Fort Gordon officials ushered in the future of cyber warfare, national security and military communications at a ceremony Friday officially renaming the base’s U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence.
A new sign at the installation’s main entry way was unveiled, signifying the Signal Center of Excellence’s transition to the Cyber Center of Excellence.
Fort Gordon commanding officer Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson will oversee signal and cyber training, continuing an Army mission to protect communications and cyber networks.
“Our information age has witnessed an exponential increase in the capabilities of our networks,” Patterson said. “This has led to a surge in the number of attempts to exploit that network infrastructure upon which our global community so heavily depends.”
In December, the Army announced the Cyber Command headquarters would be relocated to Fort Gordon, adding thousands of military, civilian and contractor jobs.
Fort Gordon’s emphasis on cyber training recognizes the growing reliance on data communications and the threats posed to the nation’s cyber networks, Patterson said.
“We will work closely with our cyber partners to ensure the network is dependent and that we deny the use of this new digital battlefield to those who would harm our nation’s security.”
Friday’s ceremony, was attended by Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Georgia Sen. Hardie Davis and state Reps. Brian Prince and Wayne Howard.