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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 (no Trusted Traveler) 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 suspended.

All personnel wishing to access Fort Drum must adhere to COVID-19 security and medical screening requirements.

  • Personnel possessing a valid Uniformed Services Identification Card (USID) or Federal Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card or a Fort Drum locally produced badge are granted access provided they have not traveled outside the 350-mile area or traveled to one of the off-limits areas.

  • Personnel not possessing a valid USID, Federal PIV Card or Fort Drum local access badge are deemed installation visitors and must have an approved sponsorship packet with an exception to policy to gain access.

    • Family and friends of active-duty service member must have sponsorship and an exception from an O-5 or higher in their possession.

    • All others must have an approved exception from the garrison commander.

  • Service members who have traveled to or are coming from any location outside the 350-mile local travel area or one of the off-limits areas, and has not quarantined for 14 days, must possess a valid DA-31 allowing travel outside the local travel area or an approved exception to policy to obtain access to the installation.

Retirees and beneficiaries must go through medical screening before entering post.

Contractors and other service providers should seek clarification for Fort Drum access from their supervisors.

Delivery drivers who were not vetted for access before the pandemic will be directed to the Visitor Control Center at the Cerjan Gate. There they will need to submit to background check and show proof of their delivery requirement. If all is in order, they will be allowed access to make the delivery. If the delivery driver does not pass the background check, customers will need to pick up their anticipated delivery at the VCC.

Taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers who were vetted to operate on Fort Drum will now be allowed to bring DoD ID card and Local Access Badge holders onto post for drop-off purposes only. After dropping off the fare, they must immediately leave post and will not be allowed to pick up additional fares while on post. Individuals looking to use these services to get onto post should ask their drivers if they have approved access to the installation before accepting the ride and incurring a fee.

Taxi drivers who do not have pre-vetted access will be given one-time access to post to drop off their riders if they submit to and successfully clear backgrounds checks and their riders are in possession of DoD ID card / LAB and/or an Exception to Policy as necessary (i.e. greater than 350 miles of travel). Riders should expect to pay an increased fare based on the time it takes for an un-vetted driver to submit to the background checks / gain entry to post. Riders can choose to be dropped off at the Visitor Control Center and picked up by a DoD ID card holder if the driver does not have access to post.

Riders who have an ETP to access post (GS 14+/O5+ approved bona fide need to enter post) but do not have a DoD ID/LAB card must submit to background checks (and successfully clear) prior to entry to post via any of these services.

Visitors without a valid ETP are NOT permitted.

Anyone accessing post via a taxi/Uber/Lyft must have the following based on the nature of the access request:

1. DoD ID card / Local Access Badge / valid ID and, if applicable, one of the following:

a. Valid ETP if traveled outside of 350 miles or off-limits areas (including Albany, Erie, Monroe, Oneida or Onondaga counties in New York; New York City; Washington, D.C.; or Canada)

b. Valid ETP by a GS 14/O5 or higher with command authority if not in possession of a DoD ID card / LAB (Personnel are required to have a background check prior to entry. Personnel arriving by taxi will be granted a day pass in order to link up with sponsor and complete the escort process).

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 Oct. 1, 2021. 

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 Washington, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Vermont 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.