Updated PT route / barrier plan takes effect

The 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum has activated an updated Fort Drum Physical Training Run Routes and Road Guard / Barrier Plan.

Physical training routes are designed to decrease risk to Soldiers and civilians while allowing essential motor vehicle transportation during PT hours.

The plan includes routes that are marked for physical training (PT) only, motor vehicle use only, or “co-use” for vehicles and pedestrians. No unit or group organized PT is allowed in housing areas at any time.

Community members are reminded that the speed limit on Fort Drum is 10 mph when passing Soldiers or pedestrians during PT hours (6:30 and 8 a.m. on duty days).

To view a copy of the new Fort Drum PT/ Running Map, visit https://home.army.mil/drum/application/files/7315/....

Civilian employees seek leave donations

The following Appropriated Fund Employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program:

Darrell Johnson, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; Dusnee Mathison, Kimberly Ferguson, Dawn Bost-Brown, Tara Janssen, Nichole Upton, Bronwyn Wilson, Nicole Best, Elizabeth Keen, Nancy Munoz, Colleen Shear, Laura Garramone, and Jacquelyn Leslie, all of MEDDAC; Barbara Paige and Anthony Powell, both of Directorate of Public Works; Glenn Hancock, Jason Sweeny and David Dominguez, all of Army Field Support Battalion - Drum; Eric Schultze, Garrison Command Office, and Tracy Medeiros, Directorate of Resource Management.

Appropriated Fund Employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Directorate of Resource Management civilian pay technician for processing.

MEDDAC plans Saturday school physical clinic

MEDDAC will conduct another Saturday school physical clinic for children ages 4-18 to register for pre-K to 12th grade (no college). The clinic will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 27.

For an appointment, call (315) 772-2778.

Registration underway for Catholic Kidz Camp

Catholic Kidz Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 22-26 at Main Post Chapel. This year’s theme is Around the World in 5 Days. Cost is free.

For more information or to register, visit https://vbspro.events/p/catholickidzcampft-drum. Registration will close July 22.

Vacation Bible School registration continues

Children entering kindergarten to sixth grade are invited to attend Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 to Aug. 2 at Main Post Chapel. This year’s theme is The Incredible Race.

For more information, call (315) 772-5591. To register, visit https://fortdrumvbs2019.myanswers.com/incredible-r.... Child care will be available for volunteers.

Summer Reading Program open to all ages

This year’s summer reading program at McEwen Library on Fort Drum is for all ages, pre-reader through adult. Earn T-shirts and other incentives for reading whatever kind of books you enjoy. This is a self-paced program, designed to work around family schedules and vacations; you won’t have to be at the library at any particular day or time.

Registration for summer reading takes place online and will continue through Aug. 16.

More detailed information is available at the library. Come to the library for more information and registration instructions.

Farmers’ market coupons available to Fort Drum community

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, veterans benefits advisers with the New York State Division of Veterans Services are offering Fresh Connect checks to active-duty military members, veterans and their immediate Family Members, as well as un-remarried surviving spouses of veterans.

Recipients can use Fresh Connect checks for fresh produce and other food items at participating farmers’ markets throughout New York state.

Veterans benefits advisers will distribute Fresh Connect checks on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the state of New York starting in June.

Each booklet of Fresh Connect checks is worth a total of $20 at participating farmers’ markets. Recipients can use Fresh Connect checks until the end of the year (Dec. 31, 2019).

Supplies are limited. Only one booklet of checks will be given to each household.

On Fort Drum, the checks will be distributed from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at Clark Hall, Room A2-4. For more information, contact George Dalrymple at (315) 773-0196.

Checks also will be available at the Watertown Farmers Market on Wednesdays during the month of July.

Mountain Mudder registration is now open!

Make plans to join the next Mountain Mudder on Aug. 9 at Fort Drum!

Mountain Mudder is 5.5 miles long and home to 15-plus best-in-class obstacles designed to drag you out of your comfort zone. The course will start at Monti Physical Fitness Center, wind through Remington Park, and end at the Winner's Circle Sports Bar. This is not a timed event, but a team-building challenge designed to put your grit, stamina, and determination to the test.

Advance registration is available on Eventbrite.com. Pre-registration costs $25 (plus a small service charge), which includes a T-shirt, swag, and entry to the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers after party at the Winner’s Circle. The party will start right after the first wave kicks off and will include food, beverages, and music.

This event is open to all DoD ID card holders 18 or older. There will be a maximum of 1,200 participants in four waves: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 a.m.

Race-day registration will cost $30, starting at 6 a.m. at Monti Physical Fitness Center, if the event has not sold out. NO pets will be allowed at this event.

For more information, call BOSS at (315) 772-7807.

Registration continues for classes at Jefferson Community College

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Registration is open at Jefferson Community College (JCC) for fall semester classes, which will begin Aug. 26.

Choose from more than 40 academic programs leading to associate degrees, certificates and transfer opportunities. JCC offers flexible schedules with full semester and condensed eight-week classes including instruction online, in-seat, daytime, evening, and a combination of online and in-seat (hybrid). Classes are held on campus in Watertown, online and on Fort Drum.

A complete course listing is available online at www.sunyjefferson.edu/fall.

Applying to JCC is free!

Assistance is available at JCC and Fort Drum to help prospective students navigate through the financial aid process. Financial aid labs will be held at JCC Enrollment Services, Jules Center Suite 6-010, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 30. Financial aid labs will be held at noon and 1 p.m. July 16 at the McEwen Library and Education Complex, Fort Drum. Students may register online to attend a financial aid lab at www.sunyjefferson.edu/falabs.

(Jefferson Community College)

BOSS invites Soldiers to take Hiking Challenge

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers invites Fort Drum Soldiers to complete five different hikes in upstate New York as part of the BOSS 5 Hiking Challenge. These hikes increase in difficulty from beginner to advanced: Mount Coney, Mount Scarface, Slide Mountain, Whiteface, Mountain and Mount Marcy. Soldiers will receive a patch after they complete all five peaks.

Soldiers can register for the challenge at the BOSS Center. Information: (315) 772-7807.

Sewing group meets Mondays on Fort Drum

Do you love to sew? You're not alone! A sewing group meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Army Community Service.

All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call (315) 772-6566.

Learn to hula dance!

Have you ever wanted to be able to hula dance? Here’s your chance!

Hula lessons are presented every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the USO Fort Drum Multipurpose Room for students 12 and older. Classes are instructed by Dee Brown. Cost is free. No child care will be available. Those participating should bring a sarong if they own one; if not, one will be provided.

What’s All the Buzz About Books?

All the Buzz About Books is a club for children ages 9-12, where they can get together and discuss books they have read. Each month, the group will choose a new book to read. Kids, think of all the books you would like to read and present the title to Miss Peggy at each month's meeting!

Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at McEwen Library.

MEDDAC offers flu vaccinations

Fort Drum MEDDAC has received its flu vaccine for the season.

Walk-in flu shots for TRICARE beneficiaries are available from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays in the Primary Care Clinic. Some wait times may be long, as appointments take priority.

Meanwhile, Department ofthe Army civilian employees may receive their flu vaccinations from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Occupational Health Office, Bldg. 11058, Mount Belvedere Boulevard.

For more information, call (315) 772-5811.

Anyone can dine at Exchange restaurants, Expresses

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering a warm welcome – and a bite to eat – to visitors, Department of Defense contractors and civilians at its restaurants and Express locations.

The Exchange’s more than 1,700 quick-serve restaurants and 330 Expresses worldwide are open for anyone with installation access to dine in or pick up grab-and-go fare as long as the items are consumed on the installation (the lone exception being locations in Korea, where authorized civilian visitors and workers are permitted to dine in Exchange restaurants, but not purchase items at Express locations).

“Along with serving airmen, Soldiers and their Families, the Exchange is pleased to offer food and refreshments to civilian visitors and workers,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange’s senior enlisted adviser. “All are welcome to dine with us or grab a quick bite – no need to leave the installation for meals.”

All of the Exchange’s restaurants offer better-for-you menu choices featuring reduced-calorie entrees. The Exchange carries more than 400 BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, bottled water and more. Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle shelf tags easily identify these items at Express locations.

Guidelines on who is authorized to use Exchange operations are prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8 / Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) and the Armed Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21.

Report security issues to Fort Drum tip line

Fort Drum’s Directorate of Emergency Services encourages everyone to contribute to community security by reporting suspicious behavior or activities to (315) 774-8477 (TIPS).

Callers to the anonymous tip line should report odd behaviors and activities, such as people measuring or asking for blueprints of important buildings; strangers asking about security protocols; a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; vehicles left unattended in front of buildings; and chemical smells or fumes coming from a residence or business. The effort is part of iWatch Army, an antiterrorism program.

Civilian employees have right to representation

Weingarten Notice

Right to Representation During Investigatory Interviews

In accordance with the requirements of 5 USC 7114(a)(3), this is to advise bargaining unit employees that:

An exclusive representative of an appropriate bargaining unit in an agency shall be given the opportunity to be represented at any examination of an employee in the bargaining unit by a representative of the agency in connection with an investigation if (a) the employee reasonably believes that the examination may result in disciplinary action against the employee and (b) the employee requests representation.

Please call the labor relations specialist in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) or your union at the appropriate number listed below if you have any questions.

  • Labor Relations Specialist: (315) 772-5023
  • AFGE Local 400: (315) 772-3039
  • NAGE Local R2-61: (315) 772-3306
  • IAFF Local F-105: (315) 772-5114
  • NAGE Local R2-63: (617) 376-7208

AA group meets on post

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Guthrie Clinic, Patient Care Wing, Patient Service Center conference room. For more information, call (315) 772-0035.

Send us your submissions!

If you have a news item to submit for the news digest, click here.

Fort Drum Reel Time Theater

 

Friday, July 19

The Lion King (PG) 

     – 7 p.m. - First Run

 

Saturday, July 20

The Lion King (PG) 

     – 2 p.m. - First Run

 

The Lion King (PG) 
     – 7 p.m. - First Run

 

Sunday, July 21

The Lion King (PG)
     – 2 p.m. - First Run

 

* * *

For more information,
call (315) 773-0065. 

 

Summer Concert - July 23 2019 wb.jpg

(Click to enlarge image)

Fort Drum Dining Facility Schedule

Fort Drum dining facilities will observe the following meal schedule:

July 15-18

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)

July 19

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (B/L/GNG)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)

July 20-21

* 1st Brigade Combat Team - Closed
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/S)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade - Closed
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/S)

Meal Hours:

Breakfast - 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner - 5 to 6 p.m.

Brunch - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Supper - 5 to 6:30 p.m.