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Fort Drum Welcome Letter

Welcome to Fort Drum and the North Country, home of the 10th Mountain Division. I honestly believe that you have been assigned to the greatest military community in the country. Thanks to the efforts of the Soldiers, DA Civilians, Family members, contractors and members of the local communities, Fort Drum has been named a Community of Excellence for three consecutive years. You will quickly find that there is a lot to do on the installation and the surrounding area year-round.

As a “Mountaineer,” take pride in knowing that you are joining a family with a proud history of service. Since the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) reactivation Feb. 13, 1985, here at Fort Drum, New York, its Soldiers have participated in many operations and relief efforts around the globe to include: Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Resolute Support. They have been essential in humanitarian relief missions, helping those in need, here in the United States and abroad, in places such as Somalia, Bosnia and Haiti. Our mission-readiness and taking care of our Soldiers and families will continue to remain our top two priorities.

Through the coming year many members of the Fort Drum Team will likely deploy forward in support of ongoing contingency and relief operations around the globe. Ensure that you take the time to review this guide with family and friends as it will provide a wealth of information on services and activities across the division and installation. Information within its pages contains contact and detailed information on units, Army Community Services; Family Readiness groups; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Emergency Services; Directorate Public Works; and religious support centers to name a few.

Again, on behalf of the entire command team, I welcome you to Fort Drum and the greater Thousand Islands region. I encourage each of you to take advantage of all the activities and services that both the installation and the North Country provide.

Climb to Glory!

Jeffrey L. Bannister
Major General, U.S. Army
Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division (LI) Commanding General

On behalf of the entire 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum command staff, I would like to welcome you to Fort Drum.

Fort Drum, with its truly unique surroundings and weather, will not only be a place for you and your unit to seek training opportunities that you may only get to experience here but a place that will ultimately make you a tougher, more rugged, more adaptable, professional Soldier. Ultimately, you will become a part of the Army’s history and gain a sense of pride that comes with being a mountaineer.

As for the community surrounding Fort Drum, you will find that it is among the best throughout the Army. Use this guidebook to find out just a small portion of the many, many things you can enjoy in this region. Take the opportunity to visit historic sites and learn the value of how they helped shape our great nation and enjoy your time off at the various recreational spots in the Thousand Islandsregion.

I hope that you enjoy your time here at Fort Drum. I trust that it will become one the best experiences of your career as a Soldier.

Climb to Glory!

R. Ray Lewis
Division Command Sergeant Major
10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum


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