1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment

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Congratulations to all of our 1-87 IN Soldiers who were recognized!
09/13/2020

Congratulations to all of our 1-87 IN Soldiers who were recognized!

1-87 INF closed out the week with an award and promotion ceremony on September 11th, 2020, at Fort Drum, NY. Soldiers were recognized for their hard work during XCTC, while several others made the next big step in their Army careers as NCOs. Congratulations to all.

#ClimbToGlory #FIndAWayOrMakeOne

The Summit Battalion would like to congratulate CSM Frank Grippe and 1LT Euell Akins on their induction into the 10th Mo...
09/09/2020

The Summit Battalion would like to congratulate CSM Frank Grippe and 1LT Euell Akins on their induction into the 10th Mountain Division Warrior Legends Hall of Fame. CSM Grippe and 1LT Akins have exhibited the best qualities and characteristics of the 10th MTN DIV through a lifetime of service. We are proud to call them Summit Alumni and we are thankful for the outstanding example that they have set for our current leaders.

Today the Summit Battalion remembers SPC Chad C. Fuller and PFC Adam L. Thomas, two outstanding Soldiers who made the ul...
08/31/2020

Today the Summit Battalion remembers SPC Chad C. Fuller and PFC Adam L. Thomas, two outstanding Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation on 31 August 2003 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. 17 years later, the Summit Battalion remains inspired by the courage and valor of SPC Fuller and PFC Thomas, and we remain committed to carrying on the legacy that our Summit’s Finest have left behind.

SPC Chad C. Fuller was born on April 8, 1979. A native of Potsdam, New York, Fuller was an avid outdoorsman while growing up. In high school, he was a multi-sport athlete who also volunteered at the Potsdam Humane Shelter, where he frequently played with, fed, and walked dogs. Having deployed with Summit to Afghanistan in 2001, Fuller was on his second combat deployment when he was killed and is survived by his wife, parents, and sister.

PFC Adam L. Thomas was born on January 5, 1982 in Kirksville, Missouri. After graduating from high school in La Plata he enlisted in the Army in August of 2001. Upon completion of basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, Thomas was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. Arriving shortly after the Battalion returned from its first deployment to Afghanistan, Thomas joined the Scout platoon. Remembered as caring and personable, Thomas is survived by his parents.

Summit Soldier Spotlight: At a recent Situational Training Exercise (STX), PFC Lucky Fallis distinguished himself from h...
08/24/2020

Summit Soldier Spotlight: At a recent Situational Training Exercise (STX), PFC Lucky Fallis distinguished himself from his peers and attained great praise from his leadership. Serving in Weapons Squad of 2nd Platoon in Gator Company, Lucky is an integral part of their mobile Anti-Tank team due to his proficiency with the Carl Gustaf. At this training exercise, Fallis also served as point-man, conducting strenuous route planning and leading his team through heavy brush. Additionally, he took initiative during CASEVAC drills, displaying great effort and grit in carrying his buddies. When asked about the recent training, PFC Fallis said, “The STX training was phenomenal for building mental fortitude and testing your physical strength. It was great for teaching everyone team and squad-level maneuvers.” We are proud to recognize our young standout Summit Soldiers. To the Top!

Summit Vipers farewell CPT Alex Daly (HHC XO) and SSG Devon Tilghman (S4 NCOIC) in Afghanistan. Both have been absolutel...
08/03/2020

Summit Vipers farewell CPT Alex Daly (HHC XO) and SSG Devon Tilghman (S4 NCOIC) in Afghanistan. Both have been absolutely critical to the success of the Battalion’s overseas mission and represent the very best of our Officer and Noncommissioned Officer Corps. They are transitioning back to Fort Drum where CPT Daly will serve as Rear-Detachment Commander for Hatchet Company and SSG Tilghman will remain the NCOIC for the S4 shop until her PCS to Fort Bragg. Thank you to both of them for their professionalism, expertise, and dedication to our mission! To the Top!

Remembering Our Fallen:SGT Anthony R Maddox was born November 15, 1990. Originally living in New Orleans, Maddox and his...
07/21/2020

Remembering Our Fallen:

SGT Anthony R Maddox was born November 15, 1990. Originally living in New Orleans, Maddox and his family moved to Port Aransas, Texas as they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Attending Nederland High School there, Maddox proved himself as a standout football player and graduated in 2009. Maddox worked for two years after high school, but wanted to further challenge himself and enlisted in the Army.
After attending Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Maddox attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia. Upon graduating, Maddox was certified as a petroleum fueler and was assigned to Hawk Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.
In 2013, Maddox deployed with Summit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served in Andar, Afghanistan. There Maddox was injured in a non-combat related incident on July 20, 2013. He was evacuated to Germany and died two days later. He was 22yrs old at the time of his death, and is Hawk Company’s only Soldier killed during GWOT.

The Summit Battalion Remembers our fallen Solider SGT Anthony R Maddox on this day and everyday as we continue our Climb to Glory.

The Summit Battalion would like to bid farewell to CPT Matt Dixon (outgoing Cobra 6) and his wife, Amy.  We recognize th...
07/20/2020

The Summit Battalion would like to bid farewell to CPT Matt Dixon (outgoing Cobra 6) and his wife, Amy.

We recognize the legacy CPT Dixon leaves in Cobra Company from his ability to lead his Soldiers to become technical and tactical experts. Whether it be in the cold of Mountain Peak, JRTC, or deployed overseas, CPT Dixon instilled a Mountain Tough spirit to fight and win within his Soldiers.

The Summit Family wishes you and Amy much happiness and success as you assume command at the Light Fighter School and continue developing Soldiers committed to the pursuit of excellence.

We welcome and congratulate CPT Barrett Statler (incoming Cobra 6) and have great confidence in his ability to uphold the Mountain Tough reputation and professionalism of Cobra Company.

"Cobra's Never Quit!"

Cobra Company 1-87 Infantry

Today, Summit battalion remembers SPC Brian "Bucky" Anderson, a member of 3/C who was killed while in Za Khel, Afghanist...
06/12/2020

Today, Summit battalion remembers SPC Brian "Bucky" Anderson, a member of 3/C who was killed while in Za Khel, Afghanistan.

Specialist Brian "Bucky" Anderson enlisted in the Army in early 2008. A native of Broadway, Virginia, Anderson was a successful athlete throughout his youth, earning All-District honors as a football player at Broadway High School and winning two state championships as a wrestler.

After joining Summit in the summer of 2008, Anderson would deploy with the Battalion to Afghanistan in 2010. On June 12, 2010, while conducting a patrol outside of Zah Khel, Afghanistan, Anderson was killed when his vehicle was attacked by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He was survived by his parents, brother, and sister.

We will continue the Climb and meet you at the Summit.

Remembering Summit’s Finest:This week in 2008, Summit Soldiers SGT Shane Duffy, SPC JD Emard, and SGT Cody Legg were kil...
06/07/2020

Remembering Summit’s Finest:

This week in 2008, Summit Soldiers SGT Shane Duffy, SPC JD Emard, and SGT Cody Legg were killed outside of Sharqat, Iraq, during the single deadliest event 1-87 IN has experienced during the Global War on Terror. Each man, an 11B Infantryman, was a member of 2nd Platoon, Gator Company.

SGT Shane Duffy, a native of Rhode Island, joined the Army in March, 2004. A life-long New England sports fan, he is survived by his wife, Jamie, and his daughter, Mackenzie.

SPC Jonathan Emard celebrated his 20th birthday on May 17, 2008. A native of Mesquite, Texas, JD grew up playing football and joined the Army at the age of 17. He is survived by his parents.

SGT Cody Legg of Escondido, California, joined the Army in 2003. Initially posted at Camp Casey, South Korea, Legg was reassigned to Fort Drum, New York, in late 2004. Survived by his parents, he is remembered for his great smile and mischievous nature.

Forever indebted to our fallen Soldiers, we will continue the Climb to Glory in their honor.

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
06/05/2020

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division

For today's Ruck March Thursday Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment participated in an assessment for Pre-Ranger school.

#ClimbToGlory #FindAWayOrMakeOne

On this Memorial Day, members of the Summit Battalion deployed to Afghanistan observed a moment of silence in honor and ...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day, members of the Summit Battalion deployed to Afghanistan observed a moment of silence in honor and remembrance of all those faithful Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. In this moment, we honor our Gold Star Family members and recognize their sacrifices. With our flags flown at half-staff in Afghanistan and Fort Drum, we are reminded that the sun never sets on the 10th Mountain Division. Someone once said, "Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each Soldier who died protecting it." To all those who served and to all those families with loved ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the Summit Battalion honors you today, tomorrow, and always.

LTC Erich B. Schneider
Summit 6

The 87th Infantry Regiment is proud to again recognize CSM (Ret.) Kenneth Lopez as the Honorary Sergeant Major of the Re...
04/06/2020

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...
04/06/2020

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
03/29/2020

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
03/28/2020

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.

03/25/2020
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.

#ClimbToGlory

1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
03/20/2020

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

03/20/2020
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
03/19/2020

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.

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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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