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:

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.
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