones.

  • 'Six Shooters' return from rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center

    Oct 16, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- It has been a busy summer for Soldiers from Task Force Six Shooter, the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division's multifunctional aviation task force, headquartered by 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment.

  • Polar Bear Soldiers conduct operational force mission

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Acting as an equivalent fighting force, Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, "Polar Bears" 2nd Brigade Combat Team, set out to disrupt the movement of 1st Brigade Combat Team's Soldiers during their Mountain Peak exercise, which began Sept. 29 and was scheduled to end today on Fort Drum's training areas.

  • 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers receive warm welcome home

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For Georgette Ray, 9:30 a.m. couldn't come fast enough. She and her four children sat in the bleachers in Magrath Gym on Friday, anxiously waiting to be reunited with her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Roderick Ray, after spending nine months apart.

  • Golden Dragons past, present recall comrades lost in Battle of Mogadishu

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- As the lone bugler sounded Taps, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers stood stiff, straight and tall in memory of their fellow comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Mogadishu.

  • 10th Mountain Division names Junior, Senior Chefs of the Year

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Food service Soldiers from across the 10th Mountain Division (LI) gathered to show their skills and vie for the title of Chef of the Year during a competition held Sept. 17 and 18 at Fort Drum.

  • Former division chief of staff receives prestigious award

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A former 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldier was recently recognized by the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield for his cultural property protection efforts and leadership in the Army.

  • Fort Drum Ten-Miler team trains, prepares to represent post in annual race

    Oct 8, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For the past two months, military runners from across the installation have been training for one of the biggest races of the year -- the Army Ten-Miler in Washington on Sunday. The event, which draws 30,000 runners from around the world, takes participants on a scenic route through the nation's capital.

  • 3rd BCT battalions inactivate, but spirits remain

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Three battalions of the recently inactivated 3rd Brigade Combat Team held their inactivation ceremonies last week, bringing an end to their decade of service in the 10th Mountain Division (LI). The 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, and 4th Battalion, 25th Artillery Regiment, held their final formations as battalions on Magrath Field, where their commanders each cased battalion colors and concluded their responsibilities by ceremoniously handing their colors to Brig. Gen. Michael L. How-ard, acting senior commander.

  • 1st BCT kicks off Mountain Peak

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 1st Brigade Combat Team began Operation Mountain Peak, a brigade-level training exercise designed to assess the unit's readiness to successfully complete its combat training center rotation, Monday at Fort Drum.

  • Hispanic speaker challenges Soldiers to discover their heritage during Fort Drum observance

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers, Family Members, Civilians and special guests gathered Sept. 23 at the Commons where they were challenged to not only appreciate the contributions of Hispanic-Americans but also to explore their own proud heritages.

  • Retired SMA visits Fort Drum during Appreciation Day

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Hundreds of military retirees and Family Members attended Fort Drum's Retiree Appreciation Day on Sept. 24. Retired Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston served as guest speaker at the event.

  • Soldiers compete for division 'Best Medic'

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fourteen Soldiers, representing each brigade, competed to earn the title of 10th Mountain Division's Best Medic during a rigorous 72-hour competition Sept. 22-24 at Fort Drum.

  • Army Ten-Miler shadow run held on Kandahar Airfield

    Oct 2, 2014

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- More than 700 coalition service members gathered before the sun rose Sept. 19 to participate in a shadow run for the 30th annual Army Ten-Miler. The run served a dose of healthy competition while promoting esprit de corps. For many, it provided a goal to strive for over several months and a link to tie to their Families and communities.

  • Service with a smile: Rapping medic makes cast care fun

    Oct 2, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Breaking a bone can be a traumatizing experience for a child. Even after making it through visits to the doctor, x-rays and having a cast put on, recovery can take weeks and the cast must be properly cared for to ensure optimal healing.

  • Fort Drum, NYARNG officials memorialize two fallen WWII heroes

    Sep 25, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum and New York Army National Guard officials honored the courage and sacrifice of two native New Yorkers during two separate memorialization ceremonies Monday.

  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers train on CBRNE tasks

    Sep 25, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Nearly 30 Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), gathered at Fort Drum's Central Vehicle Wash Rack on Sept. 17 to conduct Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive vehicle- and personnel-decontamination training.

  • 1-89 Cavalry conducts live-fire validation

    Sep 25, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Troopers assigned to 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), conducted a platoon-level live-fire validation course Sept. 8-19 in Fort Drum training areas.

  • 10th Mountain brigade earns top team at Canadian Ironman

    Sep 22, 2014

    A team of 13 Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), earned top-team honors during the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Ironman Competition, Sept. 10, 2014, at Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.

  • Fort Drum finds success in fielding contracting application

    Sep 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, New York (Sept. 18, 2014) -- Contracting members at Fort Drum, New York, are achieving favorable results following the implementation of improved business practices with the Contracting Tactical Operations Center database application.

  • 10th Mountain Division conducts 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Afghanistan

    Sep 18, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Hundreds of deployed coalition service members and civilians found their way to the Regional Command-East Headquarters where Combined Joint Task Force-10 held its 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 11.

  • Fort Drum child development center earns national accreditation

    Sep 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For more than a year, child care providers and management at Fort Drum's South Riva Ridge Child Development Center have been busy balancing their day-to-day duties with completing training requirements, building portfolios and providing top-notch care to children ages 6 months to 5 years. All of the hard work paid off when the Child, Youth and School Services center recently earned the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation.

  • Famous ex-wrestler shares positive message with Fort Drum audience

    Sep 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Former wrestling great Marc "Johnny B. Badd" Mero conducted a two-day, three-event tour on post last week, delivering his message of hope and self-empowerment to thousands of Soldiers and Army civilians during Fort Drum's observance of Suicide Prevention Month.

  • Once-reluctant recruit recalls fulfilling career as she prepares to retire

    Sep 18, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Life in the Army did not start out as a blessing for Sgt. 1st Class Jacqueline Fox; it was not even a consideration. She had little connection to the military outside of her uncles, so when she decided to accompany her cousin to the Military Entrance Processing Station to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test, it was mainly for support.

  • Competing to be the Best

    Sep 16, 2014

    At zero dark thirty, Friday Sept. 5, 2014 two medic Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division met their graders on Fort Polk's Honor Field to see if each one has what it takes to represent the Patriots at Joint Base San Antonio to win the title of "Best Medic."

  • 4-year-old Family Member calls 911 for unconscious mom

    Sep 11, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 4-year-old daughter of Pvt. Mario Hyatt, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, was recognized for her heroism, bravery and quick response that ultimately saved her mother from a life-threatening situation, during a ceremony Friday at Fort Drum Fire Station 2.

  • 23rd Military Police Company Soldiers return from Afghanistan

    Sep 11, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers, Family Members and friends welcomed home 47 military police Soldiers during a ceremony Monday at Monti Physical Fitness Center.

  • 2nd Brigade Combat Team hosts Best Medic Competition

    Sep 11, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 2nd Brigade Combat Team medical operations hosted a Best Medic Competition on Sept. 3-4 to determine the four best candidates to represent the brigade in the 10th Mountain Division (LI) BMC later in the month.

  • Muleskinners operate largest SSA in the Army : 10th Sustainment Brigade supports warfighters, retrog

    Sep 11, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 10th Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Muleskinner, operates the largest supply support activity in the Army here that supplies Soldiers and supports retrograde efforts.

  • 3-71 Cavalry cases colors during inactivation ceremony

    Sep 11, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), witnessed and participated in the squadron's inactivation ceremony Friday on Magrath Field.

  • Deployed, but still giving back : Soldier continues to volunteer while serving in Afghanistan

    Sep 11, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Although currently deployed to a combat environment, a 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldier has not stopped thinking about what else she can do to help American veterans or the less fortunate in a foreign country.

  • 1-71 Cavalry trains with Dragoons in Canada

    Sep 8, 2014

    Cavalry scouts from Fort Drum, New York, encountered a unique training experience when they had an opportunity to work alongside members of the Canadian Royal Dragoons, Aug. 11-20, 2014, in Petawawa, Canada.

  • Religious support teams promote spiritual health

    Sep 4, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Spiritual health is one of the five pillars of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Army Chaplain Corps is charged with maintaining that pillar to the highest caliber to ensure Soldiers are spiritually fit -- on and off duty.

  • Field artillery Soldiers get back to basics

    Sep 4, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Under cover of darkness, firing platoons of Alpha and Bravo batteries, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment creep towards their positions across Fort Drum in preparation for the battalion's culminating exercise, Allons Peak.

  • Fort Drum celebrates Women's Equality Day

    Sep 4, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Members of the Fort Drum community gathered Aug. 27 to celebrate the achievements of women, past and present, during a special Women's Equality Day celebration at the Commons.

  • Fort Drum, community emergency responders participate in annual mass casualty exercise

    Aug 28, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Two Army helicopter crews made their way to a landing site to refuel when one clipped the trees, causing it to collide into the second helicopter. The second helicopter was able to land safely; however, the other crashed to the ground and caught fire. While this training scenario did not really happen, emergency responders from Fort Drum and the surrounding communities treated the incident as if it were real, putting their skills to the test.

  • Commandos fire TOW missiles

    Aug 28, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For the first time in five years, more than 50 Soldiers from across 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), conducted a combined tube-laun-ched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW) missile training to prepare for unified land operations.

  • Soldiers, civilian accept awards during quarterly ceremony

    Aug 28, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Thirteen Soldiers and one civilian of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) received honors during the division's quarterly awards ceremony Aug. 13 at Hays Hall. Eight Soldiers were inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC), while five Soldiers each received the Maj. Gen. Aubrey "Red" Newman Award.

  • SASMO team pulls their weight in support of retrograde operations

    Aug 28, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Soldiers assigned to the 10th Sustainment Brigade Sustainment Automation Support Management Office recently contributed to retrograde operations by recovering logistics information systems.

  • Runners earn coveted spots on Fort Drum Army Ten-Miler Team

    Aug 28, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- There are only 18 spots on the Fort Drum Army Ten-Miler Team, but that did not stop more than 50 people from running the second team qualifier race Aug. 20 to vie for one of those coveted positions and a chance to participate in the 30th Anniversary Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

  • Fort Drum hosts successful Outdoor Adventure Day

    Aug 28, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Despite heavy rains in the region, an estimated 650 people attended the 2nd Annual Outdoor Adventure Day at Fort Drum on Saturday, off of Route 26.

  • A Father's Love Part Two: Soldier talks about moving forward after losing son

    Aug 28, 2014

    Editor's note: Following is the last in a two-part series about a 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldier who established a foundation in memory of his son. To read part one, visit www.drum.army.mil and click on the Aug. 21 issue of The Mountaineer Online. FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The days that followed Beydn Swink's death passed in a blur, according to his father, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Swink.

  • Spartan Brigade holds inactivation ceremony

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) was inactivated during a late morning ceremony Thursday on Fort Drum's Sexton Field. The atmosphere was one of solemnity as approximately 2,500 Soldiers -- representing all six of the battalions making up the Spartan Brigade -- lined up for the last time in their 10-year history. The Soldiers bearing their unit colors, also known as guidons, along with the commanders and command sergeants major representing those units marched forward and came together in the foreground, behind the group bearing the Spartan Brigade's colors.

  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes new senior enlisted leader

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Command Sgt. Maj. Zach Hurst assumed responsibility as senior enlisted leader of 10th Combat Aviation Brigade from Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Cuomo, outgoing command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony Aug. 13 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, Fort Drum.

  • Post employees save Antwerp home, pets from fire

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The quick actions of two Fort Drum employees recently helped put out an Antwerp house fire and save two frightened pets home alone inside.

  • 3rd BCT commander: 'Bonds forged in war continue'

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Col. Sam Whitehurst delivered his final public remarks as 3rd Brigade Combat Team commander during the inactivation ceremony Aug. 14 on Sexton Field.

  • Eight Spartans carry the stories of all four deployments

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Throughout its history, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) has maintained 3,000 to 4,000 Soldiers. Typically, Soldiers receive assignments to multiple duty stations throughout their careers. Only a few have an opportunity to remain in the same duty station, let alone the same unit for more than a few years. Only eight Soldiers have had the distinction of participating in all four Spartan Brigade deployments to Afghanistan.

  • 31st Infantry Regiment members conduct reunion on post

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- More than 100 veterans enjoyed the North Country's blue skies while visiting with Polar Bear Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team during their annual reunion Aug. 7-9. These veterans, representing the 31st Infantry Regiment Association, traveled to Fort Drum because 4-31 Infantry is the last active battalion of the regiment. During their visit, participants had a scheduled itinerary chock full of meet and greets, as well as a tour of Fort Drum and trips to Sackets Harbor to view the War of 1812 Battleground and Alexandria Bay for a boat tour and stop at Boldt Castle.

  • Syracuse University football players train alongside Soldiers at Fort Drum

    Aug 21, 2014

    The Syracuse University football team broke from its preseason training routine last week to add first aid lanes, paintball and a youth football camp to its busy schedule, receiving a little twist to their daily program with the help of 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers.

  • A Father's Love: Soldier establishes foundation in memory of son

    Aug 21, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Infantryman Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Swink has always been the type of person who works through the challenges that life sends his way. An avid athlete, Swink has competed in seven marathons, nine ultra-marathons and an assortment of other extreme physical fitness challenges across the United States. Each of these events challenged him mentally and physically, he said, yet none tested his ability to endure as much as the events of the last year, as Swink has navigated the difficult course of learning to carry on after the loss of his oldest son.

  • 'Team Military Moms' to represent Fort Drum, Army families on Food Network show

    Aug 14, 2014

    Three Fort Drum, New York, spouses will have an opportunity to show what they are made of from the confines of a pink camouflage food truck starting at 9 p.m. EDT, Aug. 17, 2014, on Food Network's Great Food Truck Race.

  • 3rd Brigade Combat Team concludes decade of service to nation

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), will be inactivated during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 on Sexton Field at Fort Drum, ceremonially bringing to a close nearly 10 years of history-making service.

  • Officials call new chapel symbol of 'hope, sanctuary' during unveiling

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum community members attended a dedication ceremony July 31 at the Main Post Chapel where more than 12,000 square feet of new space that doubled the size of its sanctuary and added a religious education wing was unveiled after two years of renovations and new construction.

  • Commandos vie for Expert Infantryman Badge

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Falling in line with their lineage, nearly 500 infantrymen from 2nd Brigade Combat Team left their rank at the door, embraced the title of candidate and set out to prove their proficiency during Expert Infantryman Badge testing lanes all last week on Fort Drum.

  • Officials honor division Soldiers past, present at Whiteface Mountain

    Aug 14, 2014

    WILMINGTON, N.Y. -- Soldiers, Family Members, friends and veterans of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) gathered July 29 at the base of Whiteface Mountain for the annual rededication ceremony.

  • Polar Bears receive realistic training in U.K.

    Aug 14, 2014

    WALES, U.K. -- Crack! The flare pierced the night sky with a quick white flash. Soldiers fade into the shadows, but rapid rifle fire continues to echo throughout the village. Leaders yell out orders as their troops gain their bearing with the last flicker of light. All goes black, and the sound of combat boots scurry from building to building.

  • Army leaders activate contracting battalion

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The unit colors for the 925th Contingency Contacting Battalion were uncased for the first time during an activation ceremony held Aug. 6 on Fort Drum.

  • In the beginning: 10th Mountain Division transforms into modular force with activation of 3rd BCT (2

    Aug 14, 2014

    (The following article appeared in the Sept. 30, 2004, issue of the Fort Drum Blizzard, predecessor of The Mountaineer.) FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 10th Mountain Division (LI) officially transformed into the modular format the Army is evolving into during a ceremony Monday at Sexton Field. As part of the ceremony, seven units were inactivated and 13 units were activated.

  • A legacy of leadership: Spartan commanders fight on

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Throughout its nearly 10-year history, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), has known four commanders.

  • 3rd BCT leaves no Soldier or Gold Star Family behind

    Aug 14, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Men and women from all over the country, and all over the world, serve in the ranks of the Spartan Brigade. These Soldiers volunteered to fight the nation's war on terrorism and were willing to give their lives in sacrifice for their country and fellow Soldiers.

  • Legendary courage: Two Spartan OEF Medal of Honor recipients

    Aug 14, 2014

    During 3rd Brigade Combat Team's 10-year history with the 10th Mountain Division (LI), the unit has seen heroism, dedication and sacrifice.

  • Spartan Statue stands tall at Fort Drum's Memorial Park

    Aug 14, 2014

    (This article originally ran in the June 7, 2012, issue of The Mountaineer.) FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- To honor Spartan Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the last 10 years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team officially unveiled the Spartan Statue during a ceremony May 30 in Fort Drum's Memorial Park.

  • From child soldier to U.S. Soldier

    Aug 8, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Pfc. Anthony Lodiong serves as a U.S. Army logistician with 10th Sustainment Brigade, currently deployed to Bagram Airfield in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He spends his days working at the brigade's humanitarian relief yard, but he is haunted by early memories -- memories of war and of a stolen childhood.

  • Fort Drum agencies embrace Ready and Resilient Campaign

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- As the Army decreases in size and Soldiers and Families can expect longer dwell times, much of the service's operations will take place on American soil. In order to accommodate the Total Army Family that has experienced frequent deployments and a high operations tempo for the last 13 years, leaders realize the need to help ensure the battle-ready community can remain ready and resilient for potential future conflict.

  • 'One is Too Many'

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When it comes to the insider threat of suicide, an abundance of Army resources and programs on and off post make it nearly impossible to miss help for one's personal issues; yet some Soldiers still see no way out.

  • 'Soldier for Life' -- Army looks to expunge 'ACAP mindset'

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- If you haven't heard, the Army Career and Alumni Program, or ACAP, has been renamed "Soldier for Life: Transition Assistance Program" to help shift Soldier mindsets about transition services away from something required at the expiration of their term of service to a tool critical in their life's journey.

  • Soldiers, trainers use CSF2 skills to reinforce tough combatives training

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When Soldiers are required to engage the enemy in hand-to-hand combat, their mental strength is often just as important as their physical strength.

  • SHARP Resource Center provides safe haven for victims

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- There's a saying that the Army is only as strong as its people. Taking care of Army personnel means providing for their needs -- physically, mentally and emotionally. In the event that any individuals become a victim of sexual harassment or assault, it is important that they receive assistance in a timely manner and within a safe and private setting.

  • Embedded Behavioral Health helps Soldiers bounce back

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Resiliency is the ability to bounce back. Whether dealing with a leg injury or an issue related to post-traumatic stress, Fort Drum Soldiers know where to go to receive care to get them back mission-ready.

  • Strong Bonds program builds stronger Soldiers, Families

    Aug 7, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Building Army Family resiliency is part of a strategic approach to cope with the high operational demand placed on today's Army. One way of doing this is through the Strong Bonds program.

  • SMA: Engaged leadership key to resilient force

    Aug 6, 2014

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III and his wife, Jeanne, visited Fort Drum, New York, Aug. 5-6, 2014, to meet with Soldiers and family members and to talk about the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign.

  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade unveils MQ-1C Gray Eagle unit

    Jul 31, 2014

    FORT DRUM, NY -- The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade uncased its D Company, 10th Aviation Regiment guidon, marking the official activation of its MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system company during a ceremony July 23 on Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.

  • 10th Combat Aviation Brigade supports USMA field training

    Jul 24, 2014

    WEST POINT -- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, deployed to Camp Buckner, inside the U.S. Military Academy training area July 15 to provide air-assault and troop movement support to USMA cadets participating in Cadet Summer Field Training.

  • Career counselors help retain quality Soldiers to sustain Army

    Jul 24, 2014

    The 10th Sustainment Brigade was the first 10th Mountain Division (LI) brigade last year to achieve its retention mission. This year, the brigade remains as one of the top retention teams in large part due to Staff Sgt. Rogerio Brito.

  • Spiritual Soldiers tailor training for mission accomplishment

    Jul 24, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Chaplains and chaplain assistants assigned to the 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), conducted their religious support team training with the brigade's unit ministry team July 10.

  • Combined Joint Task Force-10 holds Commander's Cup marksmanship competition

    Jul 24, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Commanders and command sergeants major from Combined Joint Task Force-10 and Regional Command - East took part in the first CJTF-10 Commander's Cup here Thursday.

  • Spartan brigade departs Afghanistan for the last time

    Jul 21, 2014

    For the fourth and final time since the their inception the Spartans of 3rd Brigade Combat, 10th Mountain Division, have completed a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and transferred command authority of Training Advise and Assist Command - Southeast to Fort Hood's 3rd Calvary Regiment July 19, 2014.

  • Armament reset team supports redeploying units

    Jul 17, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 514th Support Maintenance Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain division (LI), armament shop provides field-level maintenance support for all units throughout Afghanistan in need of vehicle maintenance and repair of weapons systems.

  • Container management facilitates retrograde mission

    Jul 17, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The 10th Sustainment Brigade manages containers throughout Afghanistan daily to ensure equipment is retrograded in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Deployed MPs honor fallen comrades with run

    Jul 17, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- It's been two years since six military policemen assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd MP Battalion, out of Fort Bliss, Texas, were killed when an improvised explosive device hit their vehicle in Maidan Shahr, the capital of Wardak Province.

  • 'Chapel Next' comes to Fort Drum community

    Jul 17, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Approximately 200 Soldiers, Family Members and Fort Drum community members gathered Sunday at the Main Post Chapel to worship in what is called Chapel Next, the post's newest service.

  • Two Fort Drum Civilian Employees strike a chord in barbershop chorus

    Jul 3, 2014

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- When the men of the Turning Point Chorus walked into the Commons for the quarterly Chaplain's Community Luncheon a couple of months ago, they were unsure of how the audience would react.

  • Fort Drum ordnance unit takes TF EOD reigns in Afghanistan

    Jul 3, 2014

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- As 242nd Ordnance Battalion, a unit that specializes in explosive ordnance disposal, finished their yearlong deployment, 63rd Ordnance Battalion began theirs during Task Force EOD's transfer of authority ceremony here Saturday.

  • 42nd Infantry Division marks historic anniversary

    Jul 3, 2014

    On the 100th anniversary of the spark that began World War I, Iraq War veterans of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division gathered here Saturday to mark their own historic 10-year commemoration of the unit's historic mobilization in 2004.

  • 2nd BCT helps Black River students celebrate school's end

    Jul 3, 2014

    BLACK RIVER, N.Y. -- Twenty Soldiers from 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 June 23.

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