1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment

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The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to again recognize CSM (Ret.) Kenneth Lopez as the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Re...

The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to again recognize CSM (Ret.) Kenneth Lopez as the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment.

CSM Lopez served 27 years as a Soldier in the Army, arriving at Fort Drum in early 1996. He assumed duties as Command Sergeant Major of 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment before becoming the senior enlisted advisor in 2BCT and deploying to Bosnia. Planning to retire after he left this post, CSM Lopez remained on active duty following the events of September 11th. He assumed his duties as Mountain 7 and worked with Major General Walter Hagenbeck to lead the 10th Mountain Division into Afghanistan and the Global War on Terror. In late 2002, CSM Lopez retired.

Rather than leave the North Country, though, he remained on Fort Drum for another 15 years and became a fixture in the community. Working as a DA civilian in a number of capacities, to include Chief of Community Recreation, Lopez left an indelible mark on the installation and its families.

The 87th Infantry Regiment is excited for CSM Lopez to assume this position alongside COL (Ret.) Christopher Vanek and help honor the legacy of Regiment as 1-87 IN and 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment forge ahead as the oldest units in the 10th Mountain Division.

The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to announce the appointment of COL (Ret) Christopher Vanek as Honorary Colonel of th...

The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to announce the appointment of COL (Ret) Christopher Vanek as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment. This post, which is meant to support Regimental continuity and history, has remained vacant since 2014 when ski pioneer Earl Clarke, one of the first members of the 10th Mountain Division, passed away.

Then Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Vanek joined 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in 2007. A veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, LTC Vanek quickly made an impact on the formation and its mission after assuming Battalion Command. Overseeing a campaign plan in Hawijah, Iraq aimed at creating relationships with the local population, LTC Vanek led the Summit Battalion in substantially decreasing violence in the district and bringing stability to an area that had experienced intense fighting for years.

In particular, LTC Vanek is credited with helping to speed the maturation of Kirkuk Province’s Sons of Iraq program over the course of 2007 and into early 2008. During that time, 1-87 IN was responsible for a local Sons of Iraq unit of 7,500 members that supported Coalition Forces in their fight against the Iraqi insurgency. To connect with the local populace and establish a positive relationship, LTC Vanek often used an unconventional approach, which was best represented by a traveling soccer series the Battalion executed that pitted Summit Soldiers against their Iraqi counterparts in public matches. In some locations, these matches drew almost 500 civilian spectators and were covered by national and international media sources.

The Summit Battalion is excited to have COL Vanek assume this post and looks forward to continuing its tradition in the first Regiment in the Division alongside 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Beginning tomorrow we're launching a new resource for those currently under quarantine orders who are in need of assistance. Soldiers and Families in medically-required quarantine or isolation in their homes are being supported by their units. However, if for some reason they need access to an on-post service and their needs are not being met they should call the Fort Drum Quarantine & Isolation Assistance Line at 315-783-5828. This number will be manned Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. Please note Soldiers quarantined or isolated in barracks must work through their unit for assistance.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Access Changes: As part of Fort Drum’s ongoing effort to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 the following changes to how Soldiers, Families and civilians access Fort Drum are effective starting Saturday, March 28 until further notice:

Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points are open. Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate and Mount Belvedere Access Control Points are closed.

The Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points will have designated lanes for DOD ID Card-holding Personnel and Non-DOD ID Card-holding Personnel. Please look out for those signs and enter the appropriate lane.

Those seeking admittance to post via the Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points will be required to submit to a temporal temperature check and answer the following questions:
1. Have you had contact with someone with a positive COVID-19 test or has a pending COVID-19 Test?
2. Are you feeling ill?
3. Do you have a cough?
4. Do you have a runny stuffy nose?
5. Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the past 24 hours?
6. Have you traveled outside of 40 miles from Fort Drum?

Those who have a fever or answer yes to any of these questions could be asked to submit to further medical screening.

The Trusted Traveler program is suspended. Local access badges are 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.

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.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The 1st Brigade Combat Team presents a video series to #RememberTheFallen.

This month, we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout March's past. May they never be forgotten.


1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

The Warrior Brigade conducted the transfer of authority with
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division March 18, 2020.

This ceremony symbolizes the exchange of responsibility from the Panther Brigade to the Warrior Brigade.

The Warrior Brigade is ready to continue the climb, and remains committed to supporting the security goals of our nation.

Message from Warrior 6:
Warrior Brigade Soldiers, Families, and Friends,

The Warrior Brigade has officially assumed its mission in Afghanistan, and replaced the outstanding Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division in supporting the goals of our nation at this historic time. As you have seen in the news, the environment in Afghanistan continues to change. Your Soldiers recognize the significance of this change, and understand the importance of our mission here. I take every opportunity to meet with our Warriors, to understand their challenges and answer their questions. I am continually impressed by their professionalism, and I am incredibly proud of what they are doing.

We have many great and talented Soldiers supporting the mission from both Kuwait and Fort Drum, and the importance of those missions is critical to our success here in Afghanistan. In this dynamic environment you can expect us to remain flexible and proactive, relocating and redeploying Soldiers to support the requirements of our nation. Regardless of location, every Warrior Soldier is contributing to this mission.

I thank you for your continued support, and patience, as the Warrior Brigade continues to define the best of the 10th Mountain Division.

#ClimbToGlory #FindAWayOrMakeOne

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Thank you for joining us today as our leaders take a moment to provide the latest updates on how the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is impacting the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum community. Please drop your questions in the comments below. We will try to answer as many as we can. If we don't get to your question during the live event we will work with our subject matter experts to answer them afterwards.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Don't forget to be online at 12 noon tomorrow for the next town hall meeting! We'll be sharing the latest updates and taking questions from all of you. If you won't be available, the video will be shared after for later viewing. Drop your question in the comments section, we're compiling them for the meeting.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Good morning everyone! Below is the latest information that we have regarding COVID impacts here at Fort Drum and the status of services. We will be sharing an updated post every morning (and of course anytime the information changes). Please drop your questions in the comments and we will work to get them answered by our subject matter experts.

Reporting Status: Normal

COVID Cases - As MG Mennes spoke about during the town hall meeting yesterday, a part-time employee who works at the Fort Drum Education Center three days a week, but lives in the Albany-area, has tested positive for COVID 19. The part-time employee was on post working at the Ed Center most recently Mar 11 - 13 and received word of the COVID 19 diagnosis yesterday. Fort Drum MEDDAC preventative medicine is investigating where this individual may have come into contact with people here and will advise on the individuals or building owners who need to be informed and required to self - quarantine.
Outside of Fort Drum, Jefferson County is reporting one confirmed case of COVID-19 as of this posting.

Services Status -
CDCs and SAC are now only open for use by personnel designated as mission essential.
Fitness Facilities are open only to Service Members and closed 0900 - 1000 for cleaning.
Tax Center - Closed until further notice.
PX is operating on reduced hours: Mon-Sat 0900-1800 Sun 1000-1800
USO is closed but will offer special services, more to follow.
FMWR Facilities Closed: BOSS, Outdoor Recreation, Library, Bowling Center, Commons, Automotive Skills Center, all aquatics programs, all youth sports and fitness programs
10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Museum: Closed until further notice.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

With the Spring Offensive coming to a close, 1st Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment joined the Division around Lake Garda, where Soldiers finally received a chance to recuperate after the Fifth Army seized the area.

Over the course of four months, the Battalion had led the Division and Fifth Army in a number of operations. As the only unit that preceded the creation of the Division, the Battalion had successfully survived its baptism by fire and cemented its legacy as the standard-bearer of the 10th Mountain Division.

In Northern Italy, the 10th Mountain Division made their final push to liberate the country. The area around Lake Garda would see the final battles, the surrender of the Axis in Italy, and the end of World War II.

Unit Alumni:Can you help us date these 1-87 Command Team coins? We are creating a display with former coins, but do not ...

Unit Alumni:

Can you help us date these 1-87 Command Team coins? We are creating a display with former coins, but do not have information on the coins seen in the pictures below.

Operation Anaconda: Gator Company Makes A Night Movement

Early Hours of March 3, 2002:

With the Battalion's main formation moving back to Bagram Airfield, Gator Company made a night movement North to conduct link-up with elements from the 101st Airborne Division. This movement, which occured in unfamiliar terrain at high altitude, represented a signifiacnt test for the Summit Soldiers. On the morning of 3 March, though, Gator Company completed its mission. It would spend the next five days in the Shah-i-Kot as Operation Anaconda continued to develop. The Company was the only Summit element to remain on the battlefied for the entire duration of the operation.

Listen as Roger Crombie, Gator Company Commander, describes receiving the order to conduct a tactical footmarch North.

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

1600 March 2, 2002:Coordinating with TF Rakassan headquarters, LTC LaCamera determined that MEDEVAC helicopters would ne...

1600 March 2, 2002:

Coordinating with TF Rakassan headquarters, LTC LaCamera determined that MEDEVAC helicopters would need to wait until dark to safely move Summit's wounded Soldiers. Determined to stay in the fight, LaCamera requested to move the Battalion reserve into the Shah-i-kot; however, this request was overruled and it was decided that 1-87 IN would return to Bagram for refit and return to the battlefield during future operations.

Under the protection of an AC-130 gunship, the Summit Battalion exfilled from the Shah-i-kot by helicopter around midnight on 2 March. The first day of Anaconda was over, with the Battalion sustaining 26 wounded in action. Gator Company and scout elements remained on the ground, though, with the operation far from over.

1200 March 2, 2002:With the Battalion’s main element bogged down in a terrain feature that would become known as “Hell’s...

1200 March 2, 2002:

With the Battalion’s main element bogged down in a terrain feature that would become known as “Hell’s Halfpipe”, Gator Company Commander Roger Crombie led his 22 man element comprised of his 1st Platoon to BP Eve, while the scout and sniper teams that had infilled with the Company moved to Observation Posts (OP) located between BP Eve and BP Ginger. Although the Soldiers encountered the enemy, they made minimal contact.

Situated in BP Eve, Crombie and his Soldiers were able to clearly observe the town of Marzak, which appeared abandoned by the local populace. Identifying enemy fighters throughout the day, Crombie requested close air support; however, a majority of the air assets on station by mid-morning and into the afternoon were supporting Cobra Company near Hell's Halfpipe and BP Heather.

On this day in 2002, 1-87 IN conducted an air assault deep into the Shah-i-Kot Valley and began its involvement in Opera...

On this day in 2002, 1-87 IN conducted an air assault deep into the Shah-i-Kot Valley and began its involvement in Operation Anaconda.

At 0615, 125 Summit Soldiers arrived in three Chinook helicopters and dispersed to separate landing zones on the valley floor. In the Northern part of AO Summit, a Gator Company element, joined by scout and sniper teams, dismounted from its Chinook intending to occupy Blocking Position (BP) Eve. The remaining two helicopters dropped Soldiers, including LTC Paul LaCamera, at HLZ 13 and HLZ 13A, two Southern landing zones separated by around 400m.

At the Southern landing zones, Summit elements immediately came into contact with enemy fighters located in elevated battle positions on the high-ground surrounding the valley floor. What began as sporadic enemy small-arms fire quickly built to a high-volume of fire that included small-arms, RPGs, and mortars.

Unable to maneuver on the enemy battle-positions, these Southern TF Summit elements moved into a natural bowl, where the Battalion Tactical Command Post (TAC) and Cobra Company Command Post (CP) were established. While in the bowl, Cobra Company Commander Nelson Kraft worked with his 1st Platoon Leader to create a plan that would allow the Platoon to move to BP Heather, which was eventually established at 0730.

Soon after establishing BP Heather, 1st Platoon, Cobra
Company, sustained 10 casualties as a result of enemy mortar fire. Kraft sent his 2nd Platoon to help move the casualties and the Company was reconsolidated in the bowl by 0830. Throughout the remainder of the day, the bowl continued to receive indirect fire, with the total number of wounded Summit Soldiers rising to 20 by noon.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

As the 1945 Spring Offensive continued, Summit Soldiers quickly pushed North with the remainder of the 10th Mountain Division and Fifth Army.

While 1-87 IN would assist in securing the Bomporto Bridge, a vital causeway over the Panero River, the Battalion would cement its legacy as the trailblazer of the Division when its Soldiers were the first Allied Forces to cross the Po River in April.

Once the 10th Mountain Division pushed through the Northern Apennines, they found themselves at the Po River Valley. Continuing their momentum, 10th Mountain Soldiers seized key points such as the Bomporto Bridge crossing from the Germans and drove them to their next line of defense.


As Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Mountain planned for Operation Anaconda, a number of smaller teams were attached to the formation in an effort to increase the capabilities it brought into the Shah-i-Kot Valley.

TF Summit task organized one of these teams to Gator Company, which would establish a blocking position, named Eve, on a main route of travel through the valley. This small team, which was comprised of Special Operations Soldiers, focused on intelligence gathering activities. Led by then 1LT Travis Patriquin, the team's members were fluent in a number of languages, including Arabic and Pashtu, and played a critical role in the operation according to Captain Roger Crombie (Gator 6).

In later years, Patriquin would gain notoriety for a simple powerpoint he created entitled "How to Win in Al Anbar." Remembered for establishing lasting relationships with local leaders in Anbar, Patriquin was credited with helping accelerate the Anbar Awakening. On December 6, 2006, he was killed by an IED in Ramadi.

Listen as Roger Crombie remembers Patriquin's role with Summit Battalion during Operation Anaconda.

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Welcome to the page of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. Here you will find a wide range of updates ranging from training, FRG meetings/events, and news articles about the battalion. This forum, in conjunction with our vFRG page (for more infomation on how to access vFRG, refer to the post in the "notes" section), will keep Soldiers and families up to date with the most current events. Please follow a few simple guidelines regarding posting on our site: - Do not post comments that are graphic, obscene, explicit or racial nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. - Any external link posted on this site does not necessarily constitute endorsement from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, or the US Army. - All photo and article posts must be sent through our EMail at [email protected] where they are screened and then posted to the site by administrators. We will make our best effort to properly credit the submission if you so request. - This is not a forum for official correspondence between Soldiers or family members. We will not "forward a message" on behalf of a poster. That being said, keep all posts fun and in good taste. We look forward to updating this page as often as possible. To the Top!


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