Fort Gordon leaders share valuable information on post issues, events
The CIB provides Fort Gordon leaders, family readiness support assistants, family readiness group leaders, military and civilian members of the installation, and family members with an overview of key installation events, operations and information regarding the post and the Central Savannah River Area. The quarterly session also gives Fort Gordon community members the opportunity to have their questions and concerns voiced and answered. It’s an interactive process.
Event host Bobby Ramtahal of the installation Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization, and Security introduced Thomas Fitzpatrick, director of the DPTMS, as the program narrator.
He welcomed the garrison commander, Col. Samuel G. Anderson, who thanked everyone for their support during the installation’s two major winter storms and an earthquake. “The staff at the Directorate of Public Works deserves a round of applause,” Anderson said. “This is not only for the actions taken during the storms, but for having the foresight years ago to bury all the power lines on this installation. We had the best power in all of the CSRA during the storms.”
“We have a significant amount of cleaning up going on and I appreciate the help from all the tenants, DPW and Balfour Beatty Communities on Fort Gordon,” he added. “We have a good bit of work left to do. It’s been a team effort and I really appreciate everyone’s support.”
The colonel briefly talked about the installation mayor meeting. “We conduct a monthly meeting with our mayors in the housing area and I encourage our leaders to attend the meetings, if you want to hear what your service members are saying about post housing,” Anderson said before turning the CIB back to Fitzpatrick.
A question raised at the January CIB regarding sidewalk safety was addressed and answered. Someone had asked if the sidewalk on the east side of Avenue of States between Burger King and the boundless playground, which is uneven, would be repaired soon. Fitzpatrick indicated that a risk assessment was conducted by the Directorate of Public Works and was determined the work on it could be deferred in order to handle high priorities at the moment. “Once DPW is able to shift priorities, that sidewalk will be removed,” Fitzpatrick said.
He also thanked all those involved in the storm recovery efforts on the installation. “Volunteers are needed in the CSRA communities to assist in debris cleanup,” Fitzpatrick explained. “Those that are interested can contact Vince Pacchiana, Fort Gordon’s emergency manager, at 791-9747 or 791-9748 for details about volunteer opportunities in the CSRA. Jonathan Blevins at (828) 406-5148 is organizing cleanup crews formed by Samaritan’s Purse Volunteers to clean yards of storm debris.”
The director of DPTMS reminded everyone that training areas are closed for recreational use, which includes biking and hiking, until the storm damaged to trees and debris is removed from the roadways. Clean up is expected to take several weeks.
Fitzpatrick pointed out several key events on the installation calendar. “The Army Emergency Relief Campaign runs from March 1 through May,” he said. Several upcoming employment workshops were announced.
He also encouraged everyone to come out and support the Special Olympics Games, which kicks off at 10 a.m. March 26 on Barton Field.
Lt. Col. Hollis Bush, director of emergency services and the installation provost marshal, pointed out speeding on the installation is still a problem. “We are also experiencing problems with individuals texting and using their cell phones while driving on post,” Bush said. “Recently, we observed one young lady go through the (entrance) gate and immediately started texting. This is called distracted driving and this is when an accident can occur. Please remind your folks not to use cells phones or smart phone while driving on post.”
He also reminded attendees that parking is not allowed on the streets of some housing areas. “We are issuing tickets now,” Bush said.
Mcintyre, director of human resources, discussed upcoming hiring fairs. “Civilian employees may obtain one hour of the Civilian Substance Abuse Training by completing one presentation on the Army Learning Management System as outlined on the Fort Gordon Army Substance Abuse Program website page, which is www.gordon. army. mil. asap,” Mcintyre explained.
John Ramey, the director of public works, talked about the future growth of the post. “Fort Gordon will be growing by 16 percent over the next four years,” Ramey said. “Key projects the installation is working to obtain approval are a new gate to replace Gates 2 and 3 and the construction of a new chapel.”
He also reminded everyone that the new intersection at Kilbourne, Lane and Brainard is open. “Road and side walk repairs or replacements are temporarily on hold due to funding,” Ramey said.
Dana Wardell, LifeWorks Coordinator for Balfour Beatty Communities, talked about their referral program. “Refer a friend to live at Fort Gordon and we’ll give you $300,” Wardell said.
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 DRMWR home page at http://www.fortgordon.com.
The next community forum, the Facebook Town Hall, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 19 on Facebook. The next CIB is slated for 11:30 a.m. April 16 at the Fort Gordon Catering and Conference Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For an in-depth look at material presented during CIB, visit http:// www.gordon.army.mil, go to the left hand column, under downloads, click on CIB Slides.