Fort Gordon

The home of the U.S. Army Signal Center and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon is an ever-changing and growing military installation.

Fort Gordon serves as an integral training center for Signal soldiers who provide communications technology to the armed forces. Other branches of the military, including the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, send their troops to Fort Gordon for communications training. Personnel from the Army and other branches also perform military intelligence tasks.

Communications and intelligence are not the only missions at Fort Gordon. The Army medical center forged a partnership with the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in 2004 to create an active-duty rehabilitation wing at the VA.

Fort Gordon's history dates to World War II, when land from several rural communities in Richmond County was obtained to build Camp Gordon in 1941. The move was not welcomed by all. There were many protests from those concerned about old estates, a church dating to 1789 and a cemetery with 150 graves in the Bath community, according to a history of Fort Gordon published by Fort Gordon's command historian office.

The camp was named after a Civil War commander from Georgia, Gen. John B. Gordon. One of the first units to train at the camp was the 4th Infantry Division. Its soldiers were among the first to land on Utah Beach during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Also during World War II, German and Italian prisoners of war were housed at the camp. After World War II, there was a mass departure from the armed forces, leaving Camp Gordon a virtual ghost town and causing Augusta supporters of the base to become concerned about its future.

In 1948, the draft was re-established. With the Korean War on the horizon and the Cold War looming, Camp Gordon was once again a vital entity. A military police school came to the base, as did a Signal Corps training center.

Camp Gordon became Fort Gordon, a permanent installation, in 1956. The MP school moved to Fort McClellan, Ala., in the 1970s and the Signal Center made its home at Fort Gordon in 1974.

Fort Gordon has an annual economic impact of over $1 billion.

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Post meets new commander

Maj. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty replaced Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson as Fort Gordon commander in ceremonies Monday.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Cyber defense brigade activated

Col. Donald Bray was named commander of the Cyber Protection Brigade during a ceremony at the military installation.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Youth Challenge Academy cadets graduate

Holding a bouquet of flowers, Patricia Brown scurried around backstage at James Brown Arena on Saturday looking for her son as graduates of Fort Gordon’s Youth Chal­lenge Academy began filing ...
By Lisa Kaylor | Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Community Expo welcomes cyber newcomers

In its first year running the Community Expo, the Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club rolled out the red carpet for the hundreds of military personnel, civilians and contractors already moving ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Fort Gordon training injuries increase

The death of a Mississippi national guardsman at Fort Gordon this month highlights a growing trend of training injuries that one Army doctor said could be solved.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Military conference returns to Augusta

The national conference that rallied support for the cyber command's move to Fort Gordon last year will return to highlight the area as a leader in new technology.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Aug 25, 2014

Loud noises possible near Fort Gordon

Explosives training will be held at the installation's artillery impact area Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until dusk, according to a news release.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

Military air training reported

Fort Gordon's training area is holding routine, scheduled Air Force cargo drop training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and again from 7 to 10 p.m.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Army official makes visit to Fort Gordon

A top U.S. Army official visited Fort Gordon on Tuesday for a private meeting to address local and state leaders on the future of the post.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Fort Gordon lacks comments on possible job cuts

With only a week left for the public to challenge an Army assessment that proposes the loss of 4,683 jobs at Fort Gordon, no opposition has been shown from the post's surrounding communities.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Soldiers take part in explosive chemical mission drill

As six explosions rang out, yellow smoke rose above Field 23 to simulate a chemical, biological and explosive-type mission. Specialist Daniel Redburn and his three-member team searched for ...
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Fort Rucker team takes lead in officer's death investigation

The autopsy performed on 2nd Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino, 27, was conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.
By Travis Highfield | Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

Fort Gordon soldier found dead

The soldier was found dead Friday night after going missing during land navigation training in the post's training area.
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Cyber school unveiled

Two commandants took control of schools for Signal and Cyber training at the Fort Gordon Cyber Center of Excellence, and a refurbished building was unveiled.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Post, cyber center to get new commander

Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty will be assigned commanding general at the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence and of Fort Gordon, replacing Maj. Gen. Lawarren Patterson.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Aug 1, 2014

Fort Gordon hiring 100 for Exchange

The Fort Gordon Post Exchange is hiring more than 100 new associates to support a $22 million expansion at its facility, which includes nearly doubling the retail space and adding three businesses ...
By Wesley Brown | Monday, July 28, 2014

Defense contractor plans new Augusta office

A Pennsylvania-based information technology and software development firm will be setting up shop in Augusta.
By Tim Rausch | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fort kicks off Fourth festivities

Fort Gordon's annual Third of July fireworks have become a staple to the Augusta community, with thousands of spectators taking in the event each year. Thursday was no different.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, July 3, 2014

Army cuts threaten Georgia jobs

A new Army report says Fort Gordon and Georgia could lose thousands of additional military jobs beyond current downsizing plans if Washington imposes future budget cuts.
By Russ Bynum | Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Job fair showcases post-military work

Several state departments set up booths to court members for careers in post-military life.
By Sean Gruber | Friday, June 27, 2014

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