30 June 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

2 Military Helicopter Pilots Injured In Hard Landing
The Teller County Sheriff's Office is confirming that two pilots were injured in a hard landing of an Apache helicopter west of Fort Carson early Wednesday morning.

An AH-64D Apache Longbow from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, New York, made a hard landing south of Pikes Peak at approximately 1:30 a.m. The helicopter went down in Teller County, near Upper Gold Camp Road and Forest Service Road 376. There are no roads within 5 miles of the crash site.

Army to name NY building for soldier killed in '06
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - The 10th Mountain Division is dedicating a Fort Drum building in the name of a soldier who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for aiding a wounded comrade under heavy enemy fire in Afghanistan.

A ceremony is being held Wednesday afternoon at the northern New York Army post to dedicate the Pine Plains Fitness Center as the Monti Fitness Center.

Public invited to Fort Drum's annual Mountainfest Thursday

Fort Drum is opening its doors to the public Thursday for the annual Mountainfest on Division Hill.

Thursday's event will begin at 11 a.m. with activities including a military equipment display, carnival games and a car show. Admission is free. The evening will feature live music by Jared Campbell, Whitetail and the division band. Visitors can enter the post through the entrance on Route 26 known as the "Gasoline Alley" gate.

10th Mt. Div.'s 2nd BCT returning to Fort Drum
More than 1,000 soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team have returned home from their latest deployment overseas.

About 300 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment were welcomed back to Fort Drum in northern New York late Monday night by loved-ones and friends.

29 June 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Senate OKs study of Drum med school

HURDLE CLEARED: Move is required step in Upstate Medical University plan to build NNY branch campus

Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, has cleared another hurdle in its efforts to build a Fort Drum branch campus.
The state Senate recently passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, D-Cape Vincent, to conduct a study exploring the viability of such a campus. The university-run study is required before the project can become eligible for state or federal funding. The Assembly already had cleared the way for the study.

“A Year at War” Begins in Afghanistan
NY Times pictorial on Fort Drum's 1/87 Infantry.

Shadow Over Afghanistan
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs Story by Spc. Blair Neelands

With an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle high in the sky, soldiers in the UAV platoon of the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, provide a preview of the battlefield to coalition forces in Regional Command-North.

Currently, 17 Iroquois Soldiers are attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team’s 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery in the Faryab province flying missions daily with their RQ-7B Shadow 200 UAV.

Drum welcomes 2nd Brigade home from Iraq

FORT DRUM — Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team marched into Magrath Sports Complex at exactly 9:30 p.m. Monday and spent the next eight minutes taking part in a ceremony to welcome them home from Iraq.

Local Paragraphs

■ FORT DRUM — A new child development center opens today at 4225 Po Valley Road for Fort Drum families. The $8.7 million facility has a staff of 60 employees and can accommodate 224 children up to 5 years old. Interested parents can call Fort Drum Parent Services at 772-8675.

Wounded Warrior Weekend fishing outing in Fair Haven a big success

Twelve Wounded Warriors from Fort Drum arrived in Fair Haven around 10:30 A.M. for a fishing event that was held Friday and Saturday up in the Fair Haven area. The event was put on courtesy of a number of Fair Haven area businesses, charter boat captains and other volunteers.

Nastvogel enjoys fantastic debut
QUEST FOR CHAMPIONS: Fort Drum soldier wins before possible assignment in Cuba
A lot can change in two months.

Black River Boxing Academy's John Nastvogel, who is also an Army soldier based at Fort Drum, decided he wanted to box two months ago.

In his debut fight Saturday, he beat Watertown Area Boxing Club's Andrew Holladay in the 178-pound weight class at the second annual Carmen Basilio Quest For Champions amateur event at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center.

24 June 2010

SITREP June 24th

BloodSpite here, still holding down Ft Livingroom until your regular bloggers return from TDY

Here's the latest and greatest from Ft Drum and the 10th Mountain!

Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York are set to cut the ribbon on a new addition to the Army post.The 10th Mountain Division is opening the new Fort Drum Labyrinth. Army officials say the labyrinth will be a special place where soldiers and their families can go for mediation, prayer and healing.

Soldiers of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, have been hard at work on one of the most vital missions of Operation Enduring Freedom – assisting the Afghan National Army as it grows into a force able to secure the country’s borders.

Afghan National Security Forces are beginning to take over reins from the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment as their training moves into a new phase of instruction. Since being tasked as mentors for ANSF, Soldiers of “Triple Deuce” battalion have performed as hands-on instructors, with the ultimate goal of establishing a standard of education that allows the ANSF to take over the task of training.

A civilian worker was killed while performing his duties on Ft Drum in a fatal accident.

A former Fort Drum captain was sentenced May 21 to two years in federal prison for accepting cash in exchange for steering Army contracts to a particular company while stationed in Iraq, according to documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Manhattan.

Fort Drum soldiers will count on local officials to teach them how to run a town. The 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team will team up with the town to gain experience the unit can take with it to Afghanistan when it deploys in the spring.

18 June 2010

SITREP June 18th

BloodSpite here with another SITREP for the Ft Drum and 10th Mountain Cadre!

A contingent of soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division has started returning to their northern New York Army post after being deployed to Iraq.

Officials at Fort Drum say nearly 100 soldiers arrived early yesterday morning at the military installation's airfield.

Take a tour of Fort Drum's new Riva Ridge DFAC with its manager, Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Fayette.

First Lt. Joseph Theinert, 24, a 2008 graduate of the University at Albany, who died in combat Friday in Afghanistan, will be laid to rest today in his hometown of Shelter Island off Long Island. Called a hero by many, Theinert left his vehicle and ordered his troops to retreat to a safe distance while he disabled an improvised explosive device; he was killed when a second IED detonated. He was the only casualty. He is expected to be awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.

Theinert was a member of the New York Army National Guard who volunteered for active duty with the Army's 1st Squadron, 71st Calvary, part of the 1st Brigade Team of the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum.

17 June 2010

SITREP June 17th

BloodSpite here. Sorry for the delay. I was out of town all weekend. Thats no excuse however, so here's your latest news!

Hundreds line roads in procession honoring Sgt. Erick J. Klusacek, 22, who was killed June 8 in a vehicular accident while serving in Afghanistan.

The brother of a Fort Drum soldier is walking across the country to benefit the Warrior's Wish Foundation. Mark Klodzinski, 23, Ellicotville, Cattaraugus County, began his walk in March. He's the brother of Fort Drum soldier Adam Klodzinski, 24, also a native of Ellicotville. Adam, of the 132nd Infantry who has deployed twice to Afghanistan, said he has another brother, Erik, an Army veteran who was based out of Fort Campbell for eight years.

A Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) from Fort Drum, NY has begun training at the Mountain Post in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum is conducting High Altitude Mountain Environmental Training (HAMET) at the Mountain Post, FT Carson, Colorado.

A soldier in the 10th Mountain Division stands in a field base as a helicopter flies by overhead on June 6, 2010 in Belanday, south of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division have fanned out in the vast hinterlands south of Kandahar, part of a counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting Afghan civilians and legitimizing the government of Afghanistan in the minds of the rural local populace. Getty

A 10th Mountain Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified information to Wikileaks has still not been charged with any crime, three weeks after being arrested and put in pre-trial confinement. PFC Bradley Manning, 22, is being held at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and has been assigned a military defense attorney while the Army and State Department investigate claims Manning made to an ex-hacker in online chats that he disclosed classified information.

15 June 2010

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

June 15, 2010

Release Nr 1006-01

By Public Affairs

Fort Drum, NY - A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th
Mountain Division was killed in Za Khel, Afghanistan, Saturday June 12,
2010, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive devise attack.

Killed is Specialist Brian Michael Anderson, age 24, of Harrisonburg,

SPC Anderson joined the Army in March 2008 and after completing training
arrived at Fort Drum in July 2008. He was an infantryman with the 1st
Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment.

SPC Anderson's awards and decorations include the National Defense
Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

He is survived by his mother, father, brother and sister.

Media with inquiries regarding this release should contact Julie
Cupernall, Public Affairs Office, 315-523-4546 or

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO

09 June 2010

SITREP June 9th

Hey Folks! BloodSpite here with another news round up for you!

The local community around Ft Drum has shown its support to the family and memory of First Army Lieutenant Joseph Theinert, was killed in Afghanistan while on patrol with the Bravo Troop 1-71 Cavalry. Lt. Theinert died when an improvised explosive device was detonated during a dismounted patrol.

Sandy Treat is being inducted into Vail's Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame this year as builders of the sport. Treat volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division, the famed soldiers on skis who fought in World War II, and trained and instructed fellow troops at Camp Hale.

08 June 2010

SITREP June 8th

BloodSpite here! Your noble regular blogger is doing well after a very long flight. He has touched down in to the safe and loving arms of his latest training brigade.

That said here's a recent round up of news and informational items!

A New York Army National Guard Soldier serving on active duty, 1st Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert, age 24, died June 4, 2010 in Afghanistan while assigned to Army's 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry, part 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

The Kandahar-based commander of Regional Command South, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, is expected to be followed by the commanding general of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division once Gen. Carter's term runs out in the fall, coalition officials say.

Afghan National Police along with Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery from the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team joined forces June 1, to bring much needed medical aid and supplies to a local village that has been plagued by the insurgency in Ghalbala

07 June 2010


Afternoon. Bloodspite of Registered Evil filling in for your regular Blogger.

He shall return soon I assure you

In the meantime here's a round up of the latest links regarding Ft. Drum and the 10th Mountain!

The military said Monday it is holding Army Specialist Bradley Manning of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in pretrial confinement in Kuwait and that he is suspected of releasing classified information.

Former Garrison Commander Retired Colonel David Clark has been inducted into the Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame. Clark served at Ft Drum from the summer of 2005 until May of 2008

287 Members of 7th Engineer Battalion returned to Fort Drum at the end of this past month. Welcome home!
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