FortDrumRally

The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization last week approved a new strategic plan, calling for the region to enhance the sustainability of the post in New York’s North Country and improve coordination with the installation’s military and civilian leadership.

The support group also aims to bolster its outreach and secure its financial stability, reported the Watertown Daily Times.

One way to preserve the post and the 10th Mountain Division is through partnerships. The plan calls for the region to identify public-private partnerships that can deliver installation services slated to be reduced and to support partnerships that can raise the military value of Fort Drum and the division.

To better promote the group’s activities, the plan calls for it to develop a comprehensive marketing plan that establishes a uniform branding for the organization.

Many of the strategic plan’s goals are linked to concerns about further reductions in personnel and the potential for a new BRAC round. Across the plan, the goals reflect a desire to raise awareness of the post’s activity and value locally and nationally, according to the story.

The plan can be downloaded from the organization’s website.

The post’s future appears secure, Carl McLaughlin, the organization’s outgoing executive director, told the Times.

“We look good, both realistically in how we use the place, and in terms of the metrics the Army collects when they’re going through different reviews,” said McLaughlin, who retired last week after leading the support group for the past 12 years. “I say we’re pretty darn close to peak.”