31 January 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Warm welcome for Ft. Drum soldiers
A Fort Drum platoon that recently returned from Afghanistan got a warm welcome today, courtesy of the Webster Rotary Club.

Battalion cases colors, readies for deployment
Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, are packed and ready for their deployment to Afghanistan, and, as part of that readiness, they participated in a casing of the colors ceremony Jan. 21.

30 January 2010

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Cuts to Army will be weighed

MCHUGH REVIEW: Schumer hopes jobs, money slashed from budget will be restored

West Point superintendent will step down
Former 10th Mtn division commander announces retirement.

Pats Take A Swing At Helping Troops
Binghamton NY High school baseball players raise money for 10th Mtn soldiers in Iraq.

29 January 2010

U.S. adds more troops to Canada-led Afghan battle group
The 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division is to be placed under Canadian command in March when it arrives from Fort Drum in upstate New York.

Lake Placid soldier arrives in Afghanistan
North Country National Public Radio segment on 10th mountain division soldier Captain Sean Kane.

Fort Drum remembers fallen soldiers
Memorial service on Ft Drum for Specialist Brushaun Anderson,Staff Sergeant Dennis Hanson,Private First Class Michael Rogers.

Boeing Delivers Record Number of Apache Longbow Crew Trainers in 2009
Article on Apache Longbow Crew Trainers delivered to Ft Drum by Boeing.

Fort Drum cuts released
Another article on the specific programs that were affected by the budget cuts for Ft Drum.

28 January 2010

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AUSA Soldier Appreciation Day
Fort Drum soldiers received a special treat Wednesday at the Association for the United States Army's Soldier Appreciation Day. Soldiers got a chance to eat, play games and win prizes all for free.

Send love to troops overseas
Mass article on adoption of 10th Mountain Division unit by family and community.

Drum cuts hit services and jobs
DRUM BUDGET CUTS: Official says air show canceled; soldiers will be inconvenienced

Afghanistan war: Good counterinsurgency, like good politics, is local
Article on Afghanistan with focus on several soldiers from 10th Mountain Division


27 January 2010

Press Release - Fort Drum Remembrance Ceremony Jan. 28

A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday,
January 28, 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel here to honor fallen 10th
Mountain Division Soldiers.

Soldiers to be honored are:

Spc. Brushaun X. Anderson, 20, of Columbus, Ga.

Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen, 31, of Panama City, Fla.

Pfc. Michael A. Rogers, 23, of White Sulphur Springs, Mont.

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Spc. Anderson died Jan. 1 from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad,
Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Hansen died Dec. 7 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center,
Germany of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit Dec. 3
with an improvised explosive device in Logar province, Afghanistan.

Pfc. Rogers died Nov. 27 from a non-combat related incident at Forward
Operating Base Hammer, Iraq.

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media
Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the
event.

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Virginia man facing N.J., federal weapons charges had map of Fort Drum in N.Y.
One of several stories about the incident, waiting on a press release from Ft Drum PAO concerning Mr Woodson's arrest.

Johnson City and Binghamton students give back to Haitians, soldiers in Iraq
In another event, Binghamton baseball players will have a "Hit-a-Thon" fundraiser for 1st Lt. Andrew Bird and the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, based in Fort Drum, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. at The Edge on Vestal Road in Vestal.

Group supports military families
BLUE STAR: Civilian organization aims to link several areas; Drum chapter starting

Purple Heart Awardee Brandon Camacho Kilili's Guest at State of the Union
10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team member invited to Washington DC for state of the Union address tonight.




Statement from Ft Drum Garrison Commander, Col Tom Riddle

"While the recent incident in New Jersey reiterates our need to be attentive to the possibility of an unknown threat, it is important to point out that the Federal Bureau of Investigations preliminary report does not link the involved individual to any terrorist group or ideation. Upon the discovery of the map in the individual's living quarters we were immediately notified and are receiving regular updates on the investigation. As Garrison Commander it is my #1 priority to ensure the safest possible environment for our Soldiers, Families and Civilians here on post, and I am confident based on various visible and many more not-so-visible security measures we are doing our best to maintain the necessary level of vigilance. There is no threat to Fort Drum as a result of this incident."

26 January 2010

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WorkPlace slates workshops for February, March, April
The WorkPlace, 1000 Coffeen St., announced its workshops for February, March and April. Included will be sessions on how to apply for jobs on Fort Drum.

CDS offers jobs to injured soldiers
Continuing Developmental Services in Webster NY offers jobs to ft Drum veterans who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries.

25 January 2010

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Soldiers' Angels Initiative sends coffee to deployed troops
Borders bookstore works with Soldiers Angels charity to send coffee to deployed soldiers.


Drum support group aids siblings of disabled

A support group has been formed on post to help children of military members share their experiences living with a sibling with a disability.

24 January 2010

23 January 2010

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Army Unit Partnership Soars on Taji Flight Line
10th mountain troops work together with other units to keep Unmanned Drones ready for use.

Fort Drum reducing its contracts with JRC
Clients to see hours cut; some employees lose jobs on Army post

It's Not Always Work, Work, Work...
10th Mountain Division soldiers mentioned in article about ways troops unwind while deployed.

22 January 2010

21 January 2010

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Zoom, zoom-- everybody Zumba!
Latin-flavored fitness classes shake up north country's exercise scene

General: NNY hasn't seen fully populated Drum
SPEECH TO ROTARY: Area should prepare for having most of 18,500 troops home

Thomas E. Hodge II

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - A 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldier died in Mt. Solon,
Va. Saturday, Jan. 9 while on leave from duty in Iraq.

The Fort Drum Soldier dead is Pfc. Thomas E. Hodge II, 28, of
Waynesboro, Va.

Pfc. Hodge served as a petroleum supply specialist with the 210th
Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
Division (Light Infantry). He deployed in October 2009 in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Hodge joined the Army in April 2008 and arrived to Fort Drum in
September 2008.

Pfc. Hodge is survived by his wife and two children.

The August County Sherriff's office in Verona, Va. is investigating the
cause of death.

You may find related stories at
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Newsleader.com
Waterdailytimes.com
NewzJunky.com

20 January 2010

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County distributing information on 'safe havens'
Jefferson County is launching an informational campaign on "safe havens" where parents can leave newborns they are unable or unwilling to care for. The Military Police station on Fort Drum is one of those locations.

Press Release- Official welcome home ceremony for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team

FORT DRUM, NY -- The 3rd Brigade Combat Team will uncase its colors and
officially welcome home its approximately 3,500 Soldiers 10 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 21, at Magrath Gym here.

The 3rd BCT recently completed a 12 month deployment in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom.

Col. David B. Haight, 3rd Brigade Combat Team commander, will give
remarks at the ceremony.

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media
Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of the
event.

Staff Sgt. Cody R. Anderson

FORT DRUM, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was found dead by
Watertown police in Watertown, N.Y., Jan. 14.

The Fort Drum Soldier dead is Staff Sgt. Cody R. Anderson, 26, of
Lachine, Mich.

Staff Sgt. Anderson served as a infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
(Light Infantry).

Staff Sgt. Anderson joined the Army in October 2004 and arrived to Fort
Drum in October 2008. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
from October 2006 to November 2007 and in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom from January to November 2009.

Staff Sgt. Anderson is survived by his mother, father and brother.

Staff Sgt. Anderson's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart,
Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq
Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Parachutist Badge.

The Watertown Police are investigating the cause of death.

News may also be found at the following pages.
Mline.com

My ABC50.com
Watertown daily times.com

19 January 2010

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‘Welcome home, brother’
Waverly native returns safely from Afghanistan, donates flag to VFW
and
Afghanistan vet presents flag to local VFW
Sgt. James Prinzi, who grew up in Waverly, N.Y., presented a United States flag that had flown above a U.S. base in Afghanistan to officials from the Waverly VFW post.

U.S. Soldiers Teach ISF Advanced Marksmanship Skills at Cashe
Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, assisted the Iraqi Security Forces with marksmanship skills above and beyond what they were taught in basic training.

Guest Column: Commit to supporting our military, their families
NY State Assemblyman Tim Gordon has commentary in which he announces sponsorship of the United Through Reading Military Program for military families at Fort Drum.

U.S. Passes Training Torch at Cashe South
10th Mountain soldiers turn over a four-phase training course designed to enhance the combat and leadership skills of Iraqi Federal Police to Iraqi instructors.

Rapid Healing
Fly-fishing brings healing.

Fly Rod and Reel online magazine article about 12 wounded warriors, including 2 from Ft Drum who participated in a week of fly fishing in Maine.

16 January 2010

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DUANESBURG SOLDIER deploys with 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan
Albany NY newspaper article focused on Sgt. 1st Class Jason Folckemer of the 10th Mountain Division.

Military news: Jan. 16, 2010
Kankakee, IL newspaper article with mention of 10th Mountain Division soldier, Sgt. Derek Murphy, who recently returned from Afghanistan.

15 January 2010

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Schumer pressing income exclusion
Fort Drum soldiers who have been shut out of low-income housing will have a better chance of qualifying, if legislation proposed by Sen. Charles E. Schumer becomes law.

2010's Best Cities for Military Families
There are a lot of “hot spots” in the housing market, but filtering them for military families can prove challenging. Military families move often, so house hunting after receiving permanent change of station orders can seem daunting. But, I’ve taken some of the guess work out of finding a good home for you. So here are my picks for the best cities for military families in 2010. It’s difficult to predict what will happen in the fluctuating housing market, but after careful market evaluation, these four picks may help those of you on the move.

14 January 2010

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US Dept of Defense - Engineers Wire Up New Living Areas in Iraq
Soldiers from 317th Engineer Company and 808th Engineer Company are providing electricity to the future living spaces of 10th Mountain Division soldiers.

13 January 2010

10th Mountain News Roundup

Platoon savors home after Afghan deployment.
Natalie Pickett, 23, kisses her husband, Sgt. Paul Pickett, 23, as his unit returns to Fort Drum, N.Y., on New Year's Eve. The U.S. Army's 2nd Platoon, Apache Company of the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment finished a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Repeated deployments weigh heavily on U.S. troops
USA Today article, 10th Mountain soldiers quoted.







12 January 2010

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1st BCT Soldiers Begin Deploying to Support Troop Surge in Afghanistan
The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team began deploying Soldiers to Afghanistan Jan. 9 with the departure of nearly 130 Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment from Fort Drum's Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.

Schumer, Owens hear Fort Drum needs
At a joint appearance today, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Rep. William L. Owens pledged to work together to support the Army post, including by trying to restore some of the approximately $30 million in funding Fort Drum is expected to lose for fiscal year 2010.

11 January 2010

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Drum officials bracing for cuts
On post activities may be cut to help pay for overseas operations.

Photo: Columbus man deployed to Afghanistan
Sgt. Anthony Hartley of the 10th Mountain Division featured in Colombus Dispatch.

Former Roman promoted to brigadier general
The promotion of Jeffrey L. Bannister to BG makes Rome Ga paper.

Homecoming on Fort Drum
Local coverage of 3rd BCT homecoming for about 600 troops.

09 January 2010

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US troops, families face cuts in on-base services as Pentagon tries to hold down spending
On post activities may be cut as funds are not there for use due to the war, article states that there may be a cut of up to 22% in the post operation budget.
I have requested a response from the Ft Drum Public affairs office to the report in this article.

After year in Afghanistan, platoon savors home
2nd Platoon, Apache Company of 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment focus of Dallas Tx newspaper article.

Former British soldier joins U.S. Army to serve in Afghanistan
Article focused on 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment soldier Robert Sumner who left the British army to serve in Afghanistan.

08 January 2010

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Author from county publishes new book
Charles Sasser, who grew up in Sequoyah County, is the author of “None Left Behind: The 10th Mountain Division and the Triangle of Death.

07 January 2010

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U.S. DOT allots money for Fort Drum connector
The Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Fort Drum connector road project has won $1.4 million in federal funding.

Brunswick grad home after year in Afghanistan
10th Mountain Division soldier, Spc. Nicholas Selby, is the focus of a story in the Frederick, Maryland online edition of their paper.

05 January 2010

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As always, I have a separate post for the fallen. God I hate doing those posts....



Counseling retreat for military families in works for spring

Local and Fort Drum officials plan a spring seminar to help families deal with substance abuse prevention in the home, how to communicate better with family, how to bond with each other in a healthy way and how to learn to use refusal skills in an appropriate and respectful way.

Former Army Capt. Austin Key admits recruiting officer for Iraq fuel scam
Former Capt. Austin Key, who served in the 10th Mountain Division, admits guilt in role to sell fuel tankers in Iraq.

Local Paragraphs
The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization has completed a 21-minute promotional video, "Welcome to Drum Country." The video is aimed at soldiers and family members who are assigned to Fort Drum.

GOVERNOR PATERSON DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF
Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, January 6, in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died in Baghdad on January 1.

Spc. Brushaun X. Anderson

FORT DRUM, NY - A 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldier died Friday, Jan. 1
from a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq.

The Fort Drum Soldier who died is Spc. Brushaun X. Anderson, 20, of
Columbus, Ga.

Spc. Anderson served as an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 14th
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
(Light Infantry). He deployed in October 2009 in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Anderson joined the Army in October 2007 and arrived to Fort Drum
in May 2008.

Spc. Anderson is survived by his mother and father.

Also see
NWYR.Com
Savannahnow.com
Ledger-Enquirer.com
myabc50.com
gouverneurtimes.com
syracuse.com

04 January 2010

10th Mountain News Roundup

Army Capt. Joe Reagan home from Afghanistan for Christmas – well, almost
Article from Marblehead, MA local paper focused on return of 10th Mountain division soldier 1st Lt. Joe Reagan from Afghanistan.

NA native off to Afghanistan
Attleboro, MA newspaper article focused on 10th Mountain Division soldier Private First Class Kerri (Harrop) Krauder, who, along with her husband, will be deploying to Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

01 January 2010

WELCOME HOME
10th Mountain division soldier Pvt. Mark Woodruff makes hometown paper for Odessa Tx
 
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