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US Army Cyber Command leader: Better schools, better commutes will help Fort Gordon thrive



AUGUSTA, Ga. — Attracting new cyber personnel to Fort Gordon hasn’t always been easy.

“I tell you, it was a significant task to convince over 1,000 civilians and military to move down from the national capital region to take a chance in Augusta,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, commander of the U.S. Army Cyber Command newly based at Fort Gordon. “But to me, it’s an easy sell. I’m a believer in what’s happening here.”

The sell could get even easier if the fort’s partnership with local stakeholders continues to thrive, he said Wednesday at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s Post-Legislative Breakfast. He discussed the almost $2.5 billion in military construction that’s been completed at the fort in the past seven years, and the $1 billion in construction still planned.

For workers at Fort Belvoir, Va., to move to Fort Gordon, two leading enticements have been the high quality of schools and less-troublesome commutes.

“A lot of people thought we were crazy a few years ago,” Fogarty said. How, they asked, would a suitably qualified workforce be assembled to operate the Army’s vast cyber systems?