Fort Drum Army Base

10th Mountain Division

10000 10th Mountain Division Drive, Fort Drum, NY 13602

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ABOUT

Fort Drum Army Base is a U.S. Army military reservation in Jefferson County, New York including parts of the towns of Antwerp, Leray, Philadelphia, and Wilna. The reservation also extends east into the town of Diana in Lewis County. Several villages in Jefferson County are on the border of Fort Drum: Antwerp, Black River, Carthage, Evans Mills, and Philadelphia. The nearest city is Watertown, New York, 13 miles to the southwest, which is the service and shopping destination for Fort Drum’s personnel. The Indian and Black rivers flow along part of the reservation boundary.

Fort Drum is located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The installation spans across 107,265 acres stretching into two counties.

 

Fort Drum is the home of the 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry (LI) division in the United States Army. Designated as a mountain warfare unit, the division is the only one of its size in the U.S. military to receive intense specialized training for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions. More recently, the 10th Mountain has been conducting operations in Iraq, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. Since 2001, the 10th Mountain Division has been the most deployed unit in the US military. Its combat brigades have seen over 20 deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Fort Drum provides full-spectrum training and base operations support to all of the service branches, 11 states, and parts of Canada. Annually, Fort Drum offers training and base operations support to more than 26,500 Reserve and National Guard members as well as personnel from other federal, state, and local agencies.

There are over 36,700 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, family members, and retirees assigned to Fort Drum Army Base.  Additionally, Team Drum offers training and support to over 26,500 National Guard, Reservists, and other personnel each year.

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ARRIVAL

The closest airports are Watertown International Airport located 19.4 miles from base and Hancock International Airport located 79.8 miles from base.
 

Directions from Watertown International Airport

  • Head southwest on Pleasant St toward Fort Drum Rd.
  • Continue on NY-26 N/Fort Drum Rd.
  • Take US-11 S, I-781 and I-81 S to NY-12F W in Watertown
  • Take exit 46 from I-81 S
  • Follow NY-12F W to your destination in Hounsfield
 

Directions from Hancock International Airport:

  • Follow Interstate 81 North toward Watertown
  • Take I-781 exit 48A toward Fort Drum
  • Proceed approximately 4 miles
  • Follow straight to Iraqi Freedom Drive Gate
 

Clark Hall and the Reception Activity is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSAs).

 

All in-processing Soldiers must sign in at Clark Hall, Bldg. 10720, Mount Belvedere Boulevard. A copy of DA Form 31 (Leave), assignment orders and/or amendments, health and dental records, and Military Personnel Record Jacket (if applicable) must be in your possession. Be prepared to fill out information sheets pertaining to DD Form 93 and SGLI (Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance) updates and medical pre-screening forms, to expedite your in-processing at Fort Drum.

 

If your arrival is at Watertown International Airport or Syracuse Hancock International Airport it is your responsibility to coordinate and complete your travel to Fort Drum. Ensure that you save all of your receipts so that you can make an appropriate travel claim when you in-process the installation.

 

The Reception Activity shuttle makes runs to the Syracuse and Watertown airport and the Watertown Bus Station to pickup newly arriving Soldiers and Families twice a day, if needed and weather permitting. Volunteers at the CPL Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room located next to baggage claim at the Syracuse airport will assist you with making transportation arrangements if needed. Paid bus service from Syracuse to Watertown is available. Visit the Adirondack Trailways website for Bus Schedule and Fare Information, entering Syracuse, New York as the Departure Location and Watertown, New York as the Arrival Location. Once you arrive in Watertown, there are several taxi cab companies available to take you to Fort Drum.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a New York school, a child must be 4 years 7 months before the first day of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.


In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/

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If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.


​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

New York State Department of Child & Family Services (518) 402-3038
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.

New York State Department of Health (518) 869-4527

Jefferson County Humane Society (315) 782-3260

New York State Police (315) 782-2112

Base Operator (315) 772-6556

 

Chaplain (315) 772-5591

 

Civilian Personnel Office (315) 772-1049

 

Dental Headquarters (315) 772-4440

 

EFMP Family Support (315) 772-5476

 

Family Advocacy Program (315) 772-6929

 

Family Child Care (315) 772-2250

 

Housing Services Office (315) 772-9397

 

ID/CAC Card Processing (315) 772-5149

 

Information and Referral (315) 772-6799

 

In-Processing (315) 772-0423

 

Legal Services and JAG (315) 772-5261

 

Medical Appointments (315) 772-4655

 

NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393

 

Suicide Prevention Hotline (315) 772-9018

Housing

On-Post housing at Fort Drum is privatized and run by Mountain Community Homes, LLC. There are 3,782 homes on post varying from 2 – 5 bedrooms. The amenities include garage & automatic opener, private outdoor space, ample storage and washer & dryer hookups. Rent includes utilities, weekly trash & recycling pick up, and 24-hour emergency maintenance response. View floor plans at http://www.fortdrummch.com. Call (315) 955-6644 for more information.

Fort Drum
0.5 miles from base

Fort Drum is a quiet, rural town with many outdoor activities to enjoy and different housing options available.

Watertown
13.4 miles from base

Watertown is a medium-sized town with many different housing options available.

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Community

In Fort Drum, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 11°F to 79°F and is rarely below -10°F or above 87°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 79°F and low of 61°F. The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 4 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 11°F and high of 27°F.

The wetter season lasts 8.6 months, from April 8 to December 26, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 16. The drier season lasts 3.4 months, from December 26 to April 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 24% on February 3.

The cost of living in Fort Drum, NY is 3% lower than the New York average and 15% higher than the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Fort Drum, NY are 10% lower than the average for New York and 2% lower than the rest of the country.

Fort Drum is located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between.

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, including skiing, white water rafting, and hiking. There are also many family-friendly activities, restaurants, and shopping areas in the nearby city of Watertown.

Some points of interest include Sackets Harbor, Watertown Farmers Market, Thousand Island Winery, New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Black River Trail Head, and Keewaydin State Park.

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