Military Matters

  Fort Drum administers its first COVID-19 vaccines

This week, healthcare workers, first responders and leaders of the 10th Mountain Division and Garrison Command Team got their first dose.

Senate could override veto of defense spending bill

House votes tonight on bill vital to Fort Drum, north country

  Soldier remembered: “This world will be a little darker without him.”

Fort Drum soldier found fatally shot, another soldier held

  The rules Fort Drum soldiers, families must follow during holiday travel

  Austin says he reveres idea of civilian military control as he’s nominated as defense secretary

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  Trees for Troops brightens soldiers’ holidays

  House passes veto-proof defense bill

  Missile defense site at Fort Drum a ‘multi-year effort,’ Stefanik says

Former Fort Drum commander considered to lead DoD

Fort Drum Auto Skills Center assists military community with winter car care

  Fort Drum soldier anonymously donates nine Thanksgiving meals for North Country families

  Fort Drum increases restrictions as COVID cases rise

Rising COVID cases on Fort Drum and in the surrounding communities are bringing more restrictions for soldiers, families and visitors.

  SUNY looks to make college more affordable for active military members, veterans

The State University of New York is making a difference for military families through a new military council.

Report: expect order for Afghanistan, Iraq troop drawdown

President Trump's order would reduce the number of troops in each country to 2,500, from 4,500 in Afghanistan now and 3,000 in Iraq now, according to CNN.

  Deployed father’s messages to daughter go viral

A soldier stationed at Fort Drum wrote out messages for his daughter for every day he was deployed - 270 of them.

  Fort Drum wreath-laying honors veterans

  Program helps soldiers find agriculture careers

Senators call on Army to pause rollout of new fitness test

  Military unveils smart watch with a difference

  North country veteran’s radio show delivers Vietnam-era music with contemporary message

  Fort Drum boutique offers free dresses to servicewomen and spouses

  Concert goes virtual to raise money for veterans

A global concert that has turned virtual because of COVID-19 is helping to raise money for military charities.

  Mountain Peak wraps up at Fort Drum

Units with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division packed up their tents after almost two weeks of intense training on Fort Drum.

Former Drum soldier draws prison term for firearms theft

Devin Biggs, 21, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months for stealing five long guns during the burglary of a gun shop in Gouverneur, and to participating in a burglary at a DeKalb Junction firearms dealer in which five handguns were stolen.

  Watertown’s Vet Center making a move

In roughly six months, it will be relocating to the former Savory Cafe building on outer Washington Street.

Fort Drum getting $21M for new hangar

Fort Drum is getting $21 million to build a new unmanned aerial vehicle hangar.

Fort Drum’s Mountain Peak begins

Mountain Peak starts at Fort Drum. It’s a training exercise for the 10th Mountain Division involving troops on the ground and in the air.

Fort Drum adopts new automated security system at gates

The Army calls it the Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system and Fort Drum officials say it should be online by October 2.

Army announces deployment of Fort Drum soldiers to Afghanistan

Several hundred Fort Drum soldiers will be shipping out for Afghanistan. The Army announced that 600 to 800 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team will be deploying sometime this fall.

Increased noise, traffic expected as Fort Drum’s Mountain Peak begins Monday

Fort Drum’s Mountain Peak exercise is set to start Monday. Mountain Peak is the largest, all hands-on-deck training exercise for the Army post and in years past has involved troops on the ground and in the air.

  At 102, veteran recalls World War II service

For one veteran living in Chaumont, sneaking behind enemy lines during World War II was just another day on the job.

Troops returning soon from Middle East

Thousands of U.S. soldiers are set to return from the Middle East.

  Cobb: Stefanik should say ‘those words are wrong’

As President Trump denied Friday that he ever called fallen U.S. soldiers ’losers’ and ’suckers,’ the Democratic candidate for the north country’s seat in congress said she found the president’s language “appalling” and “disgusting.”

  Fort Drum’s economic impact on north country is ‘tremendous benefit’

Fort Drum is a huge driving force in the north country and supports almost 25,000 jobs on and off post.

Fort Drum remains major economic force in north country

Advocate Drum released their report on the post's impact during the 2019 fiscal year.

  Fort Drum celebrates soldiers during a very different type of Mountainfest

There wasn’t a concert or salute to the troops or helicopter tours, but the meaning behind Mountainfest stayed the same.

Fort Drum earns prestigious award

The Department of Defense has named Fort Drum a winner of the 2020 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

  Operation Homefront helps military families with schools supplies

Hundreds of kids from military families were strapping on brand-new backpacks, thanks to Operation Homefront.

Coming soon: the ‘Mountain Mudder’ with...more mud

There are some changes to the annual physical fitness run and obstacle course on Fort Drum.

  Fort Drum family honored for their volunteer work

For Staff Sgt. Casey Raines and his wife Brittany, volunteering is a way of life.

  Fort Drum commander confident in school re-opening

“We are fully in support of what the school districts are doing," said Brigadier General Brett Funck.

  JCC cuts costs for active duty military students

Jefferson Community College is cutting the costs for its active-duty military students. JCC calls it the Military Sparks Voucher.

  Fort Drum soldiers sharpen skills at shooting range

Soldiers are sharpening their skills at Fort Drum. Wednesday was the first day of a three-day long automatic weapons training.

Soldiers closer to getting pay raise

The House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act that would give soldiers a 3 percent pay bump.

  10th Mountain Division celebrates 77th anniversary

In a message from overseas, Commanding General Brian Mennes is commemorating the 77th anniversary of the 10th Mountain Division’s founding.

  Soldier who helped girl at airport: ‘Show compassion for others’

It’s a photo that has been making its rounds on Facebook of a Fort Drum soldier doing a good deed for a young girl.

House committee recommends Fort Drum as missile defense preferred site

It’s early in the process, but there’s good news for Fort Drum in a House of Representative committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

  Army looks to hire 10,000 new soldiers in 3 days

For the first time, the U.S. Army is holding a nationwide virtual hiring campaign with a goal of hiring 10,000 new soldiers in 3 days.

Mountainfest 2020 canceled due to pandemic

It was originally scheduled for June but was postponed to August 27 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Town hall meeting to address Army’s stop-movement policy

Fort Drum soldiers and their families will learn more about the Army’s stop-movement policy at a town hall event scheduled for Thursday.

  Watertown YMCA project eligible for Department of Defense grant

The Watertown YMCA's new aquatics and community center project is eligible for millions of dollars through a Department of Defense grant.

Cuomo wonders why Esper sent troops to DC if he doesn’t think they should be used

Gov. Andrew Cuomo agrees with Defense Secretary Mark Esper that active-duty military should not be used against protestors.

  Esper says he opposes using Insurrection Act day after Fort Drum troops deploy

A military police unit from Fort Drum has been deployed to the Washington, D.C. area.

Army targets COVID-19 vaccine by end of year, human testing in summer

The Army is aiming for a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.

Report: Pentagon lifting travel ban for military

Military Times is reporting the Pentagon is rolling back its travel ban for service members. That means travel for things like training and change-of-station moves can begin to resume.

Harris takes command of 2nd BCT in Fort Drum Ceremony

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team on Fort Drum has a new leader.

Fort Drum will open cemeteries for public visitation on Memorial Day

It's an annual Memorial Day tradition at Fort Drum, and with COVID 19 prevention and mitigation measures firmly in place, it will go on.

Soldiers deploy from Fort Drum to Afghanistan

Over the weekend, the 10th Mountain Division's Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion deployed to Afghanistan as part of a regular troop rotation.

  Thanking veterans’ spouses by offering a snapshot in time

To recognize the sacrifices made by military spouses, the Adopt-A-Grandparent: Veterans Edition organization arranged a photo shoot for the wives of veterans at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown.

Fort Drum will soon allow soldiers to get hair cuts, go to gyms

Fort Drum soldiers will soon be able to get a hair cut and hit the gym.

  Fort Drum soldiers adapt their training in COVID-19 world

Fort Drum is getting back at it - slowly starting up training while adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Soldiers give back to their new community

A dozen Fort Drum soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade were in Lewis County Wednesday, volunteering at the Lowville American Legion.

  General Mennes offers updates about Fort Drum

Fort Drum will begin a phased return of operations starting May 4. 10th Mountain Division commander Major General Brian Mennes appeared on 7 News This Evening to discuss it.

More Fort Drum soldiers released from quarantine

They're members of the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team who were brought home from Afghanistan early due to COVID-19 concerns.

Report: Fort Drum prayer videos taken down after group complains

The videos were targeted by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which complained the videos were “illicit proselytizing” of Christianity.

  General Mennes offers updates about Fort Drum

There have been no newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Fort Drum. That’s the word from 10th Mountain Division commander Major General Brian Mennes.

  Fort Drum soldiers answer call for COVID-19 response in New Jersey

More than a dozen Fort Drum soldiers are part of the ongoing response effort against the coronavirus. They’re now based in New Jersey.

  General Mennes offers updates about Fort Drum soldiers

There are no new cases of COVID-19 on Fort Drum. That’s the latest update from 10th Mountain Division Commander Major General Brian Mennes.

  Fort Drum closes barber shops, requires masks in public places

There are two changes on Fort Drum to report.

  Fort Drum’s commander discusses quarantined soldiers, COVID cases & masks

Major General Brian Mennes, commander of 10th Mountain Division, appeared on 7 News This Evening Wednesday night to update the community on how Fort Drum is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maintain distance or wear face masks, DoD says

Everyone on a U.S. Department of Defense installation must wear a face covering if they’re not six feet or more from anyone else.

  Fort Drum’s commander discusses restrictions, quarantines & Pentagon order

Major General Brian Mennes, commander of 10th Mountain Division, appeared on 7 News This Evening Thursday night to discuss how Fort Drum is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  An inside look at Fort Drum soldiers in quarantine

Around 300 soldiers from the First Brigade Combat Team are back early from Afghanistan. But, they're not home yet. The brigade is being quarantined for two weeks as a COVID-19 precaution.

  10th Mountain Division commander discusses Fort Drum, COVID-19 & soldiers in Afghanistan

Major General Brian Mennes, commander of 10th Mountain Division, appeared on 7 News This Evening Wednesday night to discuss COVID-19 developments at Fort Drum.

  Fort Drum soldiers coming home from Afghanistan due to COVID-19 pandemic

More than 1,000 Fort Drum solders are coming back from Afghanistan sooner than expected because of COVID-19.

AG: Fort Drum community targeted by COVID-19 scammers

The state's attorney general says scammers have been using the COVID-19 pandemic to target members of the Fort Drum community.

Fort Drum’s workforce adjusts to meet COVID-19 challenges

Fort Drum says its Main Post Exchange is facing the same challenges as civilian stores when it comes to meeting the demand for items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer and cleaning products.

Fort Drum closes gate, postpones brigade rotation

The gate at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield will close at 11 p.m. Friday until further notice to save on resources on post.

  10th Mountain Division commander discusses COVID-19 & Fort Drum

Major General Brian Mennes, commander of 10th Mountain Division, appeared on 7 News this Evening Tuesday night to discuss COVID-19 developments at Fort Drum.