Fort Drum's 'Mountain Peak' Underway
Happening now on Fort Drum: One of the largest training exercises in 10th Mountain Division history.
The exercise is called "Mountain Peak," and about 10,000 soldiers are taking part.
Through the end of the month, the soldiers will be on Fort Drum's ranges, practicing everything from setting up a forward operating base to 'live-fire' missions from the air and on the ground.
Officials say the exercise is an invaluable opportunity to practice at the division level to prepare for upcoming deployments, and they're asking for the community's patience.
"It's a short period in a calendar year where you have to kind of endure with some of the loud noises and bangs, but again, that's the price for freedom. So we want to make sure that we're able to take that down range with us," said Lt. Col. Christopher Wendland, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is widely expected to deploy again in early 2013, though nothing has been announced.
This exercise marks the first time in a decade Drum's combat brigades are at home at the same time to practice, and it may be the largest training ever on Drum, officials said.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY