Fort Gordon – also referred to as Camp Gordon – is one of the oldest military establishments, dating since 1917. It is spread over four different counties in Georgia – Columbia, Jefferson, Richmond and McDuffie. It consists of multiple components and represents the home of the US Army Signal Corps. A small part of the Signal Center is also hosted at the camp.
The first active role of this camp was in World War I. It was named after John Brown Gordon, a businessman who was also in the Confederate army and the US senate. It was opened in July, 1917. In its first years, the camp was not as popular in the area, mostly because many other forts were opened in various parts of Georgia. However, it gained popularity when the famous 82nd All American Division decided to use it for a home. The division was one of the most powerful ones at those times, with soldiers enrolled from multiple states.
Before World War II, the fort was supposed to be reconstructed and upgraded. It all started in 1941, but the process was stopped after the Pearl Harbor attack. During the war, the camp hosted not less than three different divisions. At the same time, it was also a secure prison for all the war prisoners.
Until 1970, Fort Gordon served as a training place for all the new soldiers. The professional troops who aimed for perfection were also trained individually. It had a huge word to say during the Vietnam war. Its role was then forgotten, as the base was abandoned.
These days, the fort was brought back to life. It is the largest training base in the United States, preparing more military troops than any other center in the country.
There are around 40 units from different domains hosted at the camp. Most of them are direct part of the army. Two of them are part of the air force, one of them belongs to the marines, while two others are part of the navy. They were brought to the fort in 2006, after the training base was reactivated. All the units directly respond to the Installation Management Command (IMCOM).
The Fort Gordon facilities are very diversified and willing to satisfy every inhabitant’s needs. The medical services are highly qualitative, with an army medical center and a lot of other offices throughout the camp. Even the pet lovers have the chance to care for their animals at the veterinary clinic in building S-500. The same clinic has very strict rules when it comes to the pets in the camp. Every animal, whether it is a dog or a horse, has to be registered here.
The temporary Fort Gordon inhabitants are usually hosted at specific buildings or hotels. The permanent or longterm citizens have their own homes. For every newcomer, the accommodation might be a little problematic due to all the bureaucratic procedures. You need to fill up some applications to be investigated before being given a home.