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Cyber Command construction starting at Fort Gordon in 2016

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 12:56 PM
Last updated Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 12:51 AM
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The Army Cyber Command is planning to begin construction of a new headquarters on Fort Gordon in 2016 and move about 660 of its employees to the Augusta area starting the next year, its chief of staff said Friday.

Col. Scott Sanborn said 280 military personnel and 380 civilian staff at Cyber Command were notified Thursday that they would be moving after the Army announced it had selected Fort Gordon as the corps new permanent home.

Sanborn said his staff has yet to receive much feedback from the workforce on the consolidation, which is expected to occur between 2017 and 2020, but added it is anticipated that his employees will respond favorably.

At the moment, the 21,000 soldiers and civilians that plan, coordinate and conduct cyber command operations in defense of all Army networks worldwide are split between seven buildings in the Washington, D.C., area at forts Meade and Belvoir.

“We understand that there is probably going to be a range of emotions with this move, but I think generally there will be a positive response,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for the Army.”

In addition to relocating the command, 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 general.

Sanborn said command leadership has initiated plans for headquarter design and location and is developing a plan to transition the workforce. In all, the consolidation is expected to bring 1,500 active-duty military, government civilian and contract personnel jobs to the Augusta area.

The command has laid out five plans to either construct or renovate existing buildings at Fort Gordon for a new 179,000-square-foot facility at Whitelaw Hall or on parcels situated along Kilbourne, 15th, 19th or 22nd streets.

“The new cyber center of excellence and the synergy it creates is one of the key drivers for why Fort Gordon was seen as a great location for us to conduct our mission much more effectively, better develop our doctrine and train our future leaders,” Sanborn said.

The Augusta Economic Development Authority met Friday to strategize how to identify suppliers and contractors who might now be targeting a move to the area.

Executive Director Walter Sprouse said the organization has already printed marketing material for recruitment and made contact with 18 defense contractors who expressed interest in coming to Augusta earlier this year if Fort Gordon became the new home of the Army Cyber Command.

“Not only is it great news for Fort Gordon, but as far as the Augusta Economic Development Authority is concerned, it puts us into a different gear in recruiting companies,” Sprouse said.

In August, the authority sent its newly hired project manager, Scott Poag, to attend defense contract meetings statewide and establish communications with industry leaders.

“What I anticipate is a pretty good search of buildings in and around the fort to handle the expected military companies who have or are seeking contracts with the Defense Department and its cyber efforts,” Sprouse said. “The ball is rolling and we are expected to become really busy and quickly.”

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OJP 12/20/13 - 02:58 pm
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This is really exciting!

I'm very glad Ft. Gordon was selected.

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Dixieman 12/20/13 - 03:59 pm
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Excellent!

This will help in the next round of BRAC too.
Eventually, all of Ft. Meade will be relocated here!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 04:02 pm
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Local Leaders Did Little

It was puzzling to hear almost negative statements from local leaders such as Deke, concerning the fort in the past. This thing will make the Starbucks factory taste like a cup of instant coffee.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 04:03 pm
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The strength of our nation is

The strength of our nation is located in NC, SC and GA.

countyman
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countyman 12/20/13 - 05:08 pm
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Cyber Command

The mayor didn't say anything negative pertaining to Fort Gordon.... He said the metro needs to concentrate on attracting the private sector instead of relying heavily on the federal government...

There's no way Richmond County can continue to support the local job market unless additional large employers come here.

How about the residents in Columbia County demand better from their leaders instead of always trying to slam our mayor who is doing great things? What is Ron Cross doing to attract jobs to the CSRA?

The funny thing is how the same people who love to bash Augusta daily now want to jump on the bandwagon..

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countyman 12/20/13 - 05:33 pm
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Exciting time!!

The RCBOE should begin moving forward with a new elementary/middle combo off Gordon Hwy...

The Southwest Augusta area will grow tremendously because of the easy access.. The 200 acre Haynes Station, Elderberry, Willhaven, McCoys Creek, Granite Hill, etc...

I definitely expect for the 25 acre shopping center/10,000 SQ FT next to Zaxbys to begin construction soon. The land across from Zaxbys is also suppose to become an mixed-use development.

The 13 acre shopping center/McCoys Square is another project that's going to speed up now.

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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 05:10 pm
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You could build us Columbia

You could build us Columbia County folks a little place for us to stop and buy liquor and chicken on the way home on to Columbia County on Dyess Pkway, but I wouldn't expect much more for Richmond Cty.

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countyman 12/20/13 - 05:54 pm
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Sad!!!!

Why do you always want to make everything an competition? The metro needs to worry about competing against Savannah, Chattanooga, Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, etc. Columbia County is not even the second largest county in the CSRA and the same people bring it up even more than Aiken...

National developers from across the US don't have any bias against Richmond County and will follow the money.. The comments about Jimmie Dyess don't make any sense when the same person just recently mentioned Grovetown. The Jimmie Dyess area is definitely more upscale than the city limits of Grovetown. The only comparable part of Grovetown is located outside the city limits mainly off Columbia rd.

The majority of people moving to Grovetown aren't upper middle class and that's why their getting another IGA(KJ Market) and not Kroger.. The Gateway area outside of the city limits maybe able to attract Kroger, but definitely not Publix, Whole Foods, etc...

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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 05:52 pm
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I'm sorry I make you mad,

I'm sorry I make you mad, Countyman. But are you actually saying the higher income is in Richmond County compared to Columbia Cty?

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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 05:57 pm
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"There's no way Richmond

"There's no way Richmond County can continue to support the local job market unless additional large employers come here."

I'm not sure I get that. Is it a negative thing that the Cyber Command is coming to Ft. Gordon? Is it negative that the highly paid employees live in Columbia County.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 06:11 pm
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"The majority of people

"The majority of people moving to Grovetown aren't upper middle class..."

Well what are the people in Richmond County? Heh, heh, heh. But, hey, you can't tell the people where to live. These upper middle class folks want to choose the best area for their families. Those trailers in Belfaire Lakes by the fort on Gordon Hwy in Richmond Cty are nice though.

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countyman 12/20/13 - 06:23 pm
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Riverman.

The comments always make me laugh and I never get mad.. I've never once said every part of RC is attracting upper middle class, but you can't deny the overall demographics of Grovetown.

I keep explaining to you how developers don't care whether CC is overall richer compared to RC..

The North Richmond area has better demographics versus Grovetown and it's the reason the outlet mall is coming to RC and not CC.

Nobody said anything about Belfair Lakes which are homes and not trailers either.. I don't understand the comment either when the city limits of Grovetown is full of trailers..

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Riverman1 12/20/13 - 06:32 pm
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They have residents in your

They have residents in your fantasy north Richmond County? I thought you said it was only north of Riverwatch?

"Nobody said anything about Belfair Lakes which are homes and not trailers either.."

I'm sorry they look like trailers.

By the way, have you noted the racial demographics of Grovetown compared to Augusta=Richmond County with their comparable household incomes as of 2010?

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Gage Creed 12/20/13 - 07:13 pm
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FACTS are pesky things!

Wylds Road.. ever hear of it? I believe it's right there on a gateway corridor...

You guessed it...Frank Stallone
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You guessed it...Frank Stallone 12/20/13 - 07:21 pm
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90% of the civilian workforce coming from Ft. Meade...

will immediately move to Columbia County, send their kids to CC schools, and spend a large majority of their income in Columbia County. Richmond County will continue to be a place where people are forced to drive to for work with the occasional trip to big box stores. No more, no less. No offense meant, just the flat out truth. This is fact because I hear it on a daily basis.

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countyman 12/20/13 - 07:47 pm
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Metro

The last time I checked multiple neighborhoods are located north of Riverwatch parkway...

Frank Stallone... Do you come out of the shadows once an year just to praise CC and bash RC? I'm asking because you haven't commented since 2012 and your comments revolve around the exact same theme..

The reason why the officials in CC wanted the outlet mall was due to 93% of residents indicating they shop outside of the county...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 12/20/13 - 09:35 pm
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FACTS are pesky things!

Countyman bashes someone on the theme of their comments? PRICELESS!

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harley_52 12/20/13 - 10:40 pm
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"Countyman bashes someone on the theme of their comments?"

I suspect it may be because Countyman is continually bashed for the theme of his comments.

Just a guess....

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harley_52 12/20/13 - 10:54 pm
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"This is fact because I hear it on a daily basis."

I hate to tell you this, but hearing something often doesn't make it a "fact."

Personally, I don't consider it either bad, or unusual, that many of the new residents will choose to reside in the suburbs of Augusta rather than within the City/County. It's not a phenomenon that's unique to the Augusta metropolitan area. The same thing happens across the Country.

I'm happy to see the growth wherever the new residents choose to live and for whatever their reasons for making those decisions.

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gargoyle 12/20/13 - 11:47 pm
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I might be from old city

I might be from old city boundaries but I get out every once in a while. Grovetown ain't the trailer city it once was , in fact almost every area surrounding Augusta not controlled by Augusta show positive growth and may in time not want or need services provided by Richmond County. The Atlanta Fulton County scenario.

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pja5529 12/21/13 - 01:08 am
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Riverman

You must not get out to Richmond County much. There are definitely nice neighborhoods popping up in the Jimmy Dyess/Gordon Hwy area and deep South Augusta and they have a lot of military residents in them as well. So Grovetown and CC won't be the only ones getting new residents.

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Riverman1 12/21/13 - 08:37 am
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PJA, Right

PJA, you're right. I know nothing about the fort and where newcomers buy homes. Isn't the fort located off Gordon Hwy? I need to drive out there one day.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/21/13 - 09:02 am
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Did Too

"The mayor didn't say anything negative pertaining to Fort Gordon.... He said the metro needs to concentrate on attracting the private sector instead of relying heavily on the federal government..."

I previously posted the link where he most certainly did directly say we have to stop relying on the fort for jobs. That kind of talk from the Mayor didn't help the decision to locate the Cyber Command here. He was at the beach during all this, as usual.

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pja5529 12/21/13 - 09:44 am
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Riverman

I said nothing about driving out to the fort or you not knowing anything about the Fort. I said that nice neighborhoods are popping up in Richmond County as well and that they have military families as well.

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pja5529 12/21/13 - 09:51 am
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pja5529
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pja5529 12/21/13 - 09:47 am
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Jobs

Of course we shouldn't just rely on the federal government to bring jobs. Don't see how that is a negative. We need both government jobs and private sector jobs and see nothing with the mayor wanting more.

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Riverman1 12/21/13 - 04:07 pm
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PJA, of course I'm kind of

PJA, of course I'm kind of exaggerating and joking with a lot of this, but I don't believe our local officials understood the importance of this catch. These people and jobs come with no mandatory gifts by the county. We hear about 150 factory jobs by Starbucks and THINK THAT'S SOMETHING. Of course, I'm glad Starbucks built here. I have a relative involved in construction of the facility.

But the Cyber Command members with kids who buy houses not only pay taxes, but the feds kick in extra for their kids. Most of these folks will buy houses because this will be a place they stay for many years and finally retire as the mission continues to grow locally.

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DANIEL A POULIN 12/30/13 - 04:04 am
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