2018-12-14 / Front Page

Installation prepares for holiday block leave

Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

If Fort Gordon seems unusually quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, do not be alarmed.

An estimated 5,000 Soldiers will vacate the installation next week for holiday block leave; a vast majority of them are Soldier-trainees.

The intent of holiday block leave is to provide a safe departure and return of 15th Signal Brigade and Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE) Soldiers during the holiday season.

Maj. Brittiane Staton, 15th Signal Brigade operations officer, is instrumental in the coordination, preparation and execution of holiday block leave movement operations. And while she is key in bringing plans to life, it is a feat that would not be possible without the help of many hands.

“HBL could not be a success without Garrison, CCoE staff, Aladdin Travel, the Fort Gordon Bus Station, Friendship Chapel congregation volunteers, Augusta Regional Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” Staton said. “Each organization listed provides elements to the success of HBL.”

Soldiers who have decided not to take holiday block leave will be assigned to a holding company. They will be required to attend daily formations for accountability and be given the majority of the day to do as they wish. Those Soldiers will also be presented with opportunities to participate in activities and travel to events across the Central Savannah River Area and Atlanta.

“Support for our holding company works directly with MWR to provide Soldiers who will not be taking leave the opportunity to travel to events during the holidays instead of staying in the barracks,” Staton said.

Local activities include wall climbing at Active Climbing Augusta, visiting residents at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and activities at various MWR recreation facilities.

“Dominoes will be providing two pizza parties during the leave, Boingo Wireless will be coming out for a Trivia Night, and the Fort Gordon Game Stop will be providing gaming systems and games for a gaming night,” said Cathy Shaw, Support Services Division, DFMWR.

Soldiers will also have an opportunity to experience Lights of the South and Augusta on Ice at no cost to them.

Soldiers on block leave must return to their unit no later than midnight, Jan. 3.

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