Fort Gordon’s new garrison commander Clifford arrives
The Fort Gordon that Col. Jim S. Clifford oversees today as garrison commander is not the Fort Gordon he trained at in the mid-1990s as a young officer.
The installation – like the surrounding metro Augusta area – has grown much bigger. And, he adds, better.
“It feels different, but it feels good,” said Clifford, who last week assumed command of the installation from Col. Todd Turner, who left for a deputy commander position at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Clifford’s two-year assignment managing Fort Gordon coincides with the installation’s massive buildup in cyber and military intelligence missions, the largest of which will be the opening of Army Cyber Command next to the National Security Agency cryptologic center in 2020. The new facility and the myriad projects associated with it – including construction of a new main entrance – represent more than $1.6 billion in investment during the next decade.