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Army Cyber Command announces Fort Gordon as new headquarters

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:02 PM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:57 AM
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The Army Cyber Command announced Thursday that it will consolidate its operations into a 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon and bring 1,500 active-duty military, government civilian and contract personnel jobs to the Augusta area.

The decision to make the post the permanent home of the Cyber Command headquarters was hailed by federal officials as a cost-saving maneuver that will help the country better combat emerging Internet and computer-based threats to national security.

In addition to relocating the command to Fort Gordon, the Army will establish a standing joint task force and a provisional cyber center of excellence on the post. Each effort will be led by a three-star commander.

Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, the commanding officer of Fort Gordon, described the announcement as a proud moment for the post, its leaders and its military population of 15,000 service members.

“This is a tremendous day for everyone at Fort Gordon,” Patterson said in a statement. “The day-to-day defense of our information and data resources is a no-fail mission, and we will prepare the Army’s cyber warriors of today and tomorrow for success in this critical effort.”

Augusta officials rejoiced at the news Thursday, saying the addition will spark exponential growth in the city and metropolitan area by attracting defense contractors nationwide to expand their operations locally. At the moment, Fort Gordon generates a regional economic impact of $1.4 billion annually.

“This is truly a game changer for our economy,” Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said. “I don’t believe the overall impact can be overstated. It’s just that big.”

Copenhaver said he had expected an announcement before the end of the year in Fort Gordon’s favor after several defense contractors asked to tour the city since it played host in September to TechNet Augusta, a military conference that drew 2,600 guests – 1,600 more than anticipated.

The Army base had competed with Fort Meade, Md., for four years to become the command’s new headquarters and lead a cyber corps of 21,000 soldiers and civilians that plans, coordinates and conducts operations in defense of all Army networks worldwide.

What finally gave Fort Gordon the nod, Army officials said, was its ability to join forces with the National Security Agency at Fort Gordon. Collaboration with the NSA is expected save the Army Cyber Command 150 personnel positions and cut military construction costs by nearly 25 percent, according to a Defense Department news release.

“Cyber threats are real, sophisticated, growing, and evolving,” said Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, the commanding general of the Cyber Command, in a news release. “The Army’s decision demonstrates support for unity of command and the importance of cyber to our Army and our nation.”

Established in 2010 in response to emerging cyber threats worldwide, the Army Cyber Command has about 500 employees temporarily housed among seven government buildings and leased space across the Washington, D.C., area.

As the elected representative for Fort Gordon, District 4 Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason said he was pleased with the news. He thanked the command group and staff at Fort Gordon for their work in bringing the facility to Augusta.

“This announcement is indicative of the importance of Fort Gordon and the Augusta area to our national security,” he said. “This will be a great economic (boon) with the creation of thousands of jobs and personnel coming into our local economy.”

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a leading advocate of Fort Gordon, worked closely with senior leaders of the Army and the Cyber Command to relocate the network’s headquarters to a more spacious facility in Augusta before his retirement next year.

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

“Establishing this command at Fort Gordon builds on the existing intelligence and cyber capabilities on post, provides the most cost-effective solution in a time of fiscal austerity, and takes advantage of the unmatched quality of life provided by the city of Augusta and surrounding area,” Chambliss, the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “Basing this increasingly important capability at (Fort) Gordon is the right thing to do for the Army and the national security of the United States.”

Staff Writer Susan McCord contributed to this article.

HOW WILL THE FORT GORDON ARMY CYBER COMMAND HEADQUARTERS LOOK?

An 800-page environmental assessment drafted by the Cyber Command in August laid out five plans to either construct a new facility or renovate existing buildings at Fort Gordon.

The options are:

• 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 be provided.

• A 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon on Kilbourne Street to house the entire Cyber Command to include parking and building access.

• A 179,000-square-foot facility at Fort Gordon on 19th Street to house the entire Cyber Command to include parking and building access.

• Renovating several buildings within Fort Gordon’s Back Hall Campus from 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.

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countyman
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countyman 12/19/13 - 01:25 pm
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Augusta=boomtown

The good news continues to shine on Augusta.....

Bulldog
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Bulldog 12/19/13 - 02:17 pm
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Now that is really great news!!!

Just what we need! Thanks to all involved in this project.

raul
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raul 12/19/13 - 02:38 pm
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More traffic in Columbia

More traffic in Columbia County, no doubt!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/19/13 - 03:19 pm
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Yay!!

Great news for Augusta!
What is interesting is that the CG of Ft. Gordon has always been a two star general; now a three star will be coming to town to take command of the cyber command. Hmmmmmmm.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/19/13 - 03:35 pm
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Awesome!!

Awesome!! This also adds some insulation to Ft. Gordon from BRAC.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/13 - 03:44 pm
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Huge Deal

This is a huge deal with future expansions that could be stupendous. The construction of the very high cost building, itself, is no ordinary project. It is done to ensure security with construction techniques that are hard to imagine. The construction will employ all types of workers. Wow, good news for the CSRA. It had me scared a couple of weeks ago when the national publication was saying it would go to Ft. Meade.

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Just My Opinion 12/19/13 - 04:04 pm
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Man, this IS great news for

Man, this IS great news for the CSRA! No downsides that I can see...well, except for Eeyore-raul's complaint of increased traffic!
I would also like to thank all the folks that put this together for us.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 04:06 am
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Really, no downside, but it

Really, no downside, but it could have an effect on the schools with crowding depending on where most of them live with their demographic...and I have an idea where that will be.

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OJP 12/19/13 - 04:45 pm
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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 12/19/13 - 04:51 pm
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There goes the

There goes the neighborhood.... more spies! (Foghorn Leghorn voice off)

fiscallyresponsible
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fiscallyresponsible 12/19/13 - 06:07 pm
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I always feel

I always feel like...somebody's watching me-eeeee!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/19/13 - 06:34 pm
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The potential sites at the

The potential sites at the fort are interesting. One is across Gordon Hwy from Grovetown.

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fedex227 12/19/13 - 06:57 pm
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In the words of Joe Biden ...
Unpublished

this is a big $#&*@#* deal.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 04:38 am
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Why Ft. Gordon

Why Ft. Gordon? The size of the post. Its amenities. The NSA already here. Eisenhower Army Med. Center. The nice weather and locale unlike the urban Baltimore-Washington area with its traffic and high prices. All the same reasons many retire here, plus the NSA. We are going to have some homebuyers coming soon.

paladin5
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paladin5 12/20/13 - 05:21 am
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HANG ON GROVETOWN....

MORE PEOPLE ON THE WAY...KEEP THOSE HAMMERS GOING....

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/20/13 - 06:30 am
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and more educated voters in
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and more educated voters in Mason's district.. woohoo

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/20/13 - 08:58 am
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Cyber threats

Our new war on the world.....just sit at the puter & rob a few million folks...Targets Store is a prime example...amazing how much damage they can do to business.....remember that is our downfall ...take our economy down & kiss this way of life goodbye.....Great news for the CSRA!
Columbia county will be boom town for sure.....& taxes will go up but the money will be flowing.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/20/13 - 09:09 am
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Great, Great, Great

Great, Great, Great

countyman
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countyman 12/20/13 - 11:05 am
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The majority of nearby

The majority of nearby housing construction will go in Southwest Augusta because of the easy access.. The new subdivisions off Jimmie Dyess and Gordon Hwy...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 02:02 pm
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I believe these new folks

I believe these new folks will be looking for upscale housing. It's pretty obvious where they'll go.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 02:09 pm
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My Experiences

I was stationed in Wash. D.C. for 4 years and used Fort Meade often. Prices are so high there it's hard to believe. Depending on the area, a small house could go for a million. The houses we have around here with the fantastic schools are going to amaze them. The fort with its commissary, PX, golf course and Eisenhower Med. Cen. will be highly valued by them. Up there it was so hard getting anywhere because of the traffic, that they will be pleasantly surprised with our quick drives to work. Y'all be super nice to these new Southerners.

countyman
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countyman 12/20/13 - 04:01 pm
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Facts

Where is the upscale housing in Grovetown? The homes off Columbia rd aren't even inside the city limits and the majority of them are regular middle class subdivisions(not upscale)...

The comments are hilarious considering Grovetown doesn't even have an Kroger and definitely not Publix..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 04:47 pm
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I work with officers at the

I work with officers at the fort and I can assure you the vast majority live in Columbia County. The folks coming here are highly paid civilians and officers. Look out Columbia County for the huge growth.

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