LFS - Air Assault.jpg



Instructors at the 1LT John A. McCown Light Fighters School train and develop disciplined alpine Soldiers to enhance individual and small-unit competency in mountainous terrain, extreme-cold weather, and other complex, severely restricted terrain. 



The 10th Mountain Division Light Fighters School was constituted upon the division's reactivation at Fort Drum, New. York, in 1985. The mission of the Light Fighters School was to train Soldiers and leaders in the fundamentals of light infantry tactics, techniques, and procedures to ensure the highest degree of tactical excellence in the offensively oriented units of the 10th Mountain Division (LI).

On June 21, 2023, the 10th Mountain Division Light Fighters School was memorialized in honor of 1LT John A. McCown II. Before his military service, McCown was a prolific climber, mountaineer, falconer, and a member of the American Alpine Club. Upon enlisting, then Private McCown was assigned to the 87th Mountain Infantry at Fort Lewis, Washington. He eventually achieved the rank of corporal before attending Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia, and graduating in December 1942. Upon being promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, McCown rejoined his unit, which would become the nucleus of the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colorado. 

McCown eventually became one of the lead instructors in the division's Mountain Training Group, responsible for training Soldiers in mountaineering tasks. He later became commanding officer of the Mountain Training Group assault climbing school at Seneca Rock, West Virginia. McCown was killed in action on Feb. 20, 1945, while leading a patrol near Riva Ridge in Italy's Apennine Mountains. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart and is buried in the Florence American Ceremony and Memorial in Italy.

Today, the 1LT John A. McCown Light Fighters School staff is committed to training Soldiers and units to build the necessary skills and confidence to train and fight in any terrain or environmental conditions.


Course Details:


                      Air Assault Course 


                      Pre-Ranger Course 


                      Rappel Master Course


Contact Information:

Company Commander

(315) 772-4081

Company First Sergeant

(315) 772-6731

Company Executive / Operations Officer

(315) 772-1930

Operations NCOIC

(315) 772-1974

Air Assault / Rappel Master NCOIC

(315) 772-9051


(315) 772-1974


Light Fighters School

(315) 772-1930

Light Fighters School

Bldg. 4871, Netherly Street

Fort Drum, NY 13602


Nash Training Facility

Bldg. 2360, Nash Boulevard

Fort Drum, NY 13602

Hours of Operation:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday