19 May 2010

Fort Drum soldier creates organization to help Afghan people

Fort Drum medic William Seo says his first trip to Afghanistan was eye opening. Horrific conditions. People with nothing. A sight he says he couldn't bear.

"One old gentleman, old man, walked three days barefoot to get a sore on his toe checked," Seo said. "We treated him, but sent him back barefoot. That really hurt."

Joint Security Station Zafaraniya transferred to Iraqi Federal Police
Joint Security Station (JSS) Zafaraniya was transferred to the 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Federal Police Division Monday from soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

“They already have plans on how they are to conduct [security operations at JSS Zafaraniya], how they are going to guard it,” said 1st Sergeant Patrick Murray of Mauston, Wisconsin, battery first sergeant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2-15 FA. “I think they will do well.”

A Numbers Game
NY Times column by First Lt. Mark Larson, who is serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Kabul and blogs at www.handfulofdust.net.

Face of Defense: Buddy’s Concern Saves Soldier’s Life

Spc. Albert Godding receives Meritorious Service Medal for actions in Iraq while with 5th Battalion, 25th Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Fort Drum bomb squad detonates shell in Owasco
Ft Drum based 760th Explosive Ordnance Disposal team assists Onondaga County bomb squad with disposing of a a World War II-era Navy shell.

Fort Drum's 1st Brigade one of first to deploy without stop-loss
Since the days of the military draft, branches of the Armed Forces have been all volunteer. But some military policies have taken away some of that freedom. One in particular, stop-loss, led to some soldiers being forced to serve an extra year or more. But as our Brian Dwyer reports, that program is no more and Fort Drum officials say they're glad it's over.

From Facebook
1st and 2nd PLT, D Company, 2/22 Inf
We have a note about what 1st and 2nd Platoons D Company, 2/22 Inf, have been doing, as well as a group photo for the loved ones at home to see their deployed family members.

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