Installation Overview: Fort Gordon, Georgia

Everything You Should Know About Fort Gordon, Georgia

Fort Gordon is located in Richmond, Jefferson, McDuffie, and Columbia counties in Georgia, and it is home to the U.S. Army Signal Corps and Signal Center. The main component of the post is the Advanced Individual Training for Signal Corps military occupational specialties. The U.S. Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon, which serves as the home of the Signal Corps, is one of the largest branch training centers in the United States Army.

History

Soldiers at Fort Gordon set up a satellite terminal during a training exercise.
Sgt. Ken Scar/U.S. Army

Camp Gordon was named after Confederate Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon. During World War II, the installation was activated for infantry and armor training. In September 1948, the Signal Corps Training Center was established here. Camp Gordon was re-designated Fort Gordon and become a permanent Army installation in 1956. Designating the installation of the U.S. Army Signal Center, the Army consolidated all communications training at Fort Gordon in 1974.

Location

Fort Gordon is located just a few miles southwest of Augusta, Ga., and covers 56,000 acres of land.

If arriving at Fort Gordon by Augusta Regional Airport, commonly called Bush Field, you'll exit from the airport's main entrance and take Tobacco Road. Tobacco Road will lead you directly into the post via Gate 5.

From Airport by Taxi

If you need ground transportation to the post, exit the airport terminal and you should find a taxi stand. Make sure that the cab is a Radio Cab that has "Post Service" written on both front doors and is marked with a two-digit number. Other cabs may deliver you to Fort Gordon, but the cost may be substantially higher. There is no shuttle transportation to the post.

For AIT Soldiers only

You may call the Fifteenth Signal Brigade staff duty at (706) 791-8314 and request to have the driver pick you up at the airport.

Population/Major Units Assigned

Fort Gordon has a workforce of more than 4,600 civilians and more than 12,000 soldiers, and is home to the following active-duty tenant units:

  • Fifteenth Regimental Signal Brigade, home to the 73rd Ordnance (TRADOC), 369th Signal (TRADOC), 447th Signal (TRADOC), and 551st Signal Battalions
  • 35th Signal Brigade, home to the 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, and 67th and 50th Signal Battalions (formerly the 93rd Signal Brigade)
  • 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, home to Task Force Lightning and the 202nd and 297th MI Battalions
  • 35th Military Police Detachment
  • 116th Military Intelligence Group, home of the 206th MI Battalion

Main Phone Numbers

Main phone numbers:

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

Temporary Lodging

Fort Gordon has 736 transient quarters available for government travelers. The majority of these quarters are single rooms designed for and primarily supporting the TDY (temporary duty yonder) student population. There are a limited number of quarters suitable for PCS (permanent change of station) families with more than two children, although multiple room reservations can be made when available.

Lodging has limited designated pet rooms. You should indicate your pet requirement when making reservations so the base can inform you of availability and additional associated costs. A list of local hotels and motels is available on the Army Community Services website. The list identifies those that accept pets.

The base gives priority of assignment to TDY students due to the new Military Training Service Support (MTSS) program initiative, PCS, and other transient guests. MTSS students do not make advanced reservations because they are booked via ATRRs. All others may call for reservations at 706-790-3676 ext. 1007 or 1008.

Housing

Fort Gordon currently has about 900 family housing units. Many have garages and fenced backyards. The number of units available at any given time varies due to new construction and renovation work.

Residents living in Fort Gordon housing will release their BAH (basic allowance for housing) to GMH Military Housing. If both husband and wife in one home or dwelling are active-duty residents, only the senior member or the member drawing BAH with a dependent rate—whichever is higher—will release the BAH to the landlord.

Barracks housing for single service members is controlled by each unit. Renovations are underway for some barracks buildings. There is a wide variety of room configurations depending on rank and unit.

Augusta has many apartments ​within a few miles of Fort Gordon. Rent is reasonable and below national averages. Typically, vacancies will be common due to high turnover among military residents. There are few, if any, furnished apartments available, and furnished corporate apartments can be found but are expensive.

Schools

Children of personnel assigned to Fort Gordon typically attend public schools in either Richmond or Columbia County. High school students living on the installation attend Richmond Academy High School. Transportation is provided by Richmond County. Elementary and middle school students living on the installation attend Freedom Park Elementary School, a Richmond County school located on the installation.

If your child is entering kindergarten, you will need a certified copy of your child's birth certificate, a Georgia Certificate of Immunization (Ga. Form 3032), and a Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear, and Dental Examination (Ga. Form 3300). If your child is entering school from another state, you will need the two Georgia forms and a copy of your child's last report card. Special education is available at all schools.

Parents of children with special needs can facilitate the transition from their child's previous school to enrollment in Richmond County Schools by providing a copy of their child's current Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

Typically, high school extracurricular programs include school publications, academic clubs, student government, fine arts, ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps), color guard (usually associated with a marching band), and cheerleading.

Davidson is a fine arts magnet school and has some of the highest SAT scores in the state. Entrance is by audition only.

Many military-dependent children attend schools in neighboring Columbia County.

Bus service is available at no cost.

For information on home schooling, call the director of student services at (706) 541-0650.

Brenau University, Paine College, Southern Illinois University, Georgia Military College, Troy University, and Central Michigan University offer degree programs on Fort Gordon.

Child Care

All children must be registered to use any child and youth services (CYS) program. Documents needed to register for CYS include:

  • Current immunization record
  • Birth certificate, Social Security card
  • Leave and earning statement (for both parents)
  • Three local emergency contacts

Guardians should bring their legal power of attorney. Parents have 30 days to provide central registration with a family care plan and documentation of a recent medical physical for each child. Call (706) 791-4455/4722 for an appointment.

The Fort Gordon Child Development Center offers full-day developmental programs for infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers, and preschool children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The program also offers hourly care services to parents who need care on an intermittent basis for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Child care is provided in the hourly program by reservation only.

The Child Development Center Annex, Building 45400, houses the pre-kindergarten program. The pre-kindergarten program is offered during the regular school year and follows the Richmond County School calendar. Because it is part of the Georgia Pre-K program, there is no charge for this service.

The administrative offices for the Family Child Care Program are located in Building 45400. FCC providers receive the same competency-base training as the Child Development Center (CDC) program. All homes undergo periodic inspections.

The Fort Gordon School Age Services (SAS) program is designed to service children 5-10 years of age.

Medical Care

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center (DDEAMC), two Veterans Administration hospitals, and several other local hospitals provide medical care to Fort Gordon personnel and their family members.

DDEAMC offers a wide variety of medical specialties and clinics. Patients needing any specialty not found at the hospital will most likely be referred to one of the many local hospitals.

DDEAMC is a 300-bed hospital and serves as the headquarters of the Army's Southeast Regional Medical Command. SERMC oversees the Army's hospitals and clinics within the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

The Health and Wellness Center, located in Building 29605, is the central resource for health education classes, health risk assessments, fitness assessments, health information, community health awareness, individual and group counseling, preventive health screenings, and fitness programs.

The U.S. Army Dental Activity provides comprehensive dental care at three dental clinic locations. Snyder Dental Clinic treats active duty military for sick call or annual examinations.

Tingay Dental Clinic, located in Building 320, provides specialty care by referral in periodontics, endodontics, and prosthodontics.

The Hospital Dental Clinic, on the first floor of the DDEAMC, provides oral and maxillofacial surgery by referral. Military personnel assigned to the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, U.S. Army Dental Activity, and U.S. Army Dental Laboratory receive their dental care at this location.