Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs applauded the Army’s announcement that Fort Gordon, Georgia will become the headquarters for U.S. Army Cyber Command / 2nd Army (Cyber).
This decision culminates a four year effort to select the best location to host the Army’s operational cyber capabilities. During that time, Chambliss and Isakson have worked closely with senior leaders of the Army, including the Secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, to advocate for Fort Gordon and Augusta. As vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Chambliss also worked closely with the General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. CYBERCOM, in support of Fort Gordon.
In addition to locating the headquarters of U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon, the Army will establish a standing cyber joint task force headquarters. This command and control structure will dramatically improve the operational effectiveness of Army cyber capabilities. This basing decision brings approximately 700 new personnel to Fort Gordon, along with a three star commander.
“I am pleased the Army selected Fort Gordon as the new home of U.S. Army Cyber Command,” said Chambliss. “I have worked tirelessly over the past four years, engaging senior leaders in the U.S. Army and U.S. Cyber Command to promote Fort Gordon as the logical choice. Establishing this command at Fort Gordon builds on the existing intelligence and cyber capabilities on post, provides the most cost-effective solution in a time of fiscal austerity, and takes advantage of the unmatched quality of life provided by the City of Augusta and surrounding area. Basing this increasingly important capability at Fort Gordon is the right thing to do for the Army and the national security of the United States”
“I am confident the Army made the right decision by selecting Fort Gordon as the new home for U.S. Army Cyber Command,” said Isakson. “Since the Army started considering a new location four years ago, I have engaged the Army and the Department of Defense to make it clear that Fort Gordon was the most capable and cost-effective option to handle the crucial mission of U.S. Army Cyber Command. The Army made the correct choice for our national security and for taxpayers. I know the city of Augusta and the people of the Central Savannah River Area will undoubtedly provide the community support necessary to keep this important mission at Fort Gordon for years to come.”