President Barack Obama unveiled a plan last night in a national address to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer and another 20,000 soldiers by the end of next summer.
That accounts for the troop surge Obama began two years ago.
Obama's first stop to sell his new Afghanistan strategy is this afternoon at the Fort Drum Army Base near Watertown. The President will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division and with families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
National Guardsman Bill Croff just returned from Afghanistan. He says he appreciates Obama's visit.
"Fort Drum has been totally involved in this fight since the beginning," he said. "Probably more deployments and probably less recognition than any base in the country - Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain has been at the forefront of the fight."
Many Fort Drum soldiers - and their families - say they don't really expect their role in Afghanistan to end anytime soon.
Two more brigades from Fort Drum are slated to ship off for Afghanistan in the next year.