Temporary change at gates announced
30 May 2023 09:59
Starting June 1 and continuing through June 14, people entering Fort Drum through the Access Control Points (gates) will be counted as part of a Department of the Army directed survey aimed at better understanding how many people access installations daily. Results of the surveys conducted across the Army will be used to inform a sustainable protection program for the future. Individuals seeking access to Fort Drum during this timeframe should keep in mind the following: • All individuals over age 10 seeking entrance will be required to show valid identification. While military dependents over age 10 should have valid identification, guards will use good judgment regarding access for individuals 17 or younger. • Trusted Traveler privileges will continue in that guests riding in a car driven by a DoD ID cardholder will not need to go to the Visitor Control Center for a pass; however, everyone in the car will be required to show REAL ID identification. • All military vehicle operators and front passenger seat occupants will be required to provide their DoD ID cards. Troops in transport will not be asked. • Children in school buses will not need to present identification. Drivers will continue to provide identification per standard operating procedure. • All occupants in non-tactical government vehicles will be required to provide their identification. • Commercial drivers will still use Gas Alley Gate and follow standard operating procedures. • Any special events occurring on Fort Drum will continue in accordance with established access procedures requiring all occupants to present identification. While any delays due to these limited-time changes are expected to be minimal, Fort Drum and Directorate of Emergency Services leaders ask for your patience if this survey causes any inconvenience. Those visiting Fort Drum without REAL ID are encouraged to report to the Visitor Control Center and Cerjan Gate, U.S. Route 11 / Interstate 781, before attempting to gain access to the installation.

Memorial Day
24 May 2023 14:01
On Memorial Day, the Army remembers and honors the men and women who died while serving our country throughout our nation’s history. The purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is an opportunity for Americans to pay respect and renew their commitment to service members who died while serving our nation. The first Memorial Day, also called Decoration Day, was observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War Solders and to honor the deceased by decorating their graves. We honor the memory of those before us and vow to carry on the legacy of the excellence of American Soldiers. Americans are asked to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day to remember those who died for our freedom.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
24 May 2023 14:00
“Advancing Leaders Through Opportunities” is the theme for the 2023 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history of the nation, to recognize and honor their service, and to foster inclusive environments where in the Army, you can Be All You Can Be. Even though exclusionary laws prevented citizenship throughout the 19th and much of the 20th century, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have served in the Army since the Civil War. Asian American and Pacific Islander Soldiers have served with honor and distinction, and their courage and selfless service will inspire generations to come.