Advocate Drum Names New Leader

Advocate Drum Names New Leader

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Advocate Drum, the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, has a new leader.

Edward “Fritz” Keel, a Fort Drum soldier, will serve as its executive director, effective June 4. He's retiring from the military July 31.

Keel is a 25-year veteran of the Army and a native of Lawrence, Kansas.

In 2003, Fritz was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer, Battalion Fire Support Officer for 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, and as the Commander of Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery. During his first tour at Fort Drum, he deployed twice, to Afghanistan as well as to Iraq.

Fritz returned to Fort Drum and the north country in 2015 to establish and re-activate the 10th Mountain Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Headquarters, serving as the deputy commander. He was instrumental in establishing the division’s standards for artillery unit certification and in training the DIVARTY Headquarters to support two Warfighter exercises.

In December 1992, he enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and upon graduation from the University of Kansas in May 1998, was commissioned as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Fritz and his wife, Yanneth, live in Sackets Harbor and have seven children between them. They are active in community events, school projects and church groups. Fritz volunteers as a coach for the Sackets Harbor T-Ball team and enjoys woodworking, home improvement projects, and restoring his classic Mercedes.

Advocate Drum is a member-based organization dedicated to protect and enhance Fort Drum’s military value, sustain and leverage its economic and cultural significance to the Fort Drum region and New York State, and foster effective communication between the installation and its civilian neighbors to promote mutual support and understanding.

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