Military Matters: Upcoming Events


 Military Matters: Upcoming Events

If you know of an event that should be added to the Military Matters calendar, please email Katie Alexander at
Fort Drum's Military Saves Week
-May 20-26
Military Saves is a social marketing campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. Learn more at or call Kent Thompson at 772-0050.
Army Youth Network Study
-May 21-27
Fort Drum Teens between the ages of 11 - 18 are asked to participate in the Army Youth Network Study held May 21-27. Participants will make a difference for teens here on Fort Drum and Army-wide. No CYSS registration is required. Participants will receive as a thank you an Amazon gift card and so will their parent. To obtain required forms, see locations and hours that locations will be open, or find out more visit or call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719.
May 23
Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Observance
-11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the Commons
-Safety Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Magrath Gym
Celebrate Asian-Pacific culutre with the Fort Drum Division Equal Opportunity Office. This year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.” Guest speaker will be Chaplain (Capt.) Seung-il Suh, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Dancers are scheduled to perform. Admission is free.
Youth Center Lego Robotics
- 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, May 21-June 6
-Competition June 9
-Must have registered for this activity by May 9
On Mondays and Wednesdays, you can create Lego Robots that can complete tasks. Open to middle schoolers and high schoolers. Call Child, Youth, and School Services at 772-6719 for more information.
Youth Center Date Smart Class Registration Deadline
-Class runs 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 5-July 5
-Must register by May 23
Learn tips on safe and fun dating with this FREE class at the Youth Center. Call Child, Youth, and School Services at 772-6719 for more information.
May 24
Fort Drum Safety Awareness Day, Division Run, and Motorcycle Rally
-Run and Rally: 7 a.m.
-Safety Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Magrath Gym
The Fort Drum Command Integrated Safety Office will host the 17th Annual Safety Awareness Day on May 24. The daylong event promotes safety, health and wellness in all aspects of on- and off-duty activities. The day will begin with a four-mile Division Run that includes setup and judging of unit safety displays viewed by runners along the designated route. Linked with the Division Run is the Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally. The cannon, fired at 7 a.m., will signal the start, and approximately 300 motorcycles crank up to lead the runners. This fires up the runners and sets the mood and pace for a fun and healthy run. The Safety Fair, the showpiece of the day, will begin at 9 a.m. at Magrath Gym and continue until 3 p.m. This popular event allows the Fort Drum community to visit some 40 local community and Fort Drum agency booths, providing displays, information material, demonstrations and diagnostics relating to safety, health and wellness. Units and civilian workers will have designated one-hour blocks of time to visit the fair. Family Members may attend the fair throughout the day at their convenience. Special features include Public Works equipment demonstrations, environmental conservation, health prevention, interactive balance testing, railroad crossing awareness, the seat belt convincer and fire extinguisher training, to name a few.
Federal Employment Workshop
-9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., ACS
The Family Employment Readiness program at Army Community Service offers classes, training, and seminars geared toward assisting Military Family Members in becoming employed. This class offers assistance and information regarding applying for jobs and navigating through the Federal Employment system. Call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611 for more information.
Toddler's Day Out
-11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., Adirondack Creek Community Center
-Exclusive event for Mountain Community Homes residents
Bring your wee ones out for a couple of hours filled with fun! We will have face painting, a bounce house, games, and crafts. Hot dogs, goldfish crackers, and fruit snacks will be provided. For additional information, please call 315-955-6640 or email
In Her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence – Economic Justice Edition
-1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
This two-hour simulation style training used to help participants understand the ups and downs a battered woman faces over the course of many years. This simulation is used to increase awareness of the struggles women with abusive partners face. The activity illustrates how domestic violence is a community tragedy, not a private problem, and shows how we all have a role in the movement to end domestic violence. Space is limited to 20-30 participants per training. For more information, call Tila Seals at 772-6929.
Automotive Heating and Cooling Class
-5 p.m., Automotive Skills Center
Save money when you learn how to do it yourself. The Automotive Skills Center offers basic car care and repair classes on Thursday evenings. This class teaches how to check over the cooling system and look at how the heating system works. Call Mike Graveline at 772-2832 for information.
May 25
Quarterly Veterans Info Day
-9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fort Drum PX
The Fort Drum FMWR Soldier and Family Assistance Center to host a Veterans’ Information Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the Fort Drum Post Exchange. This Information Day brings together Federal, State and non-profit organizations in one location to provide a face-to-face interaction between Veterans, their Families and Survivors. Anyone who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on Active-duty is considered a Veteran and is eligible to receive benefits.
Recent changes in eligibility for entitlements, educational and health, especially for Gulf War and Vietnam-era Veterans, make dissemination of information on services imperative if we as Americans are to honor our debt to our Veterans and their Families. This is a great opportunity for service members to find out about benefits, entitlements and services available to them in an on-the-spot, one-stop information gathering, rather than relying on phone service or having to travel inconvenient distances. Call 772-7781 for more information, or click here to read the release.
Autism Support Group Meeting
-9 a.m.-11 a.m.
This meeting gives families with autistic members an opportunity for families with an autistic member to network, interact, share resources and make friends. For more information, call Sharon Chapel at 772-5476.
Right Arm Night
-5 p.m., The Commons
We've got a great Fort Drum team! Show your appreciation with an evening of fun and relaxation. Join in on the fun competitions, drink specials, and hot snack bar with the people you depend on every day. This free event is hosted monthly by one of the units on Fort Drum. Call 772-6222 for more information.
May 26
BBQ Propane Event to Benefit USO
-8 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferrellgas, Carthage
Ferrellgas on S. Washington Street in Carthage will fill your BBQ propane tank for as little as $5. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the USO Fort Drum. Click here to see the flyer.
Tilted Kilt Block Party
-11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tilted Kilt, Watertown
The USO Fort Drum will receive proceeds from this event. Click here to see the flyer.
UFC Compliments of BOSS
-9 p.m., The Winner's Circle
Check out the Pay-Per-View UFC Fight Night at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar at The Commons. Pre fight activities begin at 9 pm with the main event beginning at 10 pm. This bout features Dos Santos vs Overeem for UFC 146 with free admission compliments of BOSS. Transportation provided to and from Barracks call BOSS. Information: Brandon Smith, 772-7807.
BOSS Takes You to the Movies
-Friday and Saturday nights
Boss will supply transportation to and from the REEL TIME Theater on Fort Drum. Soldiers mush call at least one hour prior to the movie time to schedule a pick up. Soldiers being transported in a BOSS vehicle will be given a discounted admission to the movie and a REEL TIME Express Voucher from the EXCHANGE. Rides are available for Friday and Saturday night movies only. Call 772-7807.
May 27
Annual Watchfire Ceremony
-Fire lighting at dusk, State Fairgrounds, Syracuse
-Deadline to drop off flags at Fort Drum Public Affairs Office: May 21
Community members with an American flag no longer fit for display may ensure proper disposal of it by bringing it to the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 10012, by close of business May 21.
Public Affairs personnel will take the flags to a Memorial Day "Watchfire" that begins at dusk May 27 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The annual ceremony, sponsored by the Central New York chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, provides citizens an opportunity to properly and respectfully retire unserviceable U.S. flags while also honoring the nation's veterans, including all fallen and/or missing U.S. service members.
Ultimate Fighting Championships
-Doors open at 7 p.m., The Winner's Circle
Check out the Pay-Per-View UFC Fight Night at the Winner's Circle Sports Bar. Pre-fight activities begin at 9 p.m. The main event begins at 10 p.m.
May 28 - Memorial Day
Youth Center Closed
Call Child, Youth, and School Services at 772-6719 for more information.
May 29
2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show
-6 p.m., Magrath Sports Complex Gym
The U.S. Army Soldier Show, proudly presented by Fort Drum Family and MWR, returns with a 90 minute live musical performance. Nineteen Soldiers from across the country travel throughout the world to entertain Army communities performing roughly 60 shows per year. This not to be missed event will be held on May 29 at Magrath Sports Complex with an evening show at 6 pm. This is a professionally produced show of music and dance. This event is open to the public. The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is sponsored by Army G-1's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. Call Laura Oakes at 772-5370 for more information.
Welcome Tour
-9:30 a.m, Most Tuesdays
-Tour departs from the Fort Drum Inn
Drum Family Welcome Tour is a narrated van tour of Fort Drum and the local community. Call the Relocation Readiness Program at 772-6566 for information.
Conditioning Center Instruction: Abdominal Concentration
-9 a.m.
-Fitness Program
Offered on a first come-first served basis, with every piece of equipment in the Magrath Conditioning Center covered in the weekly rotation. Call 772-9672/4585 for details.
Conflict Resolution Class
-1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Call the Family Advocacy Program at 772-2279 for more information, including location.
May 30
Computer Basics For Job Seekers: Intro to PowerPoint
-1 p.m.-3 p.m., ACS
The Family Employment Readiness program at Army Community Service offers classes, training, and seminars geared toward assisting Military Family Members in becoming employed. This is an introductory class on Microsoft Office Power Point. Learn the basics of how to create a slide. Only 15 seats available. Call Amanda Thompson at 772-9611 for more information.
Competition Archery League
-Wednesdays at 5:30, Parks & Rec
-May 9-August 1
League registration fee: $25 and $10 per weekly shoot. Sign up at FMWR Parks and Recreation, Bldg. P-11115 Iraqi Freedom Drive. Call 772-5169 or 772-8222 for more information.
May 31
Stateside PCS Briefings
-Every Tuesday and Thursday
Meet with Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program staff for updates on PCS procedures. Call Amy Kilionski at 772-6566 for more information, including time and location.
Welding Safety Class
-5 p.m., Automotive Skills Center
Save money when you learn how to do it yourself. The Automotive Skills Center offers basic car care and repair classes on Thursday evenings. This class is mandatory to use the welding equipment in the Automotive Skills Center. Information: Mike Graveline, 772-2832.
June 1
USO Military Appreciation Day & Touch-A-Truck
-3 p.m.-7 p.m., Showtime Skating, Watertown
The USO Fort Drum is excited to be hosting its annual Military Appreciation Day, Friday June 1st, 2012, from 1500-1900 at Showtime Skating (144 Eastern Blvd., Watertown). The USO is providing free skating, pizza, ice cream, and sodas, plus entertainment for the afternoon for our Active Duty ID card holders and their Dependents. This event is held in conjunction with Touch-A-Truck in the Showtime Skating parking lot, which features vehicles of all types on display. Click here to see the Touch-A-Truck flyer.
Youth Center High School Dance
-8 p.m.-Midnight
Celebrate Summer! Teens in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to dress up and have a great time with friends when the Youth Center offers music and snacks at this event. For more information, call Steve Ferguson at 772-6719.
June 2
2012 Two Person Captain & Crew Golf Tournament
-8 a.m., Willowbrook Golf Club, Watertown
-Sign up by June 1
This Golf Tournament will be conducted at Willowbrook Golf Club and is open to active duty military assigned/attached to Fort Drum, Family members 19 years and older, retirees, reservists, and DoD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Sign-up at the Sports Office, Bldg. P-10050, by 3:30 pm on June 1.
2012 Softball Tournament
-9 a.m., Magrath Sports Complex Fields
-Team Rosters Due by May 30
2012 Softball Tournament at Magrath Sports Complex softball fields. This tournament is open to Active Duty Military assigned/attached to Fort Drum, Family Members 19 years and older, retirees, reservists, and DoD civilians employed on Fort Drum. Team rosters are due to the Sports Office, Bldg. P-10050, by 3:30 on May 30. For more information, call Brandon Doherty at 772-6661.
American Legion Riders Benefit the Troops Ride
-10:30 a.m.
Registration and start of the Ride is at Caskinette Throttle Shop in Cartage. Kick stands up at 10:30am. The USO Fort Drum is the first stop in the 100 mile ride. Johnny Spezzano from The Border 106.7 radio station will broadcast LIVE and the cheerleaders from the Red and Black football team will serve Dunkin' Donuts.
School Age Saturday Open Rec
-Noon-4 p.m., Chapel Drive School Age Center
-For youth in grades 1-6
Bring sneakers and a swipe card for admission. Enjoy a variety of organized activities within the four service areas: Arts & Crafts; Recreation & Leisure; Life Skills, Mentoring & Intervention, and Education Support. Call 772-4411 for more information.
Save the Date:
June 5 & 6
USO Sesame Street LIVE Shows
-2 p.m. & 6 p.m. each day
-Free tickets available beginning May 24
Open to Military ID Card Holders only. Free tickets for these shows are available through your military unit, CYS Services, and the USO beginning May 24. Although this is a USO event it is being held in a FMWR facility – the Monti Gym. Call the USO Fort Drum at 777-8006 for more information.
June 15
Army Community Covenant Renewal Signing Ceremony
-1 p.m., Center Court, Salmon Run Mall, Watertown
Join the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization in renewing and celebrating the cooperation that fosters and sustains effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve quality of life for Soldiers and their families. For more information, call Kathy Mastellon at 836-1531.
Army Birthday Ball
-The Commons
The Northern New York-Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army will be recognizing the Department of the Army Civilian of the Year, Mrs. Judith L. Gentner, and the Familiy of the Year, SFC Kevin G. Rast Family, at the event.
June 16
St. Lawrence County Military & Veteran Appreciation Day and Career Fair
-9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cheel Arena, Clarkson University
-For more information, call the state Division of Veterans Affairs office at 393-0580, or the St. Lawrence County Veterans Services Department at 386-4754.
All military veterans, their families and friends are invited to attend the first annual Military & Veteran Appreciation Day and Career Fair for St. Lawrence County. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the career fair. You can also pre-register online at Vendors and presenters will provide information and help enrolling in and claiming a wide-range of benefits and programs. Additionally, the new St. Lawrence County veterans cards will be issued at this function. The card can be used to take advantage reduced prices at a number of retailers around the county. Bring your original DD Form 214 or a certified copy to get your card.
June 21
Riverfest 2012
-Alexandria Bay
-Family & MWR buses leave from the Magrath Sports Complex at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon
-The last bus departs from Alexandria Bay at 5 p.m.
This highly-anticipated annual event is open to all Soldiers, Family Members, DoD Civilians, and guests. Take the early bus and make the most of your day! Your ticket buys an AUSA Picnic Lunch at the Alexandria Bay Park Pavilion, a one-hour Uncle Sam Boat Tour of the Thousand Islands, and admission to scenic Boldt Castle. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Unit CSMs will be selling tickets through June 8. Tickets will be available at the Family & MWR window in Clark Hall (Room A2-6) 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 4-20.
June 28
-Begins at 1 p.m., Division Hill
This annual event features a Kid's Fun Zone, pay-as-you-play Adventure Quest Zone, Food & Beverage tent, Military equipment display, and BOSS Car, Audio & Motorcycle show - not to mention free concerts by TJ Murphy and Jake Owens! The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will make an appearance at 3:30 p.m. A Salute to the Nation ceremony will by held at 5 p.m. There will be a fireworks display immediately following the Jake Owen concert. For more information, call 772-5370.
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