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News Digest

News Briefs
Newspaper staff plans early deadline
The Mountaineer staff will observe an early deadline because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All news submissions for the Jan. 19 issue will be due at noon Jan. 12. The Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 10012, will be closed Monday in observance of the holiday.
Civilian Employees seek leave donations
The following Appropriated Fund employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program: Rick Mills, Catherine Medders, Patrick Kenney and Donald Paige, all of Public Works; Ariana Benjamin, Decima Chiasson, Jose Duque, Amanda Handy, Joann Palmer, Christina Robinson, Jennifer Rogers, Brandee Stepanek, Nicole Sweeny, Carrie Townsend and Nichole Upton, all of MEDDAC; George Kirby, Logistics Readiness Center; and Nelly Gutierrez, DENTAC.
Appropriated Fund employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Bldg. 10720, for processing.
Blood drive set for Jan. 12
The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the USO. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule appointment, call (315) 772-6561 or go online to

Fort Drum officials close Black River Gate
The Fort Drum Black River (Nash Boulevard) gate has closed.
All visitors to Fort Drum should enter the installation at the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan, Gasoline Alley or the Mount Belvedere Boulevard gates by using the normal access procedures.
Visitors who need a pass must use either the Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan or Gasoline Alley gate for access to Fort Drum.
Construction work closes street
Fort Drum officials have announced that construction work will require that a portion of Third Street East be closed to traffic this month. This work is dependent on weather, and signed detour routes will be posted.
AA group meets on post
Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Guthrie Clinic, Patient Care Wing, Patient Service Center conference room. For more information, call (315) 772-0035.
Report security issues to Fort Drum tip line
Fort Drum’s Directorate of Emergency Services encourages everyone to contribute to community security by reporting suspicious behavior or activities to (315) 774-8477 (TIPS).
Callers to the anonymous tip line should report odd behaviors and activities, such as people measuring or asking for blueprints of important buildings; strangers asking about security protocols; a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; vehicles left unattended in front of buildings; and chemical smells or fumes coming from a residence or business. The effort is part of iWatch Army, an antiterrorism program.
Post offers drug hotline
CID’s Drug Suppression Team has put together a drug hotline open to all citizens on Fort Drum.  Anyone who wishes to help stop drug abuse and drug trafficking in the community may call the drug hotline at (315) 774-WEED (9333). Report any drug activity in your area, anytime! Calls are confidential.
Special operations recruiters hold briefings for Soldiers
Special operations counselors at Fort Drum conduct briefings for Soldiers who want to take their Army career to the next level. Soldiers are encouraged to contact the Special Operations Recruiting Center, located in Bldg. 4807, George Avenue near the Light Fighters School. There are opportunities for male and female Soldiers.
During the briefings, Special Operations personnel inform Soldiers about a variety of specialized career fields, including 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Special Forces, civil affairs and psychological operations.
Weekly briefings cover such subjects as qualification requirements, benefits of a career in one of these specialized missions, and the application process. Briefings are always open to Soldiers and their spouses.
For more information, interested Soldiers may contact a counselor at (315) 774-7327.

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