General grateful for support given to Drum
PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016 AT 12:30 AM
My wife, Tracy, and I want you to know how much we appreciate all you have done over the past 15 years for our soldiers and our families.
During my tenure here as commanding general, with a large portion of the division deployed, with so much in our Army changing, the north country’s support remained steadfast. From a readiness standpoint, soldiers always perform better when they know they are appreciated and their loved ones are cared for. As a father and husband, my appreciation comes from a much deeper place.
Over the past year, we’ve felt humbled and honored by the community we call home. From the Mountain Monument in Thompson Park to the volunteerism at Riverfest and the opportunity to hear Lee Brice sing about one of our Gold Star families, standing shoulder to shoulder with our community at Mountainfest, thank you. Your continued participation in the Adopt-a-10th Mountain Platoon Program provides a huge morale boost to our deployed soldiers, and your Operation Yellow Ribbon events here at home encourage the loved ones we’ve left behind.
Your welcoming of our children into your schools, as well as social and athletic activities, continues to smooth the transition of our young families who move all too often and must live with the stress of many deployments. Making us part of your family makes life easier for all of us.
All of this, and so much more we haven’t mentioned, is a testament to your level of appreciation. It continues to serve as a reminder to all who visit: the north country community’s support is the benchmark for all Department of Defense communities.
Your 10th Mountain Division remains one of the most deployed divisions in the United States Army. By design and by hard-earned reputation, it will continue to be the division of choice in the years ahead, serving our nation where the need is greatest. We will never fail in our assigned mission, and we all thank you for the part you play in making that happen.
Climb to Glory!
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey L. Bannister
The writer is the commanding general at Fort Drum.