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Five plans drafted for Army Cyber Command center at Fort Gordon

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 5:53 PM
Last updated Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 2:29 AM
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The Army Cyber Command has prepared five proposals on how it might construct a new facility or renovate existing buildings at Fort Gordon to bring 1,500 active-duty military, government civilian and contract personnel jobs to the Augusta area, according to a report released this week.

The Army post is competing with Fort Meade, Md., to become the next consolidated location for the cyber command that leads a corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians worldwide to plan, coordinate and conduct network operations in defense of all Army networks.

In August, the cyber command drafted an 800-page environmental assessment to analyze the potential environmental, cultural, transportation and socioeconomic effects associated with creating a U.S. Army Cyber Command and Control Facility at either of the two posts.

The study, approved by Fort Gordon Garrison Commander Col. Sam Anderson and Public Works Director Robert Drumm, lays out five construction plans for Fort Gordon and two for Fort Meade.

“A decision has still not been announced regarding stationing for the Army Cyber Command,” Fort Gordon spokesman J.C. Mathews said Friday. “Until (one is made by the Department of the Army), we don’t have anything to add.”

The list of seven construction options at Fort Gordon and Fort Meade include:

• Constructing a 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon in a 16-acre site southwest of the intersection of 110th Avenue and 15th Street. Parking and access would also be provided.

• Renovating several buildings within Fort Gordon’s Back Hall Campus between 22nd Street to 25th Street and Chamberlain Avenue to Barnes Avenue; an additional 47,000-square-foot facility would be constructed.

• Constructing a wing on Fort Gordon’s Whitelaw Hall for the entire cyber command as part of the planned Whitelaw Hall Phase 2 development.

• Constructing a 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon on Kilbourne Street to house the entire cyber command to include parking and building access.

• Constructing a 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon on 19th Street to house the entire cyber command to include parking and building access.

• Constructing a 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Meade within an approximately 18-acre site at the northwest corner of the post to include parking and building access.

• Constructing a 179,000-square-foot facility within Fort Meade’s East Campus area located within the National Security Agency’s fenceline and use of Building 8605 for a portion of the administrative and logistics staff. Parking and access would also be provided at this location.

Aaron Ross, the project manager for consolidation, said currently the cyber command has 156 active duty military, government civilians and contract personnel employed at four different Fort Meade locations and approximately 343 active duty military, government civilians and contract personnel employed at Fort Belvoir, Va.

However, he said, the cyber command needs facilities to “provide the capability of growing its workforce up to 1,500 personnel” and must consolidate its force structure currently at Fort Meade and Fort Belvoir into one location to maximize operational efficiency.

Though no timetable has been set on when a decision would be made on future stationing of the cyber command, Ross said once established, 156 personnel at Fort Meade and 343 personnel at Fort Belvoir would relocate to the new Command and Control Facility.

The movement of analysts to Georgia would require interim stationing during construction.

“During this time, current personnel located at Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade would be temporarily relocated to several buildings within Back Hall Campus at Fort Gordon. Renovation to these buildings may be required to accommodate the temporary stationing,” Ross wrote of Fort Gordon’s options.

As detailed in this environmental assessment, Ross said there would be expected short–term minor adverse impacts to land use, noise, potable water, sanitary sewer/wastewater and power from the construction of any of the alternatives.

He said those concerns could affect aesthetics, air quality, soils, vegetation, wildlife resources, solid waste generation, traffic and possibly stormwater capacity.

With that in mind, Ross also told cyber command leaders that its operations could continue to be conducted in existing locations at Fort Meade or Fort Belvoir. He did not recommend it though.

“Operational efficiency would continue to suffer as a result of coordinating operations occurring at two geographical separated units using substandard communication infrastructure,” he said. “Moreover, (the cyber command) would be limited in their ability to meet operational requirements by restricting workforce growth due to inadequate space accommodations.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/13 - 09:46 am
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We Should Get This

Ft. Gordon is large enough to absorb any ill effects from construction. Officers know the advantages of being stationed at Ft. Gordon and will want to come here. Ft. Meade is a small crowded facility in the congested, high cost, DC-Baltimore area. We have the best shot at this tremendous prize. Bringing 1500 well paid, highly educated folks to the CSRA would be a blockbuster catch. EVERYONE get behind it coming to Ft. Gordon. The below link is why Richmond County desperately needs this good news.

http://www.howmoneywalks.com/irs-tax-migration/

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/09/13 - 10:32 am
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Press conference coming...

I had been asked to stay quiet on this...no need to any more...look for an official announcement within the week. This is supposed to be a DONE DEAL...for FORT GORDON.

Se. Barbara Mikulski did her best to keep it in MD...but common sense and logistics dictated the southern move...LOVE IT! Huge news...been coming for a while.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/13 - 02:03 pm
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Well, yeah, Austin

Well, yeah, Austin, I'm sure you knew, even though those with security clearances didn't. Matter of fact, it actually appears it hasn't been decided yet. In any case, let's hope it does happen. The Cyber Command would only grow. This would be like ten industries of various kinds locating in Augusta. As I said, Army officers would much rather be stationed at Ft. Gordon than Meade. I've spent lots of time at both. Get Gordon Lakes Golf Course geared up and the entire community behind this effort.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/09/13 - 02:08 pm
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National Defense Too Strong For Deke and Matt?

Kind of interesting that we get all the Dekey Pooh type stuff about Starbucks with him hiring Matt K and all that when a monumental possibility gets no attention locally. Is the military and national defense too strong for Deke and Matt?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/09/13 - 04:34 pm
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Two weeks ago today is when I heard...

...no idea when the "security cleared" people did.

That's okay...no one believed me when I said Bass Pro Shops wanted CC to pay for their showroom. I was right on that one too...

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Riverman1 11/09/13 - 05:05 pm
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Hint for you, Austin. It

Hint for you, Austin. It could be it hasn't been decided yet, but you believe what you want. I actually hope it is the case and I think it will be.

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Austin Rhodes 11/09/13 - 10:28 pm
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For those rightfully concerned about traffic...

...Gate FOUR ---> Lewiston Rd/I-20.

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