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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in
the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to support and promote
the historic and significant achievements of Fort Drum and the United
States Army 10th Mountain Division; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th Mountain
Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Fort Drum is the largest United States Army post in the
Northeastern United States, with 19,987 soldiers and 4,614 civilian
workers; and
WHEREAS, Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York, with
an economic impact on the North Country and the State of New York of
$1.6 billion; and
WHEREAS, Fort Drum traces its roots to 1907, when the post was known
as Camp Hughes, after New York Governor Charles Hughes; it was later
known as Pine Camp, then in 1951, it was named Camp Drum in honor of
Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum, who commanded the First Army during
World War II; eventually, in 1974, it was designated as Fort Drum; and
WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division, which earned special honor during
World War II, fighting in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest
terrain in the country, and which was renowned for its expertise in
mountain and winter warfare, was reactivated at Fort Drum in 1985, as a
rapid deployment combat light infantry unit, dispatched to trouble spots
around the globe; and
WHEREAS, Fort Drum continues to be home to the United States Army 10th
Mountain Division (Light Infantry), which includes the most deployed
combat brigade in the United States Army, with deployments to Operation
Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Restore Hope and Operation Contin-
ue Hope, Somalia; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Joint
Forge (Bosnia and Herzegovina); and Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo; as
well as hurricane relief efforts inside the United States; and
WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division's three combat brigades at Fort
Drum have seen numerous deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, in
fighting the nation's ongoing war against terrorism since September 11,
2001; and
WHEREAS, Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division are commanded by
Major General Stephen J. Townsend and a dedicated cadre of officers
whose commitment to our nation and our troops is exemplary; and
WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division, throughout its operational histo-
ry, has been awarded six campaign streamers, including two in World War
II and four in the War on Terrorism, as well as two unit decorations;
and
WHEREAS, Recipients of the Nation's highest military honor for valor,
the Medal of Honor, include two members of the 10th Mountain Division:
Pfc. John D. Magrath for his actions at Castel d'Aiano, Italy, during
World War II, and Sfc. Jared Monti who received the honor posthumously
in 2009, for his heroism in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, as part of
Operation Enduring Freedom, and who is one of just six Medal of Honor
recipients since 2001, the start of the global war on terrorism; and
WHEREAS, Thousands of New York men and women have passed through Fort
Drum as members of our Armed Forces, the Army, National Guard and
Reserves, showing service, dedication, sacrifice, and commitment and

living up to the 10th Mountain Division motto "Climb to Glory"; now,
therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th
Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York; and be it
further
RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York; The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army; and Major Gener-
al Stephen J. Townsend, Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th
Mountain Division.

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  • 14 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 20 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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