The U.S. Army has broken ground on a new facility at Fort Gordon in Georgia designed to combine the service branch’s cyber, education, training and capability development operations.
Army Secretary Eric Fanning and Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, who became head of the Army Cyber Command and Second Army in October, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Army Cyber Command Complex on Nov. 29, the military branch reported Thursday.
Fanning said the new facility seeks to maintain the military branch’s readiness and serve as a “warfighting platform for cyber space operations.”
Other officials who attended the event include Sgt. Maj. William Bruns of the Army Cyber Command; Maj. Gen. John Morrison Jr., commanding general of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon; Hardie Davis Jr., mayor of Augusta, Georgia; Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Army’s chief of engineers and commander of the Army Corps of Engineers; and John Garlington, president of facility contractor B.L. Harbert International.
The Army expects the project’s first phase to conclude in May 2018 and the second phase in early 2019.
The new cyber complex is scheduled to be operational in 2020 and will house over 1,200 cyber servicemembers and civilian employees.