22 April 2010

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

US Army begins chopper training on Adirondack peak
Soldiers from the Army's 10th Mountain Division have begun high-altitude helicopter training exercises on top of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

A spokeswoman with the Fort Drum-based division says Thursday the training flights began this week. Army officials announced plans last month to use the state-run Adirondack ski peak for mountain landings by the division's Combat Aviation Brigade.

Five win volunteer awards at Fort Drum
Five people were honored Tuesday night at the 2010 Fort Drum Volunteer of the Year and Man and Woman of the Mountain Appreciation Ceremony.

Hearts for Heroes effort earns local groups Volunteers of the Month honors
Officials at Fort Drum have named two local groups Volunteers of the Month.

Representatives from the Oneida County 912ers made the trip to Fort Drum for the ceremony Wednesday. The New Hartford Legion also was honored, but could not be in attendance. Colonel Kenneth Riddle personally presented the group with the award.

Retired colonel is chosen as Man of the Mountain
Retired Col. Terrence L. Roche, Carthage, was honored Tuesday night with Fort Drum's Man of the Mountain Award for his contributions to the post.

Press Release- High-Altitude Flight Training Begins in Whiteface Mountain Area

Fort Drum, NY – The 10th Mountain Division Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 10th Mountain Division is now operating with a special maneuver license for training helicopter pilots at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains. This high-altitude mountainous training is preparation for the brigade’s planned deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in the fall of 2010.

Whiteface Mountain provides the best and only suitable terrain and altitude to accomplish this training task in New York State. The features of Whiteface provide critical realistic high-altitude helicopter missions the CAB needs to safely conduct flight operations in Afghanistan.

A media opportunity to see a Whiteface Mountain based high-altitude training mission first hand is scheduled for April 23. Media interested in covering this event needs to be at the Media Operations Center on RT 26 not later than 8:30am on April 23.

Due to limited space, all interested media must RSVP no later than 3:30pm Thursday April 22. For more information contact Kae Young, Public Affairs @ 315-772-5463 or kae.young@us.army.mil.
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