Fort Eisenhower

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Fort Eisenhower
Augusta, Georgia
Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Eisenhower, logo
Area86.87 square miles (225.0 km2)
Site information
OwnerUnited States federal government
Controlled by United States Army
Site history
Built1941 (1941)
In useOctober 1941–present
Garrison information
Major General Paul T. Stanton[1]
GarrisonU.S. Army Garrison Fort Eisenhower

Fort Eisenhower, formerly known as Fort Gordon and Camp Gordon, is a United States Army installation established southwest of Augusta, Georgia in October 1941. It is the current home of the United States Army Signal Corps, United States Army Cyber Command, and the Cyber Center of Excellence as well as the National Security Agency/Central Security Service' Georgia Cryptologic Center (NSA Georgia or NSAG). It was once the home of the Provost Marshal General School and Civil Affairs School. Fort Eisenhower is one of the largest US Army installations in the world with more than 16,000 military service members and 13,500 civilian personnel assigned to it.[2]

One of the major components of the installation is Advanced Individual Training for Signal Corps military occupational specialties. Signals Intelligence has become more visible and comprises more and more of the post's duties.[2]


When established in later 1941, the installation was originally named after John Brown Gordon. While he was a major general in the Confederate army during the Civil War, after the war he held state and national offices: he was elected twice as a United States Senator (D-GA) and between these terms in the late 19th century served as Governor of Georgia.[2] It was one of several U.S. Army installations named for prominent Confederate officers.

In the early 21st century, the Department of Defense Naming Commission recommended it be renamed as Fort Eisenhower,[3][4] for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had also served as Commanding General of the Allied Forces during World War II. On 5 January 2023 William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment directed the full implementation of the recommendations of the Naming Commission.[5] The redesignation occurred 27 October 2023.[a][7][8]

A different Camp Gordon existed in Chamblee, Georgia near Atlanta during World War I. During World War I, the US Army Camp Hancock was located in Augusta, Georgia in the general vicinity of the current Daniel Field. Camp Hancock was the home of the 28th Infantry Division from Pennsylvania. Camp Hancock was abandoned and turned over to a caretaker detachment on 27 March 1919.[9][10][11]

From 1919 until 1941, there was no army installation named Camp Gordon in existence, nor was there any installation located near Augusta, Georgia.[9][10][11]


World War II era[edit]

Greetings from Fort Gordon, Georgia (Curt Teich large-letter postcard, 1943)

Camp Gordon was approved as the name for a WWII division training camp which began construction in July 1941. The U.S. War Department approved a contract to construct facilities on a new training area near Augusta, in Richmond County, Georgia, which had been selected several months earlier. A groundbreaking and flag-raising ceremony took place in October. In response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Colonel Herbert W. Schmidt, camp commander, moved his small staff from his temporary office in the Augusta post office building to the unfinished headquarters building at Camp Gordon on 9 December 1941. The 4th Infantry Division began to establish operations there.

The post was home to three divisions during the war: the 4th Infantry, the 26th Infantry, and the 10th Armored. From October 1943 to January 1945, Camp Gordon served as an internment camp for foreign prisoners of war. From May 1945 until April 1946, the U.S. Army Personnel and Separation Center processed nearly 86,000 personnel for discharge from the Army.[12]

Post-World War II[edit]

SP5 Lawrence E. Blackman (Darlington, SC) Hq & Hq Co, USASTC, receives the first typhus shot administered by a jet injector at Fort Gordon by John R. Gordon, representative of the R.P. Scherer Corp. of Detroit, August 1959.

From early 1946 to June 1947, the U.S. Army Disciplinary Barracks for convicted criminals was located at Camp Gordon, and the installation was scheduled for deactivation. In September 1948 the Army relocated the Military Police School from Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, to Camp Gordon. In October 1948 a Signal Corps training center was activated here.

On 21 March 1956, the post was renamed Fort Gordon.

During the 1950s and into the 1970s, Fort Gordon served as a basic training facility under the US Third Army.

During the Vietnam War, the post was home to Camp Crockett, an area of the post conducting 9-week advance airborne infantry training courses for soldiers in line to attend their remaining 3 weeks of Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. These soldiers were headed for assignment to Airborne units in Vietnam. This location closed as the war ended; today the site is overgrown with pine trees.[13]

Between 1966 and 1968, approximately 2,200 Signal Officers were trained at the post's Signal Officer Candidate School (OCS), before all US Army branch OCSs were merged with the Infantry OCS at Fort Benning. Until 1974 and the end of the Vietnam War, Fort Gordon was also a training location for the Military Police Corps. This was located in the World War II wooden barracks corridor between Brainard Avenue and Avenue of the States, and in the Brems Barracks area of the fort.

In 1974 the Army moved its main Signal School from Fort Monmouth, New Jersey to Fort Gordon to consolidate all signal training in one location. The activity was designated as the US Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon. At the same time, the Army moved the MP School to Fort McClellan, Alabama and the Civil Affairs School to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Since June 1986 the post has been the home of the Signal Corps Regiment, the branch of the U.S. Army responsible for providing and maintaining information systems and communication networks. The US Army Signal School's primary purpose is to conduct specialized instruction for all Signal Corps military and civilian personnel.[14] During the 1990s the post served as a home for deployable Signal and Military Intelligence units as well.

The other major activity was health care, to include a Dental Lab along with a major Army Hospital, Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center. Fort Eisenhower is a diversified post where army Signal, Military Intelligence, Medical, and now Cyber are housed. The senior mission partner remains the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence.

Eisenhower method[edit]

As Supreme Commander in World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower prioritized the Allies' actions by a maxim paraphrased — "The important things are seldom urgent; the urgent things are seldom important";[15] however some things can be both urgent and important (the Eisenhower box). One of Eisenhower's requirements was that a report to him fit on a single sheet of paper. This allowed Eisenhower to manage the workload. Eisenhower later popularized this maxim while serving as President of Columbia University.

The co-location of Cyber operations and the Cyber Center of Excellence has resulted in Fort Eisenhower shifting from a mission devoted to institutional training to becoming a 24/7 operational installation,[b] to [Operate, Defend, Attack, Influence, and Inform] (ODAY,[16] pronounced "o'day").


On 24 May 2022, the Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America submitted a recommendation to Congress that the post be renamed to Fort Eisenhower, in commemoration of General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States.[17][18][19][20]

The Cyber Center of Excellence was redesignated Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Eisenhower on 27 October 2023 at Barton Field.[21]

Consolidating operations and facilities[edit]

Due to increases in the need and use of cyber technology, the US Army decided to consolidate the United States Army Cyber Command into one location. Fort Gordon and Fort George Meade were considered to receive this command.[22] In December 2013 it was announced that Fort Gordon was selected.[23]

In September 2014, the US Army established the US Army Cyber branch and Cyber School at Fort Gordon. Both the Signal School and Cyber School are subordinate elements of the US Army Cyber Center of Excellence, the headquarters of which was formerly known as the US Army Signal Center of Excellence. The chiefs of the Signal and Cyber branches - the Chief of Signal and the Chief of Cyber - are dual hatted as the commandants of their respective schools and serve as the proponent chiefs for their branches and regiments.

In October 2016, the post marked its 75th year as a continuous active US military installation near Augusta, Georgia. In 2018, the Installation Management Command became part of the Army Material Command; the installation facilities now belong to AMC, with the TRADOC Cyber Center of Excellence commander serving as the senior mission partner in addition to his TRADOC duties of education and training.

Fortitude Hall is the new headquarters of the US Army Cyber Command based at Fort Eisenhower.

Fort Eisenhower is home to the US Army Signal and Cyber Schools.[24] In March 2020 Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) relocated from Virginia to its new home in Fortitude Hall, co-joined with the National Security Agency — Georgia headquarters. The co-location of the Army Cyber operational headquarters with its institutional Schoolhouse for Cyber Warriors, afforded unique opportunities to enrich institutional courses and training with operational experience and real-world lessons.

With the establishment of the Army Cyber Corps, and relocation of the Army Cyber command, Fort Eisenhower has shifted from a focus on institutional training to becoming a 24/7 operational installation, for the Cyber Military Intelligence Group (CMIG), the Information Warfare Operations Center (IWOC), and the Joint Mission Operations Center —Georgia (JMOC-G).[b]

Training and current operations[edit]

The Signal school focuses primarily on communications technology that is currently being utilized by the United States Army to provide the DODIN or Department of Defense Information Network, the platform for cyberspace operations. One MOS or Military Operational Specialty that is currently being trained at Fort Eisenhower by the Signal School are the Signal Support System Specialists whose MOS designation is 25U or 25 Uniform. Soldiers that can perform both Signal and Cyber related jobs are in high demand throughout the army and because of this Fort Eisenhower has a steady stream of soldiers training on base in those disciplines.[26]

Units and facilities[edit]

U.S. Soldiers stand ready for a cannon salute during the 7th Signal Command activation and reception 6 March 2009, at Fort Gordon, Ga 090306-A-NF756-001

Fort Eisenhower's official name is the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Eisenhower, or CyberCoE&FE. While the TRADOC school itself is a major function, the post is home to the following active-duty tenant units:

Fort Eisenhower has approximately 30,000 military and civilian employees and currently has an estimated $1.1 billion economic impact on the Augusta-Richmond County economy.

Berlin Wall display[edit]

Fort Eisenhower's display of sections of the Berlin Wall

In Freedom Park, located off Rice Road, across from Barton Field, is a display of two sections of the Berlin Wall, as well as a sign from the wall.[29]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Redesignation to Fort Eisenhower was on 27 October 2023.[6]
  2. ^ a b This text incorporates material from the ARCYBER web page.[25]
    5 capabilities (o d a i i), pronounced o'day:
    As of (23 Sep 2023). Subject to change.
    1. Operate
      • NETCOM
    2. Defend
      • Cyber Protection Brigade
      • 91st Cyber Brigade
      • U.S. Army Reserve Cyber Protection Brigade
    3. Attack
      • Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber (JFHQ-C)
      • 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber)
      • 11th Cyber Battalion (formerly 915th Cyber Warfare Battalion)
    4. Influence
      • 1st Information Operations Command (IOC)
      • U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command
      • 151st Theater IO Group
      • 71st Theater IO Group
      • 56th Theater IO Group
    5. Inform:
      • Cyber Military Intelligence Group (CMIG)
  1. ^ "Major General Paul T. Stanton (USA)". General Officer Management Office. Archived from the original on 16 July 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Army Fort Eisenhower". U.S. Army. 1 December 2023. Archived from the original on 4 June 2022. Retrieved 6 April 2024.
  3. ^ Levenson, Michael (11 June 2020). "These Are the 10 U.S. Army Installations Named for Confederates". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Recommendation". The Naming Commission. August 2022. Archived from the original on 9 October 2022. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder Holds an On-Camera Press Briefing". US Department of Defense. 5 January 2023. Archived from the original on 20 April 2023. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  6. ^ (27 Oct 2023) Fort Eisenhower redesignation ceremony
  7. ^ "Plans are coming together for Fort Gordon renaming ceremony". MSN. Archived from the original on 17 March 2023. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  8. ^ Scribner, Herb (25 March 2023). "6 Army bases named after Confederate leaders get dates for new names". Axios. Archived from the original on 18 April 2023. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  9. ^ a b Camp Gordon Archived 8 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine historical marker
  10. ^ a b Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War: Zone of the Interior Territorial Departments Tactical Divisions Organized in 1918 Posts, Camps, and Stations Volume 3, Part 2. (Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington DC 1988) pages 821-822 and 826-828.
  11. ^ a b The New Georgia Encyclopedia, World War I in Georgia: Federal Installations and War Camps Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  12. ^ Dunn, Mark: Fort Gordon from the New Georgia Encyclopedia Online (10 June 2005)
  13. ^ "". Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  14. ^ Army Signal Corps (Jun 2023) Army Communicator, Monthly publication of the Signal Corps, 163rd anniversary retrospective
  15. ^ Drake Baer (April 10, 2014), "Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, Business Insider, (accessed 31 March 2015)
  16. ^ U.S. Army Cyber Command (.mil) (2020) Operate, Defend, Attack, Influence, and Inform
  17. ^ "Name Recommendations". The Naming Commission. n.d. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022.
  18. ^ Sellers, Maria (24 May 2022). "Federal panel picks Fort Eisenhower as new name for Fort Gordon". WRDW/WAGT. Augusta, Georgia. Archived from the original on 27 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022. Right now, a federal panel is in the process of recommending new names for nine different Army posts currently named after confederate officers. [...] Fort Gordon is on that list, named after Confederate General John Gordon. [...] The panel recommended renaming the post, Fort Eisenhower, in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a World War II general who became the 34th U.S. president.
  19. ^ Williams, Dave (26 May 2022). "Commission recommends new names for Georgia forts Gordon and Benning". Capitol Beat News Service. Georgia Press Educational Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 May 2022. Retrieved 27 May 2022. A commission created to rename military bases currently named for historical figures with ties to the Confederacy is recommending renaming Fort Gordon near Augusta for former President and World War II military leader Dwight Eisenhower.
  20. ^ Davis Winkie (27 October 2023) With Eisenhower renaming, Army’s 100+ years honoring Confederates ends
  21. ^ Staff, WRDW/WAGT (11 Jul 2023) Date set for renaming of Fort Gordon; new logo announced Archived 18 October 2023 at the Wayback Machine 27 October 2023 at Barton Field
  22. ^ "The Army's cyber command facility with a Star Trek-inspired showroom may be falling apart". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 13 May 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  23. ^ "Army Settles on Augusta For Cyber Forces Headquarters". 20 December 2013. Archived from the original on 5 April 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  24. ^ Gallagher, Matt (27 March 2018). "Army of 01101111: The Making of a Cyber Battalion". Wired. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  25. ^ a b ARCYBER (23 Sep) U S Army Cyber Command: an overview
  26. ^ Craig, Jeremy (1 December 2004). "Soldiers parachute in for special symposium Unit is trained to jump into combat areas and set up communications". The Florida Times-Union. Augusta, Georgia. ProQuest 4144262955. Archived from the original on 18 October 2023. Retrieved 1 December 2020 – via ProQuest.
  27. ^ Dottie White USASMDC (2 Feb 2024) Top Army generals for cyber, space and special ops convene at Peterson Space Force Base: ARCYBER, SMDC, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  28. ^ "NIOC Georgia History". NAVIOCOM Georgia. United States Navy. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  29. ^ Fort Gordon, p. 117, at Google Books

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