2019-03-29 / Front Page

ONWARD INTO THE FUTURE

Ceremony marks beginning of cyber campus
Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


The morning of March 27 finds shovels in action for the Cyber Center of Excellence’s groundbreaking, a few yards from Greely Hall. The nearby landscape is to undergo major changes over the next year, making way for new Cyber Command facilities. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The morning of March 27 finds shovels in action for the Cyber Center of Excellence’s groundbreaking, a few yards from Greely Hall. The nearby landscape is to undergo major changes over the next year, making way for new Cyber Command facilities. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The transformation of making Fort Gordon the Army’s home of cyber began about five years ago, and it is about to become more visually evident on the installation.

Fort Gordon held a de-memorialization and groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in front of Greely Hall. The ceremony marked the beginning of construction for the new Cyber Center of Excellence campus.

Greely Hall is the first of 12 other buildings that will be demolished as part of the campus transformation. The main campus will center around the Signal Towers footprint, which will also come down as part of the transformation. In total, the campus will be comprised of four new buildings and seven existing buildings that will be renovated to modern standards.

Lt. Andrew Chung, 442nd Signal Battalion, pauses for a picture March 27 with two descendants of Medal of Honor recipient and Greely Hall namesake Adolphus Greely: Jack Greely (great-grandson), of Leonardtown, Maryland; and Alice Greely Nelson (great-granddaughter), of Baltimore. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Lt. Andrew Chung, 442nd Signal Battalion, pauses for a picture March 27 with two descendants of Medal of Honor recipient and Greely Hall namesake Adolphus Greely: Jack Greely (great-grandson), of Leonardtown, Maryland; and Alice Greely Nelson (great-granddaughter), of Baltimore. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, said that the new campus will pave way for Fort Gordon and the CCoE to become the nation’s premiere education and training site for signal, cyber, and electronic warfare professionals.

About 15,000 signal and cyber Soldiers train at Fort Gordon every year. Morrison said that training will continue and remain a priority during the campus’s construction, which is expected to last through fiscal year 2027.


Autographing shovels used by the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) groundbreaking ceremony held March 27 are ARCYBER Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty and Army Chief of Information Officer Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Autographing shovels used by the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) groundbreaking ceremony held March 27 are ARCYBER Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty and Army Chief of Information Officer Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs “Working our way through that is something that we’re carefully managing, but this is absolutely an exciting day because when these facilities are complete, it is going to be world-class training, worldclass facilities, for the world’s best operators,” Morrison said.

The first facility will be a classified building. It is scheduled to open in fiscal year 2022.

“The networks that go into it will allow us to do training at a level that is just far and above what we do today, and in a domain that is so dynamic like cyber, being able to train in that environment is absolutely critical,” Morrison said.

Greely Hall opened in 1966 and was part of the first phase of the Fort Gordon and Signal School reorganization. Named after the late Maj. Gen. Adolphus Greely, it will soon be a memory for countless Soldiers who attended classes inside the building.

“It was, in its day, a remarkable achievement,” Morrison said.

Standing before hundreds of ceremony attendees, including several of Greely’s family members, Morrison honored Greely by saying he left a “lasting example” for Soldiers. Greely was appointed as the chief signal officer in 1887 and was the Signal Corps’ fifth Medal of Honor recipient.

“During his time as the Army’s chief signal officer, General Greely expanded communications capabilities of our nation and our Army through and extensive telegraph network that reached to Alaska, to the Philippines, and even the Caribbean,” Morrison said.

Greely’s great-granddaughter, Alice Greely-Nelson, was presented with the plaque that previously hung in the entryway of Greely Hall. Greely-Nelson said the plaque will hang at Greely’s daughter’s summer house in Conway, New Hampshire, where the family gathers every year.

“He would be very proud, and we’re very proud,” she said of the ceremony.

As fences go up in preparation for the hall’s demolition and transformation to the next phase is underway,

Morrison described the occasion as “bittersweet … but mostly sweet,” as it is a positive sign of things to come.

“To see a part of where you grew up be coming down, it is a little bittersweet, but what’s going in its place is exactly what the Army and our nation needs,” Morrison said. “The plaque has been removed, and the name Greely Hall is retired, but Major General Greely’s legacy will live on in each world-class signal, cyber, and electronic warfare Soldier trained by the Cyber Center of Excellence.”

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