Far from the battlefield and the training ground, some Fort Drum soldiers are trying a different kind of challenge - the roaring Black River.

For five years, Fort Drum's MWR - Morale, Welfare and Recreation - has been sending soldiers whitewater rafting with local rafting companies, including about 900 soldiers so far this summer.

One day last week, a group of soldiers prepared to hit the waves.

"This allows them to come out, enjoy a day on the river which, a lot of them with the training they do, they don't get this opportunity too often," said Richard Cole, a recreation assistant at Fort Drum.

It ws a new experience for many of the soldiers.

"I've never been rafting before, never really done any water activities," said Sergeant First Class Dan Bryan. "So I think it's gonna be awesome."

"It's a privilege for us and we're kind of honored to share and give back and we're kind of honored to share and give back to them for what they've been giving us," said Tony Gianfagna, a rafting guide.

See. hear more about the soldiers' whitewater adventure by clicking on the picture to watch John Moore's report.