Located just a few miles southwest of the city of Augusta, Georgia, Fort Gordon, covering 56,000 acres, has a work force of over 4,600 civilians and more than 12,000 soldiers. The post is located in Richmond County and our Gate 2 is only a few hundred yards from Columbia County. The local area is referred to as the "CSRA", which stands for the Central Savannah River Area, a group of 13 Georgia and South Carolina counties along the Savannah River which forms the state border.
The U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon,"The Home of the Signal Corps", trains more soldiers than any other branch training center of the United States Army. The multi-faceted mission of the U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon encompasses training, doctrine, force integration and mobilization. The Signal Center conducts specialized instruction for all Signal Corps military and Department of the Army civilian personnel, and provides doctrine and training development support of publications. Three U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) system managers coordinate acquisition and fielding of major systems. Force integration is accomplished through the life cycle management of all major communication electronics systems under study or in development for future use in the field Army. The mobilization mission is to maintain assigned U.S. Army Forces command (FORSCOM) units in a state of readiness commensurate with their authorized level of organization. Fort Gordon has a Directorate of Reserve Components Support that provides year-round training for more than 30,000 reservists as well as to Army and Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps students. Throughout the years, the Signal Corps has been on the cutting edge of communications technology. Adapting the telephone to military usage, facilitating the standarization of the vacuum tube, developing RADAR and FM radio during World War II and incorporating satellite communications and computer technology are just some of the Signal Corp's many accomplishments.
Camp Gordon, named for Confederate Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon, was activated for infantry and armor training during World War Two. After the war, over 85,000 officers and enlisted personnel were discharged from Camp Gordon. Camp Gordon, almost deserted after June 1948, came to life in September 1948 with the establishment of the Signal Corps Training Center. The base's training mission grew with the addition of the Military Police School in September of 1948. The Korean conflict again placed Camp Gordon center stage in preparing soldiers for combat. In addition to communications personnel, MPs trained for combat assignments while the 51st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade formed three detachments. During the decade, Camp Gordon was also home to the only Army Criminal Investigative Laboratory in the continental United States as well as Rehabilitation Training Center and a U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.
Camp Gordon became a permanent Army installation and was redesignated Fort Gordon on March 21, 1956. The U.S. Army Training Center (Basic) was activated here in 1957. During the Vietnam war, infantry, military police, and signal soldiers trained at Fort Gordon. While Signal Corps training continued to expand throughout the 1960s, other activities ceased through postwar deactivations and the MP school's move to Fort McClellan, Alabama. In June 1962, all activities of the Signal Corps Training Center were reorganized under the U.S. Army Southeastern Signal School. On November 30, 1967, Headquarters, U.S. Army School/Training Center and Fort Gordon were organized to direct overall post operations and coordinate service school and advanced individual training.
The Army consolidated its communications training at Fort Gordon with the relocation of the Signal School from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Fort Gordon was redesignated the United States Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon on October 1, 1974 and is presently the largest communications-electronics facility in the world.
The U.S. Army Garrison Command, Fort Gordon, provides the logistical and community services that are necessary for the day-to-day operation of the installation. The Garrison Command is responsible for maintaining high-quality living and working conditions for all military and civilian personnel on the installation. The command also ensures the force readiness and mobilization capabilities of the installation as a Power Projection Platform. The Garrison Command is responsible for the infrastructure of Fort Gordon, including all buildings, roads, grounds, utilities and communications; and for vital community services, such as housing management, food service, security and law enforcement, fire prevention and protection, and safety. Quality of life is a key concern of the Garrison Command. Many programs and services are designed to make life at Fort Gordon a pleasant, rewarding and satisfying experience. These programs and services are numerous and include the Officers' and Noncommissioned Officers' Clubs, Army Community Service, transition services, library services, child development services, recreation services and many more. The Garrison Command also provides the military and civilian personnel support services that are necessary for mission accomplishment at the installation, including personnel processing and files management, military and civilian strength management, evaluations and awards, career development, labor and employee relations, equal opportunity programs and many other personnel-related functions. Through its comprehensive and innovative community planning process, the Fort Gordon Garrison Command ensures that future facilities and services on the installation meet the needs of its many personnel, residents and patrons.
The 551st Signal Battalion is responsible for the administrative control and support of military personnel who provide support to every facet of life at Fort Gordon. Company A consists of those personnel who man the offices under the control of the Chief of Staff, e.g., the Command Group, Chaplain, Inspector General, Staff Judge Advocate, Battle Lab, Training and Doctrine Command Systems Managers, Combat Development, Resource Management, Directorate of Training, Public Affairs, Protocol, and Reserve Component Affairs Office. Company B mans those offices under control of the Garrison Commander, e.g., Community Activities, Human Resources, Information Management, Public Safety, Plans, Training and Mobilization, Public Works and Equal Opportunity Office. The 551st Signal Battalion has an initial entry training company at Fort Meade, Maryland under the Defense Information School. The four military occupational specialties taught are: Public Affairs, Broadcasting, Illustration and Multi-Media Specialists. The Fort Meade company has additional responsibility for training initial entry military in Combat Photography at Pensacola, Florida. The U.S. Navy and Air Force student detachments, responsible for satellite tactical switching training, are attached to the 551st for administrative support. The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band is part of the 551st Signal Battalion. Its support responsibility includes coverage throughout the Southeastern United States.
The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, also known as the 434th Army Band, is comprised of approximately 40 musicians from across the United States. The band promotes morale and esprit de corps by providing suitable music for military ceremonies, formal concerts and recreational activities. In addition to its military duties, the band travels throughout the Southeast and recently, Colorado and New Jersey, promoting the Army image and enhancing relations between military and civilian communities. Presently, the band's functional units include a marching, concert and stage band; a six piece variety group ("Ground Zero"), a Dixie band ("Crooked River Dixie Band"), and a brass quintet ("Garden City Brass Quintet"). In addition to these groups, the band also has a jazz combo and a woodwind quintet. The 249th General Hospital (Caretaker) primary mission is to provide hospitalization support and services for general classes of patients in the theater. The unit is under the functional command and control of the 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and is attached to the 551st Signal Battalion.
Training is the primary mission of the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade. This mission is as versatile as the personnel who train here and the equipment they learn to install, operate and maintain. Military assigned to the brigade are here for Advanced Individual Training and Initial Entry Training. The brigade manages and conducts soldierization training, develops a disciplined, highly motivated, military occupational specialty-qualified, physically fit military service member drilled in the fundamentals of soldiering. The brigade has a population of more than 2,300 personnel who will man the Signal Regiment of the future. Elements assigned to the brigade include the 369th Signal Battalion; 447th Signal Battalion; Student Company, USA Signal School Detachment, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland; and USA Detachment, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 73d Ordnance Battalion is attached to the brigade. The brigade is also responsible for two training departments; the Regimental Communications/Transmission Systems Department and the Regimental Communications/Area Communications Department.
The 369th Signal Battalion provides initial entry training and reclassification for enlisted personnel in four military occupational specialties. Military are trained as Network Switching Systems Operators-Maintainers (31F), Microwave Systems Operators-Maintainers (31P), Telecommunications Computer Operators-Maintainers (74G) and Signal Support System Specialists (31U). The battalion is composed of one headquarters company and six line companies.
The 447th Signal Battalion provides initial entry training, reclassification and additional skill identifier training for enlisted Signal personnel. Military are trained as satellite communications systems operator/maintainers, microwave systems operators/repairers, single channel radio operator/maintainers, cable systems installer-maintainers, automated communications computer systems repairers and software analysts. The battalion is also responsible for the Replacement and Processing Company and gained Company E of the 366th Signal Battalion when it was deactivated. These changes add three new military occupational specialties, totaling 12 military occupational specialties and seven additional skill identifiers for which the battalion is responsible. The 447th is the largest battalion in the brigade.
The 442nd Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, falls directly under the Deputy Commanding General's office. The 442nd is a separate signal battalion that provides command, control and training support for permanent party and student personnel.
The headquarters element of the U.S. Army Signal Command 93d Signal Brigade activated at Fort Gordon in February 1998. It assumed command of both the 63d and 67th Signal Battalions and is augmented by the 252nd Tactical Signal Company from Panama. The mission of the 93d is to provide signal planning and execution in support of military operations conducted by the Commander-in-Chief of Southern Command and the U.S. Army Southern Command, encompassing U.S. Army activities in 34 nations of the Caribbean area, Latin and South America.
The 67th Signal Battalion, an Echelons Above Corps unit, is tasked with the worldwide mission of providing area, small extension, and medium headquarters signal nodes, within a theater Army area of operations as well as strategic gateways with satellite assets. The battalion consists of a Headquarters Company, three identical Area Communications Companies, and the 235th Signal Company. When fully deployed, the 67th is capable of providing worldwide voice and data communications service to over 1,000 subscribers regardless of geographic boundaries.
The 63d Signal Battalion stands ready to fulfill its worldwide contingency communications mission of providing Echelons Above Corps tactical subscriber communications systems in support of the theater component commander. Soldiers of the 63d have provided communications support for Operations Southern Watch, Provide and Continue Hope in Kuwait and Somalia. The battalion is equipped with state-of-the-art Digital Group Multiplexing Equipment and automatic voice and data switches. This equipment, coupled with a rigorous and challenging training program, allows the unit to maintain its technical and tactical proficiency. During Desert Storm, the battalion installed, operated and maintained a significant portion of the largest, most technically complex Echelons Above Corps communications system ever developed.
The 73d Ordnance Battalion is a training battalion of the U.S. Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and is attached to the 15th Regimental Signal Brigade. The 73d trains enlisted soldiers to repair computers, avionic electronic equipment, field radios, communications security equipment, tactical switchboards and special electronic devices.
The 902nd Military Intelligence Group protects the nation's forces, secrets and technologies by detecting and neutralizing collection efforts by foreign intelligence services and provides threat assessments, analysis, CI education (Subversion And Espionage Directed Against the Army, SAEDA, briefings), CI investigations, CI operations and technical skills. The 902nd Military Intelligence Group headquarters is located at Fort Meade, Maryland. There are also resident offices located throughout the United States. The Fort Gordon Resident Office's area of operation includes the state of South Carolina and the eastern part of Georgia.
The 513th Military Intelligence Brigade is a tactical, theater-level military intelligence brigade which consists of five battalions. The 201st, 202d and 297th Military Intelligence Battalions are located at Fort Gordon. The 203d Military Intelligence Battalion (Technical Intelligence) is located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. The Military Intelligence Battalion (Low Intensity), an aerial reconnaissance battalion, is located in Orlando, Florida.
The 513th conducts theater-level multidiscipline intelligence, force projection electronic warfare and information warfare operations in support of Army U.S. Central Command and other deploying forces in war and operations other than war by using tactically tailored, tiered deployment packages and split-based operations as required.
The 201st Military Intelligence Battalion conducts Echelons Above Corps signals intelligence and electronic warfare operations and provides the Southwest Asia Technical Control and Analysis Element in support of Commander, Army U.S. Central Command, and other deploying forces.
The 202d Military Intelligence Battalion conducts theater-level interrogation and counterintelligence operations in support of Commander, Army U.S. Central Command, and other deploying forces.
The 297th Military Intelligence Battalion conducts strategic and operational-level support for all source intelligence operations, including collection management, analysis, production, imagery exploitation and dissemination in support of Commander, Army U.S. Central Command, and other deploying forces.
The 116th Military Intelligence Group provides command host support to the Gordon Regional Security Operations Center, one of the Department of Defense's Regional Security Operations Centers. The group provides Army personnel to produce information for national, theater and component commanders. As host, the group provides security, logistics, communications administration and operational strategic planning support for the Navy, Air Force, Marine and Department of Defense civilian organizations at Fort Gordon. The group consists of two battalions: The 116th Military Intelligence Battalion located at Fort Gordon and the 748th Military Intelligence Battalion in San Antonio, Texas.
The 206th Military Intelligence Battalion integrates quality professionals in a multi-service organization to conduct operations to satisfy the requirements of the warfighter and national-level authorities. Additionally, the battalion conducts regional technical control and analysis operations in support of the land component commander's information requirements.
On October 2, 1995, the United States Air Force Air Intelligence Agency, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, activated the 31st Intelligence Squadron on Fort Gordon. The 31st Intelligence Squadron is subordinate to the 543rd Intelligence Group located at Kelly Air Force Base. The 31st Intelligence Squadron provides command, logistical, administrative and security support to the Air Force intelligence personnel who are under the operational control of the Gordon Regional Security Operations Center. The 31st Intelligence Squadron also maintains a group of operators and analysts as dedicated tactical contingency assets organized, trained, equipped and ready to deploy to provide combat commanders with direct tactical support by augmenting the Contingency Airborne Reconnaissance System and serving as aircrew members on RC-135 V/W (RIVET JOINT) or special operations mission aircraft whenever and wherever these assets may be needed. The squadron embodies the motto of the Air Intelligence Agency, "Anytime. Anywhere; Freedom through Vigilance."
Company D, Marine Support Battalion is one of 11 operational letter companies assigned in a separate detached status under the command (less operational control) of the Commanding Officer, Marine Support Battalion, Fort Meade, Maryland. Company D conducts operations within the Gordon Regional Security Operations Center. A secondary, but no less vital mission, is the continuing need to ensure Marines develop and maintain proficiency in their respective military occupational specialties and battle skills/essential subjects. An additional requirement exists to maintain a sufficient readiness posture to facilitate the augmentation of the Fleet Marine Force Radio Battalions by personnel so designated. Incoming personnel should report to Building 28423 on Brainard Avenue.
The U.S. Marine Corps Detachment on Fort Gordon handles all personnel administration and billeting for Marines attending schools on post. The detachment also provides administrative support to Marines admitted to the Eisenhower Army Medical Center for 30 days or longer, or as directed by higher authority. The detachment performs liaison functions for all active duty Marines who are inpatients at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and at Veterans Administration medical centers in Augusta and Dublin, Georgia. The detachment formulates, changes and provides United States Marine Corps only instruction for Marine Corps course number 102-F44 (31S)(OS), Ground Mobile Force Satellite Technician course and Marine Corps course number 202-F7 (OS), Ground Mobile Force Satellite Operator Course. The detachment is responsible for all course material and curriculum development. Both courses are military occupational specialty producing courses.
Naval Security Group Activity Fort Gordon was commissioned on 1 November 1997 at Fort Gordon. As a shore activity, Naval Security Group Activity Fort Gordon was established to perform Naval Security Group related functions as directed by Commander, Naval Security Group command and additional tasks as directed by higher authority. The activity provides operational personnel to support Gordon Regional Security Operations Center, a joint service facility. Also, Naval Security Group Activity Fort Gordon will perform functions required to accomplish Shore Support Activity related tasks and direct support deployments in support of fleet operations in various areas of the world. Naval Security Group Activity Fort Gordon support personnel provide administrative and/or logistical support for the activity and for Company D, Marine Support Battalion. Naval Security Group Activity Fort Gordon is located in Building 29423 on Brainard Avenue.
The Navy Detachment Fort Gordon Satellite Communications School is a tenant command of the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Georgia. The Navy Detachment Satellite Communications School is exclusively responsible for training all Navy satellite communications operators and maintainers operating through the eight Navy Satellite Communication sites and various NATO sites around the world. The school's mission on Fort Gordon is to provide instructor support in satellite communications and communication security training. The Navy Detachment Fort Gordon Satellite Communications School also provides career and administrative management support for assigned personnel.
The 324th Signal Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve Command, an Echelons Above Corps unit, is tasked with providing tactical subscriber communications systems in support of units located in its area of operation. The most modern Echelons Above Corps signal battalion in the Reserve Forces pool, the 324th is equipped with state-of-the-art Digital Group Multiplexing Equipment and automatic voice switches. Located in three geographical areas, the battalion consist of a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Fort Gordon, three Area Communications Companies, A Company, Clemson, South Carolina, B Company, Fort Gordon and C Company, Athens, Georgia.
The Regional Training Site-Medical is one of three U.S. Army Reserve Command sites with the mission to provide training and training support for Deployable Medical Systems equipped, tactical hospitals. The Regional Training Site-Medical at Fort Gordon trains both active and reserve component tactical medical units and non-medical units by providing Deployable Medical Systems training and conducting multi-echelon field training exercises. The site also hosts medical noncommissioned officer advanced training, supports telemedicine and emerging communication technology demonstrations and provides training opportunities for government disaster response agencies. Over 7,000 military personnel from each service and other government agencies receive training support each year.
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