Statewide Escort of 10th Mountain Troops from Fort Drum to Shelter Island- July 11th – join us!

Jul 04, 14 Statewide Escort of 10th Mountain Troops from Fort Drum to Shelter Island- July 11th – join us!

We will again this year be escorting Banshee Troop 1/71st Cav of the 10th Mountain to Shelter Island. This unit was once led by LT Joe Theinert who was Killed in Action on June 4th 2010 and was buried on June 11th, seven days later on Shelter Island.

Just as the LT led his platoon in combat we will lead them to his hometown. There will be a motorcycle escort for the Troop from Ft Drum to Shelter Island on Friday July 11th. We ask that all of NY join us throughout the state to show the Soldiers of the 10th Mountain how much we appreciate their Service to Our Country. Below is an itinerary of our route south along with times of refueling and ride thru’s at thruway service areas. Even if you can’t join the escort for any part of the ride, please come stand a flag line or hold a Thank You sign at one of the below points. This escort ride in not only for the Troops but also for Joe’s Family.

This will be the third year providing an escort to the Troop. We have met with the CO of the Troop and he informed us there will be 15 Soldiers spending the weekend on Shelter Island.

Any interested rider interested in doing the complete escort can ride up the night before with us. We will be staying a local inexpensive hotel. Otherwise riders can meet up with us along any stage along the route.

Many of you joined the Troop for the 2011 & 2012 escorts and there is still so much talk of it on post, The 10th Mountain flag that we all signed in 2011 is proudly hung at the HQ.

Please feel free to meet us at any stage or ride by & please spread the word.

We would really like to get the word out and have as many riders as possible join us.


Date: Friday July 11th, 2014

Departing Fort Drum – KSU 0730 Walmart Shopping center


We will be stopping for breakfast at Lloyds of Lowville, approx. 0800 till 0900

Rte. 26-South (Great bend Rd), to Rte. 12.

We will continue on Rte. 12 to I-90 East, to I-87-South.


Please stage at the following travel plazas

Mile Post…. Between Exits….Plaza Name….. Time

210 … 30A / 29 … Indian Castle (ride by only)   1015 hrs

172   … 27 / 26 … Mohawk (ride by only)     1050 hrs

153 … 25 / 24 … Guilderland (fuel stop & rest stop)  KSU 1145 hrs

127 … 21A / 21B … New Baltimore (ride by only)     1215 hrs

96 … 20 / 19 … Ulster (ride by only)   1245 hrs.

66 … 18 / 17 … Modena (ride by only)   1315 hrs.

33 … 15 / 16 … Ramapo (fuel stop & staging spot)   KSU 1410 hrs


We will then be proceeding over the Tappan Zee Bridge & south on I-87, east on Cross County, over the Whitestone Bridge, Cross Island to the Long Island Expressway, taking the LIE to exit 70-south, at this stage we will be refueling and meeting up with Shelter Island Police to be escorted to Shelter Island.


Suffolk County- Please be staged at the 7-11 on CR-111 in Manorville (1/4 mile south of LIE) (refueling & restrooms available). 1630-1730 hrs. KSU approx. 1730.

This will also be a staging for “Long Island Welcome Home” type greeting for the Troops.

We will be going through Sag Harbor by way of Jordan’s Bridge approx. 1830 hrs.


Any LEO or FD involvement would be much appreciated.

Please realize all times above are proposed schedule and traffic & weather could create unanticipated delays.

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Ride Safe, God Bless & Thank You

Frankie Bania (631-294-5248 / cell)

picture from 2012 escort

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