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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Man wanted for sex assault on Fort Gordon

The Army Criminal Investigation Command is seeking a man who they say was responsible for a sexual assault at Fort Gordon in November.
By Travis Highfield | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Commander installed for Eisenhower hospital

Army Col. Michael A. Weber was installed as commander of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Wednesday.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Army ups Fort Gordon growth to 4,700

The number of incoming personnel connected to the Army Cyber Command's relocation to Fort Gordon's Cyber Center of Excellence and other growing missions will be even greater than the Army ...
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Medal of Honor recipient encourages Warriors

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in June 2014, spoke Thursday at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, July 9, 2015

Isakson: Fort Gordon adding troops while others face cuts

Fort Gordon is expected to add a small number of troops while Army installations across the nation including two in Georgia prepare for large-scale force reductions by the end of 2017, according ...
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Arrive early for Fort Gordon fireworks

Augusta's Army post kicks off area patriotic celebrations with a communitywide event on Barton Field. Fort Gordon cautions the public to arrive early for access at security gates and random ...
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NSA director praises Augusta cyber sector

The chief of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command praised Augusta's growing cyber sector and its initiative to support a military and civilian defense speciality that's increasingly ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Job fair Thursday

Fort Gordon is hosting a job fair Thursday for military service members, veterans and spouses.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vietnam vets honored with welcome home ceremony

Under a blazing sun, Vietnam War veterans were honored with a welcome home parade and ceremony Friday at Fort Gordon.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, June 19, 2015

Realistic drill to sharpen skills

Fort Gordon conducted its annual anti-terrorism exercise.
By Michael Holahan | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fort warns of loud training

Explosives ordnance and live-fire training on Fort Gordon may produce noise that the local Army post warned will be heard in surrounding communities Friday into the weekend.
By Staff Reports | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fort Gordon hospital going tobacco-free

In an effort to encourage Army health care workers to put down their cigarettes, Fort Gordon's Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center becomes tobacco-free on June 30.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Garrison commander discusses wave of projects

Fort Gordon has a surge of construction activity totaling $158 million for nearly four dozen renovations, new buildings or other projects underway to modernize living facilities and prepare for ...
By Meg Mirshak | Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fort Gordon road improvements proposed

An improved road system on Fort Gordon has been proposed to ameliorate congestion through the installation's training campus and route vehicles directly to the facility housing top-secret national ...
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, June 5, 2015

Vets getting belated homecoming parade

Vietnam veterans who were often scorned when they returned from war are being honored later this month with a parade and ceremony at Fort Gordon.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, June 1, 2015

Ceremony held for troops joining fight against Islamic State

Final hugs and tears were merely postponed during an early deployment ceremony Friday for Fort Gor­don soldiers who have one last weekend with loved ones before a nine-month stint to aid in ...
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, May 29, 2015

Fort Gordon bus route under 30 day review

Even as an experimental bus route continues to drain money from the city coffers, Augusta Commission committee members unwilling to end service to Fort Gordon granted Augusta Public Transit 30 ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Solar farm work begins

U.S. Army initiatives to diversify the nation's energy grid with renewable sources reached a new benchmark Thursday with the start of construction for a 209-acre solar panel farm on Fort Gordon.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fort Gordon soldiers deploying

Fort Gordon soldiers will deploy at the end of May to assist U.S. operations against terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Army wife is named top spouse

Corie Weathers, the wife of Fort Gordon Ar­my Chaplain Matthew Weathers, was named the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year at a luncheon in the nation's capital Friday.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, May 8, 2015
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