The site for Camp Gordon was selected in the spring of 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor forced the Army to open the camp early, and some of the staff were forced to use incomplete facilities. The 4th Infantry Division, 26th Infantry Division, and 10th Armored Division began training at Camp Gordon before being deployed to Europe.
After World War II, plans to deactivate Camp Gordon were in place. However, pressure from the Cold War maintained the camp’s active status. The Military Police School was relocated to Camp Gordon, and the Signal Corps training center was established. In 1956, the installation was designated as Fort Gordon.
Fort Gordon provided basic training and some specialized training during the Vietnam War. The base grew tremendously when the United States Signal Corps and the Army Computer Science School moved to Fort Gordon in the 1980s.
Today, the installation focuses on communications training and other readiness training. Fort Gordon’s main focus is to train signal and ordnance soldiers. The base hosts the 35th Signal Brigade, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, and the Regional Security Operations Center.
Fort Gordon is a few miles southwest of Augusta. The city of Augusta has a rich history, dating back to several indigenous human populations. Today, the city is noted for its beautiful parks and a great love for golf. The Masters Tournament is hosted in Augusta.
The historic city of Savannah is roughly two hours hours from Fort Gordon. For a taste of the big city, Atlanta is a good day trip destination. Charleston, South Carolina is close enough for an easy weekend getaway.
The Richmond County School System serves families living on Fort Gordon. Other school systems, such as Columbia County School System and Aiken County Public School District of South Carolina, serve families in neighboring communities. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center provides healthcare to base personnel and family members. There are also two Veterans Administration hospitals in the area. Additionally, there are many hospitals and clinics in the neighboring communities.
Housing on base is privatized and managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. The number of available units tends to vary, particularly due to recent developments and renovations. Housing off base is available in Augusta and the surrounding areas, including some communities in South Carolina. Housing costs are moderate compared to the national average. Temporary housing is available through IHG Army Hotels. Several hotel options are also available close to base.