10 Years Later: A Look At Fort Drum's Role In Iraq War
This week marks ten years since the start of the war in Iraq - a war that demanded a lot from soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division.
Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division answered the call early on.
Troops were responsible for securing airfields, building roads and training the Iraqi military in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It wasn't without great sacrifice.
According to Fort Drum, 122 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division were killed in action in Iraq.
In June 2010, soldiers from the division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team came home and were welcomed by Vice President Joe Biden.
They were the last Fort Drum soldiers in Iraq and by the end of 2011 all combat troops had left the country.
The end of operations in Iraq didn't mean a break for 10th Mountain Division soldiers; Fort Drum soldiers continue to deploy to Afghanistan.
The Iraq war left more than 4,000 American service members dead and 32,000 wounded.
More than 100,000 Iraqis also lost their lives.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, Watertown, NY