09 July 2010

Fort Drum Press Release - Engineer Company Returns to Fort Drum

The 173 Soldiers of the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, redeployed from southern Afghanistan on July 8, 2010 after spending 12 months conducting route clearance operations throughout Regional Command - South in both Kandahar and Helmand
Provinces. The company primarily supported 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team along Highway 1 as well as Task Force Helmand, a British brigade-sized headquarters, during Operation Mostarak (Together) in Nad e Ali from February to April 2010. The company lost two Soldiers during the deployment, both due to IED strikes, and had another 11 Soldiers wounded in action. In total, the company found 84 IEDs, 59 UXOs and suffered 55 IED strikes while clearing over 45,000 kilometers of routes during the 5600 hours spent on the road.

Fort Drum Press Release - 543rd Military Police Company Redeployment

Members of the 543rd Military Police Company, 10th
Sustainment Brigade arrived at Fort
Drum from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan Thursday.

The 543rd deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July of 2009.

The flight arrived during the evening hours at Wheeler Sack Airfield with 154 personnel. The 543rd successfully trained 10,000 Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police by providing Police Training Teams (PTT) and Military Training Team (MTT) meaning that the company prepared/trained Iraqi police leadership to plan, execute, and sustain independent police operations. PTTs diligently coach, mentor, and train the Iraqi police to take the lead in policing Iraq's citizens through the use of several training tools, including the police essential task list and the police station monthly report (PSMR). With more than 150 police-essential task list training tasks-printed in Arabic and English-the PTTs have a variety of instructional classes to choose from to help the Iraqi police raise the functionality of their police stations and personnel. The 543rd also conducted counter improvised explosive device (IED) and indirect fire (IDF) missions throughout the day and night.

10th Mountain Division News Roundup

Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, July 12, in honor of two Fort Drum soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan on July 5.

Staff Sergeant Christopher F. Cabacoy and Private First Class Edwin C. Wood were killed when insurgents attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. The soldiers were assigned to 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, NY.

Fort Drum's 1st BCT Working With Afghan Security Forces(Video)

The 1st Brigade Combat Team from Fort Drum is working closely with Afghan national security forces in Afghanistan.

The 1st BCT's commander, Colonel Willard Burleson, says morale is good among the troops.

He says soldiers won't see any major changes in strategy now that General David Petraeus is in command.

Burleson also says most of the soldiers are deployed to the northern part of Afghanistan.

Military Notes
Austin D. Roberts of Alexandria was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during an ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Commissioning Ceremony at Canisius College on Friday, May 21. Roberts graduated from Canisius College on May 22 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is assigned to the Infantry Corps in Fort Drum, N.Y. He is the son of Stephen G. and Ruth Roberts of Farm Road, Alexandria. Roberts graduated in the year 2000 from T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria.

Dollar$ & $ense - Returning Military Still Have Plenty of Time
As the 2nd Brigade - 10th Mountain Division returns to Fort Drum from Afghanistan, they and other military personnel who served on official extended duty service outside the country for at least 90 days between January 1st, 2009 and April 30th, 2010 have until April 30th, 2011, to sign a contract to purchase or build a home and still get the money, thanks to the Service Members Home Ownership Act of 2009.

Two Fort Drum soldiers killed in Afghanistan loved drama and adventure
Two Fort Drum cavalry scouts died Monday in Afghanistan after an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, 30, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Pfc. Edwin C. Wood, 18, of Omaha, Neb., served with 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Video-link psychiatry offered in Watertown

North country residents hit by a shortage in mental health providers won't have to travel to Syracuse for treatment anymore.

Patients can attend teleconference sessions at North Country Children's Clinic, 238 Arsenal St., with experts at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.The telepsychiatry facility is at the children's clinic, but is available to other community health care providers, clinic executive director Aileen G.Martin said.
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