Will President Donald Trump visit Fort Drum, a large Army base in northern New York? U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose district is home to the military installation, hopes so.
Stefanik, R-Willsboro, sent a letter to Trump formally inviting him to visit Fort Drum during his first term. She noted that two of Trump's predecessors, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, visited Fort Drum during their first terms.
Bush visited Fort Drum in 2002. Obama traveled to the base in 2011.
"Your visit would continue this great legacy of support for our brave men and women in uniform at Fort Drum," Stefanik wrote in her letter to Trump.
According to a fiscal year 2017 report, Fort Drum's population includes more than 74,000 service members, civilian employees, families and retirees. As of September 2017, there were 15,110 military service members and 15,455 family members at Fort Drum.
The base is the home of the 10th Mountain Division, a light infantry division of the Army and one of the most deployed units since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001.
Fort Drum is not only a key site for the Army, but it has a major economic impact on northern New York. The direct impact was more than $1.2 billion in the 2017 fiscal year, according to an Army report.
Stefanik, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, lauded Trump for his support of the armed forces.
"Under your leadership, the United States has made significant strides in strengthening our fighting force, rebuilding military readiness, and investing in our service members and their families," she said, adding that military personnel will receive their largest pay hike in eight years.
Trump has visited military bases since becoming president in 2017. A visit to Fort Drum would be his first visit to upstate New York during his first term in office. He campaigned in upstate New York prior to the 2016 primary, but hasn't returned to the region since being elected president.