The Augusta Warrior Project and Fort Gordon opened a new Transition Success Center on post Monday that will connect veterans and active-duty service members with resources for their lives outside of uniform.
The facility was unveiled during an open house and ribbon-cutting inside Fort Gordon’s Education Center, 741 Barnes Ave.
Ceremony speakers included Col. Sam Anderson, Fort Gordon garrison commander; Al Crawford, post supervisor of education services; and Adam Pennington, a veteran assisted by AWP to overcome a traumatic brain injury. His story helped inspire the center.
Augusta Warrior Project Executive Director Kim Elle and Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, commanding general of Fort Gordon and the Cyber Center of Excellence, performed the ribbon cutting.
“It is such an honor and privilege to work with the great men and women of Fort Gordon and the CSRA Community”, Elle, a colonel in the Air Force Reserves, said in a news release. “The Transition Success Center will assist all veterans and military service members transitioning back into the community.”
Elle said the center was made possible by support from all levels of leadership at Fort Gordon, a generous local donor and is funded through a $100,000 grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Anderson said the center will work in cooperation with the Education Center, the Soldier for Life- Transition Assistance Program and the Warrior Transition Unit to meet the needs of all those transitioning from Fort Gordon, according to the release.
AWP will help provide education and employment contacts that will serve as a safety net for veterans after they leave the service.