This page is for the Soldiers and Families of the 2-22 Infantry Battalion "Triple Deuce"We encourage current and previously assigned Courage Soldiers as well as extended Family to use this as a resource to help stay connected.DEEDS NOT WORDS!
Operating as usual
Fort Drum Religious Support
As we bring in the Fall season, we are also beginning Faith and Family Night starting on September 16, 2020!
**The registration forms are available at ALL Chapel services! Please email your form to: [email protected] or text your forms to 972-365-3025. You will receive confirmation of your registration.
***It is imperative that you register this year for this event in order to attend!!***
We hope to see you there for another year full of Faith, Family and Spiritual enrichment!
**COVID protocols will be practiced closely at this event, so please be sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing.**
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Warrior Soldiers and their Families participated in the #MountainMudder2020 this morning, braving chilly temperatures, mud, and obstacles for some fun and competitive spirit.
Members of the Fort Drum community, several Gold Star Family members, and other invited guests attended the Annual Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 2 at Memorial Park. Although the gathering was small, due to COVID-19 safety protocol, the event upheld a tradition of honoring 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers who died in service to their nation.
See the full story below.
Thanks to 2-22IN SFRG for setting up the vigil, and thank you to all who came out. It was an event truly befitting for one of our own.
The vigil service will be held today at the 2-22IN Memorial at 1930. Please remember to bring masks and adhere to social distancing requirements.
Please note that the time for the Vigil has been moved to 1930 to try and accommodate for weather.
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
Good morning everyone! Did you know that IMCOM has launched a new app to help our community members navigate their Garrison services no matter where they're stationed? The Digital Garrison app is available for download now and while we're currently making updates and working to get the most up to date information available, we'd love your feedback. Use the app and leave a review with what you think could be added or improved upon in the next version.
Once you've got it on your device make sure you select Fort Drum as your home station. We'll be using this platform as another way to push out important notifications, including our iconic weather delays this winter season!
A weather call will be made by noon on Thursday
This morning we were able to hand out our Battalion Buddy Bears and sweet treat at our socially-distant “Someone Misses You Bear-y Much!” event. A special thanks to Operation Gratitude for putting smiles on our kiddos faces.
We had the honor of saying goodbye and happy retirement to a great leader and NCO of Triple Deuce, 1SG Robert Berry! Your wisdom and experience had a profound impact on all of us. Good luck fishing🎣!
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
"On the 3rd of July, 2020, SPC Vincent Ibarria from C Company, 2-22 IN, 1st Brigade Combat Team died from non-combat injuries sustained in Farah Province, Afghanistan, while serving our Nation in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. The entire Warrior Team mourns the loss of Vincent. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vincent's Family, Friends, and fellow Soldiers." -- W6
Thanks to the hard working ladies forward deployed for making Father’s Day extra special with homemade cupcakes and cookies!
Deeds, Not Words!
Congratulations to Courage’s newest Ranger graduate, 1LT Thomas Delpino! He truly embodies our motto, “Deeds Not Words!”.
To all the Father's in The Deuce, both overseas and back home, and to all the Dad's who raised our Warriors, Happy Father's Day!
Juneteenth (June + 19), also referred to as Freedom Day, celebrates the emancipation of the enslaved people in America. #OTD June 19, 1865, the U.S. Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, with news that the Civil War ended along with slavery. Roughly 250,000 people gained their freedom. As we remember this day in history, let us come together, knowing that our people are our greatest strength.
Before being released for the weekend, CPT Trovato gives some brief education on what today’s date marks.
Today is Juneteenth, a holiday currently celebrated and recognized in 47 states, including New York. It’s the date that marks legal slavery ending in America. It recalls the necessary military enforcement of emancipation and enfranchisement by American troops after the Civil War had ended. The story of Juneteenth relates one of many such enforcements, when on or about June 19, 1865, two years after the proclamation had been issued, and two months after the end of the war, General Gordon Granger and his soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to spread the news.
For those wishing to partake in celebration there’s one tomorrow (Saturday June 20) from noon - 4 pm at American Legion Post 61, 138 Sterling Street, Watertown. Fort Drums 10th MTN DIV band will be performing at this event as well!
Soldier of the Week 01JUN2020:
PFC Li Jiang, 68W, took control of the Role I where she personally ensured all personnel received the required medical attention and
preventative medical assistance needed. While being responsible for the Role I, she also instructed multiple classes on preventative medicine and first aid. Her efforts have ensured the best level of medical care possible.
Courage’s youngest Soldier, PV2 Leif Marvin, and MG Brian Mennes celebrate the Army’s 245th Birthday with a cake cutting ceremony while forward deployed.
Deeds, Not Words!
A quick note from Courage 6
Triple Deuce Family.
Current events have weighed heavy on us all and new frustrations appear to rear their ugly heads every day. Triple Deuce prides itself in being a family, but I know this time of deployment and social distancing has been more than trying for every person affected. So today, I felt called to send out a personal note of appreciation to let all the soldiers and family know that I am continually amazed by how well they have handled all these struggles. The heart does not lie on our playing card insignia...because it lies within each one of us. We show the world our heart with our actions every day.
So today in the spirit of DEEDS!, I challenge each one of you to turn your heart toward grace and reach out to one person who may be suffering in isolation. Choose kindness over fear. Choose love over hate. And please reach out to our command, chaplain or SFRG leaders if we could help you in any way.
We have asked much of you over this deployment. I am now asking for your patience and understanding as we still must continue to mitigate the international COVID-19 risk to our Families, community and neighbors.
Recent changes in the environment, and the challenges associated with sanitizing travel routes home from overseas, dictate a more restrictive level of quarantine for our redeploying Soldiers. Those redeploying will enter a higher level of quarantine in specific barracks. This is again in an effort to protect our Families, community, and neighbors.
We must also protect the other elements on Fort Drum, because the nation continues to ask us to deliver units to protect our way of life. When the call comes, we must be ready.
As with previous redeploying groups that have entered this higher level of quarantine, they will be in barracks on the installation. They will have access to high speed internet and their unit support teams will ensure the Soldiers receive items you drop off for them. You will be able to virtually communicate with your Soldier as often as you'd like. We will make sure they are well taken care of. Please contact your FRG leader to learn where you can drop off items to your loved ones.
This is not an ideal situation, but as we have seen over the past few months, we are not in ideal times. Across our country and around the globe, we have adjusted our normal activities to protect ourselves from the threat of the virus. During this deployment you have all been strong, during this pandemic you all have been even stronger. Thank you for your strength, vigilance, resiliency, and your support.
We've put much weight in your ruck sack with this message, but I think no one knows better than you all that endurance comes more from strength of heart than body.
Climb to Glory!
Brett T. Funck
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Acting Senior Commander
Today the Deuce pays tribute to our fallen from outstations across Afghanistan. On this Memorial Day, we honor all our fallen soldiers from the inception of our great battalion. They were brothers, sons, and fathers, who left their families, loves and comforts to go where the Nation calls. In far off lands from the War of 1812, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, they gave us ALL! They held the line and payed the ultimate price so that we could continue to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Deeds Not Words
Below is the list of Fallen Soldiers we flew flags for today:
SSG Anthony S. Lagman
SGT Michael J. Esposito, Jr.
SSG Dwayne P.R. Lewis
1LT Robert A. Seidel
SGT Lonnie C. Allen, Jr.
PFC Nicholas R. Cournoyer
PFC Nathan Z. Thacker
SGT Timothy R. VanOrman
PFC Jack T. Sweet
SSG Tyler E. Pickett
SPC Justin T. Antisdel
SSG Michael H. Ollis
SSG Shawn P. McCann
Today Triple Deuce said goodbye to our now former BN XO. Was a bitter sweet moment for everyone in the BN. Thank you MAJ Goble for everything you have done for this BN, on behalf of everyone, we will all miss you dearly! MAJ Goble is off to bigger and better things in Alaska and we wish him nothing but the best on his future endeavors.
22 May from 1130-1300!
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
Good morning all! It’s Friday and we have a few updates to highlight today as we head into the weekend.
First an update about the Airfield gate: Effective Monday, May 11, the Wheeler Sack Army Airfield Gate will be open to all patrons with valid ID cards and passes (no Trusted Traveler) during the hours of 5:30 am – 10:00 pm. The gate will be closed during DONSAs, weekends and holidays. When the WSAAF Gate is closed, ID Card/pass holders requiring access to the airfield should enter through the Gas Alley Gate and cross over Route 26 via Nash Boulevard to the Bomporto Bridge. Sponsors/visitors with an exception to policy seeking passes for installation access should report to the Visitor Control Center at the Cerjan Gate before attempting to use the WSAAF Gate.
Also as of Monday, May 11, the Optical Shop at the Main Exchange will open during the following hours with limited staffing - Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm; closed weekends. The Optometrist at the Main Exchange will also open beginning May 11 during the following hours with limited staffing - Tuesday - Wednesday: 0930-1700; Friday: 0930-1700; Saturday: 0900-1600. Closed Sunday – Monday and Thursday. Please note - patrons are required to wear a mask during their time in the Exchange.
Please note that Riverfest has been CANCELLED due to on-going New York State restrictions for the prevention and mitigation of COVID 19. However, Mountainfest has been rescheduled for August 27 so keep an eye out for more information about that classic summer event!
Don’t forget tonight’s dinner pickup from Fort Drum FMWR in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day. They are offering a free Italian dinner for the family with pickup at the Main Post Chapel starting at 4:00 p.m. tonight. See the flyer in the comments for more info!
If you have any questions please drop them in the comments and we’ll work to get the answer.
- Reporting Status -
Mission Required Personnel Only
Please speak with your chain of command/supervisor to determine whether or not you are considered mission required and for further guidance.
- Gate Information -
Cerjan Gate: OPEN
Gas Alley Gate: OPEN
WSAAF Gate: CLOSED – will open starting May 11 to all patrons with valid ID cards and passes (no Trusted Traveler) during the hours of 5:30 am – 10:00 pm. The gate will be closed during DONSAs, weekends and holidays.
Mount Belvedere Gate: OPEN to DoD ID Holders ONLY; Non DoD ID holders attempting to access the installation through Mount Belvedere ACP (i.e contractors, personnel with an approved visitors pass or local access badge) will be turned away and asked to proceed to LTG Paul Cerjan or Gas Alley gates. As the Trusted Traveller program is still suspended, this includes personnel traveling with a DoD ID card holder (i.e. visitor's pass holder, local access badge holder, Taxi/Uber/Lyft transporting DoD ID holders). These individuals will be turned around and directed to LTG Paul Cerjan or Gas Alley gates due to medical screening requirements.
The Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points will have designated lanes for DOD ID card holders and Non-DOD ID card holders. Please look out for those signs and enter the appropriate lane.
Those seeking admittance to post will be required to submit to a verbal screening: Have you traveled outside of 40 miles from Fort Drum?
Those who answer yes will be provided further guidance by the gate guard on duty. If it is determined that the individual is at risk and they have official business on Fort Drum, they will be directed to the proper military treatment facility for further evaluation. Individuals that exhibit any symptoms due to allergies will be allowed onto post.
Individuals returning to Fort Drum from an off-post medical appointment should inform the medical screener at the gate that you are returning to your on post residence from a medical appointment.
No one who has a requirement to access the installation for essential services (PX, Commissary, emergency services) will be turned away from the installation. This includes Soldiers/dependents living on post, Soldiers/dependents living off post who are seeking medical care on post, DOD ID card holders (Active duty military, DA Civilians, and dependents) and retirees and eligible family members.
Individuals at risk that do not have official business on Fort Drum will be advised to seek further medical evaluation at an off post medical facility.
The Trusted Traveler program is suspended. Visitors with a bona fide need to enter post will need to go to the Visitor Control Center (Cerjan Access Control Point) during normal business hours from 5:30am – 10pm, where they will submit to background checks and screening.
All visitor passes must be resubmitted through the Soldier’s Chain of Command. Anyone wishing to have a visitor on post who is traveling from more than 40 miles away will need to submit both a completed visitor request memo and an application for sponsorship to the Physical Security Office. You can find an example memo here: https://bit.ly/2wDPdGk It should be completed by your unit prior to submission. You can find the application for sponsorship here: https://bit.ly/3auItcf Completed forms can be submitted to [email protected] (preferred method) in advance or at the VCC in person during normal operating hours.
Retirees and beneficiaries must go through medical screening before entering post.
Contractors and other service providers should seek clarification for Fort Drum access from their supervisors.
Delivery drivers who weren’t vetted for access prior to the pandemic will be directed to the Visitor Control Center at the Cerjan Gate. There they will need to submit to background check and show proof of their delivery requirement and if all is in order, they’ll be allowed access to make the delivery. If, for any reason the delivery driver does not pass the background check, customers will need to pick up their anticipated delivery at the VCC.
Taxis, Uber and Lyft drivers that were vetted to operate on Fort Drum will now be allowed to bring DoD ID card and Local Access Badge holders onto post for drop-off purposes only. After dropping off the fare, they must immediately leave post and will not be allowed to pick up additional fares while on post. It is suggested that individuals looking to use these services to get onto post ask their drivers if they have approved access to the installation prior to accepting the ride and incurring a fee.
Taxi drivers who do not already have pre-vetted access will be given one-time access to post to drop off their riders if they submit to and successfully clear backgrounds checks and their riders are in possession of DOD ID/LAB holders and/or an Exception to Policy as necessary (ie. greater than 40 miles of travel). Riders should expect to pay an increased fare based on the time it takes for an un-vetted driver to submit to the background checks/gain entry to post. Riders can choose to be dropped off at the Visitor Control Center and picked up by a DOD ID card holder if the driver does not have access to post.
Riders who have an ETP to access post (GS14+/O5+ approved bona fide need to enter post) but do not have a DoD ID/LAB card must submit to background checks (and successfully clear) prior to entry to post via any of these services.
Visitors without a valid ETP are NOT permitted. Anyone accessing post via a taxi/Uber/Lyft must have the following based on the nature of the access request:
1. DOD ID CARD/Local Access Badge/ Valid ID and, if applicable, one of the below:
a. Valid ETP if traveled outside of 40 miles
b. Valid ETP by a GS 14/O5 or higher with Command authority if not in possession of a DOD ID Card/LAB (Personnel are required to have a background check prior to entry, personnel arriving by taxi will be granted a day pass in order to link up with sponsor and complete the escort process).
- COVID Resources -
Fort Drum Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC): https://bit.ly/2UI6J42
Fort Drum Quarantine & Isolation Assistance Line: 315-783-5828 (8 am - 4 pm, Mon - Fri)
Samaritan Resource Line: 315-755-3100 (8 am - 9 pm, 7 days/week)
Carthage Area Hospital: 315-519-5497 (9 am - 7 pm, 7 days/week)
Lewis County General Hospital: (315) 376-9678 (Available 24/7)
Watertown COVID Resources: www.watertowncovidresources.org
NYS COVID Emotional Support Line: 1-844-863-9314
APHC Army COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-984-8523 (Available 24/7)
- Health Guidance -
Care for COVID Positive Patients:
Bowe TMC will be closed to routine healthcare services and only treating those patients identified as COVID 19 positive. Any COVID-19 positive beneficiaries, including Soldiers, Family members and Retirees, are asked to contact their assigned Nurse Case Manager or the MEDDAC Appointment Line at (315) 772-2778 to request an appointment before physically going to a treatment facility. This includes appointments for both COVID-19 related care and non-COVID-19 related care. Please inform the call center representative of your COVID-19 status. Soldiers previously receiving primary care at Bowe TMC will now receive their care at the Conner TMC. Family members and Retirees will still receive their primary care at the Guthrie clinic unless they are COVID-19 positive.
Wear of Masks:
Masks are required to be worn in all public spaces where a distance of 6 feet or more between individuals cannot be maintained. This also applies to the PX and Commissary. Customers must be wearing a mask/face covering to enter and they will not be provided at the door so please ensure you bring one with you.
• Soldiers are authorized to wear the neck gaiter and other cloth items, such as bandannas and scarves, as face coverings. This guidance applies for both indoors and outdoors as well as while in uniform. Everyone will use good judgment in choosing a mask or cloth face covering.
• Service members will not wear masks or cloth face coverings that have profanity, racist, demeaning or derogatory logos, script or imagery.
• The medical white and light blue type / style mask is authorized with all uniforms.
• Cloth masks or face coverings should be washed daily.
• Do not wear the N95 respirator mask. It should be reserved for our medical personnel.
• Do not wear high altitude training masks in uniform.
Remember – the mask is not to protect you from getting the virus, it is to protect the spread of the virus as you may be asymptomatic and not know that you have the disease. You can find the full DoD memo here: https://bit.ly/2X9C6aF If you have any questions about the wearing of face coverings within your unit or workplace, please reach out to your chain of command or supervisor.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all individuals to wear face masks when in public and unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others. So remember to bring your mask if you’re headed off post
Active duty Soldiers who wish to be screened and who’re experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, can report to the central screening location outside of the Conner Troop Medical Clinic between the hours of 0800 and 1700, Monday - Friday. Outside of those hours, Soldiers should reach out the the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273 for guidance.
Family members and retirees who are Fort Drum MEDDAC beneficiaries and who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should call the Guthrie appointment line at (315) 772-2778 during business hours for screening. After hours please call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273, select option 1.
DA Civilians experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at work or on duty should immediately notify their supervisor and call the MEDDAC Occupational Health Clinic at (315) 681-1901 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A healthcare worker will conduct an initial screening over the phone and provide additional information as to your next steps. For after-hours care or when not on duty, employees should contact their primary care provider and follow their directions for screening.
- Facility Entrance Procedures -
Mandatory health screenings are now being conducted for those wishing to gain entrance to the Exchange, Commissary and Clark Hall. Anyone seeking admittance to these buildings will be required to submit to a temporal temperature check and answer the same questions being required at the gates.
Guthrie Clinic: Single Point of Entry - Everyone entering the clinic will do so at the far side of the Primary Care Clinic and follow the directions of the MEDDAC personnel at the tents for screening. Employees can be screened at the Radiology / Lab entrance between 6 and 7 am. After 7 am, employees will utilize the PCC entrance.
OB/GYN clinic at the Samaritan Medical Center: Before your visit, please read through the following questions. If you answer yes to any of the questions, call the clinic at 315-785-4609 before arriving at the clinic to receive further guidance from our staff:
1. Have you had contact with someone with a positive COVID-19 test or has a pending COVID-19 Test?
2. Do you have a cough?
3. Have you had a fever, chills, sweats, body ache in the past 7 days?
4. Are you feeling ill?
5. Have you traveled outside of 40 miles from Fort Drum in the last 14 days?
Please do not show up to the clinic without clearing with the clinic if you answer yes to any of the above questions.
For your scheduled OB or GYN appointment, upon arrival to the parking garage (or parking lot), please call 315-608-1327 to check in and remain in your vehicle.
At this time, only the patient is allowed into the clinic. Partners are being asked to wait in the car. Patients can video conference their partners during appointments if desired. If there is a language barrier, we do have a language line to use. We must know which specific language/dialect to use at least 1 day prior to your appointment.
Behavioral Health: Patients should report to the Conner Troop Medical Clinic for screening prior to going to the Wilcox Clinic or Embedded Behavioral Health clinics. Once cleared, patients will receive a wristband, which will be required before entering one of the behavioral health clinics.
Clark Hall: Single Point of Entry - Anyone needing to access Clark Hall must enter through the front doors of the facility. This includes mail clerks retrieving mail for units. After entering through the front doors, mail clerks should proceed to the second floor and utilize C-wing to access the Official Mail Distribution Center.
- Restrictions -
Barracks: Soldiers can no longer visit another unit’s barracks until further notice. Example – a Soldier from 4-31IN cannot visit a Soldier in 41BEB barracks
Public Spaces: All Fort Drum public community spaces, to include playgrounds, dog parks, tennis/basketball courts, soccer fields are off limits to all personnel until further notice. Trails remain open at this time. Please continue to practice safe social distancing when using these paths.
Auto Skills Center - Open by appointment only beginning 5 May, Tues - Sat 0800-1600, 5 bay maximum. You can make an appointment by calling 315-772-7902
Barber Shops: CLOSED
Car Washes: OPEN
CDCs and SAC: OPEN to mission essential patrons. Chapel CDC and South Riva Ridge CDC will continue to be combined in building 10785C at the Main Post Chapel on Po Valley Road. On Monday, May 4th, the Po Valley Child Development Center will reopen to currently registered and enrolled patrons in order to expand child care opportunities on post. Patrons wishing to restart care based on being called back to work full-time will need to provide documentation that there are no home-based child care options currently available. For Soldiers, this will require a memo signed by a O5 or higher. For DA civilians and contractors this will require a memo signed by a GS 14 or higher supervisor. For spouses, this will require a memo on the company's letterhead signed by the supervisor confirming work hours and current essential/required status. Please note, being called in for PT will not automatically qualify patrons for child care. If you want to submit paperwork or check to see if you qualify, please contact CYS Administrative Office at 315-772-6715. For the memo please go to: https://drum.armymwr.com/promos/cys-mission-required-personnel-verification-form.
Commissary: OPEN Tues-Sun 0900 to 1700 for service members and their beneficiaries and 1700 to 1900 for retirees and other authorized users. Please note that everyone entering the commissary is required to wear a face mask that they have brought with them. Masks will not be provided at the door. 100% ID check has been implemented at the doors and purchase limits have been placed on certain high demand items. Shoppers are asked to not bring in their own shopping bags at this time. Commissary curb-side pick-up is now available for individuals in Level 1 Quarantine, shoppers who have been turned away from entering the store due to illness & retirees. Curb side pick-up is available Tuesday - Friday from 9am to 3pm only. Individuals in the aforementioned categories who wish to utilize this program should fill out this form found here:https://drum.armymwr.com/application/files/7915/8817/4592/Ft_Drum_Commissary_Order_Form.pdf indicating desired items and pick up time, and email it to [email protected]. Individuals who do not have email can call-in their order at 315-772-7807. Customers will be called when their groceries are being checked-out to provide payment information directly to the cashier. Customers utilizing the program will be required to load their own groceries or indicate at the time of purchase that they'd like to use a bagger to load, keeping in mind baggers are paid via tips. Customers must be specific in their desired items for purchase as substitutions will not be made. This program is made possible by volunteers at the Fort Drum BOSS program and through the cooperation of the Fort Drum Commissary.
Stone Dental Clinic - CLOSED
Marshall Dental Clinic - only offering emergency sick call and pre/post deployment and retirement exams. Please call 315-772-8891 to speak to a dentist and be screened before coming in.
DFACs: OPEN - take out options only
FMWR Fitness Facilities: CLOSED, Monti - OPEN for UBW Soldier participants ONLY; no towel service.
In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, DoD has issued the following guidelines for ID card offices.
- ID Cards will not be replaced due to changes in the personal information printed on the ID Card. Grade changes and name changes will NOT be completed at this time.
- Cardholders whose Common Access Cards (CACs) will expire within the next 30 days will have the capability to update their own certificates to keep that card valid. Please note that this is a temporary measure and the CAC must be unexpired when attempting to update the certificates. You can find a guide for this process here: https://bit.ly/2VO6vc3.
- USID cards (dependent, retiree and all non-CAC) that expired on or after 1 January 2020 are now valid until 30 September 2020 and can be used to gain access at the gates and access benefits.
- DoD has directed that the minimum age for initial issuance of a child’s ID Card is increased from 10 to 14 years of age.
- The online appointment scheduling feature has been disabled. Those needing to make an appointment or ask a questions should call 315-772-5149.
- Masks are required to be worn by everyone in the ID card facility, please bring your own.
- Soldiers assigned to a 10th Mountain unit should direct questions to their own Brigade S1. All other customers contact [email protected] or 315-772-5149.
Niagara Express: CLOSED
Outdoor Recreation: Open by appointment only beginning Monday May 4, Mon - Fri 0800-1600, for the following: rentals of trailers (auto hauler, utility, clam shell, dump), motorized boat, 16’, non-motorized watercraft (kayak, canoe, paddle board), recreation equipment (horse shoes, cornhole, bicycles, rod and reel, PFDs, hiking package), mechanical equipment (generator, lawnmower, wood splitter). Call 315-772-5169 for appointments.
Outdoor Recreation Range: Open by appointment only beginning May 9, Sat - Sun 1000-1700. Call 315-772-5169 to make an appointment.
Popeyes: Mon-Sun, 1100 to 1900
PX: OPEN Mon-Sat 0900-1800, Sun 1000-1700; Please note that all visitors to the PX are required to wear a face mask that they have brought with them. Masks will not be provided at the door. In an effort to support social distancing measures, the Fort Drum PX has expanded their services to include curbside pickup. Place your order online at shopmyexchange.com as a “Buy on line Pick up in store” order for the Fort Drum Exchange. When the order is ready, the store will call and offer the curbside pickup option. At the store, shoppers park in a designated numbered space, call the phone number on the sign 315-836-7463 and the order is delivered to their vehicle.
PX (Mini Mall): OPEN Mon-Fri 0600-2100, Sat 0700-2100, Sun 0700-2000
Ramadan Guidance: Due to COVID-19 there won’t be the normal opportunities for communal worship and fast breaking meals with friends and neighbors. Our Chaplains are available to provide any support they can during this time. Please reach out to them with questions and concerns: (315) 772-5591, during business hours and (315) 772-5647 after duty hours.
Religious Services: All services will now be conducted virtually. Please visit @FortDrumChapel for more information.
Remington Park - Trails and recreation areas will be open from dawn to dusk. Please remember that social distancing is still necessary when using these areas. There will be signs present throughout the park.
School Liaison Officer: Available to assist with K-12 school questions and concerns - [email protected] or 315-772-3214
- Telework Guidance -
NEC is advising that computer quarantines will continue as usual for systems that do not receive the regular updates. Teleworking individuals should connect through a VPN for at least 4 hours a day to ensure computers receive required patches. This can be completed during both duty or non-duty hours.
- Tax Assistance -
Some updated information is available from the Fort Drum Legal Assistance Office for those still needing to file their 2019 taxes. The deadline for filing has been extended to July 15 and there are some new ways you can get assistance online during this crisis. For more information, visit our Tax Advisory Program page here: https://bit.ly/2VlhERl
- Scam Alert -
There have been recent reports of scammers calling members of the Fort Drum community and claiming to be representatives from the federal government reaching out to provide federal relief funds. Soldiers should be vigilant about protecting themselves and their Family members from scams during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Federal Government will never call you seeking information about your bank account or other financial matters and you should never provide that information over the phone. Anyone who believes they are the victim of a scam or predatory action should contact the Office of the New York Attorney General to file a complaint. More information: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2020/ag-james-warns-north-country-about-coronavirus-scams. Soldiers and Family members with questions and/or concerns may also contact the Fort Drum Legal Assistance Office at 315-772-5261.
10310 North Riva Ridge Loop Fort Drum, NY 13602
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DEEDS NOT WORDS!!
Triple Deuce Unit History:
Two regiments have held the designation 22nd Infantry since 1812. The original 22nd Infantry regiment was officially constituted on 26 June 1812. General Winfield Scott was responsible for outfitting these new troops, but due to a shortage of blue cloth, he was forced to substitute a rough, gray material for his riflemen. On 5 July 1814, the regiment entered into a battle with a superior British force near the town of Chippewa, Canada. The British general, Sir Jonathan Rialls saw the gray clad regiment in the center and the right of the American battle line. Rialls is said to have remarked, “Today should be an easy day. Those men are nothing but the buffalo militia.” The regiment started its final charge only fifty meters from the British when the British broke and left the battlefield. Rialls’ adjutant asked the general if he was sure that the gray clad soldiers were militia, general Rialls replied, “Those are regulars by God.” General Rialls’ statement of praise has become the official motto of the 22nd Infantry Regiment. In honor of the first regular formation to defeat a superior British force, the United States Military Academy at West Point adopted a gray uniform based on the design worn by the 22nd Infantry. This uniform is still the official dress uniform of the United States Military Academy.
The rebirth of the 22nd Infantry Regiment occurred when the regiment was reconstituted on 21 September 1866. For the next 32 years, the unit saw action at the Little Big Horn campaign, Pine Ridge, and the North Dakota and Montana campaigns. In addition, the regiment fought the Indians in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Idaho.
The sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor, Cuba in 1898 gave the 22nd Infantry a new mission. The 22nd had the distinction of being the first American unit to land on Cuban soil. During the attack on Seboney, the regiment captured the first Spanish colors to be captured in the war. Losses to the regiment were heavy; approximately 65 percent of the men and 85 percent of the officers, to include the regimental commander, did not return.
In 1899, the 22nd Infantry Regiment was ordered to the Philippines to quell the insurrection. The regiment was given the task of following the insurgent Aguinaldo and finishing him. With limited supplies, the regiment made one of the most arduous and famous foot marches ever undertaken by the United States Army. Their mission was carried out successfully and for their gallant actions in the Cuban and Philippine campaigns, two members of the regiment were awarded the Medal of Honor.
in 1906, the regiment returned to the United States where it spent five years “under the canvas,” along the Mexican border, the longest period of continuous field time by any regiment in American history.
The 22nd Infantry was one of the first units to hit the Normandy coast in the Second World War, landing at the beach at 0745 hours on D-day. Fighting its way inland, the 22nd pierced through enemy opposition to the outskirts of Cherbourg, then played a major part in clearing the Cotenin peninsula.
During the Vietnam War, the 2nd battalion, 22nd Infantry was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division and the 25th Infantry Division. The battalion took part in “Operation Attleboro” and in one of the most fiercely contested engagements of the Vietnam conflict, the Battle of Ninh. When it was over, eight NVA regiments staggered away, leaving behind 200 dead and the 2nd battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment with a valorous unit award after helping break the siege of Kontum. The regiment’s last mission in Vietnam prior to deactivation was an attack on enemy sanctuaries in Cambodia to root out NVA insurgents.
The 2nd battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment was reactivated on 25 September 1986 as a part of the 10th Mountain Division (Light). In October 1993, the battalion was alerted to deploy to Somalia. During the 5-month deployment, the battalion conducted security missions in every major U.N. Compound and supply route. The battalion’s increased presence in Mogadishu dropped the incidence of hostile encounters aimed at U.S. Forces to zero.
The battalion was again called to action in September 1994 when the 10th Mountain Division deployed to Haiti during operation restore democracy. The 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry led the 10th Mountain Division into Haiti as the first unit to conduct operations on Haitian soil with an air-assault off of the U.S.S. Eisenhower.
In support of the Global War on Terrorism, the 2nd Battalion has deployed three times. The battalion first deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From August 2003 through May 2004, the battalion distinguished itself participating in a variety of missions throughout the entire country, including vehicle checkpoints, cordon and searches, air assaults and search and attacks. Next, the battalion deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The battalion was responsible for maintaining stability in the contentious Abu Ghraib district of western Baghdad from August 2005 to July 2006. The air assaults, raids and searches, combined with training the Iraqi security forces and humanitarian relief operations effectively disrupted Anti-Iraqi Forces.
The 2nd battalion returned to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Task Force Courage took responsibility of the ethnically diverse and volatile region of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. From September 2007 to October 2008, the battalion improved the reality and perception of increased security, stability, and normality among all Iraqis in the province. The battalion coupled combat operations with patrols designed to enhance the Iraqi’s ability for self-governance. Not only did the battalion conduct air assaults, raids and searches, but it also strengthened Iraqi security forces, involved more locals in security through the sons of Iraq program, made city councils more effective, and created job opportunities. These actions significantly reduced violence and created an environment less conducive to insurgent activities.
Most recently, the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Task Force Triple Deuce deployed to over 18 different locations across Afghanistan in order to augment the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan / Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. Task Force Soldiers were responsible for training the vast majority of Afghan Soldiers graduated into the Afghan Army in 2010. From January to December 2010, Triple Deuce Soldiers improved the quality of Afghan Soldiers and the Afghan training command across theater. Although tasked with a highly unusual mission for an Infantry Battalion, the men and women performed exceptionally well, ultimately improving the training of over 50,000 Afghan Soldiers and thousands of Afghan police.
The history of the 22nd Infantry Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry is a long and honorable one. Those of us who continue to carry the colors forward in the future rely on our proud past to maintain the warrior spirit to fight and win. We remember the actions that created the regiment’s first motto, “regulars by god!” As an inspiration to us all to live by our current motto “deeds not words!”
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Courage Battalion Soldiers executed MSWODs in freezing conditions
More from today’s Personnel Protective Detail Training.
Blended Retirement System Powerpoint
Soldiers of Triple Deuce, if you have fewer than 12 years of total service as of Dec. 31, 2017, you are eligible to opt into the Blended Retirement System (BRS). December 31, 2018 is the last date to opt into the BRS. If you are in the aforementioned population, you will NOT be automatically moved into the BRS. All Soldiers accessed on or after January 1st 2018 will be automatically covered by the BRS. Bottom line, if you leave the service before twenty years, and are not opted into the BRS, you will not receive any retirement benefits upon your ETS.
The attached WMV contains a PowerPoint from ACS Financial Readiness that details the benefits of the BRS.
Command Team Holiday Message
A holiday message from the 1st Brigade Commander, and 1st Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Happy Holidays Triple Duece!
CPL Jennifer Kipybida Memorial Service
Today, 26SEP17, 2-22 held a Memorial Ceremony for CPL Jennifer Kipybida at the Main Post Chapel to honor her service, duty, and commitment to her unit and country. Below is a slideshow from the ceremony.
Operation COURAGE PEAK Video 4 of 4
3 Day Platoon Exercise, including Live Fire Exercises on Ft. Drum, NY. Light Infantry in Action. Assault on the Objective.
Operation COURAGE PEAK Video 3 of 4
3 Day Platoon Exercise, including Live Fire Exercises on Ft. Drum, NY. Light Infantry in Action. Assault element goes through the breach.
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3 Day Platoon Exercise, including Live Fire Exercises on Ft. Drum, NY. Light Infantry in Action. Bangalore breach goes off and then support by fire opens up.
Operation COURAGE PEAK Video 1 of 4
3 Day Platoon Exercise, including Live Fire Exercises on Ft. Drum, NY. Light Infantry in Action. Stealthful night leaders reconnaissance on the objective.
D Company conducting shotgun breach training in August 2014 at Fort Drum.
D Company conducting demolition training in August 2014 on Fort Drum.
D Company, 2-22 Infantry live TOW Shoot (at night) on Fort Drum at Range 48 in August 2014.
D Company, 2-22 Infantry conducts mounted machine gun training on Fort Drum at Range 35B in August 2014.
BN Mortars Training (Fort Drum, August 2014)
A/2-22 IN Training (Ft. Drum, August 2014)
A/2-22 IN Training (Ft. Drum, August 2014)
Mortar LFX pt2
Mortar LFX pt1
C Co/2-22 Infantry at the Shoot House in March 2014 (first person point of view).
C/2-22 IN Fire Team conducting Enter/Clear a Room LFX on 14G Shoot House (March 2014).
D/2-22 IN Gun Truck firing Crew Gunnery on Range 25 (March 2014).
D/2-22 IN Gun Truck firing Crew Gunnery on Range 25 (March 2014).
Keep up the great job you all are doing and may we have peace
To all my 2/22 Brothers, Hope you all had a Great Christmas & Have a Happy New Year!!!
Deeds, not Words
Would you be interested in a golf flag sized DI flag?
22ND INFANTRY REGIMENT PAVER PROJECT
The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia has initiated a program to allow for individuals and organizations to purchase memorial pavers along the Heritage Walkway at the Museum. That Walkway leads to our 22nd Infantry Regiment Monument on the Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum. The pavers can be purchased to memorialize the service of a veteran or to honor the memory of a fallen soldier.
Click on the following link to go to a PDF file containing the printable order form for pavers.
Gentlemen, from a former ARMY soldier, I would like to thank you all for your service.
Also, in light of today's historic moment in U.S. military history, I'd like to remember another member of 2-22 from WWII.
Thanks again for your service guys.
Sgt, U.S. ARMY (89-92)
Chem Corp 18th ABN
Thought you'd all appreciate this,
ᛏᛅᚦᛁᛦ ᛁᚴᛁ ᚢᚱᚦ (Futhark)
Dáðir eigi orð (Old Norse)
Deeds not words in Younger Futhark and reconstructed Old Norse, translation by Dr. Jackson Crawford. (Pronounced day-th-r egg-e orth-r)
I am a teacher in Somerville, Tennessee, and my students are reading a novel about the Vietnam War and creating projects to honor fallen soldiers. One of students will honor Thomas Beeb Chambers. If you served with "Beeb" in the winter of '67, would you
connect with me to discuss serving with him.
Annual PFC Jack T. Sweet Family Fun day FEB 9 Krings Pt. State Park. 7AM -5PM Food Fun Fishing adult beverages.
"Old Goat" squad members in training for visit INSIDE THE BOX at JRTC TIGERLAND next month. 50 years ago we were you...now in our 70s we are honored to visit with today's heroes. WE WILL HAVE THE BROWNIES AGAIN!
Can I get suggestions as to where I can buy 2/22 Inf. (“Triple Duece”) gear? For example: coffee mugs, travel mugs, etc. Thanks.
I have the story of that battle in Dec 23-24th 1944, near Osweiler….I dedicate this in remembrance to those Soldiers who fought there, with my Father,"Tuck" who was the last BAR man after the battle...and to you. Another Soldier, SGM Fowle (who has passed on) told me he loved this poem...So I am presenting it, now.
Tribute to the 2/22 Infantry, in Remembrance for the fallen ; RIP Warriors past and current...
A Christmas story told to me.
Southern Tip of the Bulge in Dec 23, 44….
It was the night before Christmas in forty-four
A snowing and blowin, what could be more
George and Easy locked in the fight,
, in wooded ravines against the German might.
Three companies, in the snow ; no where to go
to hold their ground , is all they were told.
Fox was in position and got to high ground, above a gorge
to cover the flank of Easy and George.
amidst snow covered boulders, and downed trees they fought.;
The enemy tried to break through, but not on that slope.
Not one, Triple Deucer let them get past; _
even with multiple counter attacks’ they still held fast ..
.There was fewer than before, but they would fight to the last.
Against immeasurable odds, the three companies fought on_ but they might not last ; until the dawn...
The SS attack penetrated their lines;
Company F was caste into peril that time..!.
Hit with five companies, all through the night…
An SS unit came in for the fight.They struggled and fought’; yes, on deaths ground; sixty men fought ~
The CO., he shouted," Every man to himself!"
The situation deemed hopeless, to hold, that cold dark night.
But that didn't stop the Deucers’ that night. It seems the CO’s shout. - It transformed the fight... , galvanizing their strength and their spirit to boot; No Germans would claim their place there, that night.
Fox out-fought them until morning light__
It was their hill, and they claimed it !
With the blood of their fellows, that cold bitter night!
Whoever could claim a spot where they fought__ that night?
Only they' who lay cold- under a blanket of snow.
Easy and George fought the same kind of fight .... giving up no ground to the Kraut that night....
The Deucers survived that cold steel fight, and Germans pulled back, with eighty less men_
The German had failed, to take Luxemburg City __’ and now they were broken, and it was a pity; That so many lives were lost in the War, for the hopes of a dictator __to conquer all.
The fellows of Fox were twenty-eight men,. With their brothers in arms;
They paid a high price; they did it for us, for the good of us all.
A high price for freedom, they paid.... for us all.
"DEEDS NOT WORDS"
Looking for anyone who served with Triple Deuce between 1995-1997 who knew Christopher Kopperman and Brittany Shannon.