Soldiers who deploy without leaving home

Updated: Jul. 17, 2019 at 1:17 PM EDT
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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - It’s a 9 month deployment, while never leaving home.

The 33rd Financial Support Management Unit at Fort Drum is doing what’s called a deployed in place.

A team of 20 soldiers certifies contracts and payments for 10th Mountain Division troops who are serving overseas.

And while these soldiers may not have boots on the ground in war zones, they play a critical roll in supporting those who do.

“We have work fighters in the battlefield at this very moment in Afghanistan and Kuwait. For their daily day function they may need all of these services, or help from housing, or gas,” said 1st Lieutenant Sung Shin, dispersing agent for the Bravo 33 commercial vendor services.

“The ability that it brings to the fight is that we are not deploying our soldiers forward. We are able to do this from home station, which reduces the amount of soldiers we have in theater, and reduces the cost overall for the army to operate in those specific areas,” said Major Patrick Touchard Jr., unit commander.

So far the mission has processed more than 1,500 payments worth $1.1 billion.

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