Military officials say they're moving forward with a plan that will consolidate U.S. cyberspace training into a new center of excellence at Fort Gordon in east Georgia. The Army's chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, has approved the plan, which officials describe as one of the most significant reorganizations in American intelligence.
Authorities say a new radio system being installed at a Georgia Army base is frustrating hundreds of homeowners in the Augusta area who have been locked out of their garages because of jammed remote-control signals. The confusion began last week, when Fort Gordon upgraded its land-mobile radios to a 390 megahertz bandwidth, the same frequency used in automatic garage door remotes.
With the U.S. Army developing plans to cut 80,000 troops from its active-duty roster, one military expert says it will be nearly impossible for Georgia’s three major Army bases to avoid some reduction in personnel. The question is what those cuts will look like, said Gary Jones a retired Army colonel and now executive vice president for military affairs at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Gordon in eastern Georgia will hold a listening session tomorrow/Thursday (Noon-2pm). Officials want to hear from the community on force reductions. J.C. Matthews, a spokesman for the Fort, says the Army plans to reduce its troops by 80 thousand worldwide.
Middle Georgia officials have warned of an immediate $83 million impact around Robins Air Force base if automatic federal spending cuts take effect Friday. Retired Major General David Bockel talks more about the defense-related impacts of the federal sequester in Georgia.
Military officials say a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the traveling wall opened Thursday after a solemn ceremony. Col. Robert Barker, the garrison commander, invited people to visit the three-quarter-scale model of the national monument over Memorial Day weekend.
Augusta’s mayor thinks his region’s economy relies too heavily on government installations like Fort Gordon and the Savannah River Site. Mayor Deke Copenhaver wants to change that with a regional collaboration center focused on the technology, energy and health sectors.