Over the past 12 months, members of the Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) community witnessed the challenges and triumphs of another year in advancing the cause of freedom around the world. Before turning the page on 2012, take a quick look back with us at some of the people, policies and events that shaped our lives and what has kept Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division (LI) “Army Strong.”
By direction of Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, Soldiers conduct a medical evacuation exercise on post as a part of Fort Drum’s initial training event to expand the installation’s medevac support capabilities. Simulating a Soldier critically injured during training, medics from 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, relied on Black Hawk helicopters from 10th Combat Aviation Brigade rather than civilian aircraft out of Syracuse.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces that all veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have an additional five years to qualify for VA benefits. Veterans have attributed a range of undiagnosed or poorly understood medical problems to their military service. Veterans or survivors who believe they qualify should contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000 before Dec. 31, 2016.
Brig. Gen. Harry E. Miller Jr., who served for more than a year as senior leader of Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI), is honored during a Mountain Farewell ceremony. Miller arrived at Fort Drum in September 2010 to assume command from then-Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, who deployed with the division headquarters to Afghanistan. In late 2011, Miller continued to serve here as an assistant during the division’s leadership transition from Terry, who returned from deployment, to Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley.
Department of Defense officials issue election-year guidance to remind military and DoD civilians of the rules that regulate their involvement in political activities. Officials referred to DoD Directive 1344.10, which applies to members of the armed forces, whether they serve on active duty, as members of the reserve components not on active duty, as National Guard members in a nonfederal status, and military retirees. They also highlighted the Hatch Act, which applies to federal civilian employees.
Army officials announce that assignments and promotions may not be as certain for Soldiers in the near future as the Army seeks to downsize and Soldier competitiveness reaches new levels. The Army will promote only the best qualified and experienced officers and noncommissioned officers based on potential and performance, officials said.
The Fort Drum Casualty Assistance Center takes over processing all Traumatic Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance claims from the Wounded Warrior Support Center. TSGLI helps severely injured Soldiers through their time of need with a one-time payment. Soldiers can apply for TSGLI, even if they have been discharged, so long as the service member experienced the traumatic event while in service and covered by SGLI.
President Barack Obama signs a bill into law to streamline airport screening procedures for service members and their Family Members traveling on official orders. The new law, in part, called for the Transportation Security Administration to establish standard guidelines for screening military uniform items, such as combat boots.
Soldiers with an air traffic control company of Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, earn Army Aviation Association of America awards for their performance during a recent deployment to Afghanistan. Presented at Fort Rucker, Ala., the awards included Air Traffic Control Unit of the Year (F Company, TF Knighthawk), Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year (Ground Control Approach Team), Air Traffic Control Manager of the Year (Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin A. Grissett) and Air Traffic Control Controllers of the Year (Staff Sgt. Antonio Bustion Jr. and Spc. Taylor D. Wilds).
An aviation crew with C Company “Dustoff,” Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, earns an Army Aviation Association of America National Award for a mission conducted in June 2011 in Afghanistan. The Air/Sea Rescue of the Year award was presented to Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Sabiston, pilot in command, who praised the members of his crew, including Sgt. Julia Bringloe, a medic who conducted numerous hoist missions.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announces spending priorities for the forthcoming fiscal 2013 defense budget, which included reductions in the Army and Marine Corps end strength, an increase in special operations forces and maintaining the number of big-deck carriers. The Pentagon’s budget request was set at $525 billion for fiscal 2013 with an additional $88.4 billion for overseas contingency operations – down from $531 billion and $115 billion, respectively, in the previous fiscal year.
Brig. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, 10th Mountain Division (LI) deputy commanding general - support, travels to New York City seeking to tell the division’s story while connecting the Army to the largest populated city in the country. During his two-day visit with private and public officials, Dahl explained how a high operational tempo of repeated deployments and minimal dwell time makes it difficult for Soldiers to better connect with the people they have sworn to defend.
Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, names Jon Brophy, Jeff Michaud, Johnny Towery and Ken Rupp of Fort Drum’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security’s Aviation Division as IMCOM “Heroes of the Day.” The commander thanked the civilian air traffic controllers for using their expertise, training and skills to ensure military and civilian aircraft passed safely through the surrounding airspace after the tower received an emergency call from Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center explaining there was a critical radio outage.
Two 10th Combat Aviation Brigade task forces receive the Army Aviation Center of Excellence “Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker Award” for their performance in Afghanistan from October 2010 to October 2011. Task Force Six Shooters, which was based at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar Province, was named Best Combat Aviation Battalion, and Task Force Phoenix, which was based at Bagram Airfield in Parwan Province, was named Best Combat Aviation Support Battalion.
As a part of a new initiative, the Department of the Army selects Fort Drum as one of four installations to launch a six-week pilot program through its Army Career and Alumni Program. The pilot included an extension of ACAP's Transition Assistance Program employment workshop from two and a half days to as many as four days, depending on a Soldier’s level of employment readiness.
Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, visits Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Spartan, in southern Af-ghanistan and 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers deployed in eastern Afghanistan. Milley, who assumed command in November 2011, ensured he introduced himself to his Soldiers deployed throughout the world.
The Department of Defense announces policy changes that opened more than 14,000 new job or assignment opportunities to military women, particularly Soldiers.
Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) community members welcome a new senior enlisted adviser during a Mountain Salute ceremony. Command Sgt. Maj. Rick Merritt, 10th Mountain Division command sergeant major, entered the Army in 1984 and served 57 months in combat with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Panama, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Afghan leaders and Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team mark “Highway 1 Day” to celebrate the significant gains in governance and security of Zharay and Maiwand districts of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Highway 1 is the main road connecting Helmand Province to Kandahar City. It used to be seen as a “war relic” from the Soviet occupation, but now motorists can travel on a well-maintained thoroughfare. Officials said the repaired road was a sign of visible progress.
Nearly 1,700 Spartans spearhead Operation Sledgehammer, a five-day, multiple-unit operation in the Maiwand District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The operation was designed to deny Taliban members the ability to prepare for the upcoming spring fighting season while also keeping insurgents from affecting the transition between 3rd Brigade Combat Team and its successor – 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
Three pilots from Task Force Falcon, 10th Combat Aviation Bri-gade, earn the Distinguished Flying Cross and 23 aviators earn the Air Medal with Valor for their actions while deployed to eastern Afghanistan.
Holly Petraeus, assistant director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs and wife of retired Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.) visit Fort Drum to offer Soldiers and Families lessons in financial services, consumer laws and education benefits while also listening to their concerns.
Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, XVIII Airborne Corps commander, along with other top corps staff members, visit Fort Drum for briefings and activities, which included cross-country skiing out to Range 7.
Soldiers with three of 548th Combat Service Support Battalion’s five companies case their unit colors at Fort Drum ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan. The three companies were Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Transportation Company and 514th Maintenance Company. The 543rd Quartermaster Company and 590th Quartermaster Company remained at Fort Drum.
For a second consecutive year, Fort Drum ranks among the Army’s top installations, winning the 2012 Army Communities of Excellence bronze award for outstanding garrison support and services. The ACOE award came with a $150,000 cash prize.
An Albany-based company announces it had acquired the Black River Generation facility at Fort Drum and plans to invest approximately $34 million to convert the facility from burning coal to using biomass materials as its primary fuel source. The facility will have 60 megawatts of generation capacity.
After completing their mission in the Zharay and Maiwand districts of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), Combined Task Force Spartan, transfer authority to Soldiers of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Combined Task Force Fury. The Soldiers departed Afghanistan and officially resumed garrison operations at Fort Drum later the same month during an uncasing ceremony on post.
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, then-commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command, pays a visit to Fort Drum, where she led the former Division Support Command from 1996 to 1998. Dunwoody, the Army’s first female, four-star general, retired from the Army in August.
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team wraps up its largest Joint Readiness Training Center rotation in Fort Polk, La., while participating in the area’s single largest military exercise since the Louisiana Maneuvers of 1940.
Sgt. Ryan Mason, a chaplain’s assistant with U.S. Army Fort Drum Garrison, takes home the coveted title of NCO of the Year during the weeklong U.S. Army Installation Management Command Atlantic Region’s Best Warrior Competition at Fort Jackson, S.C.
The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade receives its first official shipment of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, which will eventually replace the UH-60 Black Hawk “Lima” models. The new aircraft provides a significant increase in capability for the brigade, particularly in the medevac platform.
The Fort Drum Army Substance Abuse Program hosts the Save-A-Life Tour on the installation to educate Soldiers on the severity of drinking and driving, giving them a firsthand simulated experience of being intoxicated behind the wheel without having to deal with real-life consequences.
Eight of the 10th Mountain Division’s finest Rangers endure 60 hours of grueling physical and mental tests during the Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Ga. All four of the division’s two-man teams completed the competition.
Staff Sgt. Ryan Lowe, maneuver mobility noncommissioned officer with 563rd Military Police Company, 91st MP Battalion, rescues Syracuse resident Richard Stefanko from the icy waters of Butterfield Lake, Redwood.
Sgt. M. Joshua Laughery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, receives the Silver Star for courage under fire during a ceremony conducted by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.
State and installation officials recognize a select group of central and northern New York veterans nominated for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame, an online tribute that honors New Yorkers who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. State Sen. Patty Ritchie, who represents the 48th Senate District, presided over the ceremony.
The Department of Defense announces decisions designed to strengthen telework and make it more attractive to civilian supervisors and employees. The changes required DoD leaders to promote telework within their respective components.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces it would add approximately 1,600 clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers – as well as nearly 300 support staff members, to its existing mental health workforce of 20,590. Ongoing agency reviews of mental health operations indicated some VA facilities require more mental health staff to serve the growing needs of veterans.
Soldiers of 563rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, conduct a flag casing ceremony as they prepared to deploy to Afghanistan.
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) command group conducts a farewell ceremony for Brig. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl, deputy commanding general for support, who served for three years at Fort Drum, including a pivotal role in leading support and stability operations while deployed to Afghan-istan.
Soldiers of Signals Intelligence Platoon of B Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, are
selected to receive the National Security Agency’s prestigious “Director’s Trophy.” The honor recognized the Soldiers’ outstanding contributions to the mission while operating with an embedded National Cryptologic Support Team during the brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan.
Congressman Bill Owens from New York’s 23rd District visits firefighters at Fort Drum’s Garrett Loomis Fire Station 2. During a visit to Owens’ office earlier in the year, Fort Drum firefighters had invited the congressman to lunch at the state-of-the-art facility.
Military and elected officials conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Warrior Transition Battalion Complex across from Guthrie Clinic to mark the culmination of a four-year construction project overseen by the New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Fort Drum Directorate of Public Works; and U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Logistics / Facilities Division.
Dozens of Soldiers and top-ranking members of the garrison and division command groups spend a day at the New York State Capitol building in Albany, where the Senate unanimously passed a resolution making May 23 officially “10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day” in New York. The event, organized by Sen. Patty Ritchie of New York’s 48th District, included static displays of military gear and hardware, a Black Hawk helicopter fly-by of the Capitol building, and an address in the senate chamber by Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, former Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander.
Fort Drum Soldiers, the 10th Mountain Division Band and members of the division command group attend the 25th annual “Watchfire,” a Syracuse-based event that draws veterans from all over to pay tribute to service members who never made it home. The event also provides an opportunity for individuals to honorably retire unserviceable American flags.
In Memorial Park, Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team officially unveil the Spartan Statue monument during a ceremony honoring the 109 Spartan Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice during 10 years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The friendly monsters of Sesame Street visit Soldiers and their Families at Fort Drum during the Sesame Street / USO Experience for Military Families tour. The free musical featured five favorite Muppet characters, including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Katie, a military child experiencing the stresses of moving to a new duty station.
The Network Enterprise Center at Fort Drum is named Best Large NEC in 7th Signal Command for the second time in three years. The team also won Best Large NEC at the 93rd Signal Brigade level. The NEC of the Year large category is defined as at least 7,000 active directory accounts. Fort Drum's NEC currently serves more than 13,000 accounts.
North Country community members join Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff of the Army, at the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown to publicly renew their commitment to 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers and their Families. The Army Community Covenant renewal signing ceremony, which organizers believed to be the first of its kind Armywide, celebrated Fort Drum's continuing relationship with the tri-county area four years after the original covenant signing here. Watertown was the second city to sign a community covenant in 2008, a month after Columbus, Ga., signed one with Fort Benning.
Col. Patrick D. Frank passes the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s colors to Col. Sam E. Whitehurst during a change of command ceremony at Sexton Field.
Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) travel to New York City’s Times Square and joined Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, to celebrate the Army's 237th birthday.
Fort Drum's Main Post Chapel closes down for 18 months of major expansion and renovation projects, to include doubling the size of the main sanctuary. Chaplain staff and some programs relocated to a cluster of modular buildings in the 400 area of South Post until the spring of 2014.
The Fort Drum chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America presents the Order of Saint Michael award to Harold E. Greer, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Drum. Greer, a UH-1D Iroquois helicopter pilot injured during the Vietnam War when his aircraft was shot down, was honored for his exceptional contributions to Army aviation.
Command Sgt. Maj. Kenneth E. Patton, senior enlisted adviser for 10th Combat Aviation Brigade since 2007, is honored during a change of responsibility ceremony at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield after announcing his retirement.
Soldiers and Family Members break attendance records during Riverfest in Alexandria Bay. Organizers said more than 5,000 tickets were sold for the annual event, which was sponsored by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the Northern New York / Fort Drum Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
Fort Drum Fire Department officials welcome Tyanna Seelbinder, the department’s first female firefighter in decades.
Members of 10th Mountain Division (LI) travel to northern Italy to commemorate the service of Soldiers of the 85th, 86th and 87th Infantry Regiments who fought in the rugged Apennine Mountains during World War II.
The division welcomes a new commander to lead 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. Col. Pedro G. Almeida relinquished command to Col. David J. Francis.
Mountain Peak, one of the largest field training exercises ever held on Fort Drum, kicks off. Soldiers from all five brigades supported the two-week exercise, which was primarily designed to train assets from 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams for future missions.
The division welcomes two new senior leaders during a Mountain Salute at Sexton Field. Brig. Gen. Walter E. Piatt becomes deputy commanding general – support, and Col. Thomas D. Macdonald becomes chief of staff. Piatt’s position had been held by Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl. Macdonald’s position had been held by Col. Erik Peterson.
Army Career and Alumni Program begins offering Transition GPS as part of the Defense Department’s revamped Transition Assistance Program, which was created in response to President Barack Obama’s Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Transition GPS is a three-day workshop that provides service members with information about resume writing, salary negotiations, job searches, interview techniques and transitioning military skills to civilian skills.
Fort Drum welcomes a new garrison commander. Col. Gary A. Rosenberg assumed command from Col. Noel T. Nicolle.
Jackie Sharpe, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade family readiness support assistant, receives the honor of Fort Drum Civilian of Year for 2011-2012.
Leaders from 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, complete the Mountain Warfare Orientation Course, which teaches mountain operations, in Black Rapids, Alaska.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, fire the M-777A2 “triple sevens” Howitzers during a live-fire training exercise.
The Army begins tightening body fat standards for male recruits ages 17-20. All new recruits must have 24 percent or less body fat.
Spartan Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team train and share knowledge with Commandos from 2nd Brigade Combat Team to help prepare them for future deployments. The Spartans served as observer-controllers and provided role players in several different scenarios.
The Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs begin the process of standardizing the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Syracuse University coaches and football players, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, visit Fort Drum for preseason training. Players not only worked on their athletic abilities, they had an opportunity to try their hands at building their Soldier skills during “Operation Orange Partnership.” The football team also played a scrimmage game to culminate their week at Fort Drum.
A new Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers facility opens at the Jack T. Sweet Complex on post.
The Education Center Annex opens to offer additional support to Soldiers and Family Members. The new facility houses seven classrooms, which are used for military training during the day and college courses in the evenings.
Spc. Carlie A. Williams II, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, places second in the 2012 Army’s Combatives Competition light heavyweight division.
The Department of Defense announces that 2nd Brigade Combat Team will deploy 1,500 to 2,000 Soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a nine-month tour as a Security Forces Assistance Brigade.
Members of 10th Sustainment Brigade make history during an aerial delivery near the Salang tunnel in Afghanistan. The tunnel is one of the highest navigable points in Afghanistan, and avalanches have blocked it in the past, delaying much-needed supplies from reaching their destination.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kenneth G. Brodhead and Sgt. Julia A. Bringloe, both from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their extraordinary actions during a medevac mission in Afghanistan on April 26, 2011. Eight other aviators also received awards for valor for their service in Afghan-istan from 2010-2011.
Sgt. Richard Schuh, 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, is named the USO’s national Volunteer of the Year for his service to the USO center at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, during his deployment with 3rd Brigade Combat Team in 2011.
Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade begin their rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
Soldiers from 10th Sustainment Brigade begin redeploying after a yearlong tour in Afghanistan.
Harry DeSmet Thompson, one of the 10th Mountain Division’s oldest surviving muleskinners, dies at age 103. Thompson was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 605th Field Artillery "Mule Pack" Battalion, which supported the 86th Infantry Regiment, during World War II.
Fort Drum emergency services teams up with local fire and rescue squads during the installation’s annual mass casualty exercise. In the training, a fictional C-130 Hercules plane crashed at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, resulting in multiple fatalities and casualties.
Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services Division is awarded the Director of Army Safety’s Composite Risk Management Award. The agency was recognized for its comprehensive safety program.
Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of U.S. Army Materiel Command, meets with logistics experts of Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI). The visit was Via’s first official meeting with an Army division as the AMC commander. The general met to discuss how AMC can help the division, as well as the Directorate of Logistics’ role under a new command.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 10th Combat Aviation Brigade begin their rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
Soldiers graduate from the first Mountain Warrior Leader Course. The new program, taught by Light Fighters School instructors, trains junior leaders to effectively conduct small-unit operations. The class is the first of several new leader-development programs the division will implement at LFS. The other courses include the Mountain Athlete Warrior Course, Mountain Winter Warfare Course, Commando Course, Mountain Spartan Leader and Mountain Forge.
Fort Drum garrison leaders and members of the civilian workforce mark a groundbreaking for the Fallen Warrior Monument in Memorial Park. The monument was funded by winnings from the Army Communities of Excellence bronze award the installation received.
Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N.C., visits Fort Drum during his first orientation since taking on his new role.
Brigades of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) begin receiving Capability Set 13 systems – the first units in the Army to receive the new network gear. CS13 systems provide mobile satellite and robust radio capability for commanders and Soldiers to take the network with them in vehicles and while on dismounted combat missions.
Soldiers from 7th Engineer Battalion begin their return home to Fort Drum after a deployment to Afghanistan.
Army begins surveying Soldiers for the new physical fitness uniform design.
Capt. Stephanie E. Melton assumes command of the new 227th Military Police Detachment. The unit reactivated on Fort Drum to allow MP Soldiers who previously fell under the installation’s command – including investigators, force protection and MP station desk personnel, as well as the 8th Military Working Dog Detachment – to be placed under the command of 91st Military Police Battalion.
The Army begins tightening fitness standards for military education. Those Soldiers who do not meet the Army’s physical fitness standards will be unable to attend any professional development courses.
Division Soldiers assist in Hurricane Sandy relief missions in New York City, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Members from Fort Drum’s civilian workforce, including the Network Enterprise Center and Directorate of Logistics, provide assistance during the Hurricane Sandy relief mission. Fort Drum’s NEC assisted the Fort Hamilton NEC office by ensuring their services were back up and running. DOL machinists fabricate fuel nozzles to support 710th Brigade Support Battalion’s refueling mission in New York City.
Col. Walter E. Piatt, division deputy commanding general – support, receives a promotion to brigadier general.
The first elements of 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade depart Fort Drum to receive specialized training before deploying to Afghanistan.
Officials unveil the new Youth Center at Fort Drum. The new 25,000-square-foot facility boasts an ultra-modern game room, gym, rock-climbing wall, music room, demo kitchen and an art studio. A multimillion-dollar BMX dirt track will open in the spring.
Division and garrison leaders mark the opening of the state-of-the-art Mountain Functional Fitness Facility and campaign kick-off: “Fit for Duty. Fit for Life. Fit for the Climb.” The 22,000-square-foot facility offers Astro Turf sprint lanes, combatives room and a variety of functional fitness machines.
Food service Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team earn bragging rights and the title of Commanding General’s Best Decorated Dining Facility. The competition allowed each brigade to decorate their DFAC, show off their culinary arts skills and serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to Soldiers.
Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend assumes command of Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) during a ceremony at Magrath Sports Complex. Townsend assumed command from Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, who was confirmed to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and named to lead III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas.
The Department of Defense announces that 1st Brigade Combat Team will deploy to Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistance Brigade this winter.
Spc. Bryan D. Dilberian Jr., a Fort Drum Soldier currently assigned to 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry Regiment, Warrior Transition Unit, receives the George Van Cleave Military Leadership Award during the 51st Annual USO Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner. Dilberian lost both legs and one arm after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan during a combat dismounted patrol with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The Muleskinner Brigade welcomes a new commander. Col. Willie Rios III assumed command of 10th Sustainment Brigade from Col. Kurt J. Ryan, who will serve as military attaché for Alan F. Estevez, assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, at the Pentagon.
Fort Drum spouses adorn LeRay Mansion in 19th century-inspired holiday decorations. This is the first time members of the Mountain Leader Spouses Group have decorated the historic home with items that would have been traditionally used by the original owner, James LeRay de Chaumont, a wealthy Frenchman who resided there in the early 1800s.