Fort Gordon not only dodged a bullet Tuesday when the Army announced long-awaited cuts to its troop levels but it also appears the Augusta post would pick up about 250 new jobs.
“Fort Gordon is actually going to increase by 250 spaces by 2019,” said Lt. Col. Peggy Kageleiry, of Army Public Affairs.
Kageleiry could not specify what new jobs might come to Fort Gordon, but said the purpose of Tuesday’s reorganization, which amounted to the elimination of 12 combat brigades and 80,000 soldiers across the U.S., was to make the Army more “lethal, agile, adaptable and responsive.” Fort Stewart, near Savannah, would lose 1,400 troops.
As a result, she said, the Army determined that troop levels at Fort Gordon needed to be increased to provide soldiers the signal training they needed to offset the 21st century’s “emerging cyber threat.”
“We are putting spaces where we need the capability,” Kageleiry said. “When you change the force structure, the enabler needs to change as well.”
Kageleiry said the community listening session held at Fort Gordon on April 25 was one of several factors the Army used to determine the “military value of units and installations.”
During the session, elected officials, economic developers, public educators, hospital administrators, business leaders and infrastructure providers from Richmond, Columbia and Jefferson counties praised Fort Gordon.
Area leaders spoke about the benefits of the 55,000-acre Army post, which records show has a military population of 15,000, a residential population of 2,800 families and an annual economic impact of $1.4 billion on the region.