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Col. Shaw Pick steps into Fort Gordon garrison commander role

New Fort Gordon Garrison commander Col. Shaw Pick speaks during a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Gordon, Ga., Friday morning July 17, 2020.

MICHAEL HOLOHAN, THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE/TNS

By AMANDA KING | The Augusta Chronicle | Published: July 17, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — It's one of the military's most time-honored traditions, and on Friday, Col. Shaw Pick officially accepted the role of garrison commander of Fort Gordon at a change of command ceremony.

Pick will replace Col. James Clifford, who is retiring from the Army and will become the city administrator for North Augusta effective Aug. 17. During his two-year tenure at Fort Gordon, Clifford worked closely with Augusta, North Augusta and Columbia County as well as area chambers of commerce and school boards.

"(His) integration into the Fort Gordon and CSRA community has enhanced the quality of life for Fort Gordon," said Maj. Gen. Neil Hersey, the commanding general of the Army Cyber Center and Fort Gordon.

Hersey said Clifford and the garrison team were instrumental in the improvements of the morale, welfare and recreation program and the completion of the $2.5 million renovation of the Gordon Conference and Catering Center, where Friday's ceremony was held.

"It better suits the needs of the community with top quality catering and superb conferencing venues," he said.

Many more changes await the 79-year-old military installation as Pick steps into Clifford's role.

"I cannot think of a better leader to fill this very important role and carry the momentum forward for Fort Gordon," Clifford said.

Pick is no stranger to Fort Gordon after attending signal school there in 1997. Over his 23-year career, he has served four tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Among his awards and decorations are the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge.

When not at his office in Darling Hall, Pick said he plans to be active on the base and continue the relationships with Augusta-area leaders.

"My intention is to continue doing exactly what (Clifford) was doing," he said. "I look forward to being involved in two states and seven counties."

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