military http://wrvo.org en Gillibrand's military sexual assault bill rejected in Senate http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrands-military-sexual-assault-bill-rejected-senate <p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:47:34 +0000 Matt Laslo 52336 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand's military sexual assault bill rejected in Senate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proposes new military sexual assault bill http://wrvo.org/post/senator-kirsten-gillibrand-proposes-new-military-sexual-assault-bill <p></p><p>New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on a personal crusade to change the military culture that’s allowed sexual assaults to go unpunished, and is attempting to push a bill through the Senate.</p><p>Gillibrand remembers when the issue of sexual assaults in the military really got on her radar. It was while watching a 2012 documentary called The Invisible War.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:46:02 +0000 Matt Laslo 52118 at http://wrvo.org Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proposes new military sexual assault bill 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 Gillibrand optimistic on push for reform in military sexual assault cases http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-optimistic-push-reform-military-sexual-assault-cases <p></p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing hard to reform the way the military handles sexual assaults. Her proposal was dropped once, but she’s hopeful it will come up for a vote again and succeed.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 50381 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand optimistic on push for reform in military sexual assault cases Gillibrand wants crack down on military sexual assaults http://wrvo.org/post/gillibrand-wants-crack-down-military-sexual-assaults <p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:23:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49841 at http://wrvo.org Gillibrand wants crack down on military sexual assaults Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day" http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-school-particpates-take-veteran-school-day <p></p><p>Fifth and sixth graders at Granby Elementary School in Fulton got the chance to meet and ask questions to several current and former service members Monday morning, during the school's "Take a Vet to School Day" event. Members of the Army and Navy gave students a look into their lives in the military, including what they did overseas, where they've been stationed, and in one case, what their favorite gun is to shoot.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:54:52 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48636 at http://wrvo.org Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day" Oswego honors veterans, dedicates Iraq and Afghanistan memorial http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-honors-veterans-dedicates-iraq-and-afghanistan-memorial <p></p><p>A small crowd gathered at Oswego's Veterans Memorial Park earlier today for a Veterans Day flag lowering ceremony and memorial dedication for members of the military lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>The cold, rainy weather did not stop veterans and their families from attending the event, where the national, state and POW/MIA flags were lowered, folded and given to Oswego Mayor Thomas Gillen for safe keeping through the winter months. The flags will be raised again on Memorial Day.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:06:19 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46980 at http://wrvo.org Oswego honors veterans, dedicates Iraq and Afghanistan memorial 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 On air: health care for veterans & the military http://wrvo.org/post/air-health-care-veterans-military <p><strong>This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m.</strong></p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:20:27 +0000 Catherine Loper 44276 at http://wrvo.org On air: health care for veterans & the military 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 Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-owens-talk-about-upcoming-syria-vote <p>While Congress prepares to vote on whether or not to take military action against Syria, two local members of Congress are still considering all the facts. Syracuse-area Democrat Dan Maffei says he is looking at the big picture, but says he still has questions that need to be answered, including how it will impact American service members.<br> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:44:34 +0000 Gino Geruntino 43687 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Owens talk about upcoming Syria vote Area lawmakers weigh in on upcoming Syria vote http://wrvo.org/post/area-lawmakers-weigh-upcoming-syria-vote <p>As Congress begins to debate a resolution to authorize United States military action in Syria, members of the New York congressional delegation are expressing their opinion publicly about what should be done.</p><p>Rep. Tom Reed, a Republican who represents parts of the Finger Lakes and Souther Tier regions, has been conducting a listening tour in his district to gather opinions from his constituents.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:18:48 +0000 Matt Richmond, Gino Geruntino & Catherine Loper 43629 at http://wrvo.org 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 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 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 Same-sex military couples “elated” by news of some spousal benefits, say full equality is needed http://wrvo.org/post/same-sex-military-couples-elated-news-some-spousal-benefits-say-full-equality-needed <p>Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced yesterday that in line with the repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, some spousal benefits will be given to same-sex service members and their partners. The federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act still prohibits many of the major spousal benefits, like housing and health care, from being extended to same-sex couples. But Panetta's announcement still had advocates for gay service members cheering. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:21:15 +0000 Joanna Richards 33212 at http://wrvo.org Soldiers say Army instills reverence, respect for weapons http://wrvo.org/post/soldiers-say-army-instills-reverence-respect-weapons-0 <p>Speaking to soldiers about firearms, no matter what their individual views are on gun control, one thing becomes clear: they take them seriously.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 33012 at http://wrvo.org Soldiers say Army instills reverence, respect for weapons Innovation in the gun industry http://wrvo.org/post/innovation-gun-industry <p>For gun manufacturers, there is one thing that seems very apparent - the demand for traditional weapons is high. For many customers, there is a personal connection to guns that have been in the family for years. For others, it is the allure of brands and models that have stood the test of time. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 32975 at http://wrvo.org Innovation in the gun industry Owens: Fort Drum “in good shape” as Army considers cutbacks http://wrvo.org/post/owens-fort-drum-good-shape-army-considers-cutbacks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The U.S. military is in the process of cutting almost half a trillion dollars from its budget over ten years. The Pentagon says the cuts will lead to a more agile force with a new strategic mission. </font></font></font>A new Army report weighs alternatives for restructuring that could affect Fort Drum. Under one scenario, the post could see an increase of 3,000 soldiers, but under another, it could lose up to 8,000 soldiers and 15 percent of its civilian workforce.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:03:53 +0000 Joanna Richards 32509 at http://wrvo.org Soldiers say women welcome in greater combat roles – as long as they can hold their own http://wrvo.org/post/soldiers-say-women-welcome-greater-combat-roles-long-they-can-hold-their-own <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Thursday that a ban on women serving in combat roles in the military will be lifted over the coming years. Around heavily-deployed Fort Drum, soldiers generally welcomed the news – with some caveats. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:06:11 +0000 Joanna Richards 32295 at http://wrvo.org Wounded Fort Drum soldier calls president's inaugural address “on-the-job encouragement” http://wrvo.org/post/wounded-fort-drum-soldier-calls-presidents-inaugural-address-job-encouragement-0 <p>More than half a million people gathered on the National Mall in front of the Capitol to be a part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Among them were about 10 wounded warriors who have been recovering at Walter Reed hospital in Washington. Among that group were four Fort Drum soldiers. One, Specialist Jacob Owens, spoke with a reporter after a long day full of ceremony.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:32:42 +0000 Joanna Richards 32183 at http://wrvo.org Wounded Fort Drum soldier calls president's inaugural address “on-the-job encouragement” Cell Phones for Soldiers drive help military overseas http://wrvo.org/post/cell-phones-soldiers-drive-help-military-overseas <p>If you have an old cell phone stashed in a drawer that you don't use any more, you can help a soldier overseas keep in touch with home.&nbsp; Central New York's "Cell Phones for Soldiers" annual collection drive continues, as does the need. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30345 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team prepares for Afghanistan deployment http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drums-2nd-brigade-combat-team-prepares-afghanistan-deployment <p>Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is preparing for a January deployment to eastern Afghanistan. The deployment marks a shift for troops from combat to advising and assisting the Afghan security forces.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:06:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 30506 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum's 2nd Brigade Combat Team prepares for Afghanistan deployment Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opens in Watertown http://wrvo.org/post/vets-peer-peer-outreach-center-opens-watertown <p>A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown. Veteran volunteers will help their peers get the services they need.</p><p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 06:07:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 30402 at http://wrvo.org Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opens in Watertown Zoe Wool on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/zoe-wool-campbell-conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="FONT-SIZE:11pt">Zoe Wool is a researcher and writer who has been working with war-injured American soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.</span></font></p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:30:00 +0000 Grant Reeher 30206 at http://wrvo.org New commanding general takes helm at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/new-commanding-general-takes-helm-fort-drum <p>Major General Stephen Townsend has taken over command of Fort Drum and the 10<sup>th</sup> Mountain Division following a ceremony at the post yesterday morning. &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 03:36:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 30002 at http://wrvo.org New commanding general takes helm at Fort Drum Election officials preparing for a big day http://wrvo.org/post/election-officials-preparing-big-day <p>Election Day is here at last and polling places across upstate New York are prepared to be busy, because presidential election years tend to boost turnout. Tue, 06 Nov 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28650 at http://wrvo.org Election officials preparing for a big day