Soldiers raise the flag in front of Hays Hall at the start of another day at Fort Drum.
Soldiers of 10th Mountain Division conduct repairs to maintain readiness in the midst of COVID-19.
COVID-19 has even affected how we enter buildings on Fort Drum.
Medical professionals at Fort Drum conduct health screenings to keep the workforce safe.
Soldiers experience haircuts with social distancing at the Main Exchange Barber Shop.
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OPM officials announce start
of Federal Benefits Open Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the beginning of this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, allowing enrollees to select their health, dental, vision, or flexible spending account benefits for 2021.
Eligible federal employees and retirees can elect to stay with their current plan or select a new one. Open season ends Monday, Dec. 14.
Enrollees can use OPM’s Plan Comparison Tool to compare the cost of different plans’ monthly premiums, deductibles, and annual out-of-pocket maximums. These tools enable customers to learn their coverage options and make an informed decision for the coming year.
For a complete listing of plan information, rates, and open season resources, visit www.opm.gov/openseason.
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Current: Overcast 34°F. Humidity 89%. Wind Speed Calm.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 32. North wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Night: A chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight. Increasing clouds, with a low around 23. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Wednesday: A chance of snow showers before 8am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 8am and 10am, then a chance of rain showers after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 44. South wind 10 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Main Post: GREEN as of 24 Nov 20 12:08 AM
Training Areas: GREEN as of 24 Nov 20 12:08 AM
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As of Oct. 3, 2020.
Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points are open.
Mount Belvedere Access Control Point is open 24/7 to all authorized ID card holders, including valid local access badges and passes.
Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate is open to all patrons with valid ID cards and passes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays; closed on days of no scheduled activity (DONSAs), weekends, and holidays. When WSAAF Gate is closed, ID card / pass holders should enter through Gas Alley Gate and cross over Route 26 via Nash Boulevard to Bomporto Bridge. Sponsors / visitors with an exception to policy should report to the Visitor Control Center at Cerjan Gate before attempting to use WSAAF Gate.
The Trusted Traveler Program is suspended.
All personnel wishing to access Fort Drum must adhere to COVID-19 security and medical screening requirements.
For more information, see our COVID-19 page.
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Organizers extend deadline for LEADER Program applications
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Commander announces transition
to mission required manning
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum has transitioned to “mission required” manning until Dec. 1.
Mission-required personnel include those who support current operations, training, and sustainment requirements. Commanders will minimize gathering of groups larger than 10 personnel or squad size at place of duty, implement social distance enabled training measures, and maximize teleworking within brigade formations. Leaders will conduct daily health and welfare checks on all subordinate service members. Speak with your chain of command/supervisor for further guidance.
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commanding general also has directed PT at the individual level until Dec. 1.
Installation dining facilities will offer take-out service only, and all AAFES facilities that serve food will offer only take-out and drive-thru service (as applicable) until further notice.
FMWR officials announce changes
To ensure the safety, health and well-being of their patrons, Family and MWR has announced the following changes are now in effect:
* All fitness classes and personal training are suspended until further notice.
* Fitness facilities are open ONLY to active-duty service members, who are required to wear PT uniforms and masks at all times. Facilities will operate at reduced capacity.
* Magrath Sports Complex pool is closed.
* Pine Plains Bowling Center is open for bowling, with curbside dining options available through Dec. 1. Indoor food and beverages are not authorized during this time.
* Masks are required at the School Age Center and Youth Center. Children and youths should bring their own masks.
Commander issues General Order 1F, revised local travel area map
The 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander has issued General Order 1F for all individuals subject to military orders and stationed, assigned and/or attached to Fort Drum, and U.S. government civilian employees as indicated. To read the general order, click HERE.
Soldiers are limited to travel within the local travel area, defined as New York state and its five contiguous states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont) excluding the areas listed in Appendix A (updated Nov. 13, 2020), which can be found HERE.
For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.
New state traveler policy in effect
Out-of-state travelers to New York may now "test out" of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory. For more details, click HERE.
Fort Drum adopts new COVID-19 testing guidelines for school children
New York state requires that any child sent home from school or child care for possible COVID-19 symptoms must have a negative COVID test before being allowed to return to the classroom.
Fort Drum has adopted new COVID-19 testing guidelines for school children. For an illustrative chart on the policy, click HERE.
Officials announce event cancellations
For safety reasons, Fort Drum officials have cancelled the following events: Casino Trip, Turkey Bowl, Mustache Dash, and BOSS Invades Atkins.