2014-01-10 / Community Events

2013: Year in review

By Wilson A. Rivera & Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Fort Gordon celebrate Army birthday, renews Community Covenant Command Sgt. Ronald S. Pflieger, U.S. Army Signal Corps regimental sergeant major, signs the Community Covenant after Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, during the 238th Army Birthday celebration and covenant signing at Freedom Park June 14. Tammy Shepherd, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce president and Chief Executive Officer, and Navy Capt. James Brokaw, Naval Information Operations Command Georgia, also signed the community covenant. 
Photo by Wilson A. Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Fort Gordon celebrate Army birthday, renews Community Covenant Command Sgt. Ronald S. Pflieger, U.S. Army Signal Corps regimental sergeant major, signs the Community Covenant after Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, commanding general of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, during the 238th Army Birthday celebration and covenant signing at Freedom Park June 14. Tammy Shepherd, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce president and Chief Executive Officer, and Navy Capt. James Brokaw, Naval Information Operations Command Georgia, also signed the community covenant. Photo by Wilson A. Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office A look back at 2013, the year started off with deployments and uncertainty with civilian workforce furloughs.

Many families at Fort Gordon said farewell to deploying Soldiers with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and months later welcomed Soldiers assigned to the 518th Tactical Installation Network Company with the 63rd ESB. Signal units provided theater-wide communication support operations for Operation Enduring Freedom throughout the Middle East.


Competitors crawl through a concrete tunnel after successfully navigating ‘the big hill’ of the Marine Mud Challenge May 11 at Fort Gordon. The annual event is hosted by the Marine Detachment at Fort Gordon and comprises a four-mile course strewn with 24 military obstacles to include an 85-foot hill. The winner of this year’s competitive hardcore category was Marines Dominate which completed the course in 43 minutes, 3 seconds. 
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Competitors crawl through a concrete tunnel after successfully navigating ‘the big hill’ of the Marine Mud Challenge May 11 at Fort Gordon. The annual event is hosted by the Marine Detachment at Fort Gordon and comprises a four-mile course strewn with 24 military obstacles to include an 85-foot hill. The winner of this year’s competitive hardcore category was Marines Dominate which completed the course in 43 minutes, 3 seconds. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Jo Bridgwater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office In February, the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the preparation of furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration, which took effect in July.

In April, Fort Gordon and the Central Savannah River Area celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Fort Gordon Fisher House. The visionary dream of Zachary Fishers and his wife Elizabeth to provide a home away from home for military families while their loved ones receive medical care is supported by monetary contributions and the work of volunteers. Today there are about 60 Fisher Houses around the world.


The Lt. Dan Band entertains an audience of service members, friends, families, and well-wishers during “Thunder Over August” held May 18 at the Evans Towne Center Park. 
Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Lt. Dan Band entertains an audience of service members, friends, families, and well-wishers during “Thunder Over August” held May 18 at the Evans Towne Center Park. Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Throughout the year, the Army tackled some tough issues including reducing the number of suicides among its Soldiers and working to prevent sexual harassment and assaults in its ranks.

On the lighter side, the Fort Gordon Father- Daughter Dance provide an opportunity for military dads to bond with their young daughters; the area Special Olympics return to the post; and there were lots of shows and entertainment provided by the Fort Gordon Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

In October a ground breaking ceremony took place on Fort Gordon for the future expansion of the post Exchange shopping center that will offer the convenience of one-stop shopping under one roof.

In December the year wrapped up with an announcement to increase troop levels at Fort Gordon with the addition of new units and commands.

Signal Soldiers will start the new year with the one of the Army’s newest military occupational specialties, 25D, cyber network defender.

The year ended on a musical note by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band during a holiday concert performance in the Augusta area and free trees for troops at the Fort Gordon Christmas tree lighting.

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