Fort Drum http://wrvo.org en Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold http://wrvo.org/post/crashed-air-force-drone-was-flying-gear-couldnt-handle-cold <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.</span></p><p>But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:47:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58914 at http://wrvo.org Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country http://wrvo.org/post/moss-emphasizes-importance-fort-drum-during-visit-north-country <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:06:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58684 at http://wrvo.org Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country Fort Drum unlikely to house Central American immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-unlikely-house-central-american-immigrant-children <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the chances are slim that undocumented children caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally will be housed at Fort Drum.<br /><br />The Army base is reportedly being considered to house hundreds of Central American immigrant children under a government program as soon as August</p><p>But Schumer says he’s spoken with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:37:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58323 at http://wrvo.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions http://wrvo.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions <p></p><p>Multiple communication and navigation failures on&nbsp;174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:58:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58187 at http://wrvo.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions Investigation into drone crash nearing completion http://wrvo.org/post/investigation-drone-crash-nearing-completion <p></p><p>The Air Force's investigation into the crash of a drone aircraft into Lake Ontario last fall is nearing completion and should be made public later this spring.</p><p>Investigators from the Air Force Investigations Board wrapped up the on-site investigation at Hancock Airfield on March 20, according to 174th Air Guard Attack Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sandy Stoquert.</p><p>Investigators did not give the 174th a preliminary report or portions of its finding yet, Stoquert said.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:45:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53893 at http://wrvo.org Investigation into drone crash nearing completion Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-vows-fight-troop-reduction-fort-drum <p></p><p>New York Sen. Chuck Schumer says he’s not afraid to use his political might to protect Fort Drum from cuts to the military budget. Schumer held a press conference at Watertown City Hall Wednesday as the Pentagon prepares to axe up to 100,000 Army troops.</p><p>The possibility of an Army downsizing to 1940s levels is fraying nerves in military communities nationwide. But on Monday, concern deepened. The Army circulated a sort of worst-case scenario report – and it included assessing the loss of nearly 90 percent of the troops stationed at Fort Drum.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:39:34 +0000 David Sommerstein 52976 at http://wrvo.org Schumer vows to fight troop reduction at Fort Drum Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely http://wrvo.org/post/ft-drum-may-fare-better-other-bases-cuts-still-likely <p></p><p>Since Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel detailed his proposal for deep military cutbacks Monday, officials in Watertown have been trying to divine what that could mean for Fort Drum. They believe the Army post is well-positioned – but that doesn’t mean it won’t take a hit.</p><p>The military is already in downsizing mode as the war in Afghanistan winds down. But Hagel’s plan calls for deeper cuts, including shrinking the Army to its smallest size since before World War II.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 51899 at http://wrvo.org Ft. Drum may fare better than other bases, but cuts still likely Army officers anxious as they await word of cuts http://wrvo.org/post/army-officers-anxious-they-await-word-cuts <p></p><p>In any company town, when the major employer is planning layoffs, people get worried. How will they earn a living if they lose their job? How will they remake their identity?</p><p>This is the picture for many Army officers stationed at Fort Drum. By early summer, some will find out they have to go.</p><p>It’s part of an overall downsizing of the military as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Evaluations this spring will determine whether some officers can stay in the service.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:44:38 +0000 Joanna Richards 51614 at http://wrvo.org Army officers anxious as they await word of cuts Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-among-four-locations-be-studied-east-coast-missile-defense-site <p></p><p>The Defense Department has named Fort Drum as one of four military installations to house a possible East Coast missile defense facility.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 50776 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum among four locations to be studied for East Coast missile defense site Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize http://wrvo.org/post/drum-soldiers-housing-allowance-rents-still-expected-stabilize <p></p><p>The growth of Fort Drum and its fluctuating soldier population have always complicated the housing market around Watertown. But the Army post throws another factor into the mix: soldier’s housing allowances. They just went up.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 03:02:21 +0000 Joanna Richards 49403 at http://wrvo.org Drum soldiers' housing allowance up, but rents still expected to stabilize Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/money-expand-drone-hangar-fort-drum <p></p><p>Not long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario in November, the program that aircraft belonged to is getting a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending bill signed into law last week. The money will go toward expanding a storage and maintenance facility at Fort Drum. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49205 at http://wrvo.org Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum Drum numbers likely dropping – but no cause for alarm http://wrvo.org/post/drum-numbers-likely-dropping-no-cause-alarm <p></p><p>The Watertown area’s economy is heavily dependent on Fort Drum. With the federal budget sequester on and the Afghanistan war winding down, the numbers of soldiers assigned to the post and civilians working there is likely to decrease. But the outlook is more complicated than just doom and gloom.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:28:04 +0000 Joanna Richards 48498 at http://wrvo.org Drum numbers likely dropping – but no cause for alarm Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues <p><strong>Updated, Thursday, 8:26 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Air National Guard has found pieces of its unmanned drone that crashed into Lake Ontario earlier this week.</p><p>Recovery efforts continued on Thursday and debris was found along the shoreline, according to Maj. Sandy Stoquert, a public affairs officer for the 174th Attack Wing based in Syracuse.</p><p>The MQ-9 Reaper crashed into the eastern part of the lake Tuesday afternoon during a training flight that had taken off three hours earlier from Ft. Drum.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:26:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott 47052 at http://wrvo.org Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-civilian-workers-hit-furloughs-again <p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:40:27 +0000 Joanna Richards 45042 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum civilian workers hit with furloughs, again U.S. Defense Secretary calls for military security reviews http://wrvo.org/post/us-defense-secretary-calls-military-security-reviews <p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:26:43 +0000 Joanna Richards 44807 at http://wrvo.org Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/sequester-may-mean-more-cutbacks-fort-drum <p>Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 04:17:02 +0000 Joanna Richards 44318 at http://wrvo.org Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum Former 10th Mountain Division soldier to receive Medal of Honor http://wrvo.org/post/former-10th-mountain-division-soldier-receive-medal-honor <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">A former 10th Mountain Division soldier will receive the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan.&nbsp;</font></font></font></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:45:21 +0000 Joanna Richards 44307 at http://wrvo.org Former 10th Mountain Division soldier to receive Medal of Honor Fort Drum shortlisted for missile defense site that may never be built http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-shortlisted-missile-defense-site-may-never-be-built <p></p><p>The Department of Defense is including Fort Drum, near Watertown, as one of five sites to be studied for a new East Coast missile defense program. Local officials hailed the decision. But the Pentagon itself says it has no money to build the site.</p><p>Fort Drum will be considered along with Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho, Vermont, and military sites in Maine, Ohio, and Michigan.</p><p>Cong. Bill Owens says a missile interceptor base would bring billions of dollars in investments and more troops to the Jefferson County region.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:26:14 +0000 David Sommerstein 44108 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum shortlisted for missile defense site that may never be built Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/military-drones-will-soon-be-flying-over-syracuse <p></p><p>Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.</p><p>The 174th was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:46:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 42154 at http://wrvo.org Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse Fort Drum civilian worker furloughs begin http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-civilian-worker-furloughs-begin <p>Civilian employee furloughs start at Fort Drum this week, as part of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Non-uniformed workers face one mandatory unpaid day off each week for 11 weeks. About 1,800 workers – and many services on post – are affected.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Uniformed members of the military are exempt from the furloughs, but that doesn't mean they won't be affected by them.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 04:44:57 +0000 Joanna Richards 40756 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum civilian worker furloughs begin North Country's economy can survive troop cut at Fort Drum, community leaders say http://wrvo.org/post/north-countrys-economy-can-survive-troop-cut-fort-drum-community-leaders-say <p></p><p>When the Army announced earlier this week that Fort Drum would lose 1,500 soldiers as part of a plan to reduce troops across the force, north country community leaders started trying to figure out what the impact would be.</p><p>They seem to agree that Fort Drum escaped this round of personnel cuts relatively unscathed.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:17:55 +0000 Joanna Richards 40247 at http://wrvo.org North Country's economy can survive troop cut at Fort Drum, community leaders say A behind-the-scenes look at Fort Drum soldier training http://wrvo.org/post/behind-scenes-look-fort-drum-soldier-training <p></p><p>In the communities surrounding Fort Drum, soldiers in uniform are a common sight: they're in the grocery store with their families, standing in line at the post office, or having a beer with friends after work. But for many of the area's civilians, what soldiers do on post remains something of a mystery. An annual event at Fort Drum aims to fix that.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:28:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 40133 at http://wrvo.org A behind-the-scenes look at Fort Drum soldier training Fort Drum to lose 1,500 troops under Army plan http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-lose-1500-troops-under-army-plan <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Army announced Tuesday that Fort Drum will lose about 1,500 soldiers over the next four years as part of an overall reduction in troops across the Army.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Army had said the post could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers – or gain as many as 3,000 – under the planned troop reduction and reorganization as the Afghanistan war winds down.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:19:15 +0000 Joanna Richards 40131 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum to lose 1,500 troops under Army plan Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health http://wrvo.org/post/comptroller-dinapoli-watertown-good-fiscal-health <p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came to Watertown on Wednesday to commend the city's leadership on its sound financial stewardship. DiNapoli's office is rolling out a program of annual fiscal “stress tests” for municipalities and school districts. And the comptroller said Watertown sets an example for prudent financial planning.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:49:45 +0000 Joanna Richards 39455 at http://wrvo.org Comptroller DiNapoli: Watertown in good fiscal health Old coal plant on Fort Drum reopens as biomass facility http://wrvo.org/post/old-coal-plant-fort-drum-reopens-biomass-facility <p>A once-idled coal plant on Fort Drum has been given new life. ReEnergy Black River is creating dozens of new jobs in the North Country – while maintaining a focus on the environment.</p><p>State and local officials gathered recently at the facility to celebrate its grand opening.<br><br>Over the past year and a half, New York-based company ReEnergy Holdings has retrofitted the plant on Fort Drum to burn biomass instead of coal. Its primary fuel will be wood chips, created from the waste of the nearby logging industry on the Tug Hill Plateau and southwestern Adirondacks.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:46:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 38919 at http://wrvo.org Old coal plant on Fort Drum reopens as biomass facility Fort Drum's frequent deployments expected “til the end” in Afghanistan http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drums-frequent-deployments-expected-til-end-afghanistan <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">It's a busy time for Fort Drum, near Watertown. Even as the Army prepares to leave Afghanistan, the post has parts of two brigades deployed. Its aviation unit is about to ship off for a nine-month tour. And the 10<sup>th</sup> Mountain Division is expecting more orders from the Pentagon soon. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 07 May 2013 03:14:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 37316 at http://wrvo.org Community comes out to support Fort Drum as Army reorganizes http://wrvo.org/post/community-comes-out-support-fort-drum-army-reorganizes <p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal">About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a “listening session” for the Army, to inform a process of personnel cutbacks and reorganization currently affecting military installations around the country. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-style: normal"> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:58:23 +0000 Joanna Richards 36872 at http://wrvo.org Community comes out to support Fort Drum as Army reorganizes Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers will deploy together to Afghanistan http://wrvo.org/post/father-daughter-fort-drum-soldiers-will-deploy-together-afghanistan <p>An unusual pair of “battle buddies” is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10<sup>th</sup> Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10<sup>th</sup> Mountain Division. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:38:28 +0000 Joanna Richards 36776 at http://wrvo.org Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers will deploy together to Afghanistan Army bases' land is resource for generating energy http://wrvo.org/post/army-bases-land-resource-generating-energy <p>The U.S. military is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government. But it also has a tremendous resource for generating its own energy: all the land bases sit on. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:06:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 36738 at http://wrvo.org Army bases' land is resource for generating energy North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-economic-council-gets-crash-course-fort-drums-impact <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The North Country Regional Economic Development Council, or REDC, held its most recent meeting at Fort Drum last week. The idea was to give members from the region's seven counties greater insight into how the Army post interacts with the local economy. The council also took steps to implement a new program for water and sewer project infrastructure. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:40:27 +0000 Joanna Richards 36283 at http://wrvo.org North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact