Sound the Drum

With the Orange sharing that they gained from being on the New York military base last season, Scott Shafer had decided to return with his staff and student-athletes. More inside.

The Syracuse Orange football program will be returning to Fort Drum for the second year. On the week of August 12, they will head back to the military base.

Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer shared his thoughts, saying, "We are excited to continue our great relationship with the fine men and women stationed at Fort Drum as we enter our second year of holding training camp on-post."

"It is a unique opportunity for our players and staff to be around the people who defend this country and for all of us to learn from their leadership and sacrifice," he continued.

Col. Sam Whitehurst, 3rd Brigade Commander of the 10th Mountain Division, offered his take, stating, "The 10th Mountain Division and the greater Watertown Community welcomes the Syracuse University Football Team again this year as they prepare for their upcoming season in the ACC."

He went on to say, "We value the relationship we have with the University and all our community partners in the great state of New York. I'd like to thank Coach Shafer and Chancellor [Nancy] Cantor for their continued support for this event, which provides us both with the opportunity to learn and develop better leaders within each of our formations."

Syracuse will hold their Fort Drum practices on Sligh Field, have meetings in an Army Battalion Headquarters, eat in an Army Dining Facility, and sleep in Soldier barracks, according to Syracuse University.

Orange student-athletes and coaches will undergo Army Physical Training and small unit leadership seminars.

To finish their time at Fort Drum, Syracuse will once again hold a scrimmage against one another in front of the 10th Mountain Division soldiers and loved ones on Thursday, August 15th.

Along with the training camp element of the partnership between Syracuse University and Fort Drum, the military base's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Soldiers have come to the Carrier Dome for football as well as men's basketball games, while Orange student-athletes have traveled to Fort Drum to learn about the preparation troops take for their missions.

Syracuse University contributed to this report.

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