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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TechNet focuses on cyber industry possibilities

Making metro Augusta the former instead of the latter requires a commitment from local business and community leaders and a regional approach to problem solving in a very narrow window of ...
By Damon Cline | Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Raytheon completes office expansion

One of the oldest military contractors in Augusta is more than tripling in size to expand its range of services to the U.S. Army Cyber Command operations relocating to Fort Gordon.
By Damon Cline | Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Fort Gordon holds Independence Day celebration

According to Fort Gordon officials, Thursday marked the largest public event of the year for the base.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Office space an issue in luring defense jobs

The development of the Augusta area as a hub of cybersecurity is expected to bring defense contractors and their jobs, but supplying the offices they'll need remains a question for developers and ...
By Walter C. Jones | Sunday, June 5, 2016

Fort Gordon holds change of responsibility ceremony

The U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon conducted a signal school commandant change of responsibility ceremony on Wednesday.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Departing leader will stay involved

After a full Army career and 15 years as community cheerleader, Thom Tuckey is finally ready to retire - sort of. "I'll still be directly engaged," the first executive director of the CSRA ...
By Walter C. Jones | Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Boosters for fort tackle future

A new name, new leader and new mission are all part of the changes at the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon.
By Walter C. Jones | Saturday, May 28, 2016

Road section renamed to honor Vietnam vets

The Georgia Department of Transportation renamed the section of Gordon Highway, from the I-520 interchange to Gate 1 of Fort Gordon, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Shift to cyber warfare to bring economic growth, experts say

Shifting national defenses to a cyber-warfare footing means some big changes, but what will be most obvious to Augustans is the increased economic activity, experts say.
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, May 20, 2016

House OKs fort construction projects

Three of the projects are related to the installation's heightened role as the Army's center of cybersecurity, and the fourth is for a medical clinic to serve the added personnel.
By Walter C. Jones | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Expansion of post exchange pays off

The doubling in size of the exchange at Fort Gordon brings new vendors, more name brands and the convenience of one-stop shopping.
By Walter C. Jones | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Army Cyber School conducts first Fort Gordon exercise

The leaders of the U.S. Army Cyber School at Fort Gordon are evaluating the unit's first field exercise and making plans for future ones.
By Walter C. Jones | Monday, May 9, 2016

Company prepares to head overseas

Fort Gordon held a deployment ceremony Friday for the 518th Tactical Installation and Networking Company, which will be sent to south­west Asia for nine months in support of U.S. Central Command.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, May 6, 2016

Fort Gordon alliance gets new director

The umbrella organization for cyber-related economic development activities in and around Fort Gor­don said it has selected Thomas J. Clark to be its new director effective next Tuesday.
Friday, May 6, 2016

New Georgia legislative panel aims to keep military bases

ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker David Ral­ston named a 15-member committee Friday to study ways to safeguard Fort Gor­don and the state's other military installations from federal budget-cutting ...
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, April 29, 2016

Army, state work to get soldiers to cast ballots

Members of the military overseas requested more than 1,000 ballots for Geor­gia's March 1 presidential primary, and state and Army officials are hoping for another good turnout in next month's ...
By Walter C. Jones | Monday, April 25, 2016

Defense budget calls for cybersecurity training funds

House budget writers have tucked a potential opportunity in their version of the defense authorization for next year that Augusta and Augusta University could eventually benefit from.
By Walter C. Jones | Friday, April 22, 2016

Augusta needs to embrace cyber growth, AU president says

The relocation of the U.S. Army Cyber Command to Fort Gordon will create spinoff companies and jobs, but Augusta has to be ready to take advantage of that, Augusta University President Brooks Keel ...
By Tom Corwin | Thursday, April 21, 2016

AU, Cyber Center sign new partnership

The agreement to work together is the result of 18 months of talks between the center and the university.
By Tom Corwin | Friday, April 15, 2016

911 call led to Fort Gordon lockdown

Fort Gordon was locked down for about an hour Thursday when someone mistook a training exercise for an attack by armed gunmen and called outside authorities.
By Travis Highfield | Thursday, March 24, 2016
 
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