31 December 2009

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The present that matters
Concord NH Monitor article focused on 10th Mountain Division soldier Justin Coletti and his return from Afghanistan.

Fort Drum FMWR's Photos - Wall Photos
Fort Drum Army Women’s Mentoring Information Session will be held on January 14, 1 pm at the Education Center. Army Women’s Mentoring offers women new to the Army and/or new to Fort Drum a mentor to assist in successfully transitioning to the new environment. Mentors can provide first hand knowledge about Fort Drum and the Army in addition to assisting with personal development, career sponsoring, and job coaching.

Fort Drum FMWR's Photos - Wall Photos
Do your children think money grows on trees? On January 19 from 9 - 11 am at the Army Community Ballroom, a free class is being offered to help prepare your children for managing money. Pre-register by calling 315.772.5196

30 December 2009

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

To Keep Home Fires Burning, Grab That Boa
Lily Burana teaches burlesque classes intended for military wives at Fort Drum.

Troopers PBA Donates Stuffed Animals To Upstate Army Base
The New York State Troopers PBA, through its benefit fund, donated more than 1,000 stuffed monkeys to the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum on Dec. 22.

Upstate psychiatrists give war-weary at Fort Drum a chance to talk, tools to cope
Focus on six SUNY Upstate Medical Center psychiatrists who come to fort rum on a weekly basis to help soldiers with the stress of combat.

New York soldiers get late Christmas present, reuniting with families after year tour in Afghanistan
More than 300 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade arrived home to emotional reunions with their families at Fort Drum early Saturday morning.

Press Release- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 31

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 at Magrath Gym
here.

The flight will consist of 268 personnel who are returning after a
12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 by
calling Lt. Col. Paul Swiergosz at 315-778-5759. R.S.V.P. is required so
that we can provide updates to the ceremony time as needed.

Please check out the Fort Drum homepage and our Twitter page to track/be
notified of changes in the ceremony time.

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28 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

294 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan Saturday
Members of the 3rd BCT returned from Afghanistan on Saturday.

Children share veterans' stories
Fifth-graders at Guardino Elementary School shared the stories of 10th Mountain Division soldiers on Veterans Day this year.

In Iraq, SHS grad misses snow, yule spirit
10th Mountain division soldier Staff Sgt. William Wary focus of Pocono PA newspaper article.


Reunion of soldiers, families at Fort Drum 'the best Christmas present'
CNN story on return of 3rd BCT soldiers.


ON THE SCENE: Warriors in transition
Lake Placid newspaper article on 10th Mountain Warrior Transition unit.

Subject: A Walk for the Wounded - Kilimanjaro
San Juan PR newspaper article on efforts of 10th Mountain division soldier to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project.

Press Release- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 29

Media Advisory

Release Number: 0912-16

Fort Drum Public Affairs

3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 29

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Magrath Gym
here.

The flight will consist of 292 personnel who are returning after a
12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 by calling
315-777-2705. R.S.V.P. is required so that we can provide updates to
the ceremony time as needed.

Please check out the Fort Drum homepage and our Twitter page to track/be
notified of changes in the ceremony time.

24 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Families cope with being away from loved ones
10th Mountain soldier Private First Class Andrew Bendarski quoted in story.

Medic Treats Himself After Being Shot by Sniper
10th Mountain soldier Matthew Mortensen focus of story about self treatment of wounds suffered in Iraq.

LaFayette community adopts platoon in Iraq; sends tree and packages
10th Mountain division platoon adopted by the town of LaFayette, NY.

Rebecca Leigh Diel and Jerimiah Farmer
Wedding announcement for 10th Mountain division soldier

Christmas for the wounded
Article about Derrick and Michelle Ford, 10th Mountain soldier and his wife about their stay at Fisher house.

Area soldiers send holiday greetings home
10th Mountain soldier Spc. Richard Yow included in article from Burlington Vt television station.

23 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Caring for Washington's warriors away from home
fort Drum and 10th Mountain soldier focus of article about Washington DC Fisher House.

22 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Soldier Not Coming Home for Christmas
3rd BCT soldier finds out that block leave will be delayed until after entire unit returns from Afghanistan

Sky Soldiers assume control of Spartan battlespace
3rd BCT relieved in Afghanistan by members of 173rd Airborne, allowing them to return to Fort Drum.

21 December 2009

Saluting area men and women serving our country
10th Mountain Division soldier Col. Dan Hampton included in list of Pottstown, PA and The Tri County area natives currently serving in military.

Spc. Amanda Sandlin returns home after tour in Afghanistan
Article focused on 10th Mountain Division soldier Spc. Amanda Sandlin who was deployed to Afghanistan.

Female veterans struggle to find services, acceptance at home
Story about 10th Mountain division veteran Genevieve Chase who has founded a group to assist female veterans.

20 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Army testing new camouflage
10th Mountain division soldiers are involved in the testing of new ACU patterns.

18 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

WHS vocalists send holiday spirit overseas

Select Choir performs 'White Christmas' tunes for Internet video feed to deployed family members and friends.

15 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

General Wants Troops Ready for 'Complex Human Terrain'
Brief overview of mission and challenge that awaits 1st BCT in Afghanistan.


Books of local interest

Look at books by local authors, including Ft Drum resident.

Press Release- Fort Drum Financial Readiness warns Soldiers and Families - steer clear of scams

FORT DRUM, NY - The Financial Readiness Office at Fort Drum and the New York
State Attorney General's Office will shed light on the current scams and
consumer rip-offs targeting military members at their upcoming regular
monthly meeting. Tough economic times are often fertile breeding grounds
for illegal activities of this sort, and proactive information sharing is
the best weapon to protect consumers.

Media interested in covering this event should meet at the Fort Drum Media
Operations Center on N.Y. State Route 26 at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 16.

Press Release- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 16

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Magrath Gym
here.

The flight will consist of 302 personnel that are returning after a 12
month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 by
calling 315-408-3087. R.S.V.P. is required so that we can provide
updates to the ceremony time as needed.

14 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Troops settle into Iraq advisory role
Interview with 2nd BCT commander Col. David M. Miller about change in Iraq mission for unit.

12 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Local "912" group collects care packages for troops
Utica NY group collects care packages for ft drum soldiers.

US soldiers reassure Afghan elders worried by withdrawal
Focus on efforts b members of 10th Mountain to help Afghans work for future.

Drum unit to deploy in January
2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team — a unit known among soldiers as "Triple Deuce" — has received orders to deploy in January, according to a division press release Thursday.

Drum projects OK'd in House
Constructions projects for Ft drum that were approved in the Senate earlier this year are approved by House.

Dennis J. Hansen

Local Soldier Killed
A Panama City man, serving in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, has died.

The Department of Defense says 31-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen, died Monday at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Authorities say he was critically injured on December 3rd, during an insurgent attack on his unit in Logar province. Apparently Hansen was wounded by an improvised explosive device.

Hansen was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, of the 10th Mountain Division stationed in Fort Drum, New York.

He joined the military in October 1996.

His previous deployments included 16-months in Afghanistan from February 2006 to June 2007 and four months in Iraq from March to July 2004.

Hansen is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter.

Press Release- Col. Bannister promotion ceremony Dec. 11

Col. Bannister promotion ceremony Dec. 11

FORT DRUM, NY -- Col. Jeffrey L. Bannister will be frocked to the rank
of Brigadier General 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 at the Commons here.

Col. Bannister, of Rome, Ga., is serving as the 10th Mountain Division
(Light Infantry) Deputy Commander for Operations.

Col. Bannister arrived to Fort Drum in July. He previously served as
the Executive Officer to the Commander of Multi-National Forces Iraq.

Col. Bannister attended Campbell University in North Carolina, and was
commissioned a distinguished military graduate in 1984 through the
Reserve Officer Training Corps.

The Secretary of Defense announced Aug. 28 that the President nominated
Col. Bannister for promotion to Brig. Gen.

Col. Bannister's biography can be found at this link:
http://www.drum.army.mil/sites/cmdgrp/DCGO.asp

Frocked is a term denoting that a military officer or non-commissioned
officer is authorized to wear the insignia of a higher grade before
their official promotion date. An officer or NCO who has been selected
for promotion may be authorized to 'frock' to the next grade of rank.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must meet at the Media
Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Media with queries regarding this release should contact the Fort Drum
public affairs office at 315-772-7267.

Press Release- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 14

3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Dec. 14

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14 at Magrath Gym here.

The flight will consist of 296 personnel that are returning after a 12
month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 by calling
315-408-3087. R.S.V.P. is required so that we can provide updates to
the ceremony time as needed.

10 December 2009

Press Release- 2-22 INF, 1st BCT to deploy in January 2010

FORT DRUM, NY - The 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 1st Brigade Combat Team has received orders to deploy to Afghanistan in January 2010.

The 2-22nd Infantry will be the first unit to deploy from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team whose approximately 3,500 Soldiers are preparing for a 12 month deployment as part of the President’s decision to deploy additional U.S. forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ultimate mission of the 1st BCT and the area they will be deployed will be based on the needs of the Combatant Commander in Afghanistan.

"The top priority in this Division right now is to ensure the preparedness of the Soldiers and Families of the Warrior Brigade as they prepare for their tour in Afghanistan," said Major General James L. Terry, 10th Mountain Division commander.

The Warrior Brigade most recently deployed to Iraq from September 2007 to November 2008. Previously they deployed to Afghanistan in 2003 and Iraq in 2005.”


Ed note: While on active duty, I was assigned to B Co, 2/22 at ft Drum.
Godspeed and good luck. Lead with Courage Triple Deuce.

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Afghanistan Surge: For These Soldiers, Lots of Questions, Few Answers
Focus on 10th Mtn unit which is slated to be part of surge to Afghanistan.

From 4-H Club to Iraq
Imlay City, MI native and Ft Drum soldier Jeff Swain focus of article about supporting troops who are deployed.

09 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Shapiro Award goes to Plummer
Retired Ft Drum colonel helped create national Adopt-A-Platoon program and receives local award

McChrystal Says Pieces in Place for Success
Role of 1st BCT's Afghanistan mission laid out in article.

Resident Home for Holidays
Announcement in his hometown paper that that Lt. Ryan Adams will be returning to Ft Drum in early Dec after his deployment in Afghanistan.

Press Release- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home Ceremony Thursday

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 at Magrath Gym
here.

The flight will consist of 305 personnel that are returning after a 12
month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 by
calling 315-408-3087. R.S.V.P. is required so that we can provide
updates to the ceremony time as needed.

08 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Soldier's death at Fort Drum may be a suicide
There is an investigation into the death of Tam T. Nguyen at Ft Drum on Nov. 25.

U.S., ISF Combine to Secure Polling Sites
Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division combined with Iraqi federal police to move concrete barriers and cement blocks for increased security measures during the upcoming election at polling sites in the New Baghdad District, Dec. 7.

Fort Drum's 1st Brigade - and Lake Placid Captain - prepare for deployment to Afghanistan
Reporter Chris Morris spoke with one North Country soldier from Lake Placid who will be shipping out with the 1st Brigade.

Press Release- David E. Thomas

Fort Drum Soldier killed in Rhode Island

FORT DRUM, NY - A Fort Drum Soldier was killed in a shooting incident in
Providence, R.I. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Killed was Pvt. David E. Thomas, age 22, of Roxbury, Mass.

Pvt. Thomas served as a multichannel transmission systems
operator-maintainer with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion,
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Pvt. Thomas joined the Army in December 2008 and arrived to Fort Drum in
July 2009. His awards and decorations include the National Defense
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service
Ribbon.

The Providence Police Department is leading the investigation.

Fort Drum officials have offered their full cooperation.

Waide James

Via Florida Today.com

TITUSVILLE – Services will be held this evening at the Newcomer Funeral Home in Titusville for Waide James, an Iraq war veteran who was stabbed to death Dec. 1 while stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y.

A public service will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on South Washington Avenue.

James, 20, of Port St. John and fellow soldier Diego Valbuena, 23, were found dead in an apartment complex near the base. They suffered multiple stab wounds. The incident occurred just three days before James’ 21 birthday.

A third soldier, Joshua Hunter, 20, was arrested a day later at a hotel in southern Ohio, and is being held on two counts of second-degree murder.

All three soldiers were veterans of the Iraq war. James, 20, of Port St. John, was getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan when he was killed.

James graduated from Titusville High School in 2006 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in March 2007. Fort Drum is home of the 10th Mountain Division. James spent 15 months in Iraq.

He served as a motor transport operator with the Headquarters Battalion of the 10th Mountain Division, according to Fort Drum's public affairs office. James received awards and decorations including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and overseas service ribbon.

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home.

James will be buried with full military honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Sumter County.

Diego Valbuena

Via CBS 12.com



PALM CITY - A Port St. Lucie solider is murdered at Fort Drum, New York. Today, he is was laid to rest in Palm City. Diego Valbuena was murdered on December 1, 2009. The accused killer is his roommate, Joshua Hunter. Wednesday, dozens gathered for his funeral in Palm City. This morning was the mass at Holy Redeemer Catholic church. Then, a full military burial. Friend, Luis Roman, says, "He was just a great guy, he was always smiling, always cheerful, always happy in school. Seriously, he was the best guy ever." "Everybody was at peace because he's fine in New York and we weren't expecting that," says family friend, Carolina Catala.

Joshua Hunter is a Military Policeman and has been charged with two counts of second degree murder. He's accused of stabbing Valbuena and Port St. John soldier, Waide James, to death. Hunter's family says he has not been the same since he returned from Iraq last Spring.

07 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

3500 Fort Drum soldiers ordered to Afghanistan in Spring 2010
Rewrite of Press release from Ft Drum Public Affairs

1st BCT gets deployment orders
Another rewrite of the Press release from Ft drum Public Affairs

Press Release - 1st BCT to deploy in Spring 2010

FORT DRUM, NY - The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team
received orders from the Department of Defense ordering them to deploy
to Afghanistan in spring 2010.

The approximately 3,500 Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team are
preparing for a 12 month deployment as part of the President's decision
to deploy additional U.S. forces in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom.

The ultimate mission of the 1st BCT and the area they will be deployed
will be the based on the needs of the combatant commander in
Afghanistan.

"The top priority in this division right now is to ensure the
preparedness of the Soldiers and Families of the Warrior Brigade as they
prepare for their tour in Afghanistan," said Major General James L.
Terry, 10th Mountain Division Commander.

The Warrior Brigade most recently deployed to Iraq from September 2007
to November 2008. Previously they deployed to Afghanistan in 2003, and
Iraq in 2005.

06 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Fort Drum events
A link to a post on a blog called Loving a Soldier: Living the Life which details MWR activities for the month of December on Ft Drum.

Families sweet on Sugarplum Ball
Waterrtown Daily Times coverage of the sixth annual Sugarplum Ball Saturday at the Commons.

Mourners remember Montana soldier who died in Iraq
Memorial service for Pfc. Michael A. Rodgers who was killed earlier this month in Iraq.

05 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

New Ways of Treating Soldiers' Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress
Even though it is not directly related to Ft Drum or the 10th Mountain, this is information that is needed.
A look at some new programs the VA Medical Center offers soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

04 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Wife: Iraq war changed soldier accused in slayings
Emily Hunter, wife of accused killer, states that husband suffered from experiences during deployment.

Christmas trees from CNY to brighten up holidays for troops
Trees donated to military posts by local civilians bring a bright spot to season for service members and families.

Families of Fort Drum-based soldiers bracing for impact of Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan
NY Daily News report on how news of upcoming surge is affecting families at Ft Drum

Statement By Major General James L. Terry On Soldier Deaths in Evans Mills

"The entire Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division community is deeply
saddened with the news of the untimely death of two of our Soldiers,
Specialist Waide James and Specialist Diego Valbuena.

Words cannot express the sorrow I personally feel for these Soldiers,
their Families and their fellow Soldiers who knew and served with them
in peacetime and combat. Their loss is incalculable.

I ask our North Country neighbors to join with the 10th Mountain
Division in offering our heartfelt condolences and support to the
Families and friends of these Soldiers in this very difficult time.

As the Senior Mission Commander here at Fort Drum, I have pledged our
full support to the civilian law enforcement agencies charged with the
responsibility of investigating our Soldiers' deaths and appreciate
their professionalism and support to our Soldiers and Families."

03 December 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

In Fort Drum, Soldiers Prepared For Deployment
Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.

One final push ... troops steeled for action
Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.

Drum troops watch speech, anticipate deployment
Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.

Reaction to Obama's West Point speech on Afghanistan: 'It's crunch time,' says local veteran
Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.


Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.


Reactions from Ft Drum soldiers in response to the President's speech.

02 December 2009

10th Moutain Daily Roundup

Augusta family fears deployment instead of retirement
Sharon Quick, spouse of Army Sgt. James Quick, is focus of story about possible deployment of troops to Afghanistan.

Vet, activist, lawmakers split on Afghan plan
Reactions from 10th Mountain soldiers on speech in story.

Troops, Families Brace for Afghan Surge
Reactions from 10th Mountain soldiers on speech in story.

US troops hopeful Obama plan will wind down war
Reactions from 10th Mountain soldiers on speech in story.


Strain of Military Service Meets Resolve
Reactions from 10th Mountain soldiers on speech in story.

PFC. MARC SILVESTRI U.S. ARMY, BRONZE STAR WITH VALOR
Story focused on 10th Mountain soldier.

DeRidder man leads efflort to provide a touch of home to deployed troops
Louisiana man adopts Alpha Company 2/87 Infantry

GOVERNOR PATERSON DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF
NY state flags to be flown at half staff in honor of Ft Drum soldier Michael Rogers


Morale at Fort Drum questioned in shadow of Afghanistan fight
North Country NPR blog focus on Task Force Mountain blog question about morale on ft Drum.



Press Release: Fort Drum Soldier found dead in barracks Nov. 25- Tam T. Nguyen

FORT DRUM - A Soldier assigned to Fort Drum's 1st Brigade Combat Team
was found dead in his barracks room Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Pfc. Tam T. Nguyen, 19, a native of San Jose, Calif., served as an
infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

Pfc. Nguyen joined the Army in August 2008 and arrived to Fort Drum in
April 2009.

Pfc. Nguyen is survived by his mother and father.

Pfc. Nguyen's awards and decorations include the Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and
Parachutist Badge.

The cause of death is under investigation.

01 December 2009

Michael A. Rogers

Via U.S. Department of Defense News Release

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Michael A. Rogers, 23, of White Sulphur Springs, Mont., died Nov. 27, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, east of Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-7267.


Also see the following for news on this.
Montana News Station
ABC 50
Watertown Daily Times
Syracuse.com


10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Obama, Karzai hold videoconference, talk strategy
Article on talks between Obama and Karzai, part of article has quotes from 10th Mountain soldiers on rumors of extension of deployment for them due to surge.

DRUM AWAITS NEW AFGHAN ORDERS
Watertown Daily Times article on how news of possible deployment of units from Drum is affecting troops and the post.

30 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

American Legion gives thanks to soldiers
Members of the Medina American Legion and Albion American Legion posts deliver care packages to Fort Drum for troops in Afghanistan.

Brigade members welcomed home
300 soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned to Ft Drum on Saturday after a deployment to Afghanistan.

Soldier 'feels real good'to be back from Iraq
Article on Private First Class Justin Taylor who serves with the 10th avn Bde and his experiences in Iraq.

28 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Miss USA visits Fort Drum
Kristen Dalton visited the families and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort drum on Thanksgiving.

Tammy’s soldier: Son to return to U.S. on Thanksgiving
10th Mountain division soldier Chad Sebasty returns to US in time to head home for Thanksgiving.

Patrols and turkey in Afghan war zone
Able Troop, 3-71 Cavalry Squadron focus of story about Thanksgiving in Afghanistan.

Vet Center's bereavement group restarted
After a year-and-a-half hiatus, the Watertown Vet Center has revived its bereavement group for families who have lost a service member.

Soldier from Lancaster feels he's making a difference in Afghanistan
Pfc. Patrick Brown focus of story about US Army in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan, Iraq: different wars
AP story on differences between wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

US buildup seen as helpful in 2 Afghan provinces
AP article on improvements to Logar and Baraki-Barak provinces.

26 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Central New York travelers head off to enjoy Thanksgiving
Army Pfc. Raquel Munoz of the 10th Mountain mentioned in story about people traveling for Thanksgiving.

US Troops Experiment with New Strategy for Afghanistan
Story on how units in Afghanistan are changing tactics to deal with Taliban influence on villages.

Hurt soldier comes home Thanksgiving
10th Mountain soldier, PFC Robert Davis will be home for Thanksgiving while recovering from wounds received in Afghanistan.

Wounded soldier has a long climb to recovery
Story on 10th Mountain soldier, Staff Sgt. Christian Hughes, on his recovery from wounds received in Afghanistan.

25 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Bomb-makers being targeted by coalition forces in an increasingly prolific IED war
10th Mountain and coalition forces change tactics to go after those who suply and build IEDs.

Couple's ‘Little Warrior' finds home in Silver Spring children's center
Easter Seals offers free program to offspring of wounded service members, 10th Mountain Division soldier's family moves to Md while he recovers from surgery at Walter Reed

Media Advisory- 3rd Brigade Welcome Home ceremony Saturday

FORT DRUM, NY -- A welcome home ceremony for 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Soldiers is scheduled for 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Magrath Gym here.

The flight will consist of 300 personnel that are returning after a 12
month deployment to Afghanistan.

Media interested in covering the ceremony must R.S.V.P. to the Fort Drum
public affairs office not later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 by calling
315-408-3087. R.S.V.P. is required so that we can provide updates to
the ceremony time as needed.

24 November 2009

10th Mountain Division Daily Roundup

Obama finalizes plan to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan
President Obama decides to send more troops to Afghanistan, BCT from Ft Drum slated to go as part of surge.

Press Release- Official welcome home and change-of-command ceremony for the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade

Release Number: 0911-07

Fort Drum Public Affairs

Official welcome home and change-of-command ceremony for the 10th Combat
Aviation Brigade

FORT DRUM, NY -- The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade will uncase its colors
and be officially welcomed home 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Magrath Gym
here.

The 10th CAB will also conduct a Change-of-Command as part of the
ceremony.

Col. Erik C. Peterson will hand over command of the brigade to Col.
Pedro G. Almeida.

Maj. Gen. James Terry, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum commanding
general, will give remarks during the ceremony.

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media
Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the
event.

Press Release- Fort Drum Web site Redesign Underway

Media Release

Release Number : 0911-08

Fort Drum Public Affairs

Fort Drum Web site Redesign Underway

FORT DRUM, NY--Fort Drum wants your input as we redesign the Fort Drum
public Web site (www.drum.army.mil), asking the Fort Drum community to
provide their opinions and suggestions through a short, online survey.

"The Fort Drum Web site exists to serve all who have an interest in Fort
Drum-Soldiers, Families, the civilian workforce, and the entire North
Country Community, whether they already work and live in the community
or are planning to move to the North Country," said Lt. Col. Paul
Swiergosz, 10th Mountain Division public affairs officer. "We want to
ensure we are serving the information needs of the community."

Those interested in taking the survey can simply go to the Fort Drum
homepage at www.drum.army.mil and click the survey link provided under
"Commander's Message."

Media with questions regarding this release can contact Fort Drum public
affairs at 315-772-7267.

23 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Reservist Credited With Saving Nine Lives
Former 10th Mountain soldier Jeremy Church recognized for actions that earned him a Silver Star in 2004 while deployed to Iraq.

22 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Best Western will provide holiday dinner for soldiers
Soldiers and their families can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner free of charge at the Best Western Carriage House Inn, 300 Washington St.

20 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Knitters busy making hats for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
Watertown citizens band together to make wool hats for 10th Mountain soldiers deployed overseas.

Fort Drum to light community Christmas Tree and Menorah on December 2.

FORT DRUM, NY - Fort Drum will host the 2009 annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on December 2 at 5:15pm. Christmas carols and a visit from Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck will also be highlights of this yearly tradition here on post.

The annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be held at the large pine tree just outside the Main Post Chapel. The ceremony will be followed by a Christmas party at Youth Services where Santa will take note of holiday wishes and hand out some early gifts.

Media interested in covering the tree lighting should meet at the Fort Drum Media Operations Center on NY Route 26 at 4:45p for escort to the site. For more information, contact Kae Young @ 315-772-5463 or kae.young@us.army.mil.

19 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Senate Approves $84.5M For Fort Drum Projects
the Senate approved funding for $6.5 million for Water System Expansion, Barracks, and a Transition Complex for Ft Drum.

Fort Drum Pee Wee football shoots for title
Ft Drum Pee Wee Football team headed to NJ for championship tourney after an undefeated season.

18 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Unending War: 'When We Win, We Can Relax'
Commentary on toll wars in Iraq and Afghanistan take on families of soldiers, several 10th mountain family members and soldiers quoted.

2-10 Mtn. Div. Takes on Partnership Role
2nd BCT assumes partnership mission in Iraq from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Photo gallery: Medal of Honor headstone dedicated to Jared Monti
Series of photos from ceremony to dedicate new headstone for 10th Mtn soldier Jared Monti.


Incentives attract social workers
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization offers bonus for counselors to relocate within the 40-mile Fort Drum radius.

Championship football returns to Jackson Township this weekend
Fort Drum's Pop Warner Football team will be in Jackson, NJ this weekend for semi finals tourney.

15 Nov Daily Roundup

Ultimate sacrifice ‘A legacy of freedom and a lesson of sacrifice'
There was a ceremony at the Worchester Ma veteran's memorial to dedicate a flagpole in honor of former 10th Mtn soldier SFC Jared Monti.

Marathon man
Short article and picture of Stow OH native and Ft Drum soldier Carl Berg, who comlpeted the Road Runner Akron Marathon on Sept. 26.

Soldier with local ties hurt in Afghanistan
Ft Drum soldier, Staff Sgt. Jared Schneider, was wounded during a Nov 9 Rocket attack in Afghanistan.

14 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Soldiers put skills to work
Officers from 1st Brigade Combat Team do volunteer work at Watertown's Urban Mission, clearing dead brush and repairing the outdoor donation shed.

A Veteran's Day remembrance
User submitted photo by Francene Perreault of son at gravesite of his best friend.

Fort Drum honors veterans
Coverage of Veteran's Day ceremony at Ft Drum.

Fallen soldier's family accepts medal for valor
Family of Staff Sgt. Wesley Hunter accepts Bronze Star Medal with “V” device during Veteran's Day Ceremony.

PHOTO: 2nd BSTB Takes Command
2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team assumes duties from 82nd Airborne unit in Iraq

Barge Matal: 'It's a place we never want to go back to'
Story of platoon from 10th Mountain Division at Barge Matal, Afghanistan.

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry congratulates America’s newest citizens
10th Mountain soldiers gain citizenship in ceremony in Afghanistan.

12 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Families Share Feelings On Loved Ones' Deployments
Tyler Morning Telegraph article on families a deployed 10th Mountain soldiers.

Lowville urged to help promote Drum
Article on Town Hall Meeting conducted in Lowville by Ft Drum officials.


Upstate Medical branch funds needed

SUNY Upstate Medical University seeks funding from State to open branch campus on Ft Drum.

True meaning of hero sometimes lost
USMC honors father of Jared Monti, 10th Mtn division soldier with was awarded the Medal of Honor

American Fork teen seeks to honor fallen soldier
Neighbor of fallen 10th Mtn soldier seeks to have street renamed in honor of Sgt. Nathan Barnes.

Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton Gets Called to Duty By the USO and Will Spend Thanksgiving With Troops
Miss USA will be at Fort Drum to serve Thanksgiving dinner to soldiers and families of the 10th Mountain Division.

Interview With MG Terry

MG Terry: Hello Jon, it's good to speak to you. I understand that you are an Alumni of Ft Drum?

Jon: That is correct Sir. I served with the 10th Mountain Division from Feb of 1991 until June of 1994. I started out of 1st Bn, 87th Infantry and then went to Somalia with B Co, 2nd Bn, 22 Infantry.

MG Terry: It sounds like you were leaving as I was coming into the unit. Who was your 1ST SGT when you were with Triple Deuce?

Jon: That was now retired SGM Burnell Haney.

MG Terry: It's a small world. He's my fishing guide now and he also works downstairs for me.

Jon: I met him again when I was activated here with the 107th MP company in 2002. He introduced me to Col Steele who felt the need to, once he found out I was in Mogadishu with SGM Haney, do his best to break my ribs with his ham hock sized fists.

MG Terry: You know that Col Steele was a pulling Guard for Hershall Walker in college right?

Jon: I have to admit that at the time, I wasn't very interested in college football.

MG Terry: I understand that you have some questions for me.

Jon: First sir, I want to thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview. I have to admit that I am a little surprised and a bit intimidated that I have you on the phone with me. I was expecting more of an e-mail style interview where I could send you the questions and have you answer them at your convenience.

MG Terry: You don't need to be scared Jon. I'll go easy on you. (Laugh)

Jon: Thank you sir. I appreciate that. I would like to touch on several areas, to include your military experience, current operations and your personal life, if you have no objections.

MG Terry: I am looking forward to your questions.

Jon: This is a return to familiar terrain for you, in that you have served at Ft Drum previously. What are the biggest changes that you have seen since your return to Fort Drum, in the post?

MG Terry: As I said, I was up here at Fort Drum with 2/22 first from 1994- 1996 and we were the first off the deck of the Eisenhower and into Haiti. Then I came back in 2004 as Assistant Division Commander- Operations and in 2006-2007 I was in Afghanistan with the Division. I went by my old quarters from when I was with 2/22 and they are being renovated into Junior Enlisted quarters. On post we now have a Material Support section that works with the units returning from down range and
makes sure that their equipment is ready to go the next time that they have to deploy. We also have an increased amount of medical care available for the soldiers and families, where we used to have to go off post for most of that care in the past. We also now have a separate Installation Command as so that we don't have to pull soldiers from the Division command for a Rear Detachment. The Garrison commander now also works with Installation Command.

Jon: Your previous posting was with Tradoc (Training and Doctrine Command). When you were there, what were your major duties, in the realm of policy and procedure that helped train the new warriors entering the service?

MG Terry: Well, I was actually in acquisition and I worked with the new equipment that was being tested. I had a BCT that tested the equipment and we were there to determine how to fit the new equipment and its capabilities into doctrine and what doctrine needed to be adjusted to make sure that we got the most advantage out of the new equipment and how to allow the soldiers to network and spread intelligence and information quicker and easier.
Jon, you've heard about the Land Warrior system, right?

Jon: I have and if everything works the way it is expected, it will be a great piece of equipment for our troops that will help cut down on any friendly fire incidents.

MG Terry: Not only friendly fire incidents, it will increase the capabilities for our soldiers, in allowing them too know where civilians are, their fellow soldiers and where hostile forces are in a moment's notice.

Jon: How did that assignment prepare you for taking command of the 10th
Mountain Division?

MG Terry: It gave me an understanding and knowledge of how the new equipment would work and affect the current doctrine. It also gave me an insight into the way doctrine may be changed and adapted to give us more success in the future.

Jon: What is the biggest change that you had to make mentally, to prepare yourself for this assignment?

MG Terry: Well, I have to say that the Division staff has been great and worked incredibly hard to ensure that the transition was smooth. The biggest change was accepting the role of Senior Mission commander for Fort Drum and ensuring that we are working with and integrating the civilian population of the North country into Fort Drum. We have a unique relationship here with the neighboring communities and ensuring that they were kept up to date and informed is one of the important
tasks that we have to keep focused on every day.

Jon: In regards to operational deployments, where do you see the division, 1 year from now?

MG Terry: You know about operational security and the fact that we don't have the ability to announce everything that you may want to hear.

Jon: With the future always changing and people having a "need to know", I understand that you are limited in what you can say.

MG Terry: Well, without going into specifics, I know that the Division headquarters element and 2 brigades are going to be training up for another rotation through Afghanistan. Other than that, there is always the possibility for some things to change.

Jon: The 4th BCT, currently at Ft Polk, is supposed to be transferred to Ft Drum in the upcoming future. How is the preparation of the post for their transfer going?

MG Terry: Jon, looking forward, I do not foresee the 4th Bde leaving Fort Polk and joining us here at Fort Drum. To the best of my knowledge, there are no plans to move them up here.

Jon: The post used to have an active "club scene" with the Pennants and Spinners clubs for soldiers to go to at night for entertainment and to get away from the barracks. With the closing of the post to non military personnel in 2001, the clubs were closed. Now that there has been an easing of the restrictions on non military personnel coming onto post, are there any plans to reopen the clubs, possibly at another location(s)on post? Or possibly expanding the Winner's Circle?

MG Terry: I remember the clubs well, and right now the post museum and USO clubs are in the old Spinners building...

Jon: I have to admit, I'm not sure what is even in the old Pennants Club anymore.

MG Terry: I still get my haircuts at the barber shop there, and I am pretty sure that there is a Subway and an Anthonys Pizza located there now. But right now we don't have any plans to open any new clubs on post.

Jon: I remember many times being in at the club for closing and having the Bn and Division staff duties there to give drunk soldiers a ride back to their barracks as so that the commanders wouldn't have to come down to the MP station to pick up their troops. It did have a large effect in reducing the number of soldiers who had their pictures in the Blizzard (now Mountaineer). Your predecessor MG Oates had the pictures, name and circumstances of anyone who was arrested for DWI printed in the paper.

MG Terry: We are always concerned about the number of DWI incidents and we do have programs in place to help combat that. Right now if someone who has been out and having a good time feels that they have had too much to drink, we have a Soldier Ride program that has staff duties at the various units going out and getting the soldiers who feel that it wouldn't be safe to drive home.

Jon:Switching gears a little, Gen. Stanley McChrystal's report on Afghanistan states that without an Iraq type surge, the war is unwinnable. I have a couple of questions about that report and the strategies being used in that country. The
first is, when talking to the deployed soldiers and commanders of 10th Mountain Division units, do they agree with Gen. McChrystal's opinion?

MG Terry: (laugh) There are a lot of considerations that go into an answer on this question...

Jon: (Interrupting) I understand, and I do apologize for putting you on the spot here. We just went from a friendly game of catch to my throwing a fastball high and inside.

MG Terry: That is honestly a question that will need to be answered by the President and his advisers. I wouldn't want someone to take anything I say to have the appearance of presuming to set policy. When I was over in Afghanistan in Oct, I did talk to some of the commanders and the troops about their mission and they are confident that we will complete the mission and be successful. When I was over there, I was briefed about the recent moves into Logar and Wardak provinces and what the troops are doing to take areas that were formerly in the hands of Taliban and Anti government forces and bring security and a sense of stability to areas that have not had any for a long time.

Jon: There was a story in Mid October that some soldiers currently deployed to Afghanistan are starting to question their mission in that country due to repeated deployments to that country. Other than the letter to the troops from Col Haight, how would you respond to those reports and what can we do to stem any increase in that attitude?

MG Terry: General Casey has stated he has set a goal of 1 year in country and then 2 years at home for soldiers and we are working hard to ensure that we are able to meet that goal. We realize the hardships and we each and every day we do thank the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices.

Jon: When you visited the troops recently, what was the feeling that you got from them about their morale and their support of the mission?

MG Terry: We understand that the multiple deployments have taken a toll on the troops and their families. Some soldiers are on their second, third, and fourth tours but the troops were telling me about the changes that they have seen from one tour to the next. Afghanistan is nowhere near what it used to be and the soldiers that are over there can tell you that the conditions have improved.

Jon: While you were in country, what did you hear from the troops and the commanders concerning the training and conduct of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces that were working with the soldiers on the ground?

MG Terry: From the commanders that I spoke to over there, the ANA troops are motivated, well trained and equipped, while there is potential for some improvement in the ANP troops. While I was over there, I spoke with 2 ANA and 1 ANP commanders and had a good discussion with them about several topics.

Jon: MG Oates had a semi regular blog that he used to communicate with the soldiers and families of the North Country and Ft Drum. With the rise in the use of blogs to communicate with people back home, and social networks like Myspace, Twitter and Facebook, do you have plans to expand the 10th Mountain and Fort Drum's presence on the internet?

MG Terry: I have to admit, my wife and kids are a lot more internet savvy than I am, they are the ones who are always online. Certainly the Internet is an important part of people's lives these days. We are planning several things, in fact, we have a Twitter Page now (located at http://twitter.com/10thMountainDiv). I think we are one of, if not the first Army command to be on Twitter.
I have some pressing appointments, and am going to have to wrap this up soon.

Jon: I understand completely, I only have a couple more questions for you Sir.

When not "on the clock", what hobbies or activities do you do to relax and take your mind off of the pressures of command?

MG Terry: As I told you before, I have your old first sgt as my fishing guide and I am enjoying the trout fishing. I also have a Brittney Spaniel, but the Grouse and Pheasant are not cooperating this year. I also do a lot of reading, mostly on planes, and I do a lot of PT.

Jon: Nobody told you that they deploy to warmer climates every fall because they refuse to go through cold weather training up here?

MG Terry: (Laugh) Nobody told me that. I'll have to see what we can do to get them into a school.

Jon: Do you have any messages for the soldiers and families of the 10th Mountain Division that you would like to release at this time?

MG Terry: I have been in the military for 31 years and one of the major reasons I stay is because of the soldiers. I have always said that to be a good leader, you have to be subservient and follow before you can lead. We have some of the best soldiers anywhere and I will be going to the dedication of the headstone for SFC Monti soon in his hometown.

Jon: Sir, it has been a pleasure speaking to you and doing this Interview.

MG Terry: It was enjoyable for me as well.

Jon: Lead with Courage Sir.

MG Terry: To the Top



Editor's note. This interview was done on 3 Nov 2009 over the phone and
it took appx 40 minutes.

10 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily roundup

NY Post Report Says Fort Drum is Essential to Troop Increase for ObamaVideo report on WWNY TV about how the 10th Mountain will fit into any Obama surge in Afghanistan.

Events will honor veterans across north country this week
Listing of Veterans day ceremonies in the North country, including an event on Ft Drum.

JOHN BOGERT: Aunt turns loss of Joseph Anzack into gain for his fellow soldiers
Relative of fallen Ft Drum soldier gives students opportunity to thank soldiers for their service and sacrifices.

Purple Heart recipients share a special bond
Story on how uncle and nephew share bond of having shed blood for their country in combat.

Fort Drum Press Releases

November 9, 2009

Media Advisory

Release Number : 0911-03

Fort Drum Public Affairs

Official welcome home ceremony for the 10th Sustainment Brigade

FORT DRUM, NY -- The 10th Sustainment Brigade headquarters will uncase
its colors and be officially welcomed home 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at
Magrath Gym here.

The 10th Sustainment Brigade recently completed a 12 month deployment in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. Gen. James Terry, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum commanding
general, will give remarks at the ceremony.

Media interested in covering the event should be at the Media Operations
Center on Route 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.






November 9, 2009

Media Advisory

Release Number : 0911-03

Fort Drum Public Affairs

Official welcome home ceremony for the 10th Sustainment Brigade

FORT DRUM, NY -- The 10th Sustainment Brigade headquarters will uncase
its colors and be officially welcomed home 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at
Magrath Gym here.

The 10th Sustainment Brigade recently completed a 12 month deployment in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. Gen. James Terry, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum commanding
general, will give remarks at the ceremony.

Media interested in covering the event should be at the Media Operations
Center on Route 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

09 November 2009

10th Mountain Division Daily Roundup

Fort Drum officals to give updates at Lowville event
Officials from Fort Drum officials will hold a town hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the large group instruction room at Lowville Academy and Central School.


Fort Drum official to host info session at Gouverneur

Fort Drum's garrison commander, Col. Kenneth H. Riddle, will be at at Gouverneur High School to host a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Expert Infantryman Badge earned with skill and sweat
62 infantrymen from the 1st Brigade Combat Team received their EIB last Friday after a week of testing.

Maj. Gen. James L. Terry works to keep morale up at Fort Drum
Syracuse Times Reporter does article with MG Terry concerning casualties, deployments, and new equipment available for troops.

Keeping them warm
Mother gets aid from community to send hand knitted items to son assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

Memorial unveiled to honor veterans
Gold Star Mother of fallen Fort Drum soldier at ceremony to unveil memorial to soldiers in hometown

On-post child care center construction will start soon
In about 18 months, fort Drum will have another child care center available to the soldiers and dependents of Fort Drum to use.

07 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Monti ceremony off until spring
The Nov. 14 ceremony honoring war hero and Medal of Honor recipient Jared C. Monti has been postponed until next spring. However, the headstone will still be unveiled on Veterans Day.

06 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Drum chief urges NNY: prepare for deployments
10th Mountain Division commander urges local businesses to prepare for the economic impact if Ft Drum is tapped for surge in Afghanistan

Colonel: unit is making progress
3rd Brigade Combat Team commander speaks about the time left on unit's Afghanistan rotation, and letter to troops that ended up in USA Today.

Delta VSA supports local student veterans
10th Mountain Division soldier mentioned in San Joaquin Delta College paper.

05 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

RI guard tests new high-tech war weapon
Rhode Island National Guard's 103rd Brigade Field Artillery upgrades their weapons to new and improved equipment at Fort Drum.

Should Obama order Afghan war troop surge? Troops say maybe not.
10th Mountain division soldiers quoted in piece against surge in Afghanistan.

Unbeaten Westmoreland honors ex-Bulldog Boise
10th Mountain Division soldier and former football player serves as inspiration for local team in championship game

Jared Monti to be honored at Veterans Day ceremony
Medal of Honor winner to be honored with new gravestone on Veterans Day in his hometown, 10th Mountain Division commander MG Terry will be attending

Local veteran reflects on Iraq
Interview with 10th mountain soldier Pat Hoffman about his service in Iraq.

04 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Merrick & Company Awarded New Contracts
A contract for service at Ft drum was awarded to Merrick and Company for work at Ft drum. There Military & Government Facilities division will be handling the work.

03 November 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

The families on Obama's front line
BBC reporter travels to Ft Drum and looks at the repeated deloyments and how they have affected Ft Drum families.

COP Carwile Improves to Safely Accommodate TF Spartan Infantry Soldiers in Wardak
Story about D CO 2/87 and life on a Combat Outpost.

Logar Citizens Receive Veterinary Care for Livestock for First Time in Baraki Barak
Czech and 3/71 Cav soldiers provide security during mission to provide veterinary aid to livestock at the Baraki Barak District Center, Oct. 25.

02 November 2009

Interview with the General

Just a heads up for anyone who wants to know.

I will be conducting a phone interview with MG Terry in the next week and posting it to the blog in the near future.

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Artillerymen interact with local shopkeepers
Battery B Soldiers with 4/25 Field Artillery spoke to the local shopkeepers and interacted with the villagers of Zaywalat which is outside of Combat Outpost Garda, during a patrol on Oct. 24.

01 November 2009

31 October 2009

Robert K. Charlton

via ABC 50

A Fort Drum soldier has died in a hospital in Germany after a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan.

Spc. Robert K. Charlton, 22, of Malden, Missouri, died Tuesday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, according to military officials.

His injuries were sustained in Wardack, Afghanistan on October 23rd.

He joined the Army in July, 2007 and arrived at Fort Drum in November that year.

Spc. Charlton is survived by his mother and father.

You may also find additional coverage at the following webpages.
fox4kc.com
kfvs12.com
watertowndailytimes.com

30 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Heard Up North: Welcome home, Drum-style
NPR story about how we welcome home our returning soldiers at Fort Drum

Gen. Terry visits deployed troops
Watertown Daily Times recaps trip 10th Mountain CG took to Afghanistan last week.

First reported here and blogged by me on 27 Oct

Community Comes Together to Build Home for Wounded Warrior
Sgt. 1st Class Roy Mitchell receives new home from charitable organization

29 October 2009

28 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Around Tech Valley
Diverse Construction Group LLC, Redwood, won a $9,333,200 contract from the U.S. Army's National Guard Bureau in Latham for the construction of the Maneuver and Training Equipment Site Phase III at Fort Drum.

Afghans attacked by insurgents: Soldiers provide life-saving treatment, so that others may live
Medics from 1/32 Infantry treat local civilians injured during Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

25 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Rutgers Gameday
Army Black Knights Football team to wear 10th Mountain patches on their uniforms against Rutgers this weekend.

Task Force Mountain Warrior Continues to Assist Pakistani Refugees
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment spearhead effort to provide food, medical help, and shelter to Pakistanis who have fled their country into Afghanistan.


Give McChrystal a Fighting Chance
3-71 Cavalry Squadron operations in Baraki Barak given spotlight as part of argument to support increase in troops deployed to Afghanistan.

23 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Gouverneur sees big increase in kindergarten enrollment

Gouverneur Central School's Superintendent Christine J. LaRose states that Fort Drum families have led to increase in class sizes in lower grades when compared to previous year's totals.

22 October 2009

Daily Roundup


Stop-loss program pay now available

Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain and other military units are now eligible for a payment of $500.00 for every month that they were kept in the military under stop loss orders.

U.S. forces struggle with Washington’s perceptions and reality in Afghanistan
10th Mountain soldiers attempt to continue mission in Afghanistan with an increasing burden of regulations from Pentagon and White House.

20 October 2009

Fort Drum Daily Roundup

Brigade returns after year in Iraq
Soldiers of 10th Sustainment Brigade participate in redeployment ceremony at Fort Drum to celebrate return from Iraq.

Families 'Walk to Iraq' for physical, mental health
Family members of 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Family Readiness Group formally begin effort to log 5,896 miles of walking to maintain fitness and show support for deployed troops.

Send 50,000 troops to ensure victory, bring fighters home
USA today Letters to the Editor concerning 10th Mountain troops in Afghanistan and letter from Spartan Brigade commander to troops.

Combat's positive effects examined
Researchers from University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program study positive mental health effects from combat deployments.

On patrol with the roadside bomb hunters in Afghanistan
Combat Engineers assist 2/87 Infantry locate and disarm roadside bombs.

17 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Local Paragraphs
The U.S. Army's Contracting Agency, North Region, based at Fort Drum, awarded a $349,750 contract for a motorcycle simulator to Simulator Systems International Inc. Tulsa, Okla.

16 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Candidates differ on strategy to pursue in Afghanistan
Candidates for House seat that represents Fort Drum comment on their ideas about Afghanistan policy.

Army Brigade Will Not Go to Iraq in January as Scheduled
Due to success in stabilization of Iraq, 1st BCT orders for deployment are cancelled.

Commander's letter tackles troops' morale in Afghanistan
3rd BCT commander, Col. David Haight, sends letter to troops after unit's Chaplain advises him of concerns about mission

Colonel to troops: 'I'm proud of you'
Col. David Haight's letter to the troops

15 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Task Force Muleskinners Depart
10th Sustainment Brigade completes duties at Camp Taji, Iraq and transfers mission to Utah based 96th Sustainment Brigade.

Soldier show entertains at Drum
Recap of event at Fort Drum's McGrath gym.

Afghan National Security Forces, ISAF Partnership Increases Road Safety in Wardak
Afghan national security forces and soldiers from 2/87 Infantry conduct security checkpoints in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

14 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Legion posts assemble kits for returning soldiers
Jefferson County American Legion posts band together to make sure that troops returning from deployment have necessary cleaning and hygiene supplies for use in the immediate days after return to Fort Drum.

US military says Afghan force numbers no secret
Pentagon says it doesn't hide number of troops being deployed to combat areas, includes references to Fort Drum soldiers in Afghanistan

Army Family Covenant and U.S. Army Soldier Show Oct. 14
U.S. Army Soldier Show wil be performing on October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex for Fort Drum soldiers and Families.

13 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

More Fort Drum Soldiers Return Home
550 soldiers from the 10th Aviation Brigade return home after their latest deployment

Talking to the Taliban
10th Mountain division soldiers change focus and look to convince Taliban fighters to stop fighting and integrate into Afghan society.

Sharpshooter from Norwalk describes deadly Taliban battle
Story about Oct 3 battle in Afghanistan that involved Sgt. Derek Brookshire, who told family about it via instant messaging with his brother.

ANA, U.S. Forces conduct Operation Wake Forest
Combined Joint Task Force 82 story about Afghan National Army and U.S. forces who cordoned off the village to search for enemy combatants.

U.S. Army police mentor team, provides aid, training to ANP
3rd BSTB soldiers provide Afghan Police with first aid training.

Dogs of war: Carlotta native trying to take pets home
Story about Fort Drum soldier who is attempting to bring two dogs from Afghanistan to the US.

Officers attend penal law seminarFort Drum police receive training from state Division of Criminal Justice Services about how to identify and prosecute human trafficking.

11 October 2009

short vacation

I will be back on Tuesday, Oct 13.

09 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Candor Town Talk: Candor soldier showered with love
Soldier returning from Iraq deployment received welcome home from friends and neighbors in his hometown.

Chaplains tell of disillusionment among US troops
Soldiers showing stress of repeated deployments begin to ask questions about mission in Iraq.

US Dept of Defense - Division Commander Focuses on Immediate, Future Fights
MG Terry looks at communications with other division commands to better transition between units in future Afghanistan deployments.

08 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Defense bill includes $92M for Fort Drum
The federal budget for the next fiscal year includes money for several projects for Fort Drum that were included by former rep John McHugh

US soldiers pay the price for extended tours of duty in Afghanistan
Article looking at length of tours for soldiers in combat zone and their time at home between deployments.

07 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

300 Fort Drum soldiers return home from Iraq
10th Avn Bde soldiers welcomed home after Iraq deployment.

Disenfranchised by Dave and
Military ballots at risk in New York's special election
Commentary about possible problems with having votes of deployed soldiers counted in special election for seat of former Rep. John McHugh, now Sec of the Army




06 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Ithaca band Bone Jar to play at Fort Drum
Ithaca hard rock band Bone Jar will be at the 2nd BCT motorpool, Bldg P-10192 on Thursday, 08 Oct to play for deploying 2nd BCT members. It starts at 2 PM.

Soldiers Say Success Depends on Afghan Forces
NY Daily News reporter Stephanie Gaskell with story reporting several soldiers in Afghanistan are asking that more Afghans are trained to do the missions that they are currently engaged in. Quotes from 10th mountain soldiers in the story.

Elmira Heights soldier wounded in Afghanistan attackSoldier wounded in same attack that kiled Sgt. Aaron Smith identified in his hometown paper.

05 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

No news other than that of Sgt Smith's passing

04 October 2009

Aaron M. Smith

Via DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Oct. 2 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit using small arms fire.

Killed were:

Sgt. Aaron M. Smith, 25, of Manhattan, Kan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Pfc. Brandon A. Owens, 21, of Memphis, Tenn. He was assigned to the 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information regarding Sgt. Smith, media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 778-5759; regarding Pfc.Owens, media may contact the XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at (910) 309-2843.

Also see 9SYR.com
Syracuse Post
Soldier From Manhattan Killed In Afghanistan
Fort Drum soldier killed in Afghanistan
Kansas soldier from Drum is killed in Afghanistan

03 October 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Fruitless battle against invisible insurgents of Badam Kalay
UK Times story about 2/87 Inf battle against Taliban forces.

Fort Drum Blizzard news
Post community honors retiring Soldiers
Eleven members of Fort Drum Community retire from active duty.

Fix or repair daily - Mechanics keep Blackhawk running
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry mechanics given spotlight in effort to keep unit mobile.

Quick reaction force serves as guardians, ambassadors of peace
277th Aviation Support Battalion soldiers fill infantry role as QRF at Contingency Operating Base Speicher

02 October 2009

Colin G. Knight

Via Summit Daily News of Frisco, Colorado

Medically retired 10th Mountain division soldier passed away in Syracuse NY on August 29th, 2009. He will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Nov. 17.

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Hearts and minds
Soldier tries to win over Afghans

Story about Jewish 10th Mountain Division soldier deployed to Afghanistan
Tattoos and the Army: a long and colorful tradition
Article about how tattoos are used by soldiers to identify who they are and what they have done, several 10th Mountain soldiers quoted in article.

30 September 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Military voters may be shut out in special election for N.Y.'s 23rd Congressional District
Former Justice Department Official who enforced the federal Voting Rights Act has concerns that Gov Patterson's deadline for special election doesn't give deployed voters time to receive and return absentee ballots.

US Dept of Defense - Commandos Set to Return to Dramatically Improved Iraq
Division commander makes obersations of change in Iraq since last time 2nd BCT deployed to the region.

Paying the price for a ‘moment of absent-mindedness’
Stars and Striples article about Sgt. David Breeden who returned from deployment and was convicted of animal abuse after killing two dogs in his garage.

Military life consultants start at two area schools
Carthage and Indian River central school districts officially welcome counselors to assist students whose family members and friends are deployed.

Large crowd welcomes home twin soldiers
Wounded soldier from 10th Mountain Division is a guest of honor at a welcome home party in KING CITY, Mo.

29 September 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Drum bids soldiers farewell
Fort Drum holds deployment ceremony for 2nd BCT, which is to deploy to Iraq for a 12 month rotation.

Sex assault conviction a shocking end to military career
Story about Fort Drum familywho was affected by the actions of service member with his neice.

28 September 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup (27-28 Sept)

Soldiers get EMS training before deployment to Iraq
Fort Drum medics receive an emergency medical technician training program in Clark Mills NY.

Despite changes, a couple’s commitment is constant
Stars and Stripes article about a soldier and wife from Fort Drum and their port deployment adjustments.

A family at odds with the system and a sick child in need of care
Stars and Stripes story about a Fort Drum soldier's battle with Tricare to get medical care for his son who has MD.

Single dad looking for a way to provide a home for his son
Stars and Stripes story about a single parent soldier assigned to Fort Drum.

Sea Girt camp offers R&R for wounded warriors
Wounded Fort Drum soldiers get a trip to the Jersey Shore for the weekend thanks to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Soldiers in Afghanistan rap on MRAPs
Comments from 10th Mountain soldiers in Afghanistan on the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles

Drum housing needs assessed
Conversations at the quarterly Jefferson County Job Development Corp breakfast focused on upcoming housing needs for Fort Drum due to expected troop movements.

26 September 2009

25 September 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

Ceremony honors six soldiers killed in Afghanistan
The names of six recent casualties are added to the Memorial Garden adjacent Division Headquarters on Fort Drum.

Frustration mounts in Afghanistan for soldiers from Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division
2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment's Bravo Company is the focus of a NY Daily News Story about how they have seen a spike in casualties due to IEDs in Afghanistan.

High Speed Dirt: 3-71 sling loaders enjoy rush of selfless-service
Spotlight given to resupply efforts done by 10th Mountain Division's 3/71 Cav in Afghanistan.

10th Mtn. Div. Soldiers Remember, Rededicate Outpost for Latest Medal of Honor Recipient
Soldiers from Company C, 1/32 Infantry and Troop B, 3/71 Cavalry rededicate a Combat Outpost in Afghanistan to SFC Jared Monti

24 September 2009

10th Mountain Daily Roundup

SERVING THE NATION: Kaleb A. Kumpula
Willits CA newspaper article about soldier being assigned to the 10th Mountain Division after completing Basic Training.

INJURED SOLDIERS HIT POOL
Watertown Daily Times article concerning new Physical Therapy regimen being offered to injured soldiers at Fort Drum.

23 September 2009

21 September 2009

Daily Roundup (20-21 Sept)

Soldier returns from Iraq to wed in Syracuse, just before his twins are born
Deployed soldier able to return early from Iraq to be wed in hospital


Soldiers' brain injuries from blasts in Afghanistan take a toll

NY Daily News story on how TBI injuries are affecting a unit in Afghanistan

U.S. troops in Afghanistan react to Gen. McChrystal report that war is unwinable without more forces
Gen. Stanley McChrystal states more troops needed for Afghanistan, 10th Mountain soldier quoted in article

Jeremiah Monroe

Via U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Jeremiah J. Monroe, 31, of Niskayuna, N.Y., died Sept. 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-7267.

More stories about Pfc. Monroe can be located here.
The Post Star
9WSYR.com
Wten.com

Funeral of Pfc. Jeremiah Monroe covered by local newspaper

18 September 2009

Daily Roundup

President Obama awards posthumous Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti
NY Daily News article by Stephanie Gaskell and Richard Sisk about SFC Monti


Implementing 'Smart Power' in Afghanistan Poses Challenge for the US
Article about how the change in Afghanistan strategy is affecting soldiers, includes comments from 10th Mountain soldiers.

Jared Monti’s soldiers watched him give his life, and it changed theirs
Story about how SFC Monti died and how it affected some of the men who were with him at that time.

Troops in field memorialize Medal of Honor recipient
Story about 10th Mountain soldiers at the dedication of Combat Operating Base Monti.

Medal of Honor Ceremony remarks
The President's remarks from the Medal of Honor presentation for SFC Monti

16 September 2009

Daily Roundup

Anti-war dad says it's time for soldier son to leave Afghanistan
NY Daily News article about father of 10th Mountain Division soldier currently deployed to Afghanistan

NCCC Tunes4Troops first shipment arrives in Afghanistan
Charity sends first shipment of DVDs and CDs to deployed troops, charity was given idea by chaplain assigned to Ft Drum

Bremerton Man Will Join President for Medal of Honor Presentation
Veteran of combat mission that earned SFC Monti the Medal of Honor to attend presentation ceremony
 
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