COMMAND SUPPORT CENTER OFFICIALLY OPENS
By Laura Levering of the Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office
The Fort Gordon garrison command held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the new Command Support Center Dec. 15.
Located in Building 35200, 3rd Avenue, the CSC was built where the PXtra previously stood. And decades before that, it was the site of Fort Gordon’s Main Exchange.
Col. Todd Turner, Fort Gordon garrison commander, said the ribbon cutting served as a means to emphasize that growth and transformation are happening on the installation.
“We are improving all our facilities and our services across the installation to not only support the organizations that are here today, but also Army Cyber Headquarters that will be here in summer of 2021,” Turner said.
The CSC is part of an effort to centralize readiness and resiliency support services. Turner said that officials have been looking at how services are delivered across different agencies and concluded that having the majority of services consolidated under one roof was the best way to deliver.
“What they’ve seen across the Army is this is a best practice when you bring together all of the installation support directorates in one location,” Turner said. “There is a lot of synergy here now between this facility and Darling Hall.”
The building houses directorates including Army Community Service, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Army Continuing Education System, Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response and Prevention, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Equal Opportunity Office, and Equal Employment Opportunity.
The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and Office of the Inspector General are in separate buildings attached to the CSC.
For Alvin Crawford, ACES supervisory education services specialist, the consolidation has had a tremendous impact on his department’s services and clients.
Since relocating from the old education center on Barnes Avenue to the CSC, the program has been able to expand its services by increasing the size of its multiuse learning facility and by adding two universities; one of which offers a bachelor’s degree program in technology with a concentration in cyber security.
“That’s the biggest and most important thing that we’ve been trying to do, so now we can reach out and give the Soldiers and others what they wanted,” Crawford said. “They wanted the cyber degrees offered, and now they have an institution to offer that.”
Putting in perspective just how much Fort Gordon is evolving, Turner said the CSC was one of 76 more ribbon cuttings to come.
“That’s what is exciting,” Turner said. “ The Army is investing $1.6 billion in this facility because cyber touches everything in our lives and it also touches everything in our military network.”