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Signal center officially becomes Cyber Center

Friday, March 28, 2014 7:05 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:53 AM
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Fort Gordon officials ushered in the future of cyber warfare, national security and military communications at a ceremony Friday officially renaming the base’s U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence.

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Major General LaWarren V. Patterson speaks during the unveiling of the Cyber Center sign at Fort Gordon's gate 1 Friday.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Major General LaWarren V. Patterson speaks during the unveiling of the Cyber Center sign at Fort Gordon's gate 1 Friday.
Meg Mirshak
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A new sign at the installation’s main entry way was unveiled, signifying the Signal Center of Excellence’s transition to the Cyber Center of Excellence.

Fort Gordon commanding officer Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson will oversee signal and cyber training, continuing an Army mission to protect communications and cyber networks.

“Our information age has witnessed an exponential increase in the capabilities of our networks,” Patterson said. “This has led to a surge in the number of attempts to exploit that network infrastructure upon which our global community so heavily depends.”

In December, the Army announced the Cyber Command headquarters would be relocated to Fort Gordon, adding thousands of military, civilian and contractor jobs.

Fort Gordon’s emphasis on cyber training recognizes the growing reliance on data communications and the threats posed to the nation’s cyber networks, Patterson said.

“We will work closely with our cyber partners to ensure the network is dependent and that we deny the use of this new digital battlefield to those who would harm our nation’s security.”

Friday’s ceremony, was attended by Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Georgia Sen. Hardie Davis and state Reps. Brian Prince and Wayne Howard.

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Dixieman 03/29/14 - 05:00 am
Oh. I though it was going to be something else

"Signal Center of Excellence" becomes "Cyber Center of Excellence"? I thought it would be "GRU Center of Excellence" or "Azziz Center of Excellence". And if we were really cool and cosmopolitan around here, they would all be "Centres".

seenitB4 03/29/14 - 09:26 am
Great Deal for the CSRA

I hope they find the area attractive & want to stay a long time.....this will make Augusta boom & out along the I-20 land area...prices will jump.

corgimom 03/30/14 - 07:26 am
I wonder how much taxpayers

I wonder how much taxpayers had to pay for that sign.

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