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In his first visit to Fort Drum, President Obama thanked members of the 10th Mountain Division for their years of deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. The President spoke to a group of about 150 soldiers. Our Bill Carey is on Fort Drum with more on Obama's message.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- In his first visit to Fort Drum, President Obama commended soldiers for their dedication and service.

As expected, the president talked about the decision to withdraw thousands of troops from Afghanistan.

Obama flew into Wheeler Sack Army Airfield and spoke with a group of 150 soldiers on post. The 10th Mountain Division out of Fort Drum is one of the most deployed divisions to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The president acknowledged the sacrifices the men and women of the 10th have made while fighting both of those wars. The division has lost more than 200 soldiers in that time.

Obama offered up his praise, saying this division is constantly turned to when things get tough.

The president says 10th Mountain soldiers will remain in Afghanistan until the U.S. can transition control over to Afghanistan forces.

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