Fort Drum Army Base Guide


Located in the picturesque Thousand Islands Region of northern New York State, this installation is located in one of the most unique and beautiful areas of the United States. Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west and the Adirondack Mountains to the east.

Home to the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum’s mission is to provide quality installation support to our Soldiers and their Families that is equitable to their quality of service and sacrifice to our Nation.

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Located in the far northern reaches of New York state, Fort Drum was originally established as Pine Camp in 1908. The facility underwent a major expansion during World War II and the name was changed to Camp Drum in 1951 in honor of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum. In 1974, the installation was designated a permanent garrison and renamed Fort Drum. Today, nearly 20,000 Soldiers call Fort Drum home, and the base is the largest employer in the region.

Fort Drum is surrounded by striking natural beauty and fans of the outdoors have much to explore. The shores of Lake Ontario are to the west, and the Adirondack Mountains lie to the east. Summer is particularly delightful in the North Country, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Wellesley Island—one of the famed Thousand Islands of the region—is covered in trails and is an impressive spot to camp and hike in the warm weather.

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