2014-01-24 / Front Page

Leaders brief Fort Gordon community on events, issues

By Bonnie Heater
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Lt. Col. Hollis L. Bush Jr., the director of emergency services and the provost marshal, talks about the new parking changes in post housing during the monthly Command Information Briefing Jan. 15 at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering Center. 
Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Lt. Col. Hollis L. Bush Jr., the director of emergency services and the provost marshal, talks about the new parking changes in post housing during the monthly Command Information Briefing Jan. 15 at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering Center. Photo by Bonnie Heater / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Fort Gordon held its quarterly Community Information Briefing Jan. 15 at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering Center.

The CIB is an event in which leaders and directors on the installation keep the Fort Gordon community informed of key post events, operations and information pertaining to the Fort Gordon and Central Savannah Area River.

During the open-mic portion of the program service members and civilian employees, family readiness support assistants, family readiness group leaders and family members can offer feedback and ask questions.

Individuals were reminded if they (including family members age 14 years and older) plan to travel outside the United States they should receive an antiterrorism briefing by a unit or installation AT staff member. A State Department travel advisory asked Americans to exercise caution if traveling to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Briefings can be arranged through the Installation Protection staff, Floyd Thomas or Tareyon Delegado at 791-9747 or 791-9748.

The post recently installed the Thor Guard Lightning Detection System to provide early warning for actual or potential dangerous lightning. The system is designed to provide 24-hour monitoring of electrostatic energy or lightning in the air within a radius of five nautical miles around the installation.

Key Fort Gordon events were discussed in the slide presentation. A detailed version of the installation event calendar can be found by visiting the Fort Gordon web page at www.gordon.army.mil/.

Lt. Col. Hollis L. Bush Jr., the director of emergency services and the provost marshal, reminded everyone that parking is not allowed on the streets of some housing areas.

“Fort Gordon law enforcement officers are issuing warning tickets through Feb. 6,” he said. “After that, violators will be receiving citations. The primary reason we are taking this action is that emergency vehicles must be able to navigate safely when responding to an incident. If vehicles are parked on the street this does not allow enough room for some of the DES larger emergency vehicles to maneuver and respond safely to a fire or police emergency incident.”

Bush stated that speeding incidents are up on post again, but down for second-time offenders.

“Cell phone usage and texting while driving is still a concern,” he said. The provost marshal reminded everyone the installation Automatic Installation Entry system is activated and the grace period to get your identification card registered ends Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. “If you are not registered by Feb. 14, you will be redirected to Gate 1,” said Bush.

John McIntyre, the director of human resources, discussed upcoming hiring fairs.

“The DeployNet Hiring event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and March 14 at the Army Career and Alumni Program Center,” McIntyre said. “They are looking specifically for Soldiers and veterans with skills and experience in telecom maintenance, fiber-optic communications, radio or information technology field. They will be hiring on the spot, if they find the right folks.”

“We are going to start a pilot workshop for senior noncommissioned officers and officers starting to transient out of the military March 17-14,” he added. “We will kick off our career technical track Jan. 28-29 and the Human Resources Command Officer Evaluation Record System Mobile Training Team Installation is scheduled Feb. 18-21.” For more information about the pilot program, the new OER Mobile Training Team visit or a listing of scheduled hiring fairs, call 791-7333 or 791-7356 or visit www.gordon.army. mil/dhr/career. htm.

Dave Parker, a representative from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, informed the Fort Gordon community of the temporary location of the Mobile Cath Lab. “It’s temporarily located in the Emergency Room ambulance parking area,” Parker said.

Chaplain (Col.) James Watson, the installation chaplain, invited everyone to attend the upcoming Fort Gordon National Prayer Breakfast scheduled for 7 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Gordon Conference and Catering Center.

“See your unit ministry team or stop by the Religious Support Center, Building 39709, before Feb. 20 to pick up your tickets because we expect a full house,” said Watson.

Heather Addis, the installation Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing director, highlighted some of the upcoming DFMWR events. They can be found at the DFMWR home page at http://www.fortgordon.com.

Col. Samuel G. Anderson, the installation garrison commander, addressed concerns about the future growth of the installations and the need for additional access entry points to the installation. He also addressed inquiries about building new gyms.

“I personally would like to see modifications to our existing gyms,” said Anderson.

The next CIB is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering Center. “The next Community Forum, Facebook Town Hall is slated for 11:30 a.m. March 19 on Facebook,” said Anderson.

Immediately following the CIB, the Fort Gordon FRG Connection meeting took place. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month following the CIB. Call 284-7618 or email fortgordonfrgconnection@gmail.com to learn more about the FRG Connection. Military spouses are invited to attend.

For more information about events and issues discussed during the Jan. 15 U.S. Army Garrison- Fort Gordon Community Information Briefing, visit www.gordon. army. mil and click on CIB on the left hand column under Downloads.

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