Fort Gordon Helps Gulf

By: Stephanie Baker
By: Stephanie Baker

September 12, 2005
Fort Gordon’s communication technology is vital in organizing relief efforts right now. Houses are still under water and trash still lines the streets of New Orleans. But it gets better each day because of satellite dishes across the Gulf. Fort Gordon is using the satellites to bring Internet and telephone service the Gulf.

Soldiers from all over the country are here to help out. The Army Corps of Engineers uses this mobile unit to clean everything up.

They bring the information with the deployable tactical operations system. The mobile unit has everything they need to communicate with FEMA.

“I have to get it to the spot no matter what the conditions, I have to get it there and set it all up,” said the operator of the emergency unit.

Fort Gordon is all across the Gulf right now helping each area get connected, mainly in Biloxi, Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Brigadier General Bruce Burwick said cleaning up the area would be tough without Fort Gordon.

“The capability from Fort Gordon is much more robust, so we’re relying on that,” Burwick said.

They are relying on them so they can bring back power and clean up the devastated Gulf. The Army Corps of Engineers has these units all across the region. Each of them is using Fort Gordon’s satellites.


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