Post with the Most: Ft. Drum

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Post With the Most

Fort Drum, New York

Each month here at Army Wife Network, we do a segment that highlights an Army installation.  We do this so we can provide you with as much information about a post as possible.  We also call on you, our loyal AWN fans, to help us compile this information and give us a personal look at what life is like at each post.  Look for these spouse’s personal comments in red below.

This month we are taking a look at Fort Drum, New York.  Fort Drum is so cold, troops from Alaska are sent there to complete their cold weather training.  Here is what you need to know about Fort Drum!


CategoryGraphic-PWTMFort Drum is home to the following units:

10th Mountain Division (LI)

1st Brigade Combat Team

2nd Brigade Combat Team

3rd Brigade Combat Team

7th Legal Support Organization

10th Combat Aviation Brigade

10th Sustainment Brigade

18th Weather Squadron

American Red Cross

Army Field Support Battalion

Noncommissioned Officers Academy

Light Fighters School

902nd Military Intelligence

10th Mountain Division Band


Name of Surrounding Cities:



Closest MAJOR City:

Syracuse is approximately 84 miles south of Fort Drum


Names of Area Colleges:

Colleges offering classes at the on-post education center:

Jefferson Community College

Columbia College

Empire State College

SUNY North Country Consortium

University of Maryland University College


Colleges in Watertown:

Jefferson Community College

SUNY Empire State College



The warm season lasts from May 27 to September 18 with an average daily high temperature above69°F.

The cold season lasts from December 2 to March 14 with an average daily high temperature below37°F.


Time Difference:  Fort Drum is located in the Eastern Time Zone.



Post Website:


Historical Facts/Landmarks on post:

Fort Drum history:

10th Mountain Division & Fort Drum Museum:



Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes:


Major realty/rental companies in the area:


Coldwell Banker

Century 21



School Liaison Officer:

Off-Post Districts:

All students living on Fort Drum attend schools in either the Indian River or Carthage School Districts. 

Indian River School District:

Carthage School District:



Indian River School District is comprised of five primary schools (grades K-3) and one intermediate school (grades 4-5):

Antwerp Primary:

Calcium Primary:

Evans Mills Primary:

Philadelphia Primary:

Theresa Primary:

Indian River Intermediate School:


Carthage School District has three elementary schools:

West Carthage Elementary:

Carthage Elementary:

Black River Elementary:



Indian River Middle:

Carthage Middle:


High School

Indian River High:

Carthage High:



Youth Services:

Army Community Service (ACS):



On-Post Library:  McEwen Library:

MWR Website:


Spouses Clubs:

Chaplain & Religious Services/Organizations:




Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor

Goodfellos Pizza in Sackets Harbor

The Golden Unicorn in Great Bend

Nona Dina’s Pizzeria in Brownville

Apollo’s Greek Restaurant in Watertown

Bombay Duck Pickle Cafe in Carthage

Zeb’s Bar & Grill in Syracuse

Cam’s Pizzeria in Watertown


Best place to get your hair/nails done:

Hairy Business in Carthage

Beauty Bar in Watertown

Sassy’s Hair Salon in Watertown



ShoppingTown Mall in Syracuse

Destiny USA Mall in Syracuse


Must Do:

Boldt Castle

Black River Drive In

Alexandria Bay Drive In

Black River Trail

Dry Hill and Maple Ridge for tubing and skiing in the winter

Maple Days held in March

Massey Ranch

Mountain Fest on Fort Drum in June

MacDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor

Burrville Cider Mill

Thousand Island Boat Tours

Pirate Days in Alexandria

Lake Ontario

Syracuse Zoo

Museum of Science & Technology in Syracuse

Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours in Alexandria Bay


Thank you to the following spouses for their invaluable input:

Laurie S.                                Suzanne B.                           Sheila G.

If you have something to add about Fort Drum, please feel free to add your comments below! ☺


2 Responses to “Post with the Most: Ft. Drum”

  1. Anonymous July 21, 2015 7:33 pm

    This is on point about Drum. The Enlisted Spouses Group is awesome. This past Winter almost broke my entire spirit. I’m currently in a race against time to avoid a third North Country Winter. I absolutely refuse to do it.

  2. Pilar Coppers March 7, 2016 7:08 pm

    This was a great info post! I am a social worker trying to help a freshman student here in Bakersfield figure out how to transfer to NY with her new enlisted husband, and its so confusing! The list of Universities was very useful, I wonder what student family members think of the program and transfer process?