April 06, 2009

Gillibrand Visits Fort Drum

Visits Soldiers and Families, Receives Briefing from Commanding Officers

Fort Drum, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today met with members of the Armed Services and their families during a tour and briefing at Fort Drum. Senator Gillibrand met with Brigadier General Kevin Magnum and Colonel Ken Riddle to receive a briefing on the 10th Mountain Division, and heard from soldiers stationed at Fort Drum and their families.

"Fort Drum is home to some of the bravest, most heroic men and women serving our country," Senator Gillibrand said.  "Their service and sacrifice has earned them a debt we must always work to honor. When these brave men and women return home to the country they served, we must deliver on our promise to them: first rate health care, an affordable college education, home loans, and the resources necessary to provide for their families."

Fort Drum, which employs nearly 30,000 in the three-county region, is home to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and spans more than 100,00 acres of training ground that prepares over 17,000 members of the Army's most deployed light infantry division. Fort Drum has a long and proud tradition of defending America, training our troops since 1908.

Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand helped deliver $84 million in stimulus funds for infrastructure upgrades at Fort Drum, as well as funding to develop an on-site child development center and solar walls to support the Army's renewable energy efforts at the training site.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee in the House of Representatives, Senator Gillibrand has always been a strong voice for America's veterans and members of the Armed Services serving overseas.  In the Senate, Gillibrand is continuing that charge - standing up for those serving in the Armed Forces and their families.