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Fort Drum lies approximately 70 miles north of Syracuse, New York and 10 miles north of Watertown. Hancock International Airport, in Syracuse, NY is the closest major airport to Fort Drum. All major airlines arrive and depart daily. The Watertown International Airport has service to and from Philadelphia. It is your responsibility to complete your travel to Fort Drum no matter where you fly into. The Reception Activity shuttle makes runs to the Syracuse and Watertown airport and the Watertown Bus Station to pickup newly arriving Soldiers and Families twice a day if needed and weather permitting. Volunteers at the CPL Gregory J Harris Military Courtesy Room located next to baggage claim at the Syracuse airport will assist you with making transportation arrangements if needed. Paid bus service from Syracuse to Watertown is available. Visit the Adirondack Trailways website for Bus Schedule and Fare Information, entering Syracuse, New York as the Departure Location and Watertown, New York as the Arrival Location. Once you have arrived in Watertown there are several taxi cab companies available to take you to Fort Drum. See the Overview narrative at the beginning of the booklet for additional arrival information.

Driving Directions

From Syracuse:

  • Follow Interstate 81 North toward Watertown 
  • Take I-781 exit 48A toward Fort Drum 
  • Proceed approximately 4 miles
  • Follow straight to Iraqi Freedom Drive Gate

From the east (Plattsburgh, N.Y.):

  • Take NYS Route 374 West to NYS Route 342 East
  • Follow Route 3 South to NYS Route 3A
  • Follow signs to Fort Drum

Fort Drum Access Information

Fort Drum utilizes an entry control system called Mobilisa to scan and verify IDs. All persons not possessing a DoD identification and wishing to access Fort Drum are required to produce photo identification at the entry control point. Acceptable photo identification includes valid military ID, valid driver's license, valid passport or other government issued photo identification. Foreign nationals who are in the United States with a visa may be asked to present a valid visa in addition to their passport. With one of these forms of identification, and a valid reason to enter the installation, a pass may be obtained.

Fort Drum no longer requires all vehicles belonging to personnel who work or reside on Fort Drum, or frequently use post facilities to register their vehicle on post and display a DoD decal on their vehicle windshield. You may be required to provide a valid driver's license, valid vehicle registration and valid vehicle insurance at the entry control point. Additional processes or procedures may apply. All vehicles are subject to inspection.

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