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Fort Gordon

 

Fort Gordon Army Base in Augusta, GA Georgia Military Bases

 

Fort Gordon – also referred to as Camp Gordon – is one of the oldest military establishments, dating since 1917. It is spread over four different counties in Georgia – Columbia, Jefferson, Richmond and McDuffie. It consists of multiple components and represents the home of the US Army Signal Corps. A small part of the Signal Center is also hosted at the camp.

History

The first active role of this camp was in World War I. It was named after John Brown Gordon, a businessman who was also in the Confederate army and the US senate. It was opened in July, 1917. In its first years, the camp was not as popular in the area, mostly because many other forts were opened in various parts of Georgia. However, it gained popularity when the famous 82nd All American Division decided to use it for a home. The division was one of the most powerful ones at those times, with soldiers enrolled from multiple states.

 

Before World War II, the fort was supposed to be reconstructed and upgraded. It all started in 1941, but the process was stopped after the Pearl Harbor attack. During the war, the camp hosted not less than three different divisions. At the same time, it was also a secure prison for all the war prisoners.

 

Until 1970, Fort Gordon served as a training place for all the new soldiers. The professional troops who aimed for perfection were also trained individually. It had a huge word to say during the Vietnam war. Its role was then forgotten, as the base was abandoned.

 

These days, the fort was brought back to life. It is the largest training base in the United States, preparing more military troops than any other center in the country.

Units

There are around 40 units from different domains hosted at the camp. Most of them are direct part of the army. Two of them are part of the air force, one of them belongs to the marines, while two others are part of the navy. They were brought to the fort in 2006, after the training base was reactivated. All the units directly respond to the Installation Management Command (IMCOM).

Facilities

The Fort Gordon facilities are very diversified and willing to satisfy every inhabitant’s needs. The medical services are highly qualitative, with an army medical center and a lot of other offices throughout the camp. Even the pet lovers have the chance to care for their animals at the veterinary clinic in building S-500. The same clinic has very strict rules when it comes to the pets in the camp. Every animal, whether it is a dog or a horse, has to be registered here.

Housing

The temporary Fort Gordon inhabitants are usually hosted at specific buildings or hotels. The permanent or longterm citizens have their own homes. For every newcomer, the accommodation might be a little problematic due to all the bureaucratic procedures. You need to fill up some applications to be investigated before being given a home.

Fort Gordon

 

Location

Fort Gordon is located just a few miles southwest of the city of Augusta, Georgia. The post is located in Richmond County and our Gate 2 is only a few hundred yards from Columbia County. Fort Gordon is 139 miles from Atlanta. We are also 138 miles from the charm of Charleston, South Carolina, 211 miles from the beaches, entertainment, and golf courses of Myrtle Beach, and 122 miles from the historic streets of Savannah. You’ll find that the cost of housing and other living expenses in the Augusta area is moderate. The weather is mild, the golf is great, and Southern hospitality is alive and well. The base operator’s phone number is 706-791-0110.

 

History

Camp Gordon, named for Confederate Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon, was activated for infantry and armor training during World War II. Almost deserted after June 1948, the post came to life in September 1948, with the establishment of the Signal Corps Training Center. Camp Gordon, become a permanent Army installation on March 21, 1956, and was re-designated Fort Gordon. Designating the installation the U.S. Army Signal Center, the Army consolidated all communications training at Fort Gordon on October 1, 1974. The arrival of the Army’s Computer Science School was only part of the impetus for the fort’s tremendous growth during the 1980s. The following decade found its Mobilization Command deploying numerous troops to Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm (1990-1991). Fort Gordon figures prominently in the post-Cold-War national defense.

 

Mission

Fort Gordon’s primary mission is training for signal and ordnance soldiers. The installation is also home to the 35th Signal Brigade, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade and the Regional Security Operations Center. The Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, serving the Southeastern states, is also located here.

 

Population Served

Fort Gordon consists of 16,025 Military Personnel, 3,158 Civilian Workers, 21,843 Family Members, 12,957 Retired Military, and 34,599 Retiree Family Members.

 

Base Transportation

The 15th Signal Brigade operates a shuttle service on the installation.

 

Sponsorship

To obtain a sponsor here at Fort Gordon prior to your arrival, please use the online sponsorship request. If not being met by your sponsor, report to Darling Hall upon arrival. If arriving after duty hours, contact the Installation Operations Center at 706-791-9747, DSN 312-780-9747. If you are bringing children with you to Fort Gordon, they may want to get a sponsor through our youth sponsorship program. Use the Youth Sponsor Request Form on out FMWR web site. If you need to send mail to Fort Gordon prior to your arrival, address it to: Your Name, Post Office, General Delivery, Fort Gordon, GA 30905. The post office will hold mail for 15 days if incoming from CONUS, 45 days if incoming from OCONUS. The phone number for the post office on post is 706-791-4677.

 

Temporary Quarters

All lodging on Fort Gordon is now operated by IHG Army Hotels. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-877-711-TEAM.

 

All IHG Army Hotels are pet friendly. Guests traveling with pets may keep the animals with them in their rooms rather than boarding them in a kennel facility. Guests are limited to two pets per room and pets may not exceed 80 pounds. A non-refundable $75 per room cleaning fee will be charged to the guest’s account upon check-in. In addition, there is currently a charge of $7 per night.

 

Pets are limited to: dogs, cats, and fish (no fee or room charge for fish). Exotic animals such as snakes, birds, and large fish such as piranhas, sharks, etc. are prohibited.

 

The Augusta area has many hotels and motels at various prices. Most national chains have at least one property in the area, so we recommend you check their web sites if you have a favorite. The closest hotels are located either on Gordon Highway near Bobby Jones Expressway (I-520) or at the I-20 exit onto Jimmie Dyess Parkway. If moving with your pets, try petswelcome.com for information on hotels that accept pets. The local lodging per diem rate is $83.00 per night.

 

Relocation Assistance

Our Welcome Center is in Darling Hall, Room 172. We have orientations for incoming personnel there every Thursday. The orientations begin at 1:00 pm and are a part of in-processing. The Welcome Center can also provide welcome packets, maps, and other local information. Computers are available there for your use as well. Our lending closet offers household items for 30 day loan.

 

We strongly urge you to request a welcome CD from our ACS office. The CD contains a wealth of information, video, and the entire Augusta/Aiken telephone book. For more assistance, contact us at 706-791-1922, DSN 312-780-1922.

 

Critical Installation Information

Every April, the Augusta National hosts the Masters, one of the world’s four major golf tournaments. The event is held the first full week of April. Thousands of visitors will be here for the practice rounds, the Par 3 event, and the tournament itself. Every hotel and motel for miles around will be filled to capacity, including the guest house and other lodgings on post. Also, restaurants will be packed, so plan to eat at home that week. Do not arrive in Augusta during Masters week without reservations.

 

Frequently Called Numbers on Base

Commercial (706)791-0110 or DSN 760-0110

Housing: (706)791-4502

Temporary Lodging: (706)790-3676

Army Community Service: (706)791-3579

Child care: (706)791-2701

Health care: Appointments (706)787-5811; benefits (706)787-6346; Tricare (706)787-1430

Commissary: (706)791-3718

Exchange: (706)793-7171