Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today sent a letter of support to the U.S. Army Secretary and U.S. Army Environmental Command advocating for Fort Drum to be selected as the home to a U.S. Army Multi-Domain Task Force (MDTF) to combat evolving military threats from China and Russia.
“As the chief advocate for Fort Drum in Congress, I am proud to advocate for Fort Drum to host an Army Multi-Domain Task Force formation,” Stefanik said. “Fort Drum possesses incredible capacity and capability to lead this charge in combatting national security threats from China and Russia. I look forward to the Army moving forward with this request and bringing more resources, jobs, and support for our troops, Fort Drum, Upstate New York, and the North Country.”
"Time and again over 35 years, the North Country community has proven its ability to work with the Army to ensure Fort Drum remains a critical post for national defense. During the Army’s last strategic redeployment in the early 2000s, the North Country invested over $1 billion in non-military funds to ensure our soldiers had access to housing, healthcare, education, and transportation. With 15,000 active-duty soldiers and their families currently positioned at Fort Drum, we are well-prepared to handle an additional 3,000 soldiers through the MDTF process," said David J. Zembiec, CEO of Jefferson County Economic Development.
This military installation could add an additional 3,000 soldiers and inject additional support to Fort Drum and the surround community dozens of jobs for civilians in the area.
Read Stefanik’s full letter of support here.