New Army Cyber Headquarters dedicated at Fort Gordon
By JOZSEF PAPP | The Augusta Chronicle | Published: September 5, 2020
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — Fort Gordon officially became the home of Army Cyber Command in a dedication ceremony Thursday.
The new $366 million headquarters was named Fortitude Hall, in reference to World War II's Operation Fortitude, which was a part of the Allied plans to mislead Hitler about the invasion of Normandy.
The dedication was the culmination of plans that began in 2013 when the Army first directed Army Cyber Command to consolidate functions at Fort Gordon. The move unites Army Cyber organizations spread across facilities at three Army installations in three states.
During a call with reporters Thursday, Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, the commander of Army Cyber Command, said the headquarters are "a purpose-filled cyber weapons system." Army Under Secretary James McPherson said the move brings together the Army's cyber soldiers, commanders and trainees at Fort Gordon.
McPherson said the Augusta community has been very welcoming to Cyber Command's new headquarters. He said Georgia has invested millions in its cyber corridor in Augusta to go along with the Army's move.
"The community down here was very open arms," McPherson said. "We have a long history here at Fort Gordon with the local Southern Georgia and Augusta community."
Fogarty said that, over the course of the next year, more personnel are expected to move to the area and begin working at the new headquarters. He said there was some disruption to the plans because of COVID-19, but they feel they are ready to continue the move.
The Cyber Command headquarters is expected to bring 1,200 additional soldiers and civilian workers to Fort Gordon.