Drum reports no coronavirus cases

The sign on New York State Route 11 northbound, welcoming people to the main entrance to Fort Drum. Watertown Daily Times

FORT DRUM — U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand revealed Thursday that the Army is looking for a home for a new Corps headquarters and are telling military officials that Fort Drum would be the “perfect” location.

The Democratic senators said in a statement that Fort Drum is on a list of 31 potential installations to house the new headquarters, which Sen. Schumer said would “create new, good-paying jobs in the North Country.”

“Fort Drum is ideally situated to host the Army’s newest Corps Headquarters and undoubtedly deserves to be selected,” Sen. Schumer said. “The existing superior infrastructure at this world-class installation — one of the Army’s very most advanced bases — combined with upcoming infrastructure projects to further enhance deployable readiness, and its highly-skilled and experienced personnel ensure that Fort Drum would be more than capable of housing this new organization.”

It’s unclear from the senators’ statement exactly how far along the Army is in the process to establish a new base for a Corps headquarters, which the Army says would include about 630 soldiers. The statement indicates that the Army had published a list of 31 potential installations in January and then released further criteria to select a shorter list of installations.

“Fort Drum is one of the Army’s most strategically important installations and has been a leader in readiness planning and mission execution for decades,” Sen. Gillibrand, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, said. “It is without a doubt the best positioned to welcome the new Army Corps Headquarters and I urge the Army to select it for this critical duty.”

Fort Drum is now home to the 10th Mountain Division.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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