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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Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion closing

Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion, the second-largest in the Army, is one of 10 military medical units nationwide that will be closed by August 2016, as the number of sick and injured ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, April 17, 2015

Noise expected from Fort Gordon training

Loud noises are expected near Fort Gordon on Thursday and Friday as the installation conducts training exercises.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Fest unaffected by security changes

Fort Gordon's heightened security procedures for access to the military installation won't affect members of the public attending the annual Spring Fest.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fort Gordon club nearly doubles grant awards

The Fort Gordon Spouses' and Civilians' Club announced it will nearly double the donations it awards annually in community grants and college scholarships this spring after a successful year at ...
By Wesley Brown | Monday, April 13, 2015

Special Olympics give students chance to win

About 900 Special Olympic athletes from 12 Georgia and South Carolina counties participated. The event began with lighting the Special Olympic torch and welcomes from Fort Gordon’s top leaders.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Soldier transition battalion draws complaints

In the past five years, soldiers have filed 76 complaints against Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion - fifth-most among the 33 units that received at least one complaint.
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fort Gordon building fire contaminated ditch

The site of a February fire that destroyed a building at Fort Gordon is being monitored for potentially harmful contaminants being released into the environment.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, March 20, 2015

More need background checks for fort access

Pizza and food delivery workers, shipping company truck drivers, furniture delivery crews and other private businesses and vendors are required to get a background check to enter Fort Gordon under ...
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, March 19, 2015

Relay run to begin

Six runners from Millen, and one from Sylvania, will run about 270 miles across the state from Fort Benning, near Columbus, Ga., to Augusta in four days to raise awareness for the injuries ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Growth focus of Fort Gordon meeting

A growing, thriving region bolstered by new missions headed to Fort Gordon was topic of an Army listening session Tuesday intended for discussion on military force reductions that will cause posts ...
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fort Gordon listening session Tuesday

Department of Army officials will receive feedback Tuesday from Augusta area community leaders on an Army-wide plan to reduce the number of troops.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, March 9, 2015

Soldier awarded Purple Heart

Army Sgt. Beth VanVleet received a Purple Heart Friday for injuries sustained during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Fire destroys Fort Gordon building

An early morning fire destroyed a building at Fort Gordon on Thursday.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Soldier's wife wins national honor

Fort Gordon Army wife Corie Weathers was named the 2015 Army Spouse of the Year, a national competition.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Few riders on Fort Gordon pilot bus service

After years of city leaders pushing for bus service to Fort Gordon, few riders are taking advantage of the route that's running as a pilot program.
By Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Soldier sends Augusta family Valentines greetings from Kuwait

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Maurice Woods is one of 30 service members from 13 states to send their loved ones video greetings for Valentine's Day through the U.S. Defense Video and Imagery ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Soldiers returning from Ebola response

Fort Gordon soldiers who deployed to West Africa to aid against the spread of the Ebola virus will return home sooner than expected, according to Army officials.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Officers selected for Army cyber branch

The Army has made a major stride toward building its new cyber warfare career field with the selection of the first officers who will train specifically to defend cyberspace.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Officials discuss Ft. Gordon infrastructure

U.S. Army officials are convening at Fort Gordon today to discuss the installation's future infrastructure needs linked to the Cyber Command relocation.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

Signal battalion leaving Fort Gordon

Fort Gordon is losing 450 soldiers this summer when a signal battalion moves to Fort Stewart outside of Savannah, the Army announced Friday.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
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