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Welcome to Fort Drum, New York

Home of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry)

 

Background

Fort Drum is the home of the 10th Mountain Division (LI), located in northern New York’s picturesque North Country. The installation is in the middle of one of the most historically unique and geographically beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles south of Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between. The installation covers about 107,265 acres, or 168 square miles, stretching into two counties.

 

Population

More than 15,000 military service members and about 3,700 civilian personnel (including contractors) work at Fort Drum, with about 15,000 Family Members living on post or in the local area. In addition, more than 3,000 military retirees reside within the local region.

 

Training Support

Fort Drum provides full-spectrum training and base operations support to all of the service branches, 11 states, and parts of Canada. Annually, Fort Drum offers training and base operations support to more than 26,500 Reserve and National Guard members as well as personnel from other federal, state, and local agencies.

 

Visitor and Gate Information

Cerjan and Gas Alley Access Control Points are open.

Mount Belvedere ACP is open 24/7 to DoD ID card holders only.

Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield 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 who require access to the airfield should enter through the Gas Alley Gate and cross over Route 26 via Nash Boulevard to the Bomporto Bridge. Sponsors / visitors with an exception to policy who are seeking passes for installation access should report to the Visitor Control Center at the Cerjan Gate before attempting to use WSAAF Gate.

 

The Trusted Traveler Program is no longer suspended.

Questions may be directed as follows:

  • Captain of the Guard at (315) 772-9959, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday;

  • Sergeant of the Guard at (315) 772-8392, 24 hours a day; or

  • Visitor Control Center at (315) 772-8585, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

 

REAL ID compliance

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to May 3, 2023. 

By this date, not only must all states be issuing REAL ID-compliant licenses or IDs, but individuals must also have visited their state’s driver’s licensing agency and obtained a REAL ID-compliant card, or acceptable alternative such as a U.S. passport, if they wish to fly on commercial aircraft or access federal facilities.

Federal agencies, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), may only accept state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards as identification for purposes of accessing federal facilities – including TSA airport security checkpoints – if the license or card was issued by a REAL ID-compliant state in accordance with the REAL ID security standards (meaning the license or card must include the REAL ID-compliant star marking). 

Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) issued by Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Washington are considered acceptable alternatives to REAL ID-compliant cards and will be accepted for official REAL ID purposes. Most EDLs do not contain the star marking, and this is acceptable.

REAL ID-compliant cards will have of one of the following markings on the upper top portion of the card. If the card does not have one of these markings, it is not REAL ID-compliant and it will not be accepted as proof of identity.

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For more information, visit the DHS REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions webpage at https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions.

Gate Information

Hours of Operation:

The following gates are open 24/7:

  • Lt. Gen. Paul Cerjan / Main Gate
  • Mount Belvedere Boulevard Gate
  • Gasoline Alley Gate

Hours at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate:

  • Open 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on weekends and federal holidays

 

Notice:

For a map of gate locations, click here.

Driving Directions

From the west: Take Interstate 81 Exit 48A, and merge onto Interstate 781. This is a direct route to the Fort Drum North Gate.

From the east (Plattsburgh, N.Y.): Take NYS Route 190 / Military Turnpike to NYS Route 374 West to NYS Route 3 West. Follow Route 3 West to NYS Route 3A. Follow signs to Fort Drum.