30 December 2010

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Families Bear Brunt of Deployment Strains
Life changed for Shawn Eisch with a phone call last January. His youngest brother, Brian, a soldier and single father, had just received orders to deploy from Fort Drum, N.Y., to Afghanistan and was mulling who might take his two boys for a year. Shawn volunteered.

HOUSING WITH A HISTORY
LERAY MANSION: Room fees help Fort Drum building maintain upkeep

FAMILIES CELEBRATE GIFT OF LIFE
CHRISTMAS BABIES: North country mothers receive special holiday deliveries

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10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Historical Collection gives us pictures from the past and news about hours for the rest of the year.

2-30 Infantry Battalion gives us a couple of articles about the Bn in action.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV lets us know about an upcoming redeployment briefing and requests info for childcare needs.

Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cav, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Div., Fort Polk, LA has pictures and news from Afghanistan.

2nd BN 22nd INF has several posts with pictures from the redeployment of the Bn from Afghanistan.

Fort Drum Boss lets us know about some upcoming changes to hours.

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1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV has a message from the Bn Commander and pictures of the unit.

Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cav, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Div., Fort Polk, LA has Holiday wishes and news about an event with Operation Homefront and the New Orleans Hornets.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division has a Youtube video for us from some troops in Afghanistan.

10TH Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York has some old pictures and some new ones as well.

26 December 2010

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ARMED FORCES
Army Specialist Jason M. Fox, a 2008 graduate of Chaney High School, was deployed from Fort Polk, La., to Afghanistan in October. Fox is the son of Karen and Jim Fox and brother of Ashley Fox, all of Youngstown, and grandson of Carol and Bud Dubiel of Poland.

Petraeus pays 'Christmas visit' to troops

News: New ANP Recruits Graduate in Baghlan province

25 December 2010

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1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV has a message from the Bn Commander and pictures of the unit.

Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cav, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Div., Fort Polk, LA has Holiday wishes and news about an event with Operation Homefront and the New Orleans Hornets.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division has a Youtube video for us from some troops in Afghanistan.

10TH Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York has some old pictures and some new ones as well.

Volunteers offer military personnel comfort at Hancock Airport

WTU cadre work together to heal wounded warriors

Lufkin soldier stationed in Afghanistan home for the holidays

News: ANSF, IASF combine efforts to prevent VBIED attack

Soldier, family sends care packages to troops in remote locations
Pope John Paul II once said that "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."

As a nation at war a lot is asked of soldiers. One of the most difficult things soldiers are asked to do is to leave their families for up to a year, so soldiers often rely upon their families and strangers to send them care packages to bring them joy in these trying times.

U.S. Army Pfc. Cody Smith, an intelligence analyst with Headquarters Support Company, Task Force Mountain Eagle, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, and his family have decided to contribute to Operation Enduring Freedom in their own way.

Komets fan eager to get Kare packages
Bracken Douglas' favorite place in the world to be is in Memorial Coliseum whenever the Fort Wayne Komets are playing.

“During then, I don't worry about any of my troubles,” he said. “I just have as much fun as possible, and that's all that matters. I always enjoy spending time with my friends and family inside the wonderful coliseum.”

The 2001 Homestead graduate is a sergeant in the United States Army, currently somewhere in Afghanistan. He serves with the 1-87 Infantry out of the 10th mountain division from Fort Drum, N.Y.

TF Patriot Soldiers, PRT reach out to children at Afghan orphanage

Elkhart solider rings in donations during Christmas leave
No one asked Private Dobbs to stand outside in the cold for three hours. Instead, he came up with the idea one evening in his army barrack.

News: USO tour celebrities visit FOB Shank Soldiers

'A LOT OF GREAT STUFF' and NBC TODAY Show - Military Moms-to-be Get Holiday Salute
TODAY’s special series “Getting to the Heart of Christmas” continues with a look on what life is like for moms at Fort Drum Army base in upstate New York, plus a special surprise: a baby shower for 100 expectant mothers there.

20 December 2010

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Fort Drum soldiers' special mission: Go home for the holidays and relax

Returning soldiers given welcome
CEREMONY AT DRUM: 200 members of 2nd Battalion come home from Afghanistan duty

Leesville Mayor's Youth Council tour Fort Polk
Members of the Leesville Mayor’s Youth Council experienced a day at Fort Polk with a windshield tour led by Community Relations Officer Tresa Lawson.

Battalion practices ahead of deployment
A 10th Mountain Division battalion preparing to deploy to Afghanistan has a new addition to its Taliban-fighting arsenal: the "Peace Train."

Aboard will be influential residents in rural Afghan communities who tend to favor the Taliban to American forces and the Afghan government. Members of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment will transport the new leaders to a district capital, much like a county seat, and give them positions in the government, so they have representation for their people and direct access to the district governor.

Partnered forces target Taliban in Helmand
A partnered Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed several insurgents during an operation targeting two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan's Helmand province yesterday, military officials reported.

The two Taliban leaders are active in facilitating and conducting attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces, officials said.

19 December 2010

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1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV gives us photos from Afghanistan and a story as well of 2nd Platoon, D-Co helping the Afghanistan people.

18 December 2010

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Fort Polk announces pending command change
Brig. Gen. James C. Yarbrough, commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, will relinquish command in a change of command ceremony Jan. 7 to Brig. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn. The public ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Honor Field at the Vernon Parish post.

10th Mountain Division Soldiers Send Holiday Love From Afar
MyABC50.com is proud to bring you holiday greetings from our dedicated U.S. Army, 10th Mountain Division Soldiers that are deployed during this holiday season.

Fort Drum soldiers pitch in at soup kitchen to fight hunger; others help at the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army,
US soldiers serve breakfast at the Samaritan Center
U.S. Army Sgt. Victor Velasquez, who recently returned from a 10-month tour of duty in Iraq, served a stint this morning at a soup kitchen in downtown Syracuse.

As Velasquez and 14 other soldiers from Fort Drum dished out oatmeal and other breakfast food at the Samaritan Center at 310 Montgomery St., several hungry guests thanked them for their military service. The volunteer experience was a morale booster for Velasquez.

USO tour visits with troops at FOB Fenty

Local Meets with soldier
A former teacher recently visited a local solider who was wounded while serving his country abroad.

Brian Bradley, of St. Marys, suffered severe injuries Nov. 24 while serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan. He is currently recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center in Alexandria, Va. Ronda Shelby, Bradley’s former eighth grade language arts teacher, said she had the opportunity to visit him in Virginia earlier this week.

Local Paragraphs
The Magrath Sports Complex gym and track areas will be closed from Wednesday to Feb. 4 because of construction.

News: COP Charkh Soldiers celebrate Catholic Mass
Soldiers assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, celebrated Catholic Mass at Combat Outpost Charkh here Dec. 10.

This was the first Mass offered at COP Charkh since August due to the non-availability of a Catholic chaplain.

Receiving recognition
Army 1st Lt. Jacob A. Keplar, who is serving in Afghanistan, recently received the Bronze Star Medal from Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, for meritorious service in connection with military operations.

News: TF Storm Soldiers work to secure local economy
As the mountain infantrymen vigilantly patrolled the streets of Charkh’s bazaar Dec. 11, the sounds of the metal store gates slamming open and children laughing increased along with the positive outlook of the village’s security.

Task Force Storm Soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment along with Afghan National Security Forces are providing around-the-clock security to keep insurgent influence and forces out of the bazaar.

Aviation life support shop ensures safety
Aviation Soldiers can perform their job on a daily basis without concern as to the functionality of their lifesaving equipment thanks to Task Force Phoenix’s aviation life support equipment shop at Bagram Airfield.

“The best thing about our job is that, in the end, we save lives,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Buck Atkin, Company D, 3rd Battalion, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, ALSE noncommissioned officer in charge.

A mother honors her son's family's sacrifice
Marianne O'Leary of Sunderland has her son and his family on her mind this holiday season. And as she made her annual donation to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund, she wanted to honor their sacrifice.

Brian M. O'Leary, 34, and his wife, Monica K. O'Leary, also 34, both serve in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. Brian is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., where he lives with the couple's four children: Brian, 15, Jarrius, 12, Annette-Elizabeth, 6, and Patrick, 3. He has completed three tours of duty, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Monica O'Leary is currently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, her third tour of duty. She has served twice in Iraq.

Carrying on the Tradition
Soldiers from Task Force Tigershark, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment,10th Mountain Division, received their combat patches during a brief ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno Dec. 5, marking their first 30 days serving in a war zone.

The combat patch was started by the Army during World War II and remains a time-honored tradition for Soldiers who have served in combat operations.

Soldiers' housing allowances to rise 2.7%
FORT DRUM — While the 2011 housing allowance for Fort Drum soldiers will rise overall by 2.7 percent, the rates for some ranks will decrease.

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Fort Drum Fmwr has info about New Year's Eve parties and Christmas celebrations on post.

2nd BN 22nd INF has pictures from the welcome home ceremony.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division has pictures from the Quarterly Award Ceremony Dec. 10,2010 and tells us that 2nd BCT Dinning Facility wins Fort Drum Best Serving Line.

Ft Drum USO has pictures from the 12.15.10 RDF Redeployment of 2-22.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division tells us about Spc. Alan Bakula, of Flagstaff, Arizona, who was recently cited for Valor while in Afghanistan. we also hear about Sgt. 1st Class Dean Lee, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Spc. Michael Gannon, of Pinehurst, Calif., who also received awards in Afghanistan.

2nd BN 22nd IN has pictures from the Welcome home Ceremony.

15 December 2010

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The Fallen

TF Patriot Honors Fallen Comrade 1LT Scott Milley

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Army medic recovering after being shot in back
Asoldier from Jackson will celebrate a happy new year at the end of the month, happy to be alive after being shot by the enemy while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Pfc. Andrew Taylor, 22, of Jackson, is recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., from a wound he received after being shot in the back while performing his duties as a medic.

Taylor, who is assigned to Charlie Company in Afghanistan, was wounded in November. When he spoke with Greater Media Newspapers last week, he was hoping to be home for Christmas and to return to duty by February.

News: Love and War: Two couples thoughts on dual-military marriage

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Fort Polk MWR Tells us of a Christmas tree offer. Visit them for more info.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division also has a story on military couples in a combat zone that is a must read.

14 December 2010

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The Fallen

News: TF Patriot honors fallen comrade

Jeff Adair: Let us not forget our soldiers

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The Mountaineer Online

Fort Polk Guardian

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New PT program develops battle skills, warrior tasks

Scenes of Troop Life, in the Round

Military spouse tuition program starts up again

3 Ft. Polk soldiers to receive Soldier Medal
Three Ft. Polk soldiers will receive the military’s highest honor for an act of valor in a non-combat situation at a ceremony to be held December 15 at 10 a.m. on post.

Specialist Coty W. Clare, Specialist Ryan C. Guillot and Sergeant Stuart A. Fredieu, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment will receive the award for their actions in saving the life of a person involved in single vehicle accident.

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division brings us several pictures from Afghanistan of the 10th CAB and 1/87's change of command ceremony.

12 December 2010

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For a wounded soldier, a mom keeps fighting

Cyclist on a mission cruises through Eufaula, Georgetown

Task Force Warrior Takes On Afghan Training Role
With the ceremonial uncasing of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, colors embellished with streamers representing service in every major American campaign since the War of 1812, “Task Force Warrior” assumed the Afghan training and advisory mission of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, (“Triple Deuce”) 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Dec. 11.

Red Cross visits injured troops in D.C.
They will also be visiting a Fort Drum-based soldier, Brian Eisch. The local Red Cross “adopted” Eisch’s platoon, which was deployed to Afghanistan back in the spring as part of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, 87th Infantry Battalion.

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Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cav, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Div., Fort Polk, LA has pictures from their Christmas party.

10TH Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York tells us about the Presidents recent visit to 10th CAB Soldiers at Bagram Airfield.

Fort Polk MWR tells us about a party at the MWR building and also has an incoming family asking a question about schools. anyone who can help, please pop over and let them know.

2-30 Infantry Battalion has several posts with pictures from the recent Christmas Party.

11 December 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen

Adair: Let us not forget
He had a bubbly personality. He was active in his church. He played the violin and loved to sing. In August of 2009, he joined the U.S. Army, and this past October was deployed to Afghanistan.

His name was Devon J. Harris. He wanted to be a history teacher after the service. Going in the military was a way to get the funds to further his education. Last month, those dreams were cut short.

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1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIVgives us news and photos on their page.

Task Force Spartangives us photos from the 710 BSB NCO Induction Ceremony.

10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Historical Collection

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The Mountaineer Online

Fort Polk Guardian

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Air Force radio connects kids to Santa
SETUP AT SHERMAN: Letters answered over the air courtesy of squadron stationed at Drum

Fraternity collects ‘Donations for the Deployed’ soldiers

The Mountain View News 6 Dec.

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The Fallen

Adair: Let us not forget
He had a bubbly personality. He was active in his church. He played the violin and loved to sing. In August of 2009, he joined the U.S. Army, and this past October was deployed to Afghanistan.

His name was Devon J. Harris. He wanted to be a history teacher after the service. Going in the military was a way to get the funds to further his education. Last month, those dreams were cut short.

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1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIVgives us news and photos on their page.

Task Force Spartangives us photos from the 710 BSB NCO Induction Ceremony.

10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Historical Collection

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The Mountaineer Online

Fort Polk Guardian

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Air Force radio connects kids to Santa
SETUP AT SHERMAN: Letters answered over the air courtesy of squadron stationed at Drum

Fraternity collects ‘Donations for the Deployed’ soldiers















07 December 2010

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The Fallen

Sudbury Ranger was a 'kind, gentle soul'

Funeral plans for Sudbury soldier finalized

Editorial: Lt. Milley's honor and sacrifice

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Folsom 4-H students get special visit
Members of the 4-H St. Tammany Agriculture and Livestock club were surprised at their November meeting when former member Pvt. Matthew McGee, assigned to the 3rd Bridgade of the 10th Mountain Army Infantry Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., made an unexpected visit.

Woman sends packages to Fremont soldier
A local woman's efforts to send packages to soldiers overseas now includes a Fremont man.

For more than a year, Sherry Greenway has collected funds and items to send to soldiers in Afghanistan. She's had help from local churches, civic groups and individuals. By November, she had mailed more than 30 packages. When she requested money for postage to send another 19 packages, Greenway said she received good response from local residents.

"We've had some generous donations," the Fremont woman said. "There are some wonderful people in this town."

Now, Greenway has found a local soldier to whom she can send packages. He is PFC Jeffery Wilkey, 4th Brigade, Unit 2/30, 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army. Wilkey is stationed in Afghanistan. His parents are Shana and Nelson Wilkey of Fremont.

Three Polk soldiers to receive highest non-combat honor
The highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation will be presented to three Fort Polk soldiers Dec. 15 at the Bayou Theater here.
Spc. Coty W. Clare, Spc. Ryan C. Guillot and Sgt. Stuart A. Fredieu, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, will be presented the Soldier's Medal during an award ceremony at 10 a.m.

Presents for Parachutes and Presents for Parachutes
Family and friends looked on Thursday morning as soldiers from the Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group parachuted in support of Presents for Parachutes at the Fullerton training area of Fort Polk.
Soldiers participating in the jump were asked to donate an unwrapped gift which would support the Beauregard Community Action Association Christmas Angel Tree. Lt. Col. Rob Griggs was also promoted from the rank of major in a ceremony immediately following the jump. Winkie Branch, executive director of Beauregard Community Action Association was on hand for the event.

Local farms, Trees for Troops assist in military families' Christmas
Bearing handmade holiday ornaments from area schoolchildren, more than 100 Christmas trees were loaded up Monday to be shipped to military families this morning.

As part of the Trees for Troops project, about 12 local tree growers donated the trees, mostly Frasier and Balsam varieties known to hold their needles for at least a month. Some of the farmers and several elected officials from the area stood in the open fields at Ellms Tree Farm to show support for the members of the New York Army National Guard 42nd Infantry, based in Troy, who loaded the carefully wrapped trees into an enormous FedEx truck. The shipping company donates its services to send trees from 29 states to destinations such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Bravo Troop, 3/89 Cav, 4th Brigade 10th Mountain Div., Fort Polk, LAgives us news of an event, go check their page for more info.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Divisiontells us about an assignment for Sgt. Maj. Dobbs. Click their name to find out who he is with now.

04 December 2010

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The Fallen
Ribbon campaign in Sudbury to welcome home fallen soldier


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Larger homes eyed for post

Two mothers, one prayer

News: Band of Brothers grandson carries on airborne tradition
Even at 80 years old, Frederick “Moose” Heyliger was an enormous man, according to his grandson who serves with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade.

First Sgt. Mark D. Heyliger, first sergeant of Company B, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment is often asked by young soldiers who “put two and two together” and ask the veteran of five deployments if he knows “that guy in that movie” and he says yes he does.

03 December 2010

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The Fallen
Lt. Scott Milley


Funeral arrangements being made for soldier from Sudbury

Kin bringing home Sudbury soldier, 23

2 Dec

Soldiers prepare to work with Afghan populace

Leahy launches pilot program for injured Guard members
The U.S. Army Medical Command has begun implementing a new first-in-the-nation medical pilot program for returning members of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which includes most of the line-of-duty injuries among the 1,300 Vermont National Guard members who are returning from deployments in Afghanistan.

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The Army has based this pilot program out of Fort Drum, New York, so the majority of Vermont soldiers will be nearer to home even while they remain in-patients or while they receive out-patient care in the WTU.

Face of Defense: Wife, Mother Serves for Family, Country, My ABC 50: Soldier, wife, mother serves for protection of family, country
When Army Sgt. Autumn Hughes re-enlisted at Bagram Airfield on Nov. 23, she renewed her commitment to the Army while remaining dedicated to her role as a wife and mother.

This was the second re-enlistment for the 25-year-old Keyser, W.Va., native, currently assigned to Task Force Phoenix with the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Tree farms send Christmas cheer to troops

3 Dec
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2nd BN 22nd INF has new pictures on their page.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIVreminds us of an event at the Commons. Check the wall for more info.

News
Holiday greetings from Video: 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan.

Noon Interview: Holiday Tour Of Homes On Fort Drum

Residents pull together to support soldiers
HHC, 1-10 ATK BN, 10th Mountain Division receives care packages from home after thieves ransack their Connex in Afghanistan.

Fort Drum apologizes for explosion last month

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Red Cross team visits wounded soldiers
Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Eisch gets a visit while recovering Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Eisch at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from woulds received in combat.

Watertown Holds Christmas Tree Lighting on Public Square
Several Ft Drum soldiers Interviewed.

Local kid reporter focuses on Fort Polk
Kid reporter Tori Feaster, 12, likes to take advantage of any opportunity to write a story, she said. It's a good thing, because those opportunities are about to multiply for the Vernon Middle School sixth grader.
Feaster was recently tapped by Scholastic News to become a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, a team of about 50 reporters, ages 10-14, who report on current events, breaking news, entertainment and sports events from their hometowns across the country. Feaster said the appointment was a dream come true.

Platoon Sergeants Are The Engines of Every Mission

02 December 2010

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No news posted due to the death of Lt Milley.

1st. Lt. Scott F. Milley

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

1st. Lt. Scott F. Milley, 23, of Sudbury, Mass., died Nov. 30 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.


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01 December 2010

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Trees for Troops
Troops receiving firs courtesy of Stephens, other area tree farms


Fort Drum Unit Honored In Afghanistan

Hey, hey — they’re on the way!
Group that makes pillows for troops announces that they have will ship these 500 (including our 8,000th field pillow) to the soldiers with 2-4 Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, who are based out of FT Polk, Louisiana.

Drum soldiers, Afghan village elders work together
This is the second of a two-part story on the 10th Mountain Division's 1-71st Cavalry Squadron's counterinsurgency efforts in the Dand Province of Afghanistan.


Tree farm finds out that their donated trees are being shipped to Ft Polk, La.

Military: Pvt. Wesley Stull
Article on soldier assigned to 4th BCT of 10th Mountain Division.

30 November 2010

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Platoon making best of outpost situation
A platoon of 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment soldiers from Fort Drum live austerely in the shadow of the Fish Mountains.

When they arrived at Combat Outpost Thiener earlier this year, they lived under the Dand District sun, out of a cluster of armored trucks, protected only by earthen berms. Today, conditions here are slightly improved, but the soldiers enjoy none of the amenities of personnel living on huge bases in the rear.

News: Coalition continues school supply delivery in Faryab province
Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, are continuing the delivery of more than $50,000 in school supplies to students in Faryab.

The pens, paper and book bags were purchased on the local economy with Commander’s Emergency Response Program funds. In early October the contractor delivered more than 7,500 book bags filled with notebooks and pens.

New Sgt. Audie Murphy inductees celebrated
The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk chapter of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club –– Bayou Chapter –– awards induction ceremony was held Nov. 4 at Bayou Theater.

The four noncommissioned officers on stage stood out as they were inducted into the Bayou chapter: Sgt. 1st Class David Dean, 162nd Infantry Brigade; Sgt. 1st Class Michael Saner, 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; Sgt. Christy Bennett, Noncommissioned Officer Academy; and Sgt. Kelly Yates, 115th Combat Support Hospital.

Fort Polk Combat Advisors Home
Six soldiers recently turned in their weapons to Alpha Company, 6th Battalion, 353rd Infantry Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade in November after a nine-month deployment as combat advisors in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Ft Drum MWR gives us rates for equipment rentals.


1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division tells us about Triple Deuce Awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer

Triple Deuce has pictures from end of tour award ceremonies and Thanksgiving day.

Press Release- “Triple Deuce” Exceeds Expectations with Afghan National Army

KABUL, Afghanistan - Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus arrived at the Kabul Military Training Center on November 27 to present a Meritorious Unit Commendation to the 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment (Triple Deuce) 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Triple Deuce received the award for their exemplary execution of their combat and advisory mission to the Afghan National Army. Petraeus applauded the accomplishments of the unit and shared his appreciation for their success. “It is great to be with Soldiers who have responded exceptionally to this non-standard mission,” he said.

The history of the Triple Deuce can be traced back to the War of 1812 when the original regiment was formed. The regiment has been present in numerous conflicts: Spanish American War, Philippines Insurrection, Vietnam, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Historically, it is rare for a unit to receive an award of this nature while still in theater performing the mission. Typically, it takes six months to one year to receive this award. However, their commitment enabled them to complete the mission far beyond expectations. Triple Deuce was the only battalion with the capability to accomplish this mission.

The unit initially prepared for a different mission but when they arrived in January they received a new task. Their new mission placed the responsibility of training and advising more than 70 percent of the Afghan National Army across 18 locations throughout Afghanistan.

"The 2-22 IN Battalion was a game changer for NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan," said Deputy Commander General-Army, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan and Commander, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton.

Along with executing the combat and advisory mission across the country, Triple Deuce also manned Personal Security Detachments for Regional Support Commands in Bagram, Kandahar, Her’at, Kabul, Mazar-E-Sharif, Ghazni, Khost, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Wardak and Logar provinces, all areas of intense enemy activity. These detachments conducted daily patrols providing critical support for Afghan National Security Force infrastructure.

In the past year, Triple Deuce revamped the training mission allowing ANA to meet recruitment goals earlier than planned and assisted in improving the quality of the graduating recruits. Col. Mohammad Hashim, ANA deputy of Training and Education Affairs is pleased with the units’ efforts. “They introduced and brought a new standard of training to ANA, they made big improvements from how things were done previously,” he said.

Since their deployment began Triple Deuce has improved training for more than 50,000 ANA soldiers, officers, and non-commissioned officers nationwide. Due to the efforts of the Triple Deuce, the ANA is now capable of carrying out complex operations with little to no assistance.

“Deeds not words” is the motto of Triple Deuce. Their accomplishments at Kabul Military Training Center show the unit lives by their motto. Army Capt. Daniel A. Gregory, Charlie Company commander reflected on the improvements he witnessed within the ANA. “The ANA completely runs the Basic Rifle Marksmanship training with a 98 percent qualification rate for every unit that passes through.”

The unit directed improvements of training in a variety of areas as well as in the development and oversight of projects supporting Afghan National Security Force. The efforts of Triple Deuce resulted in an increase of the quality as well as quantity of the ANA force. "This historic unit arrived in Afghanistan as the lead battalion of the first brigade of the surge ordered by President Obama,” said Patton. “They have performed magnificently over these last 12 months doing what would be considered a non-standard mission for a combat infantry battalion - training Afghan soldiers, NCOs, and officers, and building new units for the Afghan National Army.”

The success of the unit was not limited to the training of the ANA soldiers. Army Lt. Col. Michael J. Loos, Triple Deuce battalion commander, is pleased with the relationships that have been formed between the unit and the ANA. “We have built lasting friendships, this is the first deployment that I am sad to depart,” he said.

Hashim was sad to see Triple Deuce leave, “We are very appreciative to this unit. We have good relationships with them and they will always be in our hearts,” he said.

Triple Deuce will return to their home base at Fort Drum, N.Y. in time for the holidays.

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29 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Fort Drum Water Tower Revamped

Antonia sheds light on 4-10 mission
The Czech Republic Minister of Defense, Dr. Alexandr Vondra, spoke with Task Forces Patriot and Bayonet leaders while visiting the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6.
During his visit to the Czech PRT on Forward Operating Base Shank, Vondra sat down with Col. Bruce Antonia, commander of Fort Polk’s TF Patriot and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and Col. James Johnson, commander of TF Bayonet and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Vicenza, Italy.

News: Delivering School Supplies to Faryab Province
Just as children in the United States return to school in the fall, children in Afghanistan continue their education after a month-long break during Ramadan.

This year children returned in mid-September, and the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, took the opportunity to fulfill a need that is sought after regularly – school supplies.

Army medical profiles going to digital database
The Army's medical profiles are going digital in an effort to track and treat soldiers' injuries.

Handwritten notes from medical professionals that temporarily keep soldiers from performing physical tasks that might exacerbate their injuries sometimes get lost and aren't part of a searchable database.

The e-Profile program, which will come to Fort Drum once a pilot program ends this month, aims to fix that, Col. Kelly Wolgast, chief nurse executive of U.S. Army Medical Command, told Army News Service.

Youtube Video
Major General James L. Terry, Commander 10th MTN Div (LI) along with 205 HERO CORPS Afghan National Army Commanding General wish the Cadets a win over Navy.

Wednesday Pictures: Some Members Of Triple Deuce Come Home

From Facebook
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division gives us several stories today.
Soldiers increase communication capabilities, Delivering School Supplies to Faryab Province and Unify, Train the Police Force of Afghanistan

1-71 Cavalry "Ghost" Squadron also has 2 stories


2nd BN 22nd INF has several pictures from the welcome home ceremony, an end of tour award ceremony in Afghanistan and the rear detachment serving Thanksgiving dinner.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV has links to pictures of Alpha and Charlie Company in Afghanistan.

Pvt Devon J. Harris

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

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

Pvt. Devon J. Harris, 24, of Mesquite, Tex., died Nov. 27 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, at Ft. Polk, La.

For additional background information on this soldier, news media representatives may contact the Ft. Polk public affairs office at 337-531-7203.

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Press Release- Fort Drum Community kicks off Holiday Season Celebration

Fort Drum, NY – The Fort Drum community kicks off the 2010 annual Holiday season with a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremonies on December 1st beginning at 5:15pm. The event will be held just outside the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road.

The ceremony will be followed by a holiday party at Youth Services.

Media interested in covering the tree lighting should meet at the Media Operations Center on NY Route 26 at 4:30 p.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Kae Young, Public Affairs, 315-772-5463

28 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

News: Unify, train the police force of Afghanistan
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs


Vt statue honors members of Army ski division

News: ‘Triple Deuce’ Exceeds Expectations with Afghan National Army
Also known by the military as 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Independent film shooting in Leesville
Newlyweds David and Sunny Noble married one month ago in Florida, then rushed back to central Louisiana to begin production on their first feature length film.

Noble is a Major in the U.S. Army, and is stationed at Fort Polk.

Families greet returning 1st BCT soldiers at post

Students prepare gift boxes for troops
Along with the local soldiers, gift boxes will also go to a Fort Drum-based unit the local Red Cross recently “adopted”: the a platoon from the Army’s 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division.

St. Johns grad gets hero's welcome
ST. JOHNS, MI - Army Spc. Matt Hayes of the 10th Mountain Division received a hero's welcome at St. Johns Middle School on Wednesday.














24 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen
Chittenango community bids Sgt. Edward Bolen farewell

The Fort Drum Mountaineer Online
The Mountaineer Online
Several updated stories.

Fort Polk Guardian
Fort Polk Guardian
Several updated stories.

Northern Afghanistan Sees Security, Governance Progress, Northern Afghanistan sees Security, Governance Progress
In a live digital video conference from Camp Mike Spann in Mazar-e Sharif, Army Col. Willard Burleson updated reporters on the work his brigade, a component of the 10th Mountain Division, is doing in Regional Command-North.

Finding the Right Tool to Tell a War Story
Does it really matter what camera Damon Winter used to make these beautifully composed images? I don’t think so. It’s the images that are important.

Whenever possible, I avoid writing about camera gear. The photographer takes the picture, not the equipment. Few people care what kind of typewriter Hemingway used.

But it happens that Mr. Winter quickly realized — after trying a few shots — that his iPhone would be an effective way to capture the day-to-day trials of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division in northern Afghanistan.

An Army ranger returns: It was all about the gift of freedom
Sgt. Edward Hickman visits hometown school to talk to students.

News: US Army mechanic assures Afghans retain power of information
Just then, U.S. Army Cpl. Mitchell A. Weaver, a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to Task Force Storm’s Company F, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, arrived in a high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle. The Williamsport, Md., native broke out his pliers, wire strippers, multimeter and a fully charged replacement battery, working silently and vigorously to find the source of the generator’s failure.

Drum brigade commander: Afghanistan Taliban giving up

Facebook Info
3-71 Cavalry Regiment "Titans" 10th Mountain Division,FT Drum,NY
We get news of a complimentary meal for Ft Drum soldiers from 3/71 Cav.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
2nd BCT Commander COL Miller has a letter wishing everybody a happy holiday season.

1-87 IN/1BCT/10MTN DIV
1BDE Rear Detachmnet leadersip will be serving Thanksgiving dinner between 1400 and 1500 24 NOV at the Riva Ridge DFAC Building P10305. Meal rates are $5.95 for Family of E-4 and Below and $7.00 for all others, hope to see you there.

2nd BN 22nd INF
Pictures of the families preparing to Welcome Triple Deuce Home and also of Echo Co in Afghanistan.

Field of Dreams
Facebook and Staff Sgt. David Sawler give us a story about Soldiers of the military police platoon of Alpha Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.

21 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

The Fallen
Sahuaro HS grad killed in Afghanistan buried in Tucson
Friends and family of Sgt. 1st Class Todd M. Harris, 37, formerly of Tucson, remembered him at his funeral service Saturday in Tucson.

Media was not permitted to cover the funeral or the burial. Harris' family wanted the events to remain private.

Ft Polk Guardian
‘Lightning’ has busy start to fourth Middle East deployment

Veterans Day honors Soldiers, their Families

ACP (access control point) upgrades delayed by rain

Vote for your favorite logo for Fort Polk’s ISSP

Fort Polk to be site of Longleaf pine carbon research

BPSB signs MOA with Fort Polk
A memorandum of agreement between the Beauregard Parish School Board and Fort Polk was signed at last night's school board meeting.

115th CSH trains with 162nd Inf Bde C-IED company

TAMSC intructors training matter of life, death

Focusing on Soldiers who sacrifce so much

Other News
Kilduff is off to Afghanistan
PFC Brian Kilduff has deployed to Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Kevin Wilkinson column: Heroes, angels earn titles with service

END OF AN ERA FOR DRUM'S COBRAS
HELICOPTER REHAB: After 11 years, Cobra Retirement Program wrapping up

News: TF Slugger commander, Wardak gov. share tea, fellowship
Wardak province Gov. Mohammad Halim Fidai and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Phillip Chambers, commander of 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment met on Nov 16 to celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid.

Hammond mother fights to get son treated for PTSD
When Rene Schwappach’s son Gerald (“Jerry”) left for Iraq in 2007, she never imagined he would come back “somebody different.”


Fort Drum Doctor calls PTSD “behavioral health condition”

18 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Ft Polk Guardian

FROM DRUM TO DAND
HEARTS AND MINDS: Troops work to stabilize local Afghan government

AUSA Veteran's Day luncheon about recognizing service

HUNT FOR HEROES: Spc. Louis Dahlman, Army

Local man recalled to active duty in Afghanistan
U.S. Army Col. James DaPore has been recalled to active duty for the second time. But for DaPore, a Centerville resident, he wanted to do it and doesn't seem to mind because he has been serving his country for decades during his 41-year military career.

News: TF Mountain Eagle takes over aviation support operations

PTSD, STRESS, AND PRAYER
LIFE AFTER COMBAT: Civilian clergy learn the effects of deployment

Students' activities promote sodality
COMMUNITY DAY: Calcium pupils create harvest decorations for soldiers' dinner

15 November 2010

Sgt Edward Bolen

A Soldier from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Ft Polk, LA was killed in Logar province, Afghanistan, Wednesday November 10, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Killed is Sergeant Edward H. Bolen, age 25, of Chittenango, NY. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Bolen joined the Army in November 2006. After training he arrived at Fort Polk in June 2007 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom that same year.

Bolen's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He completed the Warrior Leadership Course, the Emergency Medical Technical Basic Course, the Force XXI Battalion
Command-Brigade Level Course and the Airborne Course.

Bolen is survived by his wife, mother and father.



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Chittenango soldier Sgt. Edward Bolen killed in Afghanistan

Walter Bolen: Son Edward Bolen was 'one-of-a-kind'


Chittenango soldier's body arrives at Dover Air Force Base; he was killed in Afghanistan

Report: Syracuse-area soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Former St. John Fisher student dies in Afghanistan

Former St. John Fisher student dies in Afghanistan

Chittenango soldier killed in Afghanistan had just returned from his wedding, honeymoon

Community mourns soldier

14 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

AAFES rewards those who ‘made the grade’
Military children, especially those with deployed parents, face unique stresses that often result in higher rates of school absenteeism and failure, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Keeping these challenges in mind, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service established an educational rewards program that continues to receive high marks from students and parents alike.

Now in its 10th year, the “You Made the Grade” program recognizes Fort Polk students who achieve a “B” average or better with a benefits-filled booklet. Exclusive offers include a free Burger King kids meal, video rental and $2 off any new release DVD at the Power Zone and more.

News: Enabling Intelligence Collection Success in Northern Afghanistan
The Operational Management Team of the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion provides support and oversight to Intelligence Collection Teams operating in Northern Afghanistan - consistently operating behind the scenes to provide team leaders the resources needed to complete their missions.

Special Film Screening For Redding Soldier
A Redding soldier returns home for a military salute and special film screening. Army Sergeant Tad Donoho was one of the soldiers featured in the award-winning documentary "Restrepo".

Drum spouses relax at craft fair

12 November 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Enjoy FallFest, holiday shopping Saturday
Are you ready to sample some of the best chili Fort Polk has to offer?

Stop by the chili booths at Fort Polk’s fifth annual FallFest Saturday and vote for your favorite to win the people’s choice award.

Fort Polk News briefs Nov 11-12

Explosion at Drum heard in wide area

Purple Heart recipient on way home to Oglesby
U.S. Army Spec. Seth Holmes will be coming home to Oglesby soon — and wearing the Purple Heart.
Holmes, 28, was wounded in Afghanistan in May 2009 and was awarded the Purple Heart on Oct. 27.

10th Mountain Aviation Takes over Afghan Skies

TF Dagger uncases colors, rolls up sleeves
After training for more than a year to prepare for the mission in Afghanistan, the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion uncased its colors during a brief ceremony on Forward Operating Base Shank Nov. 4.

The battalion, dubbed Task Force Dagger, is part of Task Force Patriot, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which cased the brigade and six battalion colors during a deployment ceremony at Fort Polk Sept. 30.

Vets on Campus: CNY colleges extend support to returning veterans

Fort Drum Observes Veterans Day

Care packages to benefit deployed service members

Vets of all ages honored at Expo Center ceremony
Last year, Army Spc. Adam Richardson spent Veterans Day in Iraq.

This year, the 2005 West York Area High School graduate was among nearly 1,000 veterans at the York County Veterans Affairs Office's annual Veterans Day breakfast ceremony Thursday morning at the York Expo Center.

Richardson, an active duty soldier stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y., heard about the ceremony from his father and came home to be honored among hometown veterans of all ages and conflicts.

For veterans, leaving family is the hardest part
10th Mountain division soldier, Spc Jessica Dorans, is focus of story.

‘If it goes ‘boom,’ we’re trained for it,’ says EOD Soldier, 705th cases colors, prepares for OEF deployment
Two stories on upcoming deployment of Ft Polk based unit.

Gillibrand among senators visiting Afghanistan, Pakistan

07 November 2010

SPC Blake D. Whipple

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

Spc. Blake D. Whipple, 21, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Nov. 5 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 7th Engineering Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Family of Fallen Soldier in Delaware to Receive His Body

Fort Drum soldier's remains return home today

Former student, fallen soldier
SBU remembers Blake Whipple


In memory of a devoted soldier
Mourners honor life, ultimate sacrifice of a special young man


NY soldier remembered as 'fearless,' 'loving'

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Sgt Michael F. Paranzino

A soldier from Middletown has lost his life in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense says 22-year-old Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino was killed in Kandahar on November fifth, when insurgents attacked his unit.

Paranzino was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Department of Defense officials have not released any additional details on Paranzino's death at this time.

Paranzino's family tells Eyewitness News Michael leaves behind a wife and two children.

Middletown Soldier Remembered During Veterans Day Ceremony in Newport

A short life, a large loss: R.I. honors Sgt. Michael F. Paranzino

A Community and Nation Honor Fallen Middletown Soldier
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Sergeant First Class Todd M. Harris

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Badghis province, Afghanistan, on Wednesday November 3rd , from wounds sustained in a small arms attack.

Killed is Sergeant First Class Todd M. Harris, age 37, of Tucson, Arizona. He was an indirect fire infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Brigade Combat Team in March 2010.

Harris joined the Army in February 1998. His previous duty assignments include Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg. He arrived at Fort Drum in August 2009. Harris previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003 and 2006 and Suriname in 2008.

Harris’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He also completed the basic Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training, and again with the High Risk component, the Infantry Mortar Platoon Officer training, the Advance Leadership Course, the Warrior Leadership Course, the Airborne School, the Air Assault School and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

Harris is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

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28 October 2010

Michael D. Kirspel Jr.

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed near Khwaja Kinti, Afghanistan, October 27, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Killed is Sergeant Michael D. Kirspel Jr., age 23, of Hopatcong, New Jersey. He was a cannon crewmember with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Brigade Combat Team in the spring of this year.

Kirspel joined the Army in July 2006. Kirspel's previous duty assignments include Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived at Fort Drum in September 2009. Kirspel had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2007 through November 2008.

Kirspel's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device, three Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Driver Mechanic Badge. Krispel was also a graduate of the Combat Lifesavers Course.

Kirspel is survived by his mother and father.

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