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U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army
U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army

General killed in Afghanistan was 1980 RPI grad

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. military has identified the officer killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was born in upstate New York and graduated in 1980 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Greene was the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970.  Go to full article
Specialist Terry J. Hume of Merced, CA. Photo: U.S. Army
Specialist Terry J. Hume of Merced, CA. Photo: U.S. Army

Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan

A 10th Mountain Division Soldier died Monday in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.

According to a press release from Fort Drum's public affairs office, 34-year-old specialist Specialist Terry J. Hurne, of Merced, California, was a utilities equipment repairer. He was with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.  Go to full article
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein
Soldiers in the River Hospital program created these "PTSD masks", now on display at the Antique Boat Museum. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence River as therapy for Ft. Drum soldiers with PTSD

A new collaboration in the Thousand Islands will allow Fort Drum soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder to harness the healing qualities of the St. Lawrence River.

River Hospital in Alexandria Bay runs the nation's first outpatient therapy program for active-duty servicemen and women. 30 soldiers, many of them veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, spend every weekday at the hospital. They use group therapy and art therapy to learn to cope with the after effects of war.

Now the soldiers will display their art work at the Antique Boat Museum in nearby Clayton.  Go to full article
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard

New York airman receives 2nd heroism medal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A member of a New York Air National Guard unit based on Long Island has been awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan for the second time in six months.

National Guard officials say Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer of Westhampton Beach received the Bronze Star with Valor during a ceremony held earlier this month at the Air National Guard base on Long Island that's home to the 106th Rescue Wing.  Go to full article
Sgt. Shawn Farrell II. Photo: U.S. Army
Sgt. Shawn Farrell II. Photo: U.S. Army

Flags half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the flags will be lowered Thursday.  Go to full article
10th Mountain Division soldier Specialist Kerry Danyluk died of wounds sustained in a firefight in Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Army.
10th Mountain Division soldier Specialist Kerry Danyluk died of wounds sustained in a firefight in Afghanistan. Photo: U.S. Army.

Flags at half-staff in honor of Fort Drum soldier

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Flags on New York government buildings will be flying at half-staff to honor of a Fort Drum soldier fatally injured during combat in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday says the flags will be lowered Thursday.

The Defense Department said Specialist Kerry Danyluk of Cuero, Texas, was injured on April 12 and died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on April 15.  Go to full article
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore.  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore. Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "This Is War" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"This is War" by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Great Canadian Theatre Company through Feb. 23, takes a bleak and uncompromising look at individual soldiers under the pressure of combat.

Framed by interviews with an unseen journalist, the four Canadian soldiers look back at an incident that occurred in a remote corner of Afghanistan involving them, Afghan forces and the Taliban. The brief interviews are interspersed with scenes that re-live portions of the incident, some re-running two or even three times from different points of view a la "Seven Samurai."  Go to full article
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army

10th Mountain vet to receive Medal of Honor today

President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor today to a former 10th Mt. Division captain for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

It's the nation's highest military honor.

William Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with Afghan border police when U.S. and Afghan troops walked into an ambush in Kunar province on Sept. 8, 2009.  Go to full article

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