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.

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