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Fort Drum Army Base

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

Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th MTN, May 9, 2019, at Fort Drum, New York

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.

Arriving at Fort Drum
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.

Base Population
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.