Washington, D.C – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on the force structure cuts from Fort Drum and the Army’s 10th Mountain Division due to sequester:
“This is incredible news for Fort Drum and our entire North Country community,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Fort Drum is a critical installation for our community, our state and the security of our nation, and I am grateful that the Army has spared this pivotal installation and the 10th Mountain Division from significant reductions in force structure like those seen at other bases across the country.
“I thank the entire New York delegation, including Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, for joining me in support of Fort Drum during this spring’s listening session, and I thank the FDRLO and entire Fort Drum community for all the work they put in to make sure the Army understands just how vital Fort Drum is to our state. Most importantly, thank you to the service men and women of the 10th Mountain Division who continue answering the call of duty to protect our national security.
“While this news is welcome and our community can breathe a sigh of relief, the arbitrary cuts made to military installations across the country are a reminder that we must redouble our efforts to end the arbitrary sequester cuts that continue to wreak havoc on our national defense. As the proud Representative of New York’s 21st District, and Vice Chair of House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, I remain committed to leading this fight on behalf of Fort Drum.”