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Fort Gordon would get 250 jobs in Army reorganization

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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.

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corgimom
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corgimom 06/25/13 - 07:22 pm
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Augusta gains 250 jobs, and

Augusta gains 250 jobs, and 80,000 Army soldiers lose theirs.

Anybody see a problem with this?

countyman
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countyman 06/25/13 - 08:33 pm
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Fort Gordon

The $1 billion NSA opened in 2012, and the facility already expanded. The growth at Fort Gordon is a great thing to go alongside the ongoing private sector job growth.

I can't wait for the cyber school announcement. Augusta= high tech

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/25/13 - 08:42 pm
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Great for Augusta but...

...the national cuts are disgraceful. Obama is weakening our country.

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 06/26/13 - 08:30 am
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So What?

We can't fund the jobs we have here now...anyone heard of sequestration? Civilians are being furloughed (no pay) for 11 consecutuve Fridays beginning July 12. Anybody out there happy with a 20% pay cut? I guess we should be thankful to still have a job given they way Congress throws away money buying votes.

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fedex227 06/25/13 - 09:33 pm
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sorry corgimom ...

Hate to disagree, but as a former military member, welcome to the reality of military service. For better or worse, this is what happens when wars draw to a close. Would you rather we engage in continued combat operations just for the sake of keeping young men and women employed?

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deestafford 06/26/13 - 12:29 am
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The world is getting more dangerous. Countries do not respect

nor fear the US any longer because we are rapidly becoming the paper tiger China called us years ago. Under obama we are becoming a toothless tiger with no backbone.
With over 27 years in the Infantry, I saw the draw down after Viet Nam and we suffered for it. The world is more dangerous now than it was then. Contrary to what out fleckless president says, the war on terror is not over until both sides says it is. The muslims want to kill us and are plotting to do so every day.

Politicians don't understand what it takes to win a war. If they did they would not go along with these reductions. The defense department is always raped by the politicians when they get the chance. obama and his last Sec of Def and the current one are destroying the military and its culture. We will pay the price in lives of our children and grand children serving in the future.

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benchstock 06/26/13 - 05:42 am
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corgimom you You have no clue

80k soldiers will be relocated/absorbed at other bases. They will not be separated from the Army. Some will be relocated to Ft. Gordon. The additional personnel require additional support. I see no problem with that.

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Riverman1 06/26/13 - 06:21 am
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Actually, the Army is to be

Actually, the Army is to be reduced by 80,000 people. Ft. Gordon appears to be positioned perfectly for the future with the emphasis on Signal operations. It's good news for us.

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LillyfromtheMills 06/26/13 - 08:21 am
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Border patrols

Why couldn't they be placed on our borders?

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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 08:23 am
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fedex has the skinny. the military is not in business to

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supply full time jobs for ARC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 08:25 am
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Housing construction = Ft Gordon stability....

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ask the builders and developers

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 08:26 am
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deestafford
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deestafford 06/26/13 - 09:13 am
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One Infantry division could be stationed

on the southern border and secure it. Of course, that would give the liberals a hissy fit because you are trying to do something to protect the US.

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corgimom 06/26/13 - 10:52 am
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Benchstock, I am the child of

Benchstock, I am the child of an Army officer, the exwife of an Army colonel, and the mother of a son who was in the Army.

No, they will not be "absorbed", they will be RIF'ed. It is you that has no clue, the Army has been part of my life for 55 years.

You will see people being barred from reenlistment for just about everything.

There is no possible way that a peace-time Army can absorb 80,000 people.

And, by the way, the Army doesn't have "bases". They have Posts, Camps, and Forts, Arsenals, Proving Grounds, etc. When you see someone talk about Army "bases", you know that they don't know what they are talking about.

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Riverman1 06/26/13 - 04:35 pm
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This is what's happened after

This is what's happened after every war in recent history. Soldiers, especially officers, are riffed in huge numbers. It's painful for those fine soldiers whose name comes up short. Corgimom understands.

benchstock
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benchstock 06/26/13 - 07:28 pm
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Actually

1. Just because you put that word at the beginning of a sentence doesn't make it a fact.
2. The names that "come up short" are the ones that were not good at the job and/or not filling the blocks. Survival of the fittest is what your are taught from day one of military service regardless of the base, camp, fort, site, station, installation, FOB ect..you serve at/in. Enlistment requirements, fitness standards, promotion/retention rates are based on the needs of the nation and national defense. Again, if you have served the you will nod, salute smartly and carry on. If you haven't than you can only wonder of what could have been! Please do tell....What have you contributed to your country?

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