Proving its value

Officials at the U.S. Department of Defense last week reaffirmed their confidence in Fort Drum’s ability to ensure our national security well into the future.

U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, received a letter dated June 26 stating that Fort Drum was the DoD’s preferred site for an East Coast missile defense facility. The DoD was required to report its assessment of “the environmental impacts of locating an additional continental United States interceptor site in the Eastern United States and identifying a preferred location for a CIS.” Fort Drum edged out two sites at Fort Cluster in Michigan and one at Camp Garfield in Ohio.

“I am proud to announce that after years of leading the effort on behalf of Fort Drum on the House Armed Services Committee, the Department of Defense has announced that Fort Drum is the preferred designation for an East Coast missile defense site,” Ms. Stefanik said in a statement released June 26. “Since day one in office, I have served as the No. 1 advocate for Fort Drum and our region and worked every day to achieve this designation. I led the effort to unite much of the New York Congressional Delegation around the selection of Fort Drum as the preferred site, and I thank my colleagues for their support. I also want to thank the countless community groups including Advocate Drum, state elected officials and the tens of thousands of families for their advocacy on behalf of our region. Most of all, thank you to the troops of the 10th Mountain Division for their service to our nation.”

When the government reactivated 10th Mountain Division in the mid-1980s, it selected Fort Drum as the division’s new home. The men and women of this group have been among the most deployed troops over the last two decades, contributing significantly to our fight against international terrorism.

And Fort Drum has met the military’s needs in preparing these soldiers for combat under the most challenging conditions. Declaring this post as the preferred site of an East Coast missile defense facility is more proof of how much Fort Drum is valued for its capabilities.

More work needs to be done to make missile defense technology fully operational. But Ms. Stefanik has pledged to begin working on Capitol Hill to see that funding is allocated to Fort Drum in the meantime. In preparation for a decision by the Pentagon to move forward with an East Coast missile defense facility, it’s important to get this project at Fort Drum underway.

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Eyepublius

I must be thick or something ... I'm still confused with one part of this "happy feet Stefanik dancing" news, this: More work needs to be done to make missile defense technology fully operational. But Ms. Stefanik has pledged to begin working on Capitol Hill to see that funding is allocated to Fort Drum in the meantime. In preparation for a decision by the Pentagon to move forward with an East Coast missile defense facility, it’s important to get this project at Fort Drum underway. A final decision is still pending it seems; just get ready. — Dan Francis

JohnMcElroy

I would guess this early release is a tactical move designed to get ahead, way ahead, of a favorable position from Cobb on the missile defensive location. If Tedra Cobb agrees with Rep Stefanik that Watertown is the best place for another system it would be like "old news" an attempt to copy cat. If Cobb is smart she will come out with we don't need to be a target for attack and I hope she does this.

JohnMcElroy

Rep Stefanik indicated she was aware missile defense technology was still in need of improvement as some of us vets already knew. Tough to hit a missile with a missile. That said do we in the north country want to be a prime target for a Russian ICBM? This is what we are inviting if we allow this to be built regardless of its accuracy. I have staunchly defended Rep Stefanik since she began representing the 21st Congressional District of New york state. I don't support her views on this and I am waiting to hear from her main opponent Tedra Cobb.

Greenzo

Sure just keep carrying Ms. Stefanik's water....it's a great look. Oh and oops, you forgot this part! This really should be in the body of this editorial, don't you think? It really disgusts me when you insult your readers this way "At this time, and by a small margin, Fort Drum would be the preferred CIS (Continental United States Intercepter Site) in the eastern United States. However, since the Department's 2019 Missile Defense Review determined there is no operational requirement for an East Coast CIS, the Department has no intent to develop one," Under Sec of Defense Griffin wrote. So sure congrats to Miss Elise! She got a letter back from Santa! And the WDT gets to congratulate her for something that's never going to happen! Outstanding job!

Airball55

Fort drum awarded site rights for new middle defense and jobs...Elise, u suck and we aren't ever going to get it Fort drum not awarded sight for future mistake defense project if built...Elise you suck Lol. Keep up the good work ms stefanik. Next stop...governor's mansion please. Heck, andy isn't there. He is in Puerto Rico, or Jerusalem or god knows where...

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