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.

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.
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