Fort Eisenhower (formerly Fort Gordon) Army Base Guide
Fort Eisenhower is a U.S. Army base located southwest of Augusta, Georgia and is the home of the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE). It was formerly known as Fort Gordon, but the base has been redesignated.
Fort Eisenhower is a multi-service military installation supporting Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Department of Defense operations. The base serves some 40 thousand troops and family members. You can learn more about Fort Eisenhower housing, child care, education opportunities, and important Fort Eisenhower contact numbers below.
Fort Eisenhower History
Fort Eisenhower is not one of the older bases in the Army repertoire. Some of the oldest were used during the American Revolution, but this Army installation wasn’t started until World War Two, opening in Georgia in the earliest days as Camp Gordon and used to train infantry headed to the European theatre to fight under General George Patton.
Camp Gordon was a demobilization/discharge site for troops returning to civilian life at the end of World War Two. It also served as a P.O.W. camp for Italian and German prisoners of war.
In 1948, Camp Gordon became the home of the Army Signal Corps Training Center. It also served as a training ground for Army law enforcement officers.
When the Korean War got underway, Camp Gordon went back into combat training mode. The installation was an Army basic training site in the 1950s before being inactivated.
For two decades, there was a process of reorganization and improvements. These changes would run through the 60s and 70s as Army planners consolidated training activities for the Signal Corps and streamlined communications training.
The future of Fort Gordon was laid in 1980 with the introduction of the Army Computer Science School. No one saw it coming back then, but it was a portent of things to come where the mission at Fort Gordon was concerned.
In 2014, the Army opened the U.S. Army Cyber branch and Cyber School. Both entities today fall under the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence. In October 2023, Fort Gordon was redesignated as Fort Eisenhower as part of a drive to rename military bases named after Confederate soldiers. Fort Eisenhower, formerly known as Fort Gordon, was the last Army base to be redesignated in this way.
The former Fort Gordon is approximately 20 miles from the city of Augusta, which is the home of the Masters Golf Championship. Augusta has plenty of other features, including the Augusta Museum of History, Fort GordonDinner Theater, and the Imperial Theater. This region is full of Americana, including Civil War historic sites, the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, and the American Dime Museum.
This area of the country has typically had a lower cost of living, mild weather and is known for its golf courses, including:
- Augusta Country Club
- Augusta Municipal Golf Club
- Forest Hills Goshen Golf Club Augusta
- Green Meadows Golf Club
- The Nine Hole
- West Lake
Mission and Units
Fort Eisenhower hosts the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and supports global, joint-service missions. Those include communications training, military intelligence, cyber operations, and mobilization.
Important missions and units have included:
- 15th Regimental Signal Brigade
- 551st Signal Battalion
- 369th Signal Battalion
- 442nd Signal Battalion
- Ordnance Training Detachment
- Cyber Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
- 35th Signal Brigade
- 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion
- 518th Signal Company
- 525th Processing Exploitation Dissemination Battalion
- 303rd Military Intelligence, B Company
- 319th Military Intelligence, B Company
- 502nd Military Intelligence, B Company
- 513th Military Intelligence Brigade
- 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion
- 297th Military Intelligence Battalion
- Department of Emergency Services
- Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
- Company D, Marine Support Battalion
- Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center
- Cyber Protection Brigade
- 706th Military Intelligence Group
- 707th Military Intelligence Battalion
- 116th Military Intelligence Brigade
- 199th MIC Company
- 782nd Military Intelligence Battalion
- 7th Signal Command
- Army Cyber/Joint Forces Headquarters
- Navy Information Operations Command
In-Processing and Check-In
If you have PCS orders to Fort Eisenhower, contact your sponsor and/or gaining unit for check-in and in-processing procedures.
Coordinate your arrival and check-in time with your sponsor for best results. If you have not yet been given a sponsor, notify your gaining unit. New arrivals are typically offered seven days to complete all inprocessing appointments and tasks.
If you are coming to Fort Eisenhower as a trainee, report to building 25710 no matter what time of day you arrive. Trainees needing a ride from the Augusta airport should call 706-791-8314.
Fort Eisenhower Child Care (CDC)
Fort Gordon/Fort Eisenhower has several Child Development Center options and Family Child Care options. Contact the CDC when you have orders to the area; high demand means waiting lists may apply. Not all CDC services or options may be available at all locations.
Call Parent Outreach Services as soon as you have your PCS orders to learn about current requirements to register, signup procedures for waiting lists, wait times, and alternative care options. Call 706-791-4455.
The Fort Eisenhower Main CDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Fort Eisenhower Housing
PCSing troops should contact the Fort Eisenhower Housing Services Office once they have orders to the area. Those TDY to the Fort for training should contact the training unit for information on lodging and check-in procedures.
For those assigned to the base, the cost of living is lower in the Augusta area. Off-post housing options will include below-the-national-average home purchase prices.
For more information, call the Housing Services Office at 706-791-5116. It’s best to check in with them prior to making a legally binding commitment to purchase or rent housing in the area.
PCS and TDY Lodging at Fort Eisenhower
At one time, there were multiple options for temporary lodging (TLF) options at Fort Eisenhower, including Stinson Hall and Fort Eisenhower Candlewood Suites. Today, all TLF facilities here are operated by IHG Army Hotels. You can make reservations by calling 1-877-711-TEAM.
This area is unique; troops PCSing here or coming on TDY orders during April must work their travel reservations around the high-demand Masters Golf Tournament season in the first two weeks of April.
This event is similar to major league football or baseball events; if you didn’t book early, you may not get a reservation for a hotel or rental car.
Temporary lodging is usually totally unavailable for those two Master’s tournament weeks, including hotel options at Fort Eisenhower. Do not travel to Augusta without reservations in the days leading up to the tournament, during it, and for a few days after the event.
The nearest major airport to the fort is Augusta Airport, some 10 miles from the base. There is another option in Greenville/Spartanburg but that airport is over 100 miles away. Tourist and golf seasons may complicate travel during those times of the year; be sure to coordinate with your sponsor to make your arrival as hassle-free as possible.
The usual ride-sharing and commercial taxi options may be available depending on the time and day of your arrival. Demand, weather, rush hour, and other variables may complicate your trip from the airport to Fort Eisenhower
Fort Eisenhower Vehicle Registration And Driver’s License
You are not required to register a vehicle on-base. However, the installation is restricted and you may be required to present your ID card, driver’s license, and proof of insurance to enter.
All vehicles are subject to 100% ID checks, searches, DUI checkpoints, or other stops while entering, leaving, or operating the vehicle on-post. You must carry all state-required insurance, safety equipment, and follow all safety guidelines while driving.
Fort Eisenhower Schools
Parents with school-age children PCSing to the area should contact the Fort Eisenhower School Support Services Office at 706-791-7270 to learn about current school options, new student enrollment, and transfer requirements.
You may be required to provide shot records, school transcripts, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and other documentation to register a child in the new school district.
If you live on-post, your children may attend schools in the Richmond County district. Troops living off-base may, depending on location, send their school-age children to schools in Columbia County.
According to DoD literature, “In Columbia County, the Board of Education operates 18 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 5 high schools, and one alternative school. All schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.”
Fort Eisenhower Colleges and Universities
There are multiple on-post-school options. Army Continuing Education Services (ACES) has an office in the Fort Eisenhower Command Support Center, with information on the following colleges featuring on-base classes at press time.
- Georgia Military College
- Central Michigan University
- Troy University
- Augusta Technical College
- University of Maryland
- University College
- Webster University
You can also get help with information from a variety of off-post colleges that offer distance learning or other options:
- Augusta University
- Augusta Technical College
- Aiken Technical College
- Augusta University – Medical College of Georgia
- The University of South Carolina at Aiken
Call the Education Services Division for more information on these or other programs. 706-791-2000.
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Fort Eisenhower Contacts
307 Chamberlain Avenue
Fort Eisenhower, GA 30905
Important Fort Eisenhower Contact Numbers
- Base Operator (706) 791-0110
- Child Development Center 706-791-4455
- Dental Care (706) 787-5738
- EFMP Family Support (706) 791-4872
- Emergency 911
- Family Advocacy Program (706) 791-3579
- Family Child Care/Resource and Referral (706) 791-1305
- Hospital Main (706) 787-5811
- Housing Office (706) 791-5116
- ID Cards/DEERS (706) 791-1930
- Information and Referral (706) 791-3579
- Legal Services and JAG (706) 791-7812
- Medical Appointments (706) 787-7300
- Military Personnel Division (706) 791-4449
- Mobilization and Deployment Readiness (706) 791-1958
- SHARP Hotline: (706) 791-6297
- Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
- Temporary Lodging (706) 790-3676
- Welcome Center (706) 791-1922
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About the author
Editor-in-Chief Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter/editor for Air Force Television News and the Pentagon Channel. His freelance work includes contract work for Motorola, VALoans.com, and Credit Karma. He is co-founder of Dim Art House in Springfield, Illinois, and spends his non-writing time as an abstract painter, independent publisher, and occasional filmmaker.