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Fort Drum commander urges “move to the offensive” to back north county school, health care model

WATERTOWN — The commander of Fort Drum said the north country should “shift from the defensive and move to the offensive” in advocating for its unique model of using community health care and schools.

Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt said the area had “the model” of cooperation, financial stewardship and efficiency that others, including officials at other installations and Washington D.C., can learn from during times of budget cuts.

“I’m tired of defending it, quite frankly,” he said. “I think they need to come and study us and figure out how to do their job a little better.”

The general spoke about the community’s ties during a meeting of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization at Jefferson Community College.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of,” Gen. Piatt said. “We’re not trying to sell a used car someone doesn’t need. We’re talking about national defense. Pretty important.”

He urged the group to track down more data about the effectiveness of the north country’s model.

Gen. Piatt also talked about the need to ensure Fort Drum’s relevance into the future.

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