In response to the growing cyber mission at Fort Gordon, the post’s local advocacy organization will extend its scope to creating a cyber workforce in eastern Georgia and attracting high-tech companies to the region.
“The [CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon] is in a unique position to become the umbrella organization serving as the catalyst for the Fort Gordon Cyber District to become a nationally recognized cyber center of excellence,” Ron Thigpen, co-chair of the alliance’s strategic planning committee, said in a news release.
In December 2013, the Army said it would co-locate its cyber headquarters at Fort Gordon with its Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and a National Security Agency facility, placing the service’s operational cyber headquarters alongside the majority of its cyber mission forces. The post also is home to the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, formerly the U.S. Army Signal Center.
The alliance plans to collaborate with economic development organizations, academia, cyber-related businesses and nonprofits to promote the Fort Gordon Cyber District brand and foster the growth of high-tech capabilities throughout the region.
“Critical to this will be the promotion of increased investments in quality-of-life requirements for the region that will attract and retain a quality cyber workforce,” said Monty Osteen, co-chair of the alliance’s strategic planning committee.
“By 2020, the Fort Gordon Cyber District will have achieved national recognition as a destination for cyber work, life and play,” according to the alliance.
Separately, the alliance announced the retiring Thom Tuckey would be succeeded by Thomas Clark, a 32-year Army veteran, as executive director.
“Our community, state and nation owe a great deal of gratitude to Thom for his tireless efforts in supporting Fort Gordon through BRAC and establishing a best-in-class relationship between Fort Gordon and the CSRA [Central Savannah River Area] community,” said Alliance Chairman Stan Shepherd.
Clark retired from the Army in 2011 after serving as the senior enlisted advisor to the Fort Gordon commanding general.