Military Matters

Fort Drum local economic impact totals $1.4B direct & $400M indirect

Depending on who you talk to, Fort Drum either pumped $1.4 billion or $1.8 billion into the local economy last year.

  Fort Drum cooks make healthy food options for soldiers

  Fort Drum has top COVID vaccination rate among military installations

  Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

Report: Biden plan includes $18M for VA medical center upgrades

  Fort Drum welcomes new deputy commander for support

Schumer meets with incoming Fort Drum commanding general

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  Lawmakers address military sexual assault

  In wide-ranging interview, Fort Drum’s General Mennes discusses Afghanistan, Capitol breach, extremism and more

  General Mennes: more than 7,000 Fort Drum soldiers have gotten COVID shot

Report: trust in military off sharply

Pentagon report cites threat of extremism in military

New commanding general coming to Fort Drum

  ‘It really, really hurts,’ says top Fort Drum leader about soldiers’ conduct in video

“It is not how we do business.” That’s how a top Fort Drum leader is describing the conduct of 10th Mountain Division soldiers in a “shoot-house” video that has been circulating online.

Austin orders review on how to best use military assets globally

Defense Secretary and former 10th Mountain Division Commander Lloyd Austin has been tasked with figuring out the military’s global “footprint” with a potentially smaller defense budget.

  Fort Drum soldiers commemorate troops’ World War II training

Hundreds of Fort Drum soldiers were put to the test Wednesday to commemorate a grueling exercise 10th Mountain Division troops were put through during World War II.

  Fort Drum reports progress with COVID vaccinations

Fort Drum is reporting progress on post when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. Soldiers and civilians got second doses of the vaccine.

  Fort Drum’s annual baby shower goes virtual

Stefanik: why are troops staying at Capitol?

Biden signs order to reverse transgender military ban

Biden to reverse transgender military ban

  Fort Drum soldiers’ spouses receive special gift from the Pences

  Fort Drum administers its first COVID-19 vaccines

Fort Drum getting COVID vaccine, shots to be given in phases

COVID-19 vaccines will be arriving on Fort Drum in the coming days and given out in phases.

  Year in review: Fort Drum in 2020

As the nation faced the force of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Drum was not spared from quarantines and business shutdowns. But, the post didn’t let the virus define its 2020.

Senate could override veto of defense spending bill

The U.S. Senate could soon override President Trump’s veto of an annual defense spending bill.

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

The House of Representatives is expected to vote to over-ride President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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

The body of Hayden Harris, 20, a Fort Drum soldier was found Saturday in woods off a road in Byram Township, northern New Jersey.

Fort Drum soldier found fatally shot, another soldier held

Authorities on Monday were holding a U.S. Army soldier in the death of a fellow soldier from Tennessee who was found shot to death in New Jersey after he was missing from a base in upstate New York.

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

With Christmas a week away, many 10th Mountain Division soldiers are traveling home, although traveling in this pandemic has been discouraged. So what restrictions will soldiers and families have to follow?

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

Former 10th Mountain Division commander and retired four-star Army general Lloyd Austin says he reveres the principle of civilian control of the military. Austin made the remarks after after President-elect Joe Biden introduced him Wednesday as his nominee as as secretary of defense.

  Trees for Troops brightens soldiers’ holidays

Another successful Trees for Troops is in the books. Over the weekend more than 500 Christmas trees got homes.

  House passes veto-proof defense bill

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual legislation which lays out how the military will spend its money.

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

North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is continuing her efforts to bring an East Coast missile defense system to Fort Drum.

Former Fort Drum commander considered to lead DoD

CNN reports that retired Gen. Lloyd Austin is one of several people in line for the job.

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

With winter approaching, people have enough to worry without the added stress of a vehicle breakdown and costly repairs.

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

The generosity of one anonymous soldier means that more families will have turkey on the table this year.

  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

A wreath-laying ceremony on Fort Drum Tuesday honored the men and women who’ve served in recognition of Veterans Day.

  Program helps soldiers find agriculture careers

Military service members learn a lot of skills that set them up nicely for a career in agriculture.

Senators call on Army to pause rollout of new fitness test

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is calling on the Army to stop a fitness test she says could undermine military readiness.

  Military unveils smart watch with a difference

You can't buy this one at the Apple store. Call it a smarter watch.

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

It’s a great rock music fix along with news and advice for vets – all in one place. It’s “Cup of Joe Radio.”

  Fort Drum boutique offers free dresses to servicewomen and spouses

Operation Deploy Your Dress is a new boutique on Fort Drum. It’s mission is to give free dresses to servicewomen and military 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.