28 October 2010

Michael D. Kirspel Jr.

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed near Khwaja Kinti, Afghanistan, October 27, from wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack.

Killed is Sergeant Michael D. Kirspel Jr., age 23, of Hopatcong, New Jersey. He was a cannon crewmember with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Brigade Combat Team in the spring of this year.

Kirspel joined the Army in July 2006. Kirspel's previous duty assignments include Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived at Fort Drum in September 2009. Kirspel had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2007 through November 2008.

Kirspel's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with Valor device, three Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Marksmanship Qualification Badge and the Driver Mechanic Badge. Krispel was also a graduate of the Combat Lifesavers Course.

Kirspel is survived by his mother and father.

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26 October 2010

Charles M. Sadell

Updated with several links.

Fort Drum, NY - Sergeant First Class Charles M. Sadell died Sunday, October 24th, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland of wounds sustained in a October 5th improvised explosive device attack near Arif Kala, Afghanistan.

Sadell, age 34, of Columbia, Missouri, was an intelligence analyst with the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Sadell deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in spring of this year.

Sadell joined the U.S. Army in 1995. Previous duty stations include Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dexheim, Germany, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Sadell came to Fort Drum in March 2010. Sadell's previous deployments include a 4 month tour in Saudi Arabia in 1997, a 6 month tour in Kosovo in 2001, and a 12 month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006.

Sadell's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Superior Unit Award, the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. Sadell had completed the Warrior
Leaders Course and the Combat Life Savers Course.

Sadell is survived by his wife, two children and mother.

Service in Weston today for soldier who died from wounds suffered in Afghanistan

Coming home

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Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 27, in honor of a Fort Drum soldier who died of wounds suffered in Afghanistan on October 24 at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Due to the Press Release on Sgt. 1st Class Sadell, I will not be posting any other news today.

21 October 2010

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Hunting at Fort Polk WMA closed Oct. 30-31
State wildlife and fisheries officials say hunting at the Fort Polk Wildlife Management Area will be closed Oct. 30-31 because of military training operations.

Hundreds expected at Polk's retiree appreciation activities
A host of activities are planned as hundreds of military retirees from throughout Louisiana and Southeast Texas descend on Fort Polk for the 35th annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event is open to military retirees of all armed services, their families and survivors who live in Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Each year, more than 1,000 guests attend Retiree Appreciation Day activities.

20 October 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

News: 10th Mtn. Soldiers train tomorrow’s leaders today
To help them achieve success, a group of nearly 40 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment spent the last nine months mentoring, instructing and assisting ANA leaders at the ANA’s basic training program at Camp Parsa.

A Year at War
Some 30,000 American soldiers are taking part in the Afghanistan surge. Here are the stories of the men and women of First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division. Over the next year, The New York Times will follow their journey.

19 October 2010

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Cross Currents
PFC Mack is part of a story on local citizens in the military.

Soldier wins award for work with Hispanic community
Groups of people all around Frederick know Army Sgt. Jose Ramon.

He works at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. He volunteers at the Trinity United Methodist Church's Hispanic ministry. He is a volunteer therapist at the Frederick County Health Department. And he is a part-time crisis worker at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

News: ANP Regional Medical Director visits Camp Mike Spann Clinic
Since their arrival to northern Afghanistan last March, the doctors and medical specialists assigned to Charlie Company, 10th Brigade Support Battalion, from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team have taken on the role as mentors to the medical staff of the local Afghan National Police.

Taliban Influence Grows in North
Col. Bill Burleson, commander of the 1st Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division, is quoted in article.

18 October 2010

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Khowst PRT member promotes daughter at Kandahar
Capt. James Bennett promoted his daughter, Natasha Bennett, to first lieutenant during a promotion ceremony on Kandahar Airfield.

Capt. Bennett, a member of the Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team deployed from Fort Polk, La., and a native of Natchitoches, La., was able to travel to Kandahar, where the younger Bennett is a member of the 1-4 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, to pin on her new rank.

News: ANSF, ISAF help construct local school
Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion from the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team helps build school for Afghan children.

Training Afghan to maintain the military vehicles given by ISAF
Soldiers of 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, taught Afghan National Border Police how to maintain the humvee, during a four day vehicle maintenance class at Camp Shaheen, Afghanistan, mid-October.

Nearly two dozen "Wounded Warriors" get taken to hunt deer with muzzleloaders in Oswego
The Salmon River Strutters and the Oswego River chapter of the Nation Wild Turkey Federation used the Albion Fish and Game Club clubhouse Saturday as a meeting point for a “Wounded Warriors” deer hunt with muzzleloaders in various sections of Oswego County.

The two turkey hunting clubs hosted 22 soldiers from Fort Drum for the event.

12 October 2010

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On Ft Drum, N Empire State College will hold an open house from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Army Education Center, 4300 Camp Hale Road, to celebrate 20 years of educating soldiers. The event is free.

Board of Elections gaffe may nullify New York soldiers' overseas absentee ballots

Girls Adopt a Platoon

Skaneateles Girl Scouts are participating in the Adopt a Platoon program for soldiers of the 277 Aviation Support Battalion based out of Fort Drum.

News: Afghan National Army 209th Corps and 1BSBT Female Engagement Team contribute to education

07 October 2010

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Soldier's complaint probed
WOUNDED WARRIOR UNIT: Rep. Maffei told members have been housed without heat, had pay withheld

Fort Drum wary of wind (turbines) near Wheeler-Sack Airfield


Ed Note: Added word turbines to story headline to make more sense

06 October 2010

Clinton E. Springer II

New to the page, a news article on the memorial service for PFC Springer.

A Soldier from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division died in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 24. The cause of death is under investigation.

Deceased is Private First Class Clinton E. Springer II, 21, of Sanford, Maine.

Springer joined the Army in March, 2009. After completing training he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2009. Springer served as an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 22 Infantry Regiment. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Brigade Combat Team in January 2010. It was his first deployment.

Springer’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He had completed the Combat Lifesavers Course this year prior to deployment.

Springer is survived by his mother and father.


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Coverage of 4th BCT deployment ceremony.

10th Combat Aviation Brigade deploys

Raynham pays fitting tribute to Medal of Honor hero, 10th Mountain division soldier Jared Monti.

05 October 2010

Press Release- Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay Extended

The deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) has been extended to Dec. 3, 2010, allowing personnel more time to apply for the benefits they've earned.

To apply, or for more information on RSLSP, including submission requirements and service-specific links, go to http://www.defense.gov/stoploss .

The deadline extension is included in the continuing resolution signed by President Obama yesterday, providing funding for federal government operations through Dec. 3.

"It's important that all those eligible for this benefit take the opportunity to apply for what they've earned," said Lernes Hebert, acting director, Officer and Enlisted Personnel Management. "We encourage those eligible to apply as soon as possible, to avoid the last minute rush, which can increase processing time."

RSLSP was established to compensate military members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. Eligible members or their beneficiaries are required to submit a claim to their respective military service in order to receive the benefit of $500 for each full or partial month served in a Stop Loss status. The original deadline for claims was Oct. 21, 2010.

When RSLSP began on Oct. 21, 2009, the services estimated 145,000 service members, veterans and beneficiaries were eligible. Because the majority of those eligible had separated from the military, the services have engaged in extensive and persistent outreach efforts throughout the year. Efforts including direct mail, engaging military and veteran service organizations, social networks and media outlets, will continue throughout the period of eligibility.

U.S. Department of Defense

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)



On the Web: http://www.defense.gov/releases/ Media Contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132 Public Contact: http://www.defense.gov/landing/questions.aspx or +1 (703) 428-0711 +1

04 October 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

After receiving an Operational Needs Statement from the 10th Mountain Division in March 2006, Remington upgrading M24 sniper rifle for the Army.

Picture of Capt. Maria Gregory, the Golf Company Commander, from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, makes news article.

Fort Drum trops train to avoid IEDS
EVENT AT DRUM: Building relations with Afghans is key, officers say

02 October 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Our View: Fort Polk meets the need, as always

Fort Polk Soldiers ready to deploy

Fort Drum's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers took 15 troops to participate in the annual Patriot Golf Day at Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Auburn on Monday.

Exactly one third of the fourth grade students at Faith Training Christian Academy, where the mascot, quite fittingly, is the Patriot, will have parents deployed to Afghanistan this month with the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, or the Patriot Brigade.

On Thursday, 75 men and women of the 10th Mountain Division aviation unit, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, earned their spurs and, on Friday, extended the tradition to 35 spouses as a means to build cohesion before the unit begins a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan within a month.

01 October 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division conducted a deployment ceremony Thursday on Honor Field at Fort Polk. Pictures included at the link.

Nearly 4,000 Fort Polk soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan. Another article on the deployment ceremony with quotes from soldiers.
 
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