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Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Fort Drum, Open for Public Comment
6/26/20141406-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with questions regarding the Supplemental PEA or Draft FONSI should contact the U.S. Army Environmental Command Public Affairs Office at (210) 466-1590 or toll-free 855-846-3940, or email at usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil.

 

Media with Fort Drum specific questions should contact Julie Halpin, Fort Drum Public Affairs, Julie.a.halpin2.civ@mail.mil, 315-772-8286.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1406-06

June 26, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Fort Drum, Open for Public Comment

 

Budgetary projections to achieve the savings called for by sequestration require the Army to analyze the reduction of active component end strength below 490,000 Soldiers. Substantial end strength reductions below 490,000 Soldiers exceed the scope of the 2013 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), the process by which the 3rd Brigade Combat Team was inactivated, making a supplemental assessment necessary.

 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1406-06

June 26, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Fort Drum, Open for Public Comment

 

Budgetary projections to achieve the savings called for by sequestration require the Army to analyze the reduction of active component end strength below 490,000 Soldiers. Substantial end strength reductions below 490,000 Soldiers exceed the scope of the 2013 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA), the process by which the 3rd Brigade Combat Team was inactivated, making a supplemental assessment necessary.

 

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) requires the Army to consider the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of its actions and proposed alternatives and to involve the public.  The NEPA process for the Supplemental PEA provides Army decision-makers with information on the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts that

may result from reductions deeper than those analyzed in the 2013 PEA, to include the concerns of the public and stakeholder organizations. Additionally, the Supplemental PEA also informs the public of the Army's analysis results and provides the public an opportunity to provide feedback.

 

Announced today, the Supplemental PEA and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Fort Drum are public and decision makers are soliciting feedback.  For more information on this process please see the Army's Press Release, attached.

 

The next two months will be the window of opportunity for our North Country neighbors to let their opinions on further downsizing of the force here at Fort Drum be known.

 

This Supplemental PEA and Draft FONSI, to include any feedback garnered, will then be used by decision-makers to compare and contrast the environmental and socioeconomic impact at the 30 sites proposed for unit restationing, force restructuring, and unit inactivations during the force

structure decision process.

 

"I have no doubt through the hard work and pointed feedback of this community, what we know as the truth will be communicated loud and clear - Northern New York, Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division are a team.  And with new and high quality infrastructure, cutting edge training and incredible hometown support, this team is a battle tested asset the Army

can't afford to lose, even in the strictest of financial times" said Colonel Gary A. Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander.

 

The SPEA and draft FNSI may be accessed at: http://aec.army.mil/Services/Support/NEPA/Documents.aspx

 

Also, approximately one week after publication of the Notice of Availability

in the Federal Register by the Army, copies of the SPEA and draft FNSI will

be available in some public libraries near affected installations.

 

Comments will be accepted until August 25. Please submit written comments to: U.S. Army Environmental Command, ATTN: SPEA Public Comments, 2450 Connell Road (Building 2264), Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664; or by email to usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil

 

It is important to note that the end of the SPEA process will likely not result in a force structure decision; additional analyses and data gathering will occur, including community listening sessions and military value analysis, prior to force structure decisions and announcements.  Decisions will most likely not be announced until mid 2015, although this timeline is

subject to change.

2014 Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.
6/20/20141406-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

For further information regarding this advisory, contact Fort Drum Public Affairs @ 315-772-5463 or email Kathleen.l.young4.civ@mail.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Number: 1406-05

June 20, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

2014 Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.

 

Fort Drum, NY -The annual Fort Drum Mountainfest will host a wide variety of events to include the Annual Remembrance Ceremony and the Salute to the Nation.

Media Advisory

Release Number: 1406-05

June 20, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs  

 

2014 Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.  

 

Fort Drum, NY -The annual Fort Drum Mountainfest will host a wide variety of events to include the Annual Remembrance Ceremony and the Salute to the Nation.

 

The Annual Remembrance Ceremony will be held on Tuesday June 24 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park. This event will honor the memories of 10 Soldiers and one Civilian who died during 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

 

The Salute to the Nation will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday June 25 with a 56 gun salute for all 50 states and 6 territories. The Salute to the Nation is 

held in honor of our country and those who serve in its military and in remembrance for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  

 

Following the Salute to the Nation there will be a free concert with country music star Chris Cagle and Syracuse-based modern rock band Scars N Stripes beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks are planned for after the concert.  

 

Mountainfest activities will be held on Wednesday June 25 starting at 1 p.m. at the Division Hill Parade Field. There will be several military displays, a kid's fun zone, games and family entertainment.

 

The annual celebration is free and open to all Soldiers, Family members, Civilians and the general public.  

 

**** A reminder - all visitors to Mountainfest who are not DoD cardholders must use the Nash Blvd gate off Rte 26 across from the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. In addition - no coolers, backpacks, glass bottles, pets, or firearms/other weapons will be allowed into the Mountainfest grounds. The use of diaper bags or large purses will be allowed but are subject to inspection and screening. Service animals will be permitted.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

 

Media interested in covering the Annual Remembrance Ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on RTE 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 24.  

 

Media interested in covering the Salute to the Nation should be at the Media Operations Center on RTE 26 no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday June 25.

 

Media interested in other events during Mountainfest should call the Fort Drum Public Affairs Office @ 315-772-5463. 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan
6/11/20141406-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email julie.a.halpin2.civ@mail.mil.

 

SPC Hurne

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, with the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team  died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.  

Press Release 

Release Number: 1406-01 

June 11, 2014 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan  

 

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, with the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team  died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.  

 

Deceased is Specialist Terry J. Hurne, age 34, of Merced, California. He was a utilities equipment repairer. 

 

Hurne joined the Army in July 2009. After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum in February, 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011 to March 2012.  Hurne deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

 

Hurne's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Mechanic.  

 

Hurne completed the Combatives Level 1 School, the Transportation School and the Combat Lifesavers Course. 

 

Hurne is survived by his wife, mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/30/20141404-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

SGT Farrell II

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-03

April 30, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 28, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-03

April 30, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 28, in Nejrab District, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

 

Killed is Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II, age 24, of Accord, New York . He was an infantryman.

 

Farrell joined the Army in September 2006. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas. He arrived at Fort Drum in May 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2011 to March 2012. Farrell deployed with his unit in

November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Farrell's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense

Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Noncommissioned OfficersProfessional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert

Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He completed the Warrior Leader Course, the Combat Life Savers Course and the Air Assault Course.

 

Farrell is survived by his wife and parents.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/30/20141404-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

SPC Chandler

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-04

April 30, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 28 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit

with small arms fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-04

April 30, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 28 in Baraki Barak District, Logar province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit

with small arms fire.

 

Killed is Specialist Christian J. Chandler, age 20, of Trenton, Texas. He was an infantryman.

 

Chandler joined the Army in October 2012. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Drum in February 2013 and deployed with his unit in October 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Chandler's awards and decorations include Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He completed the Combat Life Savers Course.

 

Chandler is survived by his mother and stepfather.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/17/20141404-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public  Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

SPC Danyluk

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-02

April 17, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 87th  Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces

attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1404-02

April 17, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of injuries sustained April 12 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

 

Killed is Specialist Kerry M. G. Danyluk, age 27, of Cuero, Texas. He was an infantryman.

 

Danyluk joined the Army in October 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Benning in February 2011. Danyluk  deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to

February 2012. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2013 and deployed with his unit in November 2013 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Danyluk's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign

Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Infantryman Badge,

and the Parachutist Badge.  He completed the Master Driver Trainer Course, the Ranger Assessment Selection Program, the Airborne School and the Combatives Level 1 Course.

 

Danyluk is survived by his mother and father.

 

 

Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment Announced
3/17/20141403-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Julie Cupernall, Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

 

Press Release

Release Nr:  1403-03

March 17, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment Announced

 

Fort Drum, NY -- As discussed with media by Vice Chief of Staff General John Campbell Friday March 14, the Army has initiated a supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to assess the potential socio-economic and

environmental impacts at the local and installation levels in the event the Army is forced to reduce to 420,000 end strength.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1403-03

March 17, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment Announced

 

Fort Drum, NY -- As discussed with media by Vice Chief of Staff General John Campbell Friday March 14, the Army has initiated a supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to assess the potential socio-economic and

environmental impacts at the local and installation levels in the event the Army is forced to reduce to 420,000 end strength.

 

Significant end strength reductions below 490,000 Soldiers exceed the scope of analysis in the original 2013 PEA, requiring an updated assessment. The Supplemental PEA is designed to update the 2013 PEA by assessing the impact

of a potential reduction of an additional 70 thousand Soldiers.

Each of the 30 installations included in the supplemental PEA are being assessed based on a maximum potential loss of military and civilian positions that each specific installation could possibly see in the event of a reduction to 420,000.

 

Fort Drum is being assessed on a loss of up to 16,000 Soldiers and civilians.  The supplemental assessment study number for Fort Drum includes the inactivation of the 3rd Brigade, which was announced after the original PEA.  As such, the supplemental PEA is actually looking at the impacts of a reduction of approximately 14,500 additional Soldiers and Civilians here at Fort Drum.

 

It is imperative to note, the overall numbers assessed in the Supplemental PEA do not reflect actual or projected losses; the PEA is NOT a decision - it is an assessment of the potential socio-economic and environmental impacts of losing a potential number of civilian and military positions at

an installation.

 

The Supplement PEA is only one of many components that will be used by the Army when making force structure decisions.  The Army will consider impacts on military communities when making force structure realignment decisions. The final force structure and its geographic distribution will be based on the proper balance of combat forces and combat support elements.

 

"The Secretary of Defense stated that the Army is transitioning to a force that is more capable of rapid deployment.   Well that is exactly what the 10th Mountain Division is - a very light, very mobile unit; that's why the

10th was created - to deploy rapidly.  In that regard, I think we are in good shape," said Brigadier General Michael L. Howard, Acting Senior Commander, Fort Drum & the 10th Mountain Division.

 

"In the coming months, as senior leaders across the Army and DoD go through the decision making process about force size changes, they have made clear that input from local and state leaders is welcome and will be considered.

They look forward to hearing from you," Howard added.

 

Once the supplemental assessment is complete and approved by Army leadership, the Army will post its findings.  This is the same process the Army used in the 2013 PEA - to include a mandatory comment period as prescribed in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and a public "listening session". There is no timeline for these yet but they are anticipated this summer, sometime after June.

 

Fort Drum Releases 2013 Economic Impact Statement
3/7/20141403-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should contact Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

 

Press Release

Release Number: 1403-02

March 7, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2013 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2013 marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's economy.

Press Release

Release Number: 1403-02

March 7, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2013 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2013 marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's economy.

 

A detailed review of Fort Drum's economic impact on the tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows $1,416,969,521 was leveraged in support of the 18,060 Soldiers and 19,151 Family members living here.

 

Since fiscal year 1988, this Army installation has infused more than $19,762,504,537 into the local economy.

 

"Our second-to-none training opportunities, Family support services and unparalleled community support are the drivers to the 10th Mountain's continued mission success here at Fort Drum.  The continued dedication of our civilian workforce, along with the patriotism of our surrounding communities allows Fort Drum to be more than a training and deployment

facility for the 10th Mountain Division, various Guard and Reserve Units and Joint Operations.  It is our home." said Colonel Gary A. Rosenberg, Garrison Commander.

 

Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York with 18,060 Soldiers and 3895 Civilian workers (including contractors) with payrolls totaling $937,524,595.10 and $176,409,279.84 respectively.

 

Retirees from all military branches who live in the 136XX zip code number 2,615. They are paid a total of $4,355,000 a month ($52,260,000 a year) which flows into our local economy.

 

The total military, civilian, contractor and retiree payroll for FY13 was $1,168,245,874.94.

 

Fort Drum's financial impact during last fiscal year for area school districts was $48,606,183.32 in federal impact aid.  

 

Fort Drum is a major customer for construction companies and suppliers of goods and services worth $32,411,871. Companies located in the tri-county area received 62 of those contracts worth $2,614,974.44.

 

The 2013 Fort Drum Economic Impact Statement is available at this link:

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/FY13EIB.pdf

10th Mountain Division Soldier Dies in Afghanistan
2/11/20141402-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

 

Press Release

Release Number: 1402-01

February 11, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion died in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Monday February 10, 2014, as the result of a non-combat related incident.

Press Release

Release Number: 1402-01

February 11, 2014

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion died in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Monday February 10, 2014, as the result of a non-combat related incident.

 

Deceased is Private First Class Joshua A. Gray, age 21 of Van Lear, Kentucky. He was a satellite communications system operator maintainer.

 

Gray joined the Army in November 2012. After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina he was assigned to Fort Gordon, Georgia and Fort Benning, Georgia. Gray arrived at Fort Drum in October 2013. He deployed

with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2014.

 

Gray's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal, the Overseas Ribbon, the Army Service

Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge.

 

Gray is survived by his mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier died in Afghanistan
9/23/20131309-08
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

SGT William Brown III

Press Release

Release Number: 1309-08

September 23, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana with the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team died in Gamberi, Afghanistan, Thursday September 19, in a non-combat related incident.

Press Release

Release Number: 1309-08

September 23, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier, stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana with the 94th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team died in Gamberi, Afghanistan, Thursday September 19, in a non-combat related incident.

 

Deceased is Sergeant William D. Brown III, age 44 of Franklin, North Carolina. He was a healthcare specialist.

 

Brown joined the Army in May 2010. After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Brown arrived at Fort Polk in December 2012.

 

Brown deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in July 2013.

 

Brown's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and a Certificate of Achievement. He completed the Brigade Combat Team Trauma Course, the Warrior Leadership Course and the Combat Lifesavers Course.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
8/30/20131308-10
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

SSG Ollis

Press Release

Release Nr: 1308-10

August  30, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan Wednesday August 28 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an IED, small arms and indirect fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1308-10

August  30, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan Wednesday August 28 of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an IED, small arms and indirect fire.

 

Killed is Staff Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, age 24, of Staten Island, New York. He was an infantryman.

 

Ollis joined the Army in August 2006. After training at Fort Hamilton, New York and Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Ollis arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011.  He previously deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009 and Afghanistan in June 2010 to May 2011. Ollis deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.

 

Ollis’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles and Tracked Vehicles. 

 

Ollis completed the Airborne School, the Ranger Course, the Infantry School, the Special Operations Senior Site Exploitation Course, the Air Assault School, the Combat Life Savers Course, the Command Language Program German Head Start Course, and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Course.

 

Ollis is survived by his mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
7/23/20131307-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

 

SGT Maddox

Press Release

Release Nr: 1307-02

July 23, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team died Monday July 22 in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1307-02

July 23, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team died Monday July 22 in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

 

Killed is Sergeant Anthony R. Maddox, age 22 of Port Arthur, Texas. He was a petroleum supply specialist.

 

Maddox joined the Army in January 2011. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011. Maddox deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013.  

 

Maddox's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Maddox is survived by his father, mother and stepfather.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
6/25/20131306-07
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

 

SGT Sanchez Jr

Press Release

Release Nr:  1306-07

June 25, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team was killed in Sar Rowzah, Afghanistan, Sunday June 23 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive devise while on mounted patrol.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1306-07

June 25, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team was killed in Sar Rowzah, Afghanistan, Sunday June 23 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive devise while on mounted patrol.

 

Killed is Sergeant Javier Sanchez Jr., age 28, of Greenfield, California. He was an infantryman.

 

Sanchez joined the Army in August 2006; after training he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany and Fort Irwin, California. He arrived at Fort Drum in December 2011. Sanchez deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009. He

deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.

 

Sanchez's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense

Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  He also

completed the Combat Life Savers and the Warrior Leader courses.

 

Sanchez is survived by his wife, mother, father, sister and brother.

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
6/11/20131306-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email Julie.a.cupernall.civ@mail.mil.

LTC Clark; MAJ Leonard

Press Release

Release Nr. 1306-03

June 11, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died June 8, in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from small arms fire received at Zarghun

Shahr, Afghanistan.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1306-03

June 11, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died June 8, in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from small arms fire received at Zarghun Shahr, Afghanistan.

 

Killed are Lt. Colonel Todd J. Clark, age 40 of Evans Mills, New York and Lt. Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, age 39, of Warrick, New York.

 

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Clark, a Security Force Assistance Advisory Team Commander, completed the ROTC program and was commissioned into the Army in August 1995. He arrived

at Fort Drum in January 2009.  Clark deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Kuwait in 2003, to Iraq in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2010.  He again deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013.

 

Clark's awards and decorations include three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Distinguishing device, three Army Achievement Medals, two Presidential Unit Citation Awards, the Meritorious Unit

Commendation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, two National Defense Service Medal, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals,  the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal,  the Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the

Afghanistan Campaign Medal, three Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal,  the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

 

Clark graduated from the Command and General Staff College;  completed the Combat Life Savers Course, the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Cavalry Leader Course, the Armor Maneuver CPT Course,  the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Motor Pool Management Course, the Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course and the Airborne Course.

 

Clark is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

 

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Leonard, an Intelligence Officer, graduated in May 1997 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army upon graduation. She arrived at Fort Drum in July 2010. Leonard deployed to Bosnia in 1999, to Iraq in 2005 and to Afghanistan in 2011. She again

deployed with her unit to Afghanistan in January 2013.

 

Leonard's awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medal,  the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism

Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

 

Leonard completed the Intermediate Level Education Qualification and Common Core Courses, the Counter Intelligent Agent Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School Course, the Basic and Advanced Military Intelligence

Officer Course, the Airborne Course, the Air Movement Operator Course, the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Officer Course, and the Master Fitness Trainer Course.

 

Leonard is survived by five siblings.

Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations of community support
6/7/20131306-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Press Release

Release Nr: 1306-02

June 7, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations of community support

 

Fort Drum, NY - Despite the fiscal restraints resulting from sequestration, the 2013 Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations are continuing through event sponsorship by many supporters from the community.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1306-02

June 7, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations of community support

 

Fort Drum, NY - Despite the fiscal restraints resulting from sequestration, the 2013 Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations are continuing through event sponsorship by many supporters from the community.

 

"It is a testament to the incredible support of our community and corporate sponsors that we are able to continue to celebrate our annual Mountainfest and Riverfest events. These sponsors have enabled Fort Drum to recognize the hard work and contributions made by our Soldiers, Families, civilians and neighbors over the last year," said Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander.

 

With the 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams and the 10th Combat Aviation brigade currently deployed, and several units preparing to deploy in the near future, Rosenberg notes that these events offer more than entertainment to Soldiers and Families.

 

"The 10th Mountain Division is a highly skilled fighting force that has answered the nations call through nearly continuous

deployments since 2001. While mainstream media focuses on a 2014 withdrawal, the 10th Mountain Division continues to deploy, making events like Mountainfest and Riverfest even more significant to our Soldiers and Families.  The wellness found in connecting with our loved ones, neighbors and supporters during times of rest and celebration directly contributes to our ability to execute the mission when we are once again called upon," said Rosenberg.

 

While Riverfest is geared specifically for Soldiers and Families, all members of the community are invited to Mountainfest held on Division Hill, June 26 starting at 1 p.m. There will be military equipment displays, food and drinks, games, a pay-as-you-play Adventure Zone that will offer ATV rides, archery, paintball, bounce houses and a rock climbing wall. Back again this year is the Boss Custom Car, Motorcycle, and Audio Shows. 

 

A community favorite is the Salute to the Nation beginning at 5 p.m. with a patriotic rank and file display honoring each state in the union and its territories. 

 

The Salute to the Nation is set to be immediately followed by a free concert. Opening acts are the 2013 North Country Idol winner -Corey Walts, Syracuse's newest rock band - Scars N' Stripes, and headliner, with six albums to his credit including "This Ole Boy," country music star - Craig Morgan. We invite you to top off an amazing day by staying for a spectacular fireworks display immediately following the concert.

 

Be advised, no glass bottles, pets, or firearms/other weapons will be allowed into the Mountainfest grounds. The use of diaper bags or large purses will be allowed but are subject to inspection and screening. Service animals will be permitted.

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan
6/3/20131306-01
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PFC Raymundo

Press Release

Release Number: 1306-01

June 3, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died in Sharan, Afghanistan, Saturday June 1.

 

Press Release

Release Number: 1306-01

June 3, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier with the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died in Sharan, Afghanistan, Saturday June 1.

 

Private First Class Mariano M. Raymundo, age 21 of Houston, Texas. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

 

Raymundo joined the Army in November 2011. After completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri he was assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina and arrived at Fort Drum in May 2012. Raymundo deployed with his unit to

Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2013.

 

Raymundo's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, a Certificate of Achievement, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge and Mechanic Bar.

 

Raymundo is survived by his mother and father.

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
4/26/20131304-07
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CPT Blanchard; 1LT Hess

Press Release

Release Nr. 1304-07

April 26, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade were killed in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, Tuesday April 23 from wounds sustained from enemy indirect fire.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1304-07

April 26, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade were killed in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, Tuesday April 23 from wounds sustained from enemy indirect fire.

 

Killed are Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, age 32, of Selah, Washington and 1st Lieutenant Robert J. Hess, age 26, of Fairfax, Virginia. 

 

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Blanchard, an Apache pilot, joined the Marine Corps in January 2000, and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January to September 2003. After separating from the Marine Corps and completing an ROTC program Blanchard was commissioned into the Army in June 2009. He completed pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and arrived at Fort Drum in September 2011. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2013.

 

Blanchard's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Army Aviator Badge, the Navy-Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation, the Navy Meritorious Unit

Commendation, four Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and two Rifle Expert Badges. He also completed Marine Combat Training, Aviation Machinist Mate Courses, the Apache Aviator Qualification Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course and the Aviation Officer Basic Course.

 

Blanchard is survived by his wife, two children, mother, father and two brothers.

 

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Hess, a Blackhawk pilot, was commissioned into the Army in November, 2010. After completing pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2012.  He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2013.

 

Hess's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge.  He completed the Aviation

Officer Basic Course, the Blackhawk Aviator Qualification

Course, the Blackhawk M-Model Aviator Qualification Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.

 

Hess is survived by his mother, father and brother.

Fort Drum Releases 2012 Economic Impact Statement
3/18/20131303-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Press Release

Release Number: 1303-03

March 18, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2012 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum continues to play a significant role in the North Country's economy.

Press Release

Release Number: 1303-03

March 18, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2012 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum continues to play a significant role in the North Country's economy.

 

A detailed review of Fort Drum's economic impact on the tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows $1,441,992,825 was leveraged in support of the 19,024 Soldiers and 20,000 Family members living here.

 

"The second-to-none training opportunities and Family support services provided here at Fort Drum are the drivers to the 10th Mountain Division's continued mission success.  However, the dedication of our civilian workforce and the patriotism of our surrounding communities allows Fort Drum to be more than a training and deployment facility - it is

our home," said Colonel Gary A. Rosenberg, Garrison Commander.

 

Since fiscal year 1988, this Army installation has infused more than $18,345,535,016 into the local economy.

 

"The 10th Mountain Division is a highly skilled fighting force that answered the nations call through nearly continuous deployments since 2001 - and we continue - as do our needs of the last 10 years for training and community support," said Rosenberg.

 

Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York with 19,024 Soldiers and 4,544 Civilian workers with payrolls totaling $966,501,445 and $206,475,224 respectively.

 

Retirees from all military branches who live in the 136XX zip code number 2,476. They are paid a total of $3,973,000 a month ($47,676,000 a year) which flows into our local economy.

 

The total military, civilian, contractor and retiree payroll was

$1,222,572,669 during fiscal year 2012.  Area school districts received $28,177,424 in federal impact aid.

 

Fort Drum is a major customer for construction companies and suppliers of goods and services in Northern New York.  Companies located in the tri-county area received 234 contracts worth $20,459,649.

 

The 2012 Fort Drum Economic Impact Statement is available at this link:

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/FY12EIB.pdf

 

Fort Drum Delayed Reporting February 8
2/7/20131302-03
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Press Release

Release Nr: 1302-03

February 7, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Delayed Reporting February 8

 

Fort Drum, NY - Due to the potential for inclement weather on Friday, February 8, the installation commander directed that Fort Drum will operate on a delayed reporting schedule, excluding mission essential personnel.

Unless notified otherwise by their Chain of Command / Supervisor, non-emergency / non-essential personnel will report to duty/work at 10 a.m. We urge all members of the Fort Drum community to exercise caution when travelling and practice good winter-weather safety.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1302-03

February 7, 2013

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Delayed Reporting February 8

 

Fort Drum, NY - Due to the potential for inclement weather on Friday, February 8, the installation commander directed that Fort Drum will operate on a delayed reporting schedule, excluding mission essential personnel. Unless notified otherwise by their Chain of Command / Supervisor,

non-emergency / non-essential personnel will report to duty/work at 10 a.m. We urge all members of the Fort Drum community to exercise caution when travelling and practice good winter-weather safety.

 

All employees, Soldiers and Family members should monitor local television and radio stations, the Fort Drum web page, the Drum line at 315-772-DRUM (3786) and Facebook site to receive updated information.

 

Fort Drum avoids previously announced closure of Memorial Child Development
2/5/20131302-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Parents with questions regarding this press release should contact Parent Central Services at 315-772-8675 for more information or assistance on child placement options.

 

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Julie Cupernall, Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286.

Press Release

 

Release Nr: 1302-01

 

February 5, 2013

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum avoids previously announced closure of Memorial Child Development Center

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Memorial Child Development Center (CDC), which provides Part Time Day Care for toddler and preschool age children and hourly day care for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years, will remain open with minimal degradation of services despite the current staffing shortages.

 

Press Release

 

Release Nr: 1302-01

 

February 5, 2013

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum avoids previously announced closure of Memorial Child Development Center

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Memorial Child Development Center (CDC), which provides Part Time Day Care for toddler and preschool age children and hourly day care for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years, will remain open with minimal degradation of services despite the current staffing shortages.

 

To accommodate the continued operation of the Memorial CDC there will be changes/reduced services in child care, Youth Sports and SKIES Unlimited (instructional) programs, which are also offered by Fort Drum's FMWR Child, Youth and School Services Division.  The changes/reductions allow the

reallocation of some of the Youth Sports and SKIES Unlimited program employees to the CDC programs until additional staff can be hired and trained.

 

The Memorial Child Development Center will temporarily reduce the 74 hourly care spaces currently available to 52 spaces beginning February 11th; part time care enrollments will be reduced from 57 to 50, also effective beginning February 11th. The affected parents in the part time toddler

program will have access to both hourly care and Family Child Care (in-home, on post child care providers) until the staffing allows the restoration of the reduced spaces.

 

SKIES is an acronym for "School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills". SKIES provides instructional programs such as gymnastics, arts and crafts and music for children and youth ranging from 3 years to adolescence.

 

The following SKIES program will continue: Taekwondo classes, Sew Kool Sewing Club, Kids in the Kitchen, Kids in Motion, Creative Movement Dance, and Skiing/Snowboarding programs.  Beginning February 11th, the following programs will be postponed until further notice: Art, Theater, and Music

classes.

 

The Youth Sports and Fitness program offers baseball, T-ball, football, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading, and golf.  Programs are available for children 3 years and older.  Changes to current levels of service will not affect the core programs, but will affect programs provided in-house to our CDCs.

 

The process of interviewing, hiring, and mandatory training required for our child care providers prior to entering the classroom should return to adequate staffing by mid April, which will allow Fort Drum to return to the current levels of service in all CYSS programs. Fort Drum will continue to

update information on the availability of these services as it becomes available.

 

Early Release
10/29/20121210-06
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UPDATE:

Effective 1200, 29 Oct 12,  All areas on Fort Drum are closed for recreation use until further notice, by order of the Garrison

Commander.

 

Press Release

Release Nr:  1210-06

October 29, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY - The installation commander has directed early release of all non-essential civilian employees and Soldiers at 2pm today.

 

UPDATE:

Effective 1200, 29 Oct 12,  All areas on Fort Drum are closed for recreation use until further notice, by order of the Garrison Commander.

 

Press Release

Release Nr:  1210-06

October 29, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY - The installation commander has directed early release of all non-essential civilian employees and Soldiers at 2pm today.

 

Additionally, Fort drum will operate on a delayed reporting time tomorrow (Tuesday, 30 Oct 12); all non emergency essential

personnel are expected to report at 9am.

 

Additional delays may occur based on the severity of the storm.  All employees, Soldiers and Family members should monitor local

television and radio stations and the Fort Drum web page and Facebook site to receive updated information.

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY identified to deploy this Winter.
8/24/20121208-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information regarding this deployment, contact the 10th Mtn. Div. public affairs officer at 315-772-7634.

Press Release 

Release Nr: 1208-04  

August 24, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

  

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY identified to deploy this Winter.

 

Fort Drum, NY – The Department of Defense today identified the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY as one of three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

Press Release   

Release Nr: 1208-04  

August 24, 2012 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

  

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY identified to deploy this Winter.

  

Fort Drum, NY – The Department of Defense today identified the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY as one of three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

 

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team in the 10th Mountain Division (LI) has been given the mission to deploy to Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistance Brigade this Winter. Their primary role is to advise Afghan units and help them achieve levels of proficiency where they can lead and conduct independent security operations.

  

“This is one of the courses of action that we have planned for. The lessons learned during the combined arms live fire training during a Joint Readiness Training Center rotation, Mountain Peak exercise, and future rotation to the National Training Center will prepare us to successfully accomplish this mission.” said Col. Dennis S. Sullivan commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

 

 “Once again, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Commandos will answer the nations’ call and live up to the legacy of all the great Soldiers who have gone before them,” said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the commander of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division (LI). “I have absolute confidence in the leaders -- officer’s and noncommissioned officers – who will be selected to participate in this mission.”

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
7/30/20121207-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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josh.jacques@conus.army.mil
PFC Belmontes; SFC Estle

Press Release

Release Nr. 1207-06

July 30, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two Fort Drum Soldiers with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade were killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Saturday July 28, of wounds sustained when their unit was attacked by small arms fire.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1207-06

July 30, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two Fort Drum Soldiers with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade were killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Saturday July 28, of wounds sustained when their unit was attacked by small arms fire.

 

----Killed is Sergeant First Class Bobby L. Estle, age 38 of Lebanon Ohio. He was a combat engineer.

 

Estle joined the Army in March 1993.  After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Jackson, South Carolina and arrived at Fort Drum in January 2010. Estle deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 to June 2004 and November 2005 to November 2006. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2010 to July 2010. Estle deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2011.

 

Estle's awards and decorations include: the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, five Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, three Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, four Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Combat Action

Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Marksmanship Qualification Badge, and the Sapper Tab. He also completed the Route Reconnaissance Clearance Leadership course, the Master Fitness Trainer Course, the Senior Leadership course, the Combatives Level 1 course, the Drill Sergeant School, the Pathfinder course, the Battle Staff course, the Rappel Master course, the Advance

Leadership course, the Defense Hazardous Materials course, the Manager Development course, the Supervisor Development program, the Warrior Leadership course, the Air Assault course, the Sapper Leader course, and the Combat Life Savers course.

 

Estle is survived by his wife, three children, mother and stepfather.

 

----Killed is Private First Class Jose O. Belmontes age 28, of La Verne, California. He was a construction engineer.

 

Belmontes joined the Army in February 2011. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2011.

 

Belmontes' awards and decorations include: the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Belmontes is survived by his wife, mother and father.

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
7/19/20121207-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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SGT Rodriguez; SGT Reyes

Press Release

Release Nr. 1207-03

July 19, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the 110th Transportation Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade were killed in Ghanzi City, Afghanistan, Wednesday July 18 of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1207-03

July 19, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers with the 110th Transportation Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade were killed in Ghanzi City, Afghanistan, Wednesday July 18 of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

 

----Killed is Staff Sergeant Daniel A. Rodriguez, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland.  He was a heavy vehicle driver.

 

Rodriguez joined the Army in July 2002. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska and Fort Hood, Texas. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2010. Rodriguez deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2003 to October 2004. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2005 to November 2006 and June 2008 to

June 2009. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2012.

 

Rodriguez's awards and decorations include two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Non Commissioned Officers

Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. He also completed the Air Load Planner course, the Combatives Level 1 course, Master Driver Training course, the Warrior Leadership course and the Combat Lifesavers course.

 

Rodriguez is survived by his wife, three children and mother.

 

----Killed is Sergeant Jose J. Reyes, age 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. He was a heavy vehicle driver.

 

Reyes joined the Army in February 2010. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he arrived at Fort Drum in May 2010 and deployed with his unit in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2012.

 

Reyes' awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, and five Certificates of Achievements. He also completed Combatives Level 1 course, the Combat Life Savers course, the Warrior Leadership Course, and the Motor Vehicle Traffic Management and Accident Prevention course.

 

Reyes is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show slated for May 29 at Fort Drum
5/23/20121205-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should be at the Media Operations Center on Rt26 no later than 5:30 p.m. An RSVP is requested by 3 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs @ 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr #  1205-04

May 23, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show slated for May 29 at Fort Drum

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is scheduled for May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex. The show's theme is designed to accentuate the strengths and resiliency of Soldiers and their Family members.

Media Advisory

Release Nr #  1205-04

May 23, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show slated for May 29 at Fort Drum

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is scheduled for May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex. The show's theme is designed to accentuate the strengths and resiliency of Soldiers and their Family members.

 

The 90 minute show will highlight music from the 1920s through the 1960s. The concert is free and open to the general public.

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
5/8/20121205-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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2LT Rylander; SPC Cochilus

Press Release

Release Nr. 1205-01

May 8, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two Fort Drum Soldiers with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion were killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday May 2 of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1205-01

May 8, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two Fort Drum Soldiers with the 630th Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion were killed in Logar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday May 2 of wounds sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

 

----Killed is 2nd Lieutenant David E. Rylander, age 23, of Stow, Ohio.  He was an Engineer Officer.

 

Rylander joined the Army in May 2011. After graduation from West Point, NY, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2012.

 

Rylander's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutists Badge. He completed the Small Arms Weapons and Airborne courses.

 

Rylander is survived by his mother, father, two brothers and  sister.

 

----Killed is Specialist Junot Mevs Legrand Cochilus, age 34, of Charlotte, NC. He was a Combat Engineer.

 

Cochilus joined the Army in March 2010. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, he arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011 and deployed with his unit in October 2011.

 

Cochilus's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge. He completed the Combat Life Savers course.

 

Cochilus is survived by his wife, child, mother, father and brother.

Fort Drum Releases 2011 Economic Impact Statement
4/16/20121204-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Press Release

Release Number: 1204-01

April 16, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2011 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2011 marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's economy.

Press Release

Release Number: 1204-01

April 16, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2011 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2011 marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's economy.

 

A detailed review of the economic impact Fort Drum had on the North Country's tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows $1,633,341,987 was leveraged in support of the 19,978 Soldiers and 26,671 Family members who call Fort Drum and the North Country home.

 

Since fiscal year 1988, this Army installation has infused more than $16,903,542,191 into the local economy.

 

"Since 1988 our investment in this community - our home - exceeds 16 billion dollars.  But as much it's not this investment alone that makes us one of the top installations for Soldiers who reenlist to stay.  We are an Army Community of Excellence because the North Country appreciates the service provided by our Soldiers, Families and Civilians as much as our economic impact," said Col.

Noel T. Nicolle, Fort Drum Garrison Commander.

 

Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York with 19,978 Soldiers and 4,614 Civilian workers with payrolls totaling $1,012,895,645 and $204,183,368 respectively.

 

Retirees from all military branches who live in the 136XX zip code number 2,353. They are paid a total of $3,772,000 a month ($45,264,000 a year) which flows into our local economy.

 

Fort Drum posted another strong year in 2011 with $39,779,844 in contracts for construction, supplies and services; in addition to purchases on government credit cards in the tri-county area.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded construction contracts totaling $202,200,000 which includes contractor pay for work at Fort Drum.

 

Area school districts received $21,850,776 in federal impact aid for the loss of traditional revenue sources due to a federal presence such as the military families who call the North Country home. In addition, Fort Drum authorized just over $721,000 in tuition assistance to local colleges. Approximately 525 active duty Soldiers used the tuition assistance program to enroll in local college partners and distance learning college courses.

 

The 2011 Fort Drum Economic Impact Statement is available at this link:

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/FY11EIB.pdf

 

Month of the Military Child: A time to thank our heroes' heroes
4/2/20121203-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Editorial by William Bradner

Installation Management Command

US Army

Press Release

Release Nr  1203-06

April 2, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Month of the Military Child: A time to thank our heroes' heroes

 

It's the pre-school child who-without being asked-passes his dessert to his little sister, simply because she looks sad. It's the second-grader who bravely puts a picture of her father at the head of the table for her birthday party, and the fifth-grade siblings who donate all their earnings from their lemonade stand to the USO that both their parents passed through on the way to Iraq. It's the junior high band member who asks if the spring concert can be dedicated to our deployed service members, and it's the high school cheerleader who organizes a "care package" drive. It's the college graduate who clings just a little longer to her father,

wishing that her mother was at the commencement ceremony instead of in Afghanistan.

Press Release

Release Nr  1203-06

April 2, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Month of the Military Child: A time to thank our heroes' heroes

 

It's the pre-school child who-without being asked-passes his dessert to his little sister, simply because she looks sad. It's the second-grader who bravely puts a picture of her father at the head of the table for her birthday party, and the fifth-grade siblings who donate all their earnings from their lemonade stand to the USO that both their parents passed through on the way to Iraq. It's the junior high band member who asks if the spring concert can be dedicated to our deployed service members, and it's the high

school cheerleader who organizes a "care package" drive. It's the college graduate who clings just a little longer to her father, wishing that her mother was at the commencement ceremony instead of in Afghanistan.

 

These are our military children; our nation's heroes.

 

With so much media attention focused on the Soldiers returning from war and the sacrifices they've made for our freedom, we don't want to overlook the youth who quietly support them in the background. Approximately 2 million children have experienced the deployment of one or both of their parents in the last ten years.

 

They brave their own battlefields. They rely on an inner strength to face each day. They swallow their fears and disappointment because they know that their Soldier-parent is doing something important. They inspire us with their resiliency.

 

It's hard for the average American to fathom how well our children cope. How those who are old enough to understand dread an unexpected knock on the door.  How much joy they feel when their uniformed parent steps off the airplane in a sea of red, white and blue. Like the Soldier on the battlefield who pushes forward because he has to, they push forward, counting the days and hours until the end of the deployment.

 

Our military children are heroes. Let's not let them be unsung heroes.

 

Military installations around the world have celebrated the Month of the Military Child each April since 1986. Communities will host fairs, youth centers will sponsor special events, and garrisons around the world will take a little time this month to honor military kids, and thank them for their service. It's a relatively common sight today to see a stranger say "thanks for your service" to a service member in uniform. This month, take it a step further. take a moment to thank the child holding his or her hand.

 

Their heroism deserves our gratitude.

Fort Drum to open additional gates during morning hours
1/26/20121201-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For more information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-8286 or email Julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

Press Release

Release Number:  1201-02

January 26, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum to open additional gates during morning hours. 

 

Fort Drum, NY - Beginning Monday January 30th two additional gates will open to help relieve traffic congestion in and around Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.  These gates will be open from 0530-0730 hours Monday through Friday; closed on weekends, Holidays and DONSAs.

Press Release

Release Number:  1201-02

January 26, 2012

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum to open additional gates during morning hours. 

 

Fort Drum, NY - Beginning Monday January 30th two additional gates will open to help relieve traffic congestion in and around Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.  These gates will be open from 0530-0730 hours Monday through Friday; closed on weekends, Holidays and DONSAs.

 

Only valid DoD ID Card holders will be allowed to access these gates. 

 

The old Nash Gate at NYS Route 26 will open for in-bound traffic ONLY.  Out-Bound traffic will not be allowed to exit.  This gate is directly across from the current Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield/Munns Corners gate. 

 

By opening the Nash gate, we hope to ease traffic congestion  along NYS Route 26.  The other gate opening is located off of NYS Route 3A in Deferiet adjacent to the Ammunition Supply Point. This gate will provide an alternate route to the airfield.

 

The other six access gates will remain unchanged.

 

Mt. Belvedere, Iraqi Freedom, Gas Alley and Wheeler-Sack gates are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Black River gate is open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

45th Infantry gate is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

10th Mountain Division Soldier awarded Soldier's Medal for acts of heroism
12/13/20111112-07
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this release should contact the 2nd Brigade Public Affairs Office at 315-772-5972 or email

shane.sandretto@us.army.mil.

 

SGT Perkins Soldier's Medal

Press Release

Release Nr. 1112-07

December 13, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier awarded Soldier's Medal for acts of heroism

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier who pulled passengers to safety from a burning tour bus July 22 on Interstate 90 was awarded the prestigious Soldier's Medal at the Multipurpose Auditorium on post Tuesday.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1112-07

December 13, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier awarded Soldier's Medal for acts of heroism

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier who pulled passengers to safety from a burning tour bus July 22 on Interstate 90 was awarded the prestigious Soldier's Medal at the Multipurpose Auditorium on post Tuesday.

 

Sgt. Jacob J. Perkins, 28, a forward observer with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, stood tall before the loud cheers and applause of his fellow Soldiers, his squadron, brigade and division command groups, New York State Police officials and a Canadian family he helped save from the fire.

 

"This is a momentous occasion," said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander. "If there were bullets flying and it was the Taliban, Sgt. Perkins would be getting the Medal of Honor.

 

"This medal is a big deal," he said. "It is only the second one in the last five years given out in the 10th Mountain Division and (the second in the history) of the 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry (Regiment).

 

"This is in fact uncommon. (Perkins) chose to do something that most other normal human beings would not do. He ran into the back of a burning bus and saved people even though he stood a 50-50 shot of dying himself," the general added.

 

Perkins was on leave after midnight July 21 when he began a 1,000 mile-plus trek to southern Missouri to celebrate his daughter Cadence's fifth birthday. While westbound on I-90, Perkins approached a fireball on the opposite side of the thruway around 1:30 a.m., where a tractor-trailer had rear-ended a Canadian tour bus and buried itself halfway in.

 

Without any thoughts for his safety, Perkins pulled over, hopped the median and ran across several lanes of traffic toward the blaze. He was one of the first witnesses on the scene in the dark stretch of country between Syracuse and Buffalo.

 

Milley said Perkins' training and wisdom from wartime experiences immediately came to bear as the sergeant entered and re-entered the burning bus multiple times, braving the flames and intense heat as long as he could, checking every seat for survivors by hand,

while also staying low enough to minimize smoke inhalation.

 

By the time the flames had become overwhelming, Perkins had contributed to the survival of five civilians and the safety of 24 others.

 

The driver of the tractor-trailer was killed on impact, and of the 53 people on board the bus, dozens were injured. Both the rig and bus were torched in the accident and I-90 eastbound was shut down for hours.

 

Because not enough emergency vehicles were yet on hand to transport the injured passengers, Perkins offered to help.

 

A Canadian man, Willie Blair, whose severe injuries included a broken back, was the last survivor Perkins rescued from the bus. While he was airlifted from the scene, Perkins volunteered to take the man's stranded wife, Sandy, and daughter, Michelle, to a Rochester hospital some 45 miles away.

 

When the three arrived in Rochester, they were told Blair had been rerouted to a Syracuse hospital. Without hesitation, Perkins drove them the additional 90 miles and waited until other family members arrived later in the morning.

 

"I'm very grateful for what he did for me," Willie Blair said after the award ceremony. "I was very much out of it. Once he saved me, I was grateful for what he did for my family."

 

Sandy Blair said once her husband was taken away that night, she was very frightened and had not the slightest idea where she even was.

 

After arriving in Rochester and discovering her husband had been rerouted to Syracuse, she said Perkins, waiting in his truck outside of the hospital, told her "no problem."

 

"He said, 'I'm not leaving you, ma'am. I will take you,'" she recalled. "And he did. He stayed with us until we all were reunited. He wouldn't leave (my husband's) bedside until our family arrived."

 

"Sgt. Perkins was our hero that day," Michelle Blair said. "He treated us like family. He refused to leave our side. And even when (our family arrived), he tried to sneak away without even saying goodbye.

 

"I said, 'Don't you dare leave until you at least say goodbye to us,'" she said. "He just wanted to do his duty and leave."

 

The Soldier's Medal is awarded to any person of the U.S. armed forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy, according to Army Regulation 600-8-22.

 

The same degree of heroism is required for the award of the Soldier's Medal as is required for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy.

 

The Soldier's Medal ranks just below the Distinguished Flying Cross and just above the Bronze Star Medal.

 

Receiving the award was a good experience, but Perkins said he does not feel any different from the next Soldier.

 

"It was a real honor, but I still feel the same way I felt when I woke up this morning," Perkins said. "I don't feel like a hero. I was just doing what anyone else would've done in the same situation."

 

Originally from Mountain Grove, Mo., Perkins enlisted in the Army in February 2008. He deployed with 1-89 Cavalry to Iraq a year later and returned to Fort Drum in 2010.

 

Earlier this year, he was named to the Commandant's List upon graduating from the Warrior Leaders Course at Fort Drum.

 

Perkins has been hailed as a hero by federal, state and local officials. But the soft-spoken fire support NCO is described by many as a humble and unassuming man.

 

Milley pointed out that Gen. Martin Dempsey, then chief of staff of the Army, called Perkins the morning of the incident to congratulate him for a job well done.

 

"Sgt. Perkins makes us so proud; he didn't answer it," Milley said to laughter from the packed room of Soldiers. "He was tired. He needed to take a knee at that time of the morning. So he let it ring and he took a voice mail from the chief of staff of the Army.

 

"He's now the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," the general said, turning to Perkins, "just in case you were wondering.

 

"But Sgt. Perkins is a humble guy," Milley added. "It's not about Gen. Dempsey calling him or about Gen. Milley pinning a medal on him. . Humility, very self-effacing and very humble, is one of the trademarks and characteristics of a true hero."

 

The senior NCO at 1-89 Cavalry agreed.

 

"Sgt. Perkins embodies what all Soldiers should be," said Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Deblois, command sergeant major of 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment. "He embodies the Army values of personal courage. And I am (very) proud of him."

10th Mountain Division Soldier to receive Soldier's Medal
12/9/20111112-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should be at the Media Operations Center on Rte 26 no later than 2:15 p.m.

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to limited space an RSVP is requested no later than 4 p.m. on Monday December 12.

 

For more information regarding this advisory contact 2nd Brigade Public Affairs 315-772-5972 or email shane.sandretto@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1112-04

December 9, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier to receive Soldier's Medal

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier will receive one of the highest awards for non-combat acts of heroism. The Soldier's Medal will be awarded to Sergeant Jacob Perkins, 1st Squadron 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team on Tuesday, December 13 at 3 p.m. 

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1112-04

December 9, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier to receive Soldier's Medal

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier will receive one of the highest awards for non-combat acts of heroism. The Soldier's Medal will be awarded to Sergeant Jacob Perkins, 1st Squadron 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team on Tuesday, December 13 at 3 p.m. 

 

Sergeant Perkins will receive the medal for his actions on July 22, 2011 when he helped passengers off a burning bus on the New York State Thruway.

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/mountaineer/Article.aspx?ID=5573

 

The Soldier's Medal was established for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

 

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander holds a Press Conference from Afghanistan
12/9/20111112-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should be at the Media Operations Center on Rte 26 no later than 8:30 a.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-5463 or email  kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1112-05

December 09, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander holds a Press Conference from Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander Colonel Patrick Frank will hold a press conference from Afghanistan to update the Fort Drum community on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1112-05

December 09, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander holds a Press Conference from Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 3rd Brigade Combat Team Commander Colonel Patrick Frank will hold a press conference from Afghanistan to update the Fort Drum community on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m.

Fort Drum on track to meet manpower shaping goals set by Army
12/9/20111112-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should contact Julie Cupernall, Fort Drum Public Affairs, at 315-772-8286 or email julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Release Nr: 1112-06

December 9, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum on track to meet manpower shaping goals set by Army 

 

Fort Drum, NY - The work being done at Fort Drum since late last spring to meet manpower shaping goals set by the Army has the installation well-postured to potentially avoid involuntary separations in the future.

PRESS RELEASE

Release Nr: 1112-06

December 9, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum on track to meet manpower shaping goals set by Army

 

Fort Drum, NY - The work being done at Fort Drum since late last spring to meet manpower shaping goals set by the Army has the installation well-postured to potentially avoid involuntary separations in the future.

 

In July, the Army announced a planned reduction of approximately 8,700 positions by Sept. 30, 2012.  These cuts are based on Department of Defense resource decisions as reflected in the fiscal 2012 President's Budget and require a reduction of Army civilian employees to comply

with decreased funding levels. Fort Drum Garrison was given an end strength goal of 1076 (authorized positions).

 

Since that time, on board strength of permanent status employees was reduced to 1080 through the implementation of voluntary early retirement and voluntary separation incentive programs, constructive personnel management strategies, limiting hiring to health and safety positions and normal attrition. Temporary and Term positions were not to be extended.

 

While this looks like Fort Drum Garrison is very close to the goal, the number is slightly deceiving.  Of the current 1080 permanent status employees encumbering positions, 85 positions exceed the authorized end strength when you take into consideration currently vacant positions.

 

"We know this is where the really hard work begins," said Michael McKinnon, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Fort Drum.

 

"We continue to look for efficiencies and redundant services.  Also, we're looking for employees who may be in an overhire job series, who have the skills to fill a vacant authorized position.  We've made great strides to this point because of the consistent cooperation from our incredible work force.  I don't see that changing as we continue to reshape.  We will set the standard for the Army in taking care of Soldiers and Families as we evolve with the fundamentally different fiscal reality," McKinnon said.

 

The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum is subordinate to the Installation Management Command.

 

Christmas Trees Delivered to Fort Drum Soldiers and Families
12/2/20111112-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should be at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 10:00 a.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Fort Drum Public Affairs @ 315-772-5463 or kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr:  1112-01

December 02, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Christmas Trees Delivered to Fort Drum Soldiers and Families

 

Fort Drum, NY - Seven hundred real Christmas trees will be delivered to 10th Mountain Division Headquarters for distribution to Soldiers and their Families on December 8.

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr:  1112-01

December 02, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Christmas Trees Delivered to Fort Drum Soldiers and Families

 

Fort Drum, NY - Seven hundred real Christmas trees will be delivered to 10th Mountain Division Headquarters for distribution to Soldiers and their Families on December 8.

 

For more details, go to www.ChristmasSpiritFoundation.org.

Child diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis
12/2/20111112-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Anyone with concerns or questions can contact the Army Public Health Nursing Office at 315-772-6404 during normal duty hours or after hours the Guthrie Urgent Care Clinic at 315-772-2778.

 

Press Release

Release Nr 1112-02

December 2, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Child diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis

 

Fort Drum, NY - A single case of bacterial meningitis was diagnosed Thursday in a child attending the Po Valley Child Development Center.  The child is currently under medical care.

Press Release

Release Nr 1112-02

December 2, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Child diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis

 

Fort Drum, NY - A single case of bacterial meningitis was diagnosed Thursday in a child attending the Po Valley Child Development Center.  The child is currently under medical care.

 

All parents of those children and staff members exposed to the child are being notified, tested and provided medical treatment as

needed.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
11/23/20111111-11
Fort Drum Public Affairs
Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-408-3087 or email MAJ Bruce Drake at bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil
Diener

Press Release

Release Nr:  1111-11

November 22, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday November 21 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire.

Press Release 

Release Nr:  1111-11

November 22, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday November 21 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by small arms fire.

 

Killed is Private First Class Jackie L. Diener II, age 20, of Boyne City, MI. He was a Cavalry Scout with the 3rd Squadron, 71st  Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Diener joined the Army in March 2011. After training at Fort Benning, GA, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011. He deployed with his unit in September 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Diener’s awards and decorations include The Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge.  

 

Diener is survived by his mother and father.

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Conducted November 22
11/23/20111111-10
Fort Drum Public Affairs

For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-7267 or email bruce.m.drake@conus.army.mil.  Photographs of the event will be linked to the Fort Drum Public Affairs portal at http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Home.aspx

 

Press Release  

Release Nr:  1111-10 

November 22, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Conducted November 22

 

Fort Drum, NY – 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum welcomed the new Deputy Commanding General for Operations, Colonel (promotable) Richard D. Clarke to the Division’s Command Group at a Mountain Salute Ceremony, Tuesday, November 22.

Press Release  

Release Nr:  1111-10 

November 22, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Conducted November 22

 

Fort Drum, NY – 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum welcomed the new Deputy Commanding General for Operations, Colonel (promotable) Richard D. Clarke to the Division’s Command Group at a Mountain Salute Ceremony, Tuesday, November 22.

 

“There has been no single Division that has been as deployed, to so many various places, as this unit,” said Colonel (promotable) Clarke.  “This is my first assignment to this Division, and while I have never served here directly, I have been serving alongside 10th Mountain Soldiers for over 20 years.  There is no place I would rather serve, and can assure you, I will give my utmost to uphold the tremendous reputation of this Division.”

 

Colonel (promotable) Clarke addressed the Commander of the Ceremony, 10th Mountain Division (LI) Commander, Major General Mark Milley by saying he is excited to help the general and the command to write the next chapter in the Division’s storied history.  “10th Mountain Division Light Infantry will continue to represent and defend America whenever and wherever we might be called to serve,” Colonel (promotable) Clarke said.  “The Mountain Soldiers do so with honor.”

 

Prior to assuming duty as the Deputy Commanding General of Operations, 10th Mountain Division, Colonel (promotable) Clarke served as the Director of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

 

Fort Drum Community kicks off Holiday Season Celebration
11/22/20111111-09
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should meet at the Media Operations Center on NY Route 26 no later than 4:30 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1111-09

November 22, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Community kicks off Holiday Season Celebration

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Fort Drum community kicks off the 2011 holiday season with a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony on December 1st beginning at 5:15 p.m. The event will be held just outside the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1111-09

November 22, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Community kicks off Holiday Season Celebration

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Fort Drum community kicks off the 2011 holiday season with a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting ceremony on December 1st beginning at 5:15 p.m. The event will be held just outside the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road.

 

The ceremony will be followed by a holiday party at Youth Services.

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Scheduled for November 22
11/21/20111111-08
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 3:30 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-7267 or email bruce.m.drake@conus.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Nr:  1111-08

November 21, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Scheduled for November 22

 

Fort Drum, NY - A Mountain Salute Ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex to welcome the new Deputy Commanding General for Operations, Colonel (promotable) Richard D. Clarke to the Division's Command Group.

Media Advisory

Release Nr:  1111-08

November 21, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Mountain Salute Ceremony Scheduled for November 22

 

Fort Drum, NY - A Mountain Salute Ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex to welcome

the new Deputy Comm nding General for Operations, Colonel (promotable) Richard D. Clarke to the Division's Command Group.

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for November 17.
11/15/20111111-07
Fort Drum Public Affairs
Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 4:00 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-7267 or email bruce.m.drake@conus.army.mil.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1110-7

November 15, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for November 17.

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1110-7

November 15, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for November 17.

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

Soldiers to be honored are:

 

SSG Nathan Wyrick http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=11/15/2011&ID=3494

 

SPC Jeremiah Sancho http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=11/15/2011&ID=3495

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
11/12/20111111-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-408-3087 or email MAJ Bruce Drake at bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil

 

PFC Rushing

Release Nr:  1111-06

November 12, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Friday November 11 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Release Nr:  1111-06

November 12, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Friday November 11 of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is Private First Class Theodore B. Rushing, age 25, of Longwood, FL. He was a Cavalry Scout with the 3rd Squadron, 71st  Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Rushing joined the Army in March 2011. After training at Fort Benning, GA, he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division and arrived at Fort Drum in July 2011. He deployed with his unit in August 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Rushing’s awards and decorations include The Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army Combat Action Badge.  

 

Rushing is survived by his mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldiers Assume authority in Afghanistan
11/8/20111111-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Photo: 10th SBDE Brigade Commander Col. Kurt Ryan and Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Jose Castillo uncase the 10th Sustainment Brigade colors after assuming authority from the 101st Sustainment Brigade at a ceremony in Afghanistan. Photo by: SGT Cory Thatcher.

 

For more information regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

TOA 10th Sustainment Brigade

Press Release

Release Nr. 1111-05

November 8, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers Assume authority in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 10th Sustainment Brigade Headquarters uncased its brigade colors November 1st.

Press Release

Release Nr. 1111-05

November 8, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers Assume authority in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - The 10th Sustainment Brigade Headquarters uncased its brigade colors November 1st. The brigade held its transfer of authority from the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Elements of the 10th Sustainment Brigade Troop Battalion and the 7th Engineer Battalion will be responsible for a wide variety of support services to units across Regional Command East, North and Central.

 

More than 750 members of the 10th Sustainment Brigade are currently in Afghanistan serving a 12 month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Fort Drum Veterans Day Observance Planned
11/7/20111111-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering the Veterans Day observance should meet at the Media Operations Center on N.Y. State Route 26 at 10:30 a.m. on November 10th.

 

For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-7974 or email tami.hillis@us.army.mil.

 

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr 1111-04

November 7, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Veterans Day Observance Planned

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Fort Drum community will honor veterans during a Veterans Day observance ceremony at Memorial Park on November 10th at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a wreath laying, rifle salute and the playing of taps.

 

Media Advisory

Release Nr 1111-04

November 7, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Veterans Day Observance Planned

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Fort Drum community will honor veterans during a Veterans Day observance ceremony at Memorial Park on November 10th at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include a wreath laying, rifle salute and the playing of taps.

 

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony
11/4/20111111-03
Fort Drum Public

Media interested in covering this event should meet at the Media Operations Center on Rt. 26, at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1111-03

November 4, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

Fort Drum, NY - The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum will be conducting a Change of Responsibility Ceremony Tuesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex. Command Sergeant Major John F. McNeirney will relinquish responsibilities to Command Sergeant Major Mark H. Oldroyd.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1111-03

November 4, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

Fort Drum, NY - The U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum will be conducting a Change of Responsibility Ceremony Tuesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. at the Magrath Sports Complex. Command Sergeant Major John F. McNeirney will relinquish responsibilities to Command Sergeant Major Mark H. Oldroyd.

 

CSM McNeirney's next duty assignment is with the 11 Military Police Corps at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  CSM Oldroyd most recently served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 1st Squadron 71st  Cavalry Regiment, 1st  Brigade Combat Team.

 

Bios for CSM McNeirney and CSM Oldroyd can be found via the links below:

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/Garrison/Pages/CSM.aspx

 

http://www.drum.army.mil/1stBCT/Pages/1_71_CommandSergeantMajorBio_lvl3.aspx

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
11/3/20111111-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-408-3087 or email

bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil.

 

SGT Cullers

Press Release

Release Nr:  1111-02

November 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sunday October 30 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1111-02

November 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Sunday October 30 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

 

Killed is Staff Sergeant Ari R. Cullers, age 28, of New London, CT. He was a wheeled vehicle mechanic with 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Cullers joined the Army in October 2004. After training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, he was assigned to Camp Kyle, Korea and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Cullers arrived at Fort Drum in December 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan from December 2008 to December 2009 and deployed with his unit in March 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Cullers' awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Certificate of Achievement, the Combat Action Badge, and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.  He completed the Field Sanitation Team Certificate, Combat Life Savers Course, Sling Load Inspector Certificate, and the Warrior Leadership Course.

 

Cullers is survived by his mother and father.

Commanding General Change of Command Ceremony November 4
11/2/20111111-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

NOTE TO EDITORS:

 

There will be an awards ceremony and a media opportunity with the Secretary  the Army prior to the Change of Command. 

 

There will be a Media escort at the Media Operations Center parking lot at 8:45 AM to escort attending media onto the post.  The Fort Drum Media Operations Center is just south of the entrance to the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.  From I-81 take the exit for Route 342 and head west to Route 11.

 

Turn left onto Rte 11 and then turn right onto Rte 26.  The entrance and the sign for the Media Operations Center will be on your left side of the street.

  

For more information regarding this advisory contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at  315-772-7267 or email bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil.

 

Media Advisory 

Release Nr: 1111-01 

November 2, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Commanding General Change of Command Ceremony November 4

  

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division officials will conduct a Change of Command Ceremony Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. at Sexton Field.

 

 

Media Advisory 

Release Nr: 1111-01 

November 2, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Commanding General Change of Command Ceremony November 4

  

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division officials will conduct a Change of Command Ceremony Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. at Sexton Field.

 

Major General James L. Terry will relinquish command of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division to Major General Mark A. Milley.

  

Maj. Gen.  Terry has been nominated and confirmed to promotion to Lieutenant General and will assume the position of commanding general of V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in January. 

 

Maj. Gen.  Milley, recently served as the deputy director for regional operations, J-3, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Army chief of staff visits Fort Drum, re-enlists Soldiers
10/26/20111110-08
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this release contact Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

 

Army chief of staff

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-08

October 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Army chief of staff visits Fort Drum, re-enlists Soldiers

 

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The U.S. Army's top military officer visited Fort Drum on Tuesday to be briefed by the installation's senior leadership while also taking time to assess Army operations at the northern New York post -- home of the 10th Mountain Division (LI).

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-08

October 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Army chief of staff visits Fort Drum, re-enlists Soldiers

 

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The U.S. Army's top military officer visited Fort Drum on Tuesday to be briefed by the installation's senior leadership while also taking time to assess Army operations at the northern New York post -- home of the 10th Mountain Division (LI).

 

"I think they have a really integrated team here," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. "I think what I sense here more than I do at other places is how closely everyone works together. They feel like a part of the community.

 

"They are not just working for the community -- they feel like they are the community," he added. "Whether it be the people off post or the people on post -- that really comes through very strongly, and I think it makes a real difference in the support that is here for the Soldiers and their Families."

 

Odierno assumed his new assignment from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during a change of responsibility ceremony Sept. 7. Dempsey went on to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff while Odierno became the 38th chief of staff of the Army.

 

Noting division headquarters' recent redeployment from Afghanistan, the general said he wanted to see what Army programs have been in place for Families at Fort Drum and how the post-deployment reintegration process was going.

 

He also took a moment to express his gratitude for the warfighters of one of the Army's most deployed divisions.

 

"I want to thank them for their sacrifices," Odierno said. "I know that whenever the 10th Mountain Division goes anywhere, it's an extremely professional organization ready to do their mission.

 

"I also want to thank the Families for their sacrifices," he added. "I know that they mean a lot to the success of the units themselves. I appreciate the support that they have given to their Soldiers."  

 

During his visit, Odierno was escorted throughout the day by Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander, and other installation officials.

 

In addition to meeting with leaders and commanders, Odierno took time in the afternoon before boarding a jet to re-enlist 15 Soldiers of the division's 1st Brigade Combat Team.

 

Before the small ceremony began, he explained to Soldiers and Family Members gathered at the Rapid Deployment Facility at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield the significance of a Soldier's re-enlistment.

 

"We have two Families," Odierno said. "We have our biological Family and our Army Family. (These Soldiers) are making a decision to stay with their Army Family -- and that's saying something today."

 

Odierno also said that as a senior Army officer, re-enlisting Soldiers is one of his favorite jobs.

 

"We're proud to have you stay a part of the Army Family," the general said. "You are going to help lead our Army into the future. I appreciate your service. I appreciate your Families who support you.

 

"I want to thank you for your support," Odierno turned to Family Members, "and that you are willing to also sacrifice. I want to personally thank you for your sacrifices and the choices that you are making as well."    

 

Col. Stephen L. Michael, 1st Brigade Combat Team commander, said he was pleased to see the general re-enlisting his Soldiers.

 

"I think it's pretty special that he wants to take the time to do this," Michael said. "He's touching those who really run the Army, do the hard jobs and get things done.

 

"Soldiers are our Army's strength," the colonel added. "Regardless of all the money and equipment that flows through the Army, its biggest strength is its people."

 

One of the Soldiers who had the honor of raising his right hand with the Army's senior officer said it's a story he expects to one day share with his four children.

 

"This was an awesome experience and probably a once-in-a-lifetime event," said Spc. Chris Blanton, a medic with 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. "It's something I'll be able to share with my kids down the road, and maybe even my grandkids."

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in accident
10/25/20111110-06
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email

julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

 

Media with inquiries regarding the accident investigation should call U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command at 571-305-4041.

 

 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-06

October 25, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in accident

 

Fort Drum, NY - Private Michael S. Koepfle, age 35, of San Bernardino, California, was killed, and two other Soldiers were injured, in a military vehicle accident on post Sunday, October 23

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-06

October 25, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier dies in accident

 

Fort Drum, NY - Private Michael S. Koepfle, age 35, of San Bernardino, California, was killed, and two other Soldiers were injured, in a military vehicle accident on post Sunday, October 23.

 

All three were training as members of the 543rd Quartermaster Company, 548th Combat Service Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

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Koepfle, a supply clerk, joined the Army in October 2010. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Lee, Virginia he arrived at Fort Drum, New York in October 2011.

 

Koepfle's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army

Service Ribbon.

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for October 27
10/24/20111110-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 3:45 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-7267 or email bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1110-05

October 24, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for October 27

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1110-05

October 24, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for October 27

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

Soldiers to be honored are:

1SG Billy J. Siercks http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3493

 

SGT Andrew Tobin http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3481

 

SPC Koran P. Contreras, http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3485

 

SPC Douglas J. Jeffries Jr. http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3485

 

SPC Jesse W. Dietrich  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3482

 

SPC Kevin R. Shumaker http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=10/21/2011&ID=3484

10th Mountain Division Soldier Killed in Afghanistan
10/17/20111110-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email MAJ Bruce Drake at bruce.m.drake@us.army.mil.

Sancho

Press Release

Release No: 1110-04

15 October 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY -- A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on Thursday, October 13, when his unit attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Press Release

Release No: 1110-04

15 October 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY -- A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on Thursday, October 13, when his unit attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is Specialist Jeremiah T. Sancho, age 23, of Palm Bay, Florida.

 

Sancho was an Infantryman with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Sancho joined the Army in January, 2010, and after completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia, came to Fort Drum in May 2010. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Sancho's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal,and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Sancho is survived by his wife and his mother.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
10/12/20111110-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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SGT Nathan Wyrick

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-03

October 12, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier died from combat related injuries in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday, October 10.  The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.

 

Killed is Sergeant Nathan L. Wyrick, age 34, of Enumclaw, Washington.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-03 

October 12, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier died from combat related injuries in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday, October 10.  The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.

 

Killed is Staff Sergeant Nathan L. Wyrick, age 34, of Enumclaw, Washington.

 

Wyrick was a supply specialist with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Wyrick joined the Army in March 2006.  After training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina he was stationed for a short time at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and then at Fort Lewis, Washington from September 2006 until July 2010 when he came to Fort Drum.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.  Wyrick had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2008 to August 2009.

 

Wyricks's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, five Certificates of Achievement, the Combat Action Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

 

Wyrick is survived by his wife and four children.

Welcome Home Ceremonies for Returning Troops
10/3/20111110-02
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-7267.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1110-02

October 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremonies for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - Welcome home ceremonies were held for a total of 340 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan. 140 Soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brigade returned late Thursday September 29, another 170 Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion returned Saturday October 1 and 30 Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters and Headquarters

Battalion returned Sunday October 2.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1110-02

October 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremonies for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - Welcome home ceremonies were held for a total of 340 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan. 140 Soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brigade returned late Thursday September 29, another 170 Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion returned Saturday October 1 and 30 Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion returned Sunday October 2.

 

The Soldiers with the Combat Aviation Brigade spent the last year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Regional Command-East area in order to provide freedom of movement, protect the population and defeat insurgents.

 

Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion spent the last year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in RC South. They were responsible for the combat and stability operations in the southern Afghan provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Dai Kundi.  This was a multi-national command responsible for over 23,000 US, Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand, Romanian, Slovak, Dutch, French, and Singaporean troops.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
10/3/20111110-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email

Julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

 

1SG Siercks

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-01

October 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier died Wednesday September 28 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on September 27 in Logar, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1110-01

October 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier died Wednesday September 28 in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on September 27 in Logar, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.

 

Killed is First Sergeant Billy J. Siercks, age 32, of Velda Village, Missouri. He was an infantry senior sergeant with the 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Siercks joined the Army in May 1997. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Fort McNair, Washington D.C., Kelly Barracks in Germany, Fort Drum , New York,  returned to Fort Benning, Georgia and was assigned to Fort Drum in May 2010. He deployed to Bosnia in April 2000 to October 2000, Kuwait from August 2002 to October 2002, Iraq from February 2003 to November 2003 and

Afghanistan from February 2006 to November 2006. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan in October 2010.  

 

Siercks' awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation,  four Army Good Conduct Medals, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, three NATO Medals, the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge. He completed the following courses:  the Senior Leadership Course,

the Combatives Level 1 and 2 Course, the Drill Sergeant School, Total Army Instructor Training, Advance Leadership Course, the Pathfinder Course, the Long Range Reconnaissance Course, the Jump Master Course, the Rappel Master Course, the Warrior Leadership Course, the Ranger Course, the Combat Life Savers Course and the Airborne Course.

 

Siercks is survived by his wife, two children, a mother, father, and step-mother.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
9/30/20111109-10
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email

Julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

1LT Zermeno

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-10

September 30, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Sunday September 25 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-10

September 30, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Sunday September 25 of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

 

Killed is 1LT Andres Zermeno, age 26, of San Antonio, Texas. He was a transportation officer with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Zermeno joined the Army in November 2009. He arrived at Fort Polk in February 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with his unit in October 2010.

 

Zermeno's awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He completed the Transportation Officer Basic course.

 

Zermeno is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.
Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops
9/29/20111109-11
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media with inquiries regarding this press release should call Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-7267.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-11

September 29, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for 192 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan just before midnight Wednesday September 28 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The Soldiers are members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-11

September 29, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for 192 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan just before midnight Wednesday September 28 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The Soldiers are members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

 

They spent the last year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Regional Command-East area in order to provide freedom of movement, protect the population and defeat insurgents.

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
9/26/20111109-08
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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PFC Aparicio; Rafael Bigai Baez

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-08

September 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, were killed Friday September 23, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-08

September 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, were killed Friday September 23, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed were:

 

Sergeant Rafael E. Bigai Baez, age 28, of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Bigai Baez was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.  Bigai Baez joined the Army in October 2003. He arrived at Fort Polk in June, 2010. Bigai Baez deployed to Kuwait from December 2004 to December 2005. He deployed to Afghanistan with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

Bigai Baez's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.  He completed the Warrior Leadership Course and the Combatives Level 1 course.

 

Bigai Baez is survived by his two children, his mother and father.

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Private First Class Carlos A. Aparicio, age 19, of San Bernardino, California.

 

Aparicio was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Aparicio joined the Army in June 2010.  After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk in January, 2011.  He deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2011.

 

Aparicio's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Aparicio is survived by his mother and father.

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for September 29
9/23/20111109-07
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on Route 26 no later than 3:45 p.m.  For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1109-07

September 23, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for September 29

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1109-07

September 23, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for September 29

  

Fort Drum, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

Soldiers to be honored are:

 

1st Lieutenant Timothy J. Steele, http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3479

Sergeant Edward J. Frank,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3476

Sergeant Jameel T. Freeman,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3476

Specialist Patrick L. Lay II,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3476

Specialist Jordan M. Morris,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3476

Specialist Mark J. Downer,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3475

Private First Class Rueden J. Lopez, http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=9/13/2011&ID=3476

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops
9/19/20111109-06
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Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-06

September 19, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for 134 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan early Sunday morning September 18 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The Soldiers are members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-06

September 19, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for 134 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan early Sunday morning September 18 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The Soldiers are members of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division.

 

They spent the last year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Regional Command-East area in order to provide freedom of movement, protect the population and defeat insurgents.

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops
9/15/20111109-05
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Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-05

September 15, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for nearly 100 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan in the early morning hours of September 15 at Magrath Sports Complex. The Soldiers are members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Press Release

Release Nr:  1109-05

September 15, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Welcome Home Ceremony for Returning Troops

 

Fort Drum, NY - A welcome home ceremony was held for nearly 100 Soldiers returning from Afghanistan in the early morning hours of September 15 at Magrath Sports Complex. The Soldiers are members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.

 

They spent the last year in Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the ISAF Regional Command South Headquarters. 

 

As RC South, they were responsible for the combat and stability operations in the southern Afghan provinces of Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Dai Kundi.  This was a multi-national command responsible for over 23,000 US, Canadian, British, Australian, New Zealand, Romanian, Slovak, Dutch, French, and Singaporean troops.

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
9/9/20111109-04
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PFC Jeffries; SPC Contreras

Press Release

Release Nr 1109-04

September 09, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed Wednesday, September 8, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Press Release

Release Nr 1109-04

September 09, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed Wednesday, September 8, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed were:

Specialist Koran P. Contreras, age 21, of Lawndale, California. He was an Infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Contreras joined the Army in April 2008. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas and arrived at Fort Drum in April 2010. Contreras previously deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2009 to December 2009. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Contreras' awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Contreras is survived by his wife and mother.

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Private First Class Douglas J. Jeffries, Jr., age 20, of Springville, California. He was an Infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Jeffries joined the Army in November 2009. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was arrived at Fort Drum in March 2010.  He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Jeffries' awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

 

Jeffries is survived by his mother, father and step-mother.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
9/2/20111109-01
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SPC James

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-01

September 02, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Wednesday August 31, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-01

September 02, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Wednesday August 31, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is Specialist Dennis James, Jr., age 21, of Deltona, Florida.  He was a vehicle driver with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

James joined the Army in June 2008.  After training he arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana in November 2009. James deployed with his unit in October 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

James' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

 

James is survived by his aunt and uncle.

A 10th Mountain Division Soldier has died after contracting rabies
9/2/20111109-02
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Media with inquiries regarding rabies and/or the prevention and treatment of the disease should call Tom Skinner, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 404-639-3286.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-02

September 2, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has died after contracting rabies.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1109-02

September 2, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier assigned to the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has died after contracting rabies.

 

Specialist Kevin R. Shumaker, age 24, of Livermore, California, died in a stateside hospital, Wednesday, August 31.

 

Shumaker joined the Army in February 2009.  After completing training he was stationed at Grafenwoehr, Germany in August 2009.  He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 615th Military Police Company as a cook from May 2010 to May 2011.  He

came to Fort Drum in August 2011.

 

Shumaker's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

 

Shumaker is survived by his mother and stepfather.

 

The circumstances surrounding how and where the Soldier contracted the illness remains under investigation.  It has been determined the Soldier did not contract rabies in New York State.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
8/27/20111108-09
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Dietrich

Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-09

August 27, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar providence, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 25 when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-09

August 27, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar providence, Afghanistan on Thursday, August 25 when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

 

Killed is PFC Jesse W. Dietrich, age 20, of Venus, Texas.

 

Dietrich was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Dietrich joined the Army in March 2009, and after completing training came to Fort Drum in July 2010. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Dietrich's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Dietrich is survived by a child and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
8/26/20111108-08
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Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-08

August 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, August 24, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-08

August 26, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, August 24, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

 

Killed is SGT Andrew R. Tobin, age 24, of Jacksonville, Illinois.

 

Tobin was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Tobin joined the Army in January 2008, and after completing training came to Fort Drum in June 2008.  Tobin had previously deployed to Afghanistan from January to December 2009.  He deployed with his unit again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Tobin's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development

Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, two Certificates of Achievement, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Machinegun and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge - Sharpshooter with Pistol.

 

Tobin is survived by his wife, mother and father.

Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9-11 Attacks
8/25/20111108-07
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For further information contact Fort Drum Public Affairs at 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1108-07

August 25, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commemorates 10th Anniversary of  9-11 Attacks

 

FORT DRUM, NY - Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division will mark the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks with a wreath laying ceremony at the 9-11 memorial at Clark Hall, Sunday September 11th. The ceremony will honor those who lost their lives that day and since then in the global war on terrorism.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1108-07

August 25, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division Commemorates 10th Anniversary of  9-11 Attacks

 

FORT DRUM, NY - Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division will mark the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks with a wreath laying ceremony at the 9-11 memorial at Clark Hall, Sunday September 11th. The ceremony will honor those who lost their lives that day and since then in the global war on terrorism.

 

The Fort Drum 9-11 Memorial contains pieces of steel and stone from the ruins of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Moments of silence will be observed at 8:46, 9:02, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. The times will mark the impacts at Towers 1 and 2, the west side of the Pentagon and the crash site in Pennsylvania.

Fort Drum Soldier diagnosed with rabies
8/24/20111108-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Media with inquiries regarding rabies and/or the prevention and treatment of the disease should call Tom Skinner, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 404-639-3286.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-05

Fort Drum Public Affairs

August 24, 2011

 

Fort Drum Soldier diagnosed with rabies

 

Fort Drum, NY - A Soldier assigned to Fort Drum was diagnosed with rabies on Friday, August 19, and is currently undergoing treatment.  Close contacts of this patient have been, or are being notified, to assess whether or not post-exposure rabies vaccination is required due to close

contact with this patient. 

Press Release

Release Nr: 1108-05

Fort Drum Public Affairs

August 24, 2011

 

Fort Drum Soldier diagnosed with rabies

 

Fort Drum, NY - A Soldier assigned to Fort Drum was diagnosed with rabies on Friday, August 19, and is currently undergoing treatment.  Close contacts of this patient have been, or are being notified, to assess whether or not post-exposure rabies vaccination is required due to close

contact with this patient. 

 

The Soldier did not contract rabies in New York State - rather he likely contracted the disease during a recent overseas deployment.

The Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the New York State Health Department, are monitoring the Soldier's care. 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
8/24/20111108-06
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Steele

Press Release

 

Release Nr: 1108-06

 

August 24, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, August 23, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

 

Release Nr: 1108-06

 

August 24, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday, August 23, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is 1st Lieutenant Timothy J. Steele, age 25, of Massachusetts.

 

Steele was an executive officer with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Steele received his commission in May 2009, after graduating from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.  Steele came to Fort Drum in August 2010.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Steele's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Air Assault Medal, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Parachutists Badge and the Ranger Tab.

 

Steele is survived by his wife, child, mother and father.

Media Advisory
8/23/20111108-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1108-04

August 23, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for August 25

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, August 25th at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1108-04

August 23, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for August 25

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, August 25th at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

The Soldier to be honored:

 

SPC James A. Waters,  http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=8/12/2011&ID=3470

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
8/14/20111108-03
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Frank; Freeman; Lay; Lopez; Morris

Press Release

August 14, 2011

Release Number: 1108-03

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Five Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, were killed in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 11, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

August 14, 2011

Release Number: 1108-03

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Five Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, were killed in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 11, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed were:

 

Sergeant Edward J. Frank II, age 26, of Yonkers, New York.  Frank was an Infantryman who joined the Army in August 2005.  After training at Fort Benning, Georgia he served in Germany from December 2005 until July 2010 when he arrived at Fort Drum.  Frank previously deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from August 2006 through November 2007 and from December 2008 through November 2009.  Frank deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Frank's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Frank is survived by his wife, three children, father and mother.

 

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Sergeant Jameel T. Freeman, age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland.  Freeman was an Infantryman who came to Fort Drum in April 2010.  He had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to April 2008.  Freeman deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Freeman's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, the

National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Freeman is survived by his wife, two children and mother.

 

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Specialist Jordan M. Morris, age 23, of Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Morris was an Infantryman who joined the Army in January 2011, completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia and came to Fort Drum in March 2011.  Morris deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in June 2011.

 

Morris's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Morris is survived by his mother and father.

 

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Specialist Patrick L. Lay II, age 21, of Fletcher, North Carolina.  Lay was an Infantryman who joined the Army in September 2009. After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he came to Fort Drum in January 2010.  Lay deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring

Freedom in March 2011.

 

Lay's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman

Badge.

 

Lay is survived by his mother and father.

 

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Private First Class Rueben J. Lopez, age 27, of Williams, California.  Lopez was an Infantryman who joined the Army in August 2010. After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he came to Fort Drum in April 2011 and subsequently deployed in  support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Lopez's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Lopez is survived by his mother and father.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
8/6/20111108-02
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SPC Downer

Press Release 

Release Nr: 1108-02 

August 6, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan 

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Friday, August 5, when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. 

Press Release 

Release Nr: 1108-02 

August 6, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan 

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Friday, August 5, when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade. 

 

Killed is Specialist Mark J. Downer, age 23, of Warner Robins, Georgia. 

 

Downer was a combat medic with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Downer joined the Army in December 2009.  After training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he came to Fort Drum in June 2010.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011. 

 

Downer's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Medic Badge. 

 

Downer is survived by his child, mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
8/5/20111108-01
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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PFC Baker; PFC Morales

Press Release

Release Nr 1108-01

Fort Drum Public Affairs

August 5, 2010

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, were killed Wednesday, August 3, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Press Release

Release Nr 1108-01

Fort Drum Public Affairs

August 5, 2010

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, were killed Wednesday, August 3, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed were:

 

Private First Class Cody G. Baker, age 19, of Holton, Kansas. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Baker joined the Army in June 2010.  After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana in October 2010. Baker deployed with his unit in November 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Baker's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Baker is survived by his mother and stepfather.

 

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Private First Class Gil I. Morales Del Valle, age 21, of Jacksonville, Florida. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Morales Del Valle joined the Army in February 2010. After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana in June 2010.  He deployed with his unit in October 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Morales Del Valle's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Morales Del Valle is survived by his father, mother and stepfather.

 

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Fort Drum to Dedicate new Fire Station
7/25/20111107-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

Media interested in covering this event should be at the Media Operations Center on Rte 26 no later than 12:30 p.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Kae Young, Public Affairs, 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Number 1107-04

July 22, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum to Dedicate new Fire Station

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum will dedicate Fire Station 2 in honor of Garrett W. Loomis on July 26 at 1 p.m.

 

Media Advisory

Release Number 1107-04

July 22, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum to Dedicate new Fire Station

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum will dedicate Fire Station 2 in honor of Garrett W. Loomis on July 26 at 1 p.m.

 

Garrett W. Loomis was a full-time employee of the Fort Drum Fire Department and an assistant fire chief with Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. In his volunteer capacity, he responded to a burning silo on a dairy farm in April 2010 and died in the course of fighting that fire.

 

The new $6.7 million dollar state-of-the-art fire station will be known as the Garrett W. Loomis Fire Station 2. The facility will house fire and emergency vehicles, the fire prevention office and the fire department training division.

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for July 28
7/25/20111107-05
Fort Drum Public Affairs

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Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1107-05

July 25, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for July 28

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1107-05

July 25, 2011 

Fort Drum Public Affairs 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for July 28

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Park to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

Soldiers to be honored are:

 

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kenneth R. White http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=7/18/2011&ID=3465

 

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bradley J. Gaudet http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=7/18/2011&ID=3465

 

Corporal Preston J. Dennis

http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=7/18/2011&ID=3460

 

Private First Class John C. Johnson

http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=7/18/2011&ID=3463

 

Private First Class Brian J. Backus

http://www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=7/18/2011&ID=3467

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
7/12/20111107-03
Fort Drum Public Affairs
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SGT Soderlund
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Saturday, July 9, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Saturday, July 9, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
 
Killed is Sergeant Christopher P. Soderlund, age 23, of Pineville, Louisiana.  He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
 
Soderlund joined the Army in March 2006.  After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was stationed at Fort Irwin, California.  He arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana in November 2007. Soderlund deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2007 to January 2009.  He deployed with his unit in October 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
Soderlund's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal,
the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
 
Soderlund is survived by his wife, two children, mother, father and step-father.
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
7/3/20111107-02
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James A. Waters
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Sartak, Afghanistan, Friday, July 1, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
Killed is Specialist James A. Waters, age 21, of Cloverdale, Indiana.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1107-01

July 3, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed in Sartak, Afghanistan, Friday, July 1, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is Specialist James A. Waters, age 21, of Cloverdale, Indiana.

 

Waters was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Water joined the Army in September 2009.  After training

at Fort Benning, Georgia, he came to Fort Drum in January 2010.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Water's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the

Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Waters is survived by his mother and father.

 

1st Brigade Combat Team Change of Command Ceremony
7/1/20111107-01
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Media interested in covering the ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on Rte 26 no later than 9:30 a.m. For further information regarding this advisory contact Fort Drum Public Affairs, 315-772-8286 or email Julie.cupernall@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1107-01

July 1, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

1st Brigade Combat Team Change of Command Ceremony

 

Fort Drum, NY -- The 1st Brigade Combat Team will conduct a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m., at Sexton Field.

Media Advisory

Release Nr: 1107-01

July 1, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

1st Brigade Combat Team Change of Command Ceremony

 

Fort Drum, NY -- The 1st Brigade Combat Team will conduct a change-of-command ceremony Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m., at Sexton Field.

 

Col. Willard M. Burleson will hand over command of the brigade to Col. Stephen L. Michael.

 

Col. Michael recently served as the Senior Service College Fellow to the Teachers College at Columbia University.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
6/30/20111106-07
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SPC Bernier

Press Release

Release Nr: 1106-07

June 30, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, died June 25 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on June 22 when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire in Kherwar, Afghanistan.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1106-07

June 30, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, died June 25 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on June 22 when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire in Kherwar, Afghanistan. 

  

Killed is Specialist Nicholas P. Bernier, age 21, of East Kingston, New Hampshire.

 

He was a combat medic with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Bernier joined the Army in March 2008.  After training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas in May 2008. He arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana in April 2010 and deployed with his unit in October 2010 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Bernier's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Medic Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

 

Bernier is survived by his mother, father, brothers and sister.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
6/20/20111106-06
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PFC Backus

Press Release

Release Nr: 1106-06

June 20, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed Saturday June 18, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Press Release

Release Nr: 1106-06

June 20, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier was killed Saturday June 18, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

 

Killed is Private First Class Brian J. Backus, age 21, of Saginaw Township, Michigan.  He was a combat medic with 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Backus joined the Army in June 2010. Following training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he arrived at Fort Drum in December 2010. Backus deployed with his unit in March 2011 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Medical Badge.

 

Backus is survived by a child, mother, father and brother.

Annual Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.
6/17/20111106-04
Fort Drum Public Affairs

NOTE TO EDITORS*

 

Media interested in covering the Annual Remembrance Ceremony should be at the Media Operations Center on RT26 no later than 9:15a.m. on June 22.

 

Media interested in covering the Salute to the Nation should be at the Media Operations Center on RT26 no later than 4 p.m.  on June 23.

 

Media interested in any other event during Mountainfest should call the Public Affairs Office @ 315-772-5463.

 

For further information regarding this advisory, contact Fort Drum Public Affairs @ 315-772-5463 or email kae.young@us.army.mil.

 

Media Advisory

Release Number: 1106-04

June 17, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Annual Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.

 

Fort Drum, NY -The annual Fort Drum Mountainfest will host a wide variety of events to include the Annual Remembrance Ceremony and the Salute to the Nation.

Media Advisory

Release Number: 1106-04

June 17, 2011

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Annual Mountainfest to include Remembrance Ceremony and Salute to the Nation.

 

Fort Drum, NY -The annual Fort Drum Mountainfest will host a wide variety of events to include the Annual Remembrance Ceremony and the Salute to the Nation.

 

The Remembrance Ceremony will be held on June 22 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park. This event will honor the memories of 21 Soldiers who died during 2010 in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

The Salute to the Nation will begin at 5 p.m. on June 23 with a 54 gun salute for all 50 states and 4 territories. The Salute to the Nation is held in honor of our country and those who serve in its military and in remembrance for the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Following the Salute to the Nation is a concert and fireworks.

 

Mountainfest activities will be held on June 23 starting at 1 p.m. at Division Hill Parade Field. There will be several military displays, a kids fun zone, games and family entertainment.

 

The annual celebration is open to all Soldiers, Family members, civilians, and guests.

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan
6/8/20111106-02
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CWO2 Bradley Gaudet; CWO3 Kenneth White

Press Release

 

June 7, 2011

 

Release Number: 1106-02

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two OH-58D pilots with Task Force Tigershark, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, were killed in Khost province, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 5, when their

aircraft crashed. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

Press Release

 

June 7, 2011

 

Release Number: 1106-02

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two OH-58D pilots with Task Force Tigershark, 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, were killed in Khost province, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 5, when their

aircraft crashed. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

Killed were:

 

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kenneth R. White, age 35, of Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

White joined the U.S. Army in 1994, went to flight school in 2002, completed training, and has been serving at Fort Drum since July 2003.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, from August 2005 to

September 2006 and October 2008 to October 2009.  He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

White's awards and decorations include two Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, two Iraq

Campaign Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the Army Aviator Badge, the Combat Action Badge and the Senior Aviator Badge.

 

White is survived by his wife and 3 children, mother and father.

 

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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bradley J. Gaudet, age 31, of Gladewater, Texas.

 

Gaudet joined the U.S. Army in 2004, went to flight school in 2006, completed training, and had been serving at Fort Drum since October 2007. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January to May 2005, and from October 2008 to October 2009. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

Gaudet's awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the

National Defense Service Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Gaudet is survived by his wife, 2 children, mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
6/1/20111106-01
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SPC Richard C. Emmons III

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed Tuesday, May 31, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of
wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled
grenade.

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Soldier stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed Tuesday, May 31, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of
wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled
grenade.
 
Killed is Specialist Richard C. Emmons III, age 22, of North Granby,
Connecticut.  He was a signal support systems specialist with the 2nd
Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
Division.

Emmons joined the army in September 2009.  After training at Fort Jackson,
South Carolina and Fort Gordon, Georgia, he arrived at Fort Polk, Louisiana
in May 2010. He deployed with his unit in October 2010 to Afghanistan in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Emmons' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart,
the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the
Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the
Combat Action Badge.

Emmons is survived by his mother and step-father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
5/29/20111105-02
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Johnson

Press Release 

 

May 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1105-02

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Kandahar Province,  Afghanistan, May 27 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

Press Release 

 

May 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1105-02

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Kandahar Province,  Afghanistan, May 27 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

 

Killed is Private First Class John C. Johnson, age 28 of Phoenix, Arizona. 

 

Johnson joined the Army in February 2010.  After completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Fort Drum in July 2010. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Johnson's awards and decorations include the Army the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Johnson is survived by his wife, 2 children, mother and father.

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for May 19
5/17/20111105-01
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Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1105-01

May 17, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for May 19

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers

Media Advisory 

Release Nr. 1105-01

May 17, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

Mountain Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for May 19

  

FORT DRUM, NY -- A Mountain Remembrance Ceremony will be held Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel to honor fallen 10th Mountain Division Soldiers.

 

Soldiers to be honored are:

 

.     Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3457

 

.     Sergeant Paul J. Atim, www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3455

 

.     Corporal Charles J. Wren, www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3455

 

.     Specialist Andrew P. Wade, www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3449

 

.     Specialist Joel A. Ramirez,  www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3455

 

.     Private First Class John F. Kihm, www.drum.army.mil/news/Article.aspx?Date=5/5/2011&ID=3456

 

Increase Security Awareness
5/5/20111104-10
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kae.young@us.army.mil.

Media Advisory

 

Release Nr: 1104-10

 

May 5, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum has recently increased security measures here as part of a world-wide response to a possible increased threat.

 

THERE HAS BEEN NO SPECIFIC THREAT MADE TO FORT DRUM.

Media Advisory

 

Release Nr: 1104-10

 

May 5, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fort Drum has recently increased security measures here as part of a world-wide response to a possible increased threat.

 

THERE HAS BEEN NO SPECIFIC THREAT MADE TO FORT DRUM.

 

However, it's now time that our communities both on and off post are reminded that every individual serves as one of our top defenses as we maintain our safety vigilance here at home.

 

Keep your eyes and ears open! If you see something that doesn't look right, doesn't pass the common sense test, or just plain seems like something worth checking out - DO NOT PASS IT BY! 

 

There are a number of different resources available for reporting suspicious activity:

 

Fort Drum - call our direct, anonymous hotline at (315) 774-TIPS (8477).

 

Safe New York - 1-866-SAFE-NYS

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department - (315) 788-1441

 

Please note, any emergencies should be reported by calling 911.

 

Every Fort Drum Soldier, Family, and community member is considered a front-line defense in maintaining safety here at home. 
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/30/20111104-07
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PFC Villanueva

Press Release

 

April 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-07

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Wednesday, April 27 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

Press Release

 

April 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-07

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Wednesday, April 27 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

 

Killed is Private First Class Jonathan M. Villanueva, age 19 of

Jacksonville, Florida. He was an infantryman with the

2nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Villanueva joined the U.S. Army in April 2010, completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia was subsequently stationed at Fort Polk in October 2010. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

Villanueva's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

 

Villanueva is survived by his mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/30/20111104-08
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SSG Hermanson

Press Release

 

April 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-08

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Thursday, April 28, in Wardak

Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

Press Release

 

April 29, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-08

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Thursday, April 28, in Wardak

Province, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

 

Killed is Staff Sergeant Matthew D. Hermanson, age 22 of Appleton, Wisconsin. He was an infantryman 2nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Hermanson joined the U.S. Army in March 2007, completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia and was subsequently stationed to Fort Polk in December 2007. He deployed to in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2007 to January 2009. Hermanson deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

Hermanson's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. He completed the Warrior Leadership and the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade courses.

 

Hermanson is survived by his wife, mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/30/20111104-09
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SPC Dennis

Press Release 

April 20, 2011

Release Number: 1104-09

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 28 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

Press Release 

April 20, 2011

Release Number: 1104-09

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division was killed in Kandahar,  Afghanistan, April 28 of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.

 

Killed is Corporal Preston J. Dennis, age 23 of Redding, California.

 

Dennis joined the Army in August, 2008.  After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was assigned to Fort Carson and was subsequently stationed at Fort Drum in September, 2010. Dennis deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in June 2009 to May 2010.  He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in March 2011.

 

Dennis's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Dennis is survived by his wife, mother and father.
10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/25/20111104-06
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CWO2 Vanadore II

Press Release

 

April 25, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-06

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An OH-58D pilot with Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, was killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 23, during a crash landing of the helicopter he was co-piloting. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Press Release

 

April 25, 2011

 

Release Number: 1104-06

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An OH-58D pilot with Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, was killed in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 23, during a crash landing of the helicopter he was co-piloting. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

Killed is Chief Warrant Officer 2 Terry L. Varnadore II, 29, of Arden, North Carolina.

 

Varnadore joined the U.S. Army in 2005, completed training, and has been serving at Fort Drum since 2007.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010. He had previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

 

Varnadore's awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Army Aviator Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

 

Varnadore is survived by his wife and child, mother and father.

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan
4/20/20111104-05
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Kihm

Press Release 

April 20, 2011

Release Number: 1104-05

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 19.

Press Release 

April 20, 2011

Release Number: 1104-05

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - An infantryman with the 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 19.

 

Killed is Private First Class John F. Kihm, age 19 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Kihm joined the Army in March, 2010.  After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he came to Fort Drum in August 2010. Kihm deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Kihm's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

Kihm is survived by his mother and father.
Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
4/19/20111104-04
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SPC Wren; PFC Ramirez

Press Release

April 19, 2011

Release Nr: 1104-04

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed April 16 in Nimroz Province, Afghanistan when their unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.  All were infantrymen with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.  All deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

Press Release

April 19, 2011

Release Nr: 1104-04

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Three 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed April 16 in Kandahar, Afghanistan when their unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device.  All were infantrymen with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.  All deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in March 2011.

 

Killed were:

Specialist Charles J. Wren, age 25, of Beeville, Texas.

Wren joined the U.S. Army in February 2008 and after completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia, came to Fort Drum, NY in June 2008. Wren previously deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2008 to December 2009.

Wren's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He also completed the Combat Life Savers and the Combatives Level 1 courses.

Wren is survived by his wife and brother.

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Sergeant Paul J. Atim, age 27, of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Atim  joined the U.S. Army in November, 2006 and after completing training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina,  he was assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Atim  came to Fort Drum, NY in December 2010.

Atim previously deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April, 2009 to April, 2010.

Atim's awards and decorations include two Army Achievement Medals, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon

and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He also completed the Warrior Leadership and Combat Life Savers courses.

Atim is survived by his child and mother.

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Specialist Joel A. Ramirez, age 22, of Waxahachie, Texas.

Ramirez joined the U.S. Army in September 2009 and after completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia, came to Fort Drum in January 2010.  This was his first deployment.

Ramirez's awards and decorations include the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Ramirez is survived by his child, mother and father.

 

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Pickering

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April 14, 2011

 

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10th Mountain Division Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was injured, Friday, April 8, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade.  He died of his wounds Sunday, April 10, in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

Press Release

 

April 14, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was injured, Friday, April 8, in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade.  He died of his wounds Sunday, April 10, in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

 

Killed is Private First Class Class Brandon T. Pickering, age 21, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Pickering joined the U.S. Army in September 2009.  After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was stationed at Fort Polk in April 2010.  He deployed with his unit in October 2010. 

 

Pickering's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Nato Medal and the Combat Infantryman

Badge.

 

Pickering is survived by his mother, father and stepfather.

 

Fort Drum is 2011 Community of Excellence
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April 12, 2011

 

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Fort Drum is 2011 Community of Excellence

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Army Chief of Staff has selected U.S. Army Garrison Fort Drum, NY, as a Silver winner in the 2011 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) awards competition.

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April 12, 2011

 

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Fort Drum is 2011 Community of Excellence

 

Fort Drum, NY - The Army Chief of Staff has selected U.S. Army Garrison Fort Drum, NY, as a Silver winner in the 2011 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) awards competition.

 

Fort Drum will receive a $500,000 prize at a ceremony held as part of the Installation Management Symposium in San Antonio, Texas, April 19.

 

"This award backs up what we here in the North Country have known all along - very few installations compare to Fort Drum when it comes to standard of living and services available," said Colonel Noel T. Nicolle, Garrison Commander.

 

The Chief of Staff Army presents ACOE Awards annually to recognize performance excellence in installation management. The awards recognize continuous business process improvement; individual innovation; groundbreaking initiatives; and dedication to efficiency, effectiveness, and

customer care. These efforts directly affect the quality of support to Soldiers, Families, civilian employees, and retirees who work, live, train, and play on Army installations.

 

An independent panel of judges identifies the winning installations based on the installations' written applications and additional information gathered during site visits by examiner teams.

 

"We know that when Soldiers and Families know they're moving, they want to know about some key items of interest, namely - education, housing, recreation and Family member employment opportunities.  Because these items are important to them, they are important to us.  This is what makes us a Community of Excellence - the dedication that we will be a home to our Soldiers and Families, rather than another stop in their Army experience," said Nicolle.

 

Fort Drum had previously won a $75,000 prize for winning a Exemplary Practices in installation operations award in 2010.

 

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany is the 2011 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) awards competition Gold award winner, and Fort Drum shares the Silver with U.S. Army Garrison Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Bronze winners

include U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley, Kansas, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson, Colorado and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, Texas.

 

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SGT Buzinski

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April 11, 2011

 

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10th Mountain Division Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Friday, April 7, in Logar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

Press Release

 

April 11, 2011

 

Fort Drum Public Affairs

 

10th Mountain Division Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Friday, April 7, in Logar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

 

Killed is Sergeant Keith T. Buzinski, age 26, of Daytona Beach, Florida. He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

 

Buzinski joined the U.S. Army in August 2006.  After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia he was stationed at Fort Campbell in December 2006 and then Fort Polk in September 2009.  He deployed with his unit in October 2010.  Buzinski had previously deployed to Iraq from September 2007 to November 2008.

 

Buzinski's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Buzinski is survived by his wife, two children, sister, mother and father.

Fort Drum Releases 2010 Economic Impact Statement
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Fort Drum Releases 2010 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2010 once again marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's Drum Country.

 

A detailed review of the economic impact Fort Drum had on the North Country's tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows $1,505,857,420 billion dollars was leveraged in support of the 19,447 Soldiers and 19,810 Family members who call Fort Drum and the North Country home.

March 23, 2011

 

Release Number: 1103-01

 

By: Public Affairs

 

Fort Drum Releases 2010 Economic Impact Statement

 

Fort Drum, NY - Fiscal year 2010 once again marked significant investment by Fort Drum in Northern New York's Drum Country.

 

A detailed review of the economic impact Fort Drum had on the North Country's tri-county area over the last fiscal year shows

$1,505,857,420 billion dollars was leveraged in support of the 19,447 Soldiers and 19,810 Family members who call Fort Drum and the North Country home.

 

Since fiscal year 1988, this Army installation has infused more than $15,270,200,204 billion dollars into the local economy.

 

"Our investments here total more than 15 billion dollars, and having seen the extraordinary high level of support we receive from the North Country community - I don't hesitate to say it's been worth every penny," said Col. Noel Nicolle, Fort Drum Garrison Commander.

 

Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York with 19,447 Soldiers and 4,826 Civilian workers with payrolls totaling $973,775,901 and $193,129,138 respectively.

 

Retirees from all military branches who live in the 136XX zip code number 2,262. They are paid a total of $3,611,000 a month ($43,332,000 a year) which flows into our local economy.

 

Housing for our Soldiers and Families has a major impact on the North Country economy. Fort Drum spent $1,807,091 million dollars on Army Community Housing in LeRay Heights and added another $1,189,280 million dollars on the Domestic Lease Program during FY 10.

 

Fort Drum posted another strong year in 2010 with contracts for construction, supplies and services totaling just over $154,926,813 million dollars, with $37,340,650 million dollars of that money being spent in the tri-county area.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded construction contracts totaling $63,780,212 million dollars which includes contractor pay for work at Fort Drum.

 

"We are a unique post because we rely on our community for health care and educating our children.  That translates into an excellent standard of care and access to New York State's exceptional educational system.  It's a win-win," said Nicolle.

 

Area school districts received $17,919,524 million dollars in federal impact aid for the loss of traditional revenue sources due to a federal presence such as the military families who call the North Country home. In addition, Fort Drum authorized just over $529,000 thousand dollars in tuition assistance to local colleges. Approximately 565 Soldiers used the tuition assistance program to enroll in traditional and distance learning college courses.

 

The 2010 Fort Drum Economic Impact Statement is available at this link:

http://www.drum.army.mil/SiteCollectionDocuments/FY10EIB.pdf 

 

 

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SSG Travis Tompkins
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Tuesday, March 15, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, was killed Tuesday, March 15, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.

Killed is Staff Sergeant Travis M. Tompkins, age 31, of Lawton, Oklahoma. He was a military policeman with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Tompkins joined the U.S. Army in January 2000.  His previous duty stations include Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Carson, Colorado, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, the Netherlands and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Tompkins has previously deployed to Saudi Arabia from September 2001 - March 2002.  He arrived to Fort Polk in June 2009 and deployed with his unit in October 2010.

Tompkins's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the NATO Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, 4 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge.

Tompkins is survived by his wife, two children, mother and father.

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Specialist Wade

Fort Drum, NY - A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, died Wednesday, March 9th in Bagram, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident on March 7 in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

 

Fort Drum, NY - A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, died Wednesday, March 9th in Bagram, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident on March 7 in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Killed is Specialist Andrew P. Wade, an infantryman, age 22, of Antioch, Illinois.

Wade joined the U.S. Army in September 2008.  After completing training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Wade arrived to Fort Drum in April 2009.  He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Spring of 2010.

Wade's awards and decorations include the NATO medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Wade is survived by his mother and father.

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SPC Hizon
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed Monday, February 28, in Logar province, Afghanistan,
of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised
explosive device.

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed Monday, February 28, in Logar province, Afghanistan,
of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised
explosive device.

Killed is Specialist Rudolph R. Hizon, age 22, of Los Angeles, California.
He was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th
Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Hizon joined the U.S. Army in January 2009.  After completing training at
Fort Benning, Georgia he was stationed at Fort Polk in November 2009.  He
deployed with his unit in October 2010.

Hizon's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart,
the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the
Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the
Combat Infantryman Badge.

Hizon is survived by his mother, father and brother.

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Specialist Omar Soltero
Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Monday, January 31
from wounds sustained in a improvised explosive device attack.

Fort Drum, NY - A 10th Mountain Division Solider stationed at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, was killed in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Monday, January 31
from wounds sustained in a improvised explosive device attack. 

Killed is Specialist Omar Soltero, age 28, of San Antonio, Tx.  Soltero was
an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

Soltero Joined the active duty U.S. Army in August 2000. He joined the New
York National Guard in August 2003 and then the Texas National Guard in
December 2004 where he remained until February of 2010 when rejoined active
duty service.  His previous duty assignments include Fort Drum, NY, Camp
Bullis, Tx., Camp Mabry, Tx., and Fort Benning, Ga. He arrived at Fort Polk,
La. In April 2010.  Soltero had previously deployed twice to Kosovo.

Soltero's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple
Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National
Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Kosovo Campaign
Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Non-commissioned Officer
Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas
Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the NATO Medal, the Ranger
Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the
Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

Soltero is survived by his child, mother and father.

Three Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
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Moore; Aceves; King
Fort Drum, NY - Three Fort Drum Soldiers were killed January 12 in Ghazni
Province, Afghanistan when their unit was attacked by an improvised
explosive device.  All were Combat Engineers with the 693rd Engineer
Company, 7th Engineer Battalion.  All deployed in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom in May 2010.
Three Fort Drum Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Fort Drum, NY - Three Fort Drum Soldiers were killed January 12 in GhazniProvince, Afghanistan when their unit was atta cked by an improvised explosive device.  All were Combat Engineers with the 693rd Engineer Company, 7th Engineer Battalion.  All deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in May 2010.
 
Killed were: Staff Sergeant Omar Aceves, age 30, of El Paso, Texas.
Aceves joined the U.S. Army in February 2005 and was subsequently stationed
at Fort Hood, Texas until 2008 when he arrived at Fort Drum, NY.  Aceves previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2006 to January 2008.
Aceves' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, two Army Commendation Medals, 6 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Air Assault Badge and the Marksman Qualification Badge.
Aceves is survived by his wife, 6 children, mother and father.
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Corporal Jarrid L. King, age 20, of Erie, Pennsylvania.
King joined the U.S. Army in March 2009 and after completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, came to Fort Drum, NY in August 2009.
King's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal. King is survived by his mother and father.
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Specialist Benjamin G. Moore, age 23, of Robbinsville, New Jersey. Moore joined the U.S. Army in April 2009 and after completing training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, came to Fort Drum in September 2009. Moore's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple
Heart, the Combat Action Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.
Moore is survived by his mother and father.
 
**Please note - this release includes posthumous promotions for all three
Soldiers not noted in the original Department of Defense Release.**
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Ira B. Laningham; Hardin

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed January 7 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit using an

 

improvised explosive device and small arms fire.  Both were infantryman from the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Polk, La.  Both deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

  

Fort Drum, NY - Two 10th Mountain Division Soldiers were killed January 7 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.  Both were infantryman from the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Polk, La.  Both deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in October 2010.

 

Killed were:

SGT Ethan C. Hardin, age 25, of Fayetteville, Ark.

 

Private First Class Ira B. Laningham, IV, age 22, of

Zapata, Texas

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Hardin joined the U.S. Army in January 2006 and after completing training was stationed at Fort Irwin, California and in Germany before arriving to Fort Polk in March 2010.   Hardin previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2008 through October 2009. 

 

Hardin's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. 

 

Hardin is survived by his mother and father.

 

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Laningham joined the U.S. Army in November 2009 and after completing training arrived to Fort Polk in June 2010.

  

Laningham's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal,  Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

  

Laningham is survived by his wife, mother and stepfather.

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