Although the Army’s presence can be dated back to the early 1800s, it wasn’t until 1908 that Fort Drum was established as an official military training location in New York.
It was found to be a perfect training ground for large numbers of soldiers. It was home to one of the largest (at the time) peace time maneuvers in 1935. During World War 2, the area became known as Pine Camp. In 1951, it became Camp Drum, named after Lt. Gen. Hugh A. Drum from World War II. It wasn’t until 1974 that it was designated as Fort Drum. Over the years it had trained many men for various conflicts all over the world.
Located on around 25 square miles, Fort Drum is home to many Army units, including the 10th Mountain Division, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Air Ambulance Detachment and many others. In 1984, it became home for the newly formed light infantry division, the 10th Light Infantry Division, which soon changed their name to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry.) Today, Fort Drum is one of the more active Army bases in the United States. The 91st Military Police Battalion also calls Fort Drum home.