Our country owes a great deal to the fighting men and women here at home and those deployed across the world in defense of America. Keeping Fort Drum strong will help honor their work and ensure they are well prepared to complete the mission. The installation serves as a powerful driver for economic development in the North Country, and is doing tremendous work to train American soldiers for the battles they face overseas. For the value Fort Drum provides to the community and to deployed Americans everywhere, I strongly support continued investments in the installation and will vigorously oppose any effort to reduce their presence in New York, whether through the BRAC process or other means.
As a Member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I am proud to aid efforts to help grow Fort Drum’s mission and work with community members and Fort Drum leadership to support innovative solutions to improve soldier healthcare, strengthen family programs, better equip Fort Drum’s war fighters and fight for new missions that enhance the installation’s current footprint.
Even in times of tight budgets, we can do more to assist with growth at Fort Drum by attracting new activity. To that end, I have fought for Fort Drum’s inclusion in the nationwide Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System mission, and increased coordination with the 174th Attack Wing’s Reaper mission. Fort Drum presents a tremendous joint training capability that has been recognized as among the best in the Army, and it is incumbent upon us to continue this success well into the future.
I remain impressed by the work that those in the Fort Drum community have done to support these efforts, and will continue doing everything possible to help in any way that I can. The 10th Mountain Division is the most deployed in the country, and as their Representative I stand with residents of the North Country in my commitment to see that Fort Drum has everything it needs to complete the mission and be a part of the North Country community for years to come.