This installation is known for its commitment to soldiers and their families. For three consecutive years, Fort Drum has been awarded the Army Communities of Excellence Award.
Because of this commitment to ensure that a smooth transition, sponsors are available to all service members and their school-aged children when they arrive at Fort Drum.
The 10th Mountain Division, light infantry, is comprised of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Brigade combat teams, as well as the 10th Aviation Brigade and the 10th Sustainment Brigade. The installation provides support to active and reserve units. Planning and support is provided for the 80,000 troops that are deployed from Fort Drum every year. Soldiers from Fort Drum are involved in many activities in the local community. Examples of community projects include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, volunteer firefighters and scouting.
Northern New York tends to get large amounts of snow and very cold temperatures. Winter heating costs can be high. It is important for everyone, especially children, to dress in layers and wear warm coats. The cost of living in the state of New York is also increased by high property taxes.
The nearest city to Fort Drum is Watertown, New York. Watertown has a wide variety of specialty shops and restaurants. With several museums and cultural events in the area, Watertown is a popular family destination. Taxi services are available to off-post destinations. Off-post recreation activites include skiing, snowboarding and tubing in the winter and fishing, hiking and camping during the warmer months.
Canada is only 30 miles from Fort Drum. Nearby cities include Kingston, Montreal and Ottawa. Toronto is about four hours away and offers a host of sporting events, shopping and nightlife.
There are no schools on-post. Children from kindergarten through high school attend school in the local community. Depending on the housing community the service member lives in on-post, children attend school in either Carthage Central School District or Indian River Central School District.
Transportation to and from school is provided to all children who live on-post and most children whose families live off-post. There are several different school districts in the surrounding community that service the families who live off-post. Private schools and homeschooling are other options for Fort Drum families.
Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic is available to service members and is located at Fort Drum. The clinic provides primary and specialist care, as well as urgent care services. Fort Drum does not have a hospital on-post. There are several hospitals in neighboring communities. Samaritan Medical Center is located in Watertown, Edward John Noble Hospital is in Gouveneur there are four hospitals in Syracuse.
Family housing at Fort Drum is managed by Mountain Community Homes. Four distinct communities are centered around community centers that offer a variety of services and recreational opportunities to service members and their families. A fitness center, free Wi-Fi and playgrounds are available to residents at each recreation center.
Unaccompanied personnel and singles can live on-post at The Timbers. The apartment community is conveniently located and individual units are equipped with washer and dryer hookups. Temporary housing is available at several locations, including at Fort Drum Inn and the LeRay Mansion.