Resolution J1830-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York

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  • May 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th Mountain Division and Fort  Drum  Day  in
the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to support and promote
the  historic  and  significant achievements of Fort Drum and the United
States Army 10th Mountain Division; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to memorial-
ize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013, as 10th  Mountain
Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Fort  Drum  is  the  largest  United States Army post in the
Northeastern United States, with  19,987  soldiers  and  4,614  civilian
workers; and
  WHEREAS,  Fort Drum is the largest employer in Northern New York, with
an economic impact on the North Country and the State  of  New  York  of
$1.6 billion; and
  WHEREAS,  Fort  Drum traces its roots to 1907, when the post was known
as Camp Hughes, after New York Governor Charles  Hughes;  it  was  later
known  as  Pine  Camp,  then in 1951, it was named Camp Drum in honor of
Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum, who commanded  the  First  Army  during
World War II; eventually, in 1974, it was designated as Fort Drum; and
  WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division, which earned special honor during
World War II, fighting in the mountains of Italy in some of the roughest
terrain  in  the  country,  and  which was renowned for its expertise in
mountain and winter warfare, was reactivated at Fort Drum in 1985, as  a
rapid deployment combat light infantry unit, dispatched to trouble spots
around the globe; and
  WHEREAS, Fort Drum continues to be home to the United States Army 10th
Mountain  Division  (Light  Infantry),  which includes the most deployed
combat brigade in the United States Army, with deployments to  Operation
Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Restore Hope and Operation Contin-
ue  Hope,  Somalia;  Operation  Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Joint
Forge (Bosnia and Herzegovina); and Operation Joint Guardian, Kosovo; as
well as hurricane relief efforts inside the United States; and
  WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division's three combat  brigades  at  Fort
Drum  have  seen  numerous  deployments  to both Iraq and Afghanistan in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation  Enduring  Freedom,  in
fighting  the nation's ongoing war against terrorism since September 11,
2001; and
  WHEREAS, Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain  Division  are  commanded  by
Major  General  Stephen  J.  Townsend  and a dedicated cadre of officers
whose commitment to our nation and our troops is exemplary; and
  WHEREAS, The 10th Mountain Division, throughout its operational histo-
ry, has been awarded six campaign streamers, including two in World  War
II  and  four  in the War on Terrorism, as well as two unit decorations;
and
  WHEREAS, Recipients of the Nation's highest military honor for  valor,
the  Medal  of Honor, include two members of the 10th Mountain Division:
Pfc.  John D. Magrath for his actions at Castel d'Aiano,  Italy,  during
World  War  II, and Sfc. Jared Monti who received the honor posthumously
in 2009, for his heroism in Kunar  Province,  Afghanistan,  as  part  of
Operation  Enduring  Freedom,  and who is one of just six Medal of Honor
recipients since 2001, the start of the global war on terrorism; and
  WHEREAS, Thousands of New York men and women have passed through  Fort
Drum  as  members  of  our  Armed  Forces,  the Army, National Guard and
Reserves, showing service, dedication,  sacrifice,  and  commitment  and

living  up  to  the  10th Mountain Division motto "Climb to Glory"; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 20, 2013,  as  10th
Mountain  Division and Fort Drum Day in the State of New York; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York; The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army; and Major Gener-
al  Stephen  J.  Townsend,  Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th
Mountain Division.

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