31 March 2010

10th mountain Division News Roundup

NY suspends construction projects in fiscal crisis
Because of New York's budget deficit, a highway to Fort Drum is among hundreds of current and new construction projects Gov. Paterson is suspending.

Comment deadline approaching on Whiteface traininghttp://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/512075.html?nav=5008
The public comment period runs through Thursday on a proposal for the Army to use sites on Whiteface Mountain to conduct high-altitude helicopter training in April and May.

Drum offers plethora of eats for its hungry civilian visitors
Article to remind civilian visitors to post that while they are not authorized to patronize some businesses on post, they are authorized to use the fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

28 March 2010

27 March 2010

25 March 2010

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Climb to Kilimanjaro peak completed in heavy rain
The Fort Drum soldier who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last month to raise money for wounded comrades had no easy time of it.

Sgt. Thomas G. Bauschke endured heavy rains and flooding on his six-day journey to the summit of Africa's tallest mountain.

Man shares credit for fire assistance

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLAZE: Fort Drum soldier says others 'did more than me' to avert tragedy

Sikh Soldiers allowed to serve, retain their articles of faith
Capt. (Dr.) Tejdeep Singh Rattan, a dentist, will be assigned to Fort Drum as a dentist. Capt. Rattan is the first Sikh soldier to serve in the Army is 26 years.

24 March 2010

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Kennewick soldier out of coma after N. Carolina crash
10th Mountain division soldier, Sgt Caleb Darling is recovering from injuries sustained during an accident while home on leave.

23 March 2010

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Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 24, in honor of Army Specialist Robert Rieckhoff who was killed in Iraq on Thursday, March 18.

21 March 2010

Robert Riechhoff

FORT DRUM, NY - A 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldier was killed Thursday,
March 18 when enemy forces attacked his unit with rocket-propelled
grenade fire in Baghdad, Iraq.

The Fort Drum Soldier killed is Spc. Robert M. Rieckhoff, 26, of
Kenosha, Wis.

Spc. Rieckhoff served as a cannon crewmember with the 2nd Battalion,
15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
Division (Light Infantry). He deployed in October 2009 in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Rieckhoff joined the Army in August 2007 and arrived to Fort Drum
in November 2008.

Spc. Rieckhoff is survived by his two children, mother and grandmother.

Spc. Rieckhoff's awards and decorations include the National Defense
Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Also seeJSOnline.com
Watertown Daily Times
Star Tribune.com

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Norfolk Lions Planning Care Packages For Drum Soldiers
Norfolk Lions Club adopts platoon from Fort Drum. The club is planning to send monthly care packages stuffed with some of life's simpler pleasures.

Drum soldiers laid to rest
Four Fort Drum pilots that were killed in Iraq in January 2009 were buried together Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

19 March 2010

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Parkchester Honors Homegrown Hero
A rainbow of community members, veterans and elected officials joined family members and friends of PV2 Issac T. Cortez, for a street renaming in honor of the Parkchester resident.

Former Alexis soldier returns
Caleb Larson, a 2004 graduate of Alexis High School and son of Bob and Kelsey Larson, formerly of Alexis, now of Mt. Vernon, has returned to the United States after his second deployment to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Divison of the U.S. Army based out of Fort Drum, N.Y. Sgt. Larson re-enlisted for another three years with the U.S. Army while on his deployment, according to his mother.

18 March 2010

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Army chopper training at Whiteface?
There could be quite a few helicopters sighted in the area as the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division Airborne unit from Fort Drum is hoping to use Whiteface Mountain as a stage for high-altitude flight training missions from early April through the middle of May.

City braces for Reserve unit move to post
LESO-LEANO CENTER: Officials to tour 10.3-acre South Massey Street facility to gauge its potential uses
I have spoken to some of the soldiers in the unit and was told that they were notified they would be moving to Fort Drum starting this May.

Soldier's response saves Carthage home

10th mountain Division soldier, Jonathan E. Hicks, is credited by the Carthage Fire Department with quelling a fire that could have caused extensive damage to a house on John Street Wednesday.

16 March 2010

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"Three Cups of Tea" brings hope to Fort Drum
NPR article on the visit to the spouses of Fort Drum’s officers by author of the best-selling book, Three Cups of Tea.

Letter to the Editor: Fort Drum meets soldiers' needs
Todd L. Benham, Chief of Fort Drum's Behavioral Health Department sends a letter to the Albany NY Times Union about an article which understated mntal health services at Fort Drum.

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
Review of book authored by former Ft Drum soldier, Cpt Craig Mullaney about his time in combat with the 10th Mountain Division and the loss of one of his soldiers.

12 March 2010

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Local businesses collecting items for Fort Drum platoon
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A platoon from Fort Drum is preparing for their deployment to Afghanistan, and Friday a local grocery store announced a campaign to support them - but they're asking for your help.

Members of the 10th Mountain Division visit Green Hills Market in Syracuse
Photot of US Army Sgt. Todd Doss at the Green Hills Market in Syracuse during a celebration of the store adopting a Fort drum Platoon.

Afghan heritage the focus of trip
LIFE IN WAR ZONE: Drum culture official brings back tips for deployed U.S. troops

Preserving Afghanistan's cultural history and archeological sites
"The Afghans wish to use their glorious past to build a glorious future," Fort Drum Manager of Cultural Resources Laurie Rush said.

But in order to do that, that past needs to stay intact. Which is part of the reason Rush recently traveled to the war-torn nation. She spoke during a three-day conference focusing on environmental concerns. Rush focused on ending the destruction of archeological sites.

11 March 2010

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Green Hills Market has adopted a platoon
A CNY business has adopted a platoon from Ft Drum prior to their upcoming deployment.

Mutiny in the making at Ft. Drum?
North Country Public Radio blog article concerning the group Oathkeepers and an unidentified soldier at Ft Drum.

Ski time for military heroes
Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan will be spending the weekend participating in rehabilitative adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. The Warriors hail from New York and Massachusetts region, including six from the Warrior Transition Unit of Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Division.

Drum leadership posts change hands with retirements
Two members of the Army post's leadership have retired.

10th Mountain Division Command Sgt. Maj. James W. Redmore has retired after a 29-year Army career, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald D. Andrews retired after 30 years of Army service. Both men were honored during separate ceremonies last week.

09 March 2010

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Air Cav UAV Hub Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours

10th Mountain division soldiers, along with multiple other units operating out of a single hub have provided ground commanders in and around Baghdad with 20,000 hours worth of aerial coverage, hitting the milestone, March 7.

08 March 2010


Fort Drum, NY – The Military Child Education Coalition will host 2 workshops empowering parents as their child’s best advocate on March 10, 2010 here at the Commons. The workshops will focus on several keys to success including navigating school transitions and getting the most out of parent teacher conferences. The workshops will address educational issues facing children from toddler to college-age.

Media interested in covering the workshop should meet at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10. For more information, contact Kae Young at Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-5463

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Hearts and minds - and 3 cups of tea - in Afghanistan
North Country Public Radio blog post on visit of author Greg Mortenson to Fort Drum on Saturday.

Governor Paterson Directs Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff
Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 10, in honor of Niagara Falls native Army Specialist Alan Dikcis who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, March 5.

Alan Dikcis

Via Fort Drum Press Release

FORT DRUM, NY - A 7th Engineer Battalion Soldier was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, March 5, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle.

The Fort Drum Soldier killed is Spc. Alan N. Dikcis, 21, of Niagara Falls, NY.

Spc. Dikcis served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 630th Engineer Company (Clearance), 7th Engineer Battalion (Combat Effects), 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (Airborne). He deployed in July 2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was Dikcis’ first deployment.

Spc. Dikcis joined the Army in June 2007 and arrived to Fort Drum in January 2008.

Spc. Dikcis is survived by his daughter and father.

Spc. Dikcis’ awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and NATO Medal.

Media with inquiries regarding this release should contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at 315-772-7974.

See also
The Lockport Journal.com


06 March 2010

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Kloberdanz returns from duty in Afghanistan
Ft Drum soldier, Sgt Nick Kloberdanz, returned home to Osage following a 19-month duty with the U.S. Army.

Soldiers and Marines use field equipment to prepare restaurant quality meals
For the trained chefs of the Army, Marines and Coast Guard, cooking a five-star meal is for the most part, no problem. But turning out a quality three-course meal on equipment from a Containerized Kitchen used by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan - that presents more of a challenge.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps military kids cope with deployments
It's a stressful time for military families in the North Country. Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade is already deployed to Iraq and the 1st Brigade is deploying to Afghanistan now. As News 10 Now's Katie Gibas tells us, a local organization is trying to make the transition a little easier for children who are having to say goodbye to their parents and other loved ones.

04 March 2010

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New Garrison CSM
News 10 now article on the change of responsibility ceremony for the Garrison CSM position.

Mom's crusade to honor hero son
Blog posting about renaming of street in honor of former 10th mountain division soldier, Pvt Isaac Cortes. On November 27th, 2007, while in Amerli, Iraq, his Humvee struck an IED and he was killed.

1st BCT soldiers make final deployment preparations
In just a few days, hundreds of Fort Drum troops will deploy to Afghanistan. news 10 Now's Katie Gibas spoke with the 1st Brigade's commander and soldiers about their final preparations before they begin their year-long deployment.

Press Release - Division Command Sergeant Major Retirement Ceremony Thursday

FORT DRUM, NY -- A retirement ceremony honoring Command Sergeant Major
James W. Redmore will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4 at the Commons

CSM Redmore is retiring after 29 years of service in the Army. Redmore
recently served as the Division Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Redmore's bio is available at the following link:

Media interested in attending the ceremony must meet at the media
operations center on Route 26 not later than 12:15 p.m. on the day of
the event.

02 March 2010

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Fort Scott native serving in Iraq receives promotion to Sergeant
10th Mountain Division soldier, Sgt. Clint Metcalf, was the focus of a short article on his recent promotion to the rank of E-5.

Law gives military spouses flexibility in residency
New national legislation can simplify tax time for military spouses by allowing them to maintain consistent residency in one state, even as they move to be with their service members at their duty stations.

The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, passed by Congress in November, offers military spouses the same flexibility in choosing their state residency that service members have enjoyed for decades through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Tax year 2009 is the first during which military spouses can exercise this new right.

Press Release- Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony

Fort Drum, NY – The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum will be conducting a Change of Responsibility Ceremony Wednesday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. Command Sergeant Major Ronald D. Andrews will relinquish responsibilities to Command Sergeant Major John F. McNeirney.

CSM Andrews is retiring after serving 30 years in the Army. CSM McNeirney most recently served as the senior non-commissioned officer for the 91st MP Battalion, Fort Drum.

Media interested in covering the event should meet at the Media Operations Center on Rt. 26, Wednesday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m.
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