News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 6, 2009
FORT GORDON, Ga. --- New leadership officially joined the ranks at Fort Gordon during an activation ceremony on Friday. Brigadier General Jennifer Napper took command of the 7th Signal Command but she's been in the area since the summer.
The unit's new mission is to centralize the Army's network in one location and provide access to LANDWARNET capabilities that support Army forces in the states and in theater. General Napper has already been hard at work on the mission.
"I am surrounded by fantastic people,"says General Napper."It is great to be given an opportunity to lead them and I'm very thankful for this."
The command currently has 43 civilians and 26 military staff members but when fully staffed by 2010, the headquarters will have 139 civilians and 70 military personnel.
With a new command comes new jobs which means economic growth for Augusta. Many of those jobs will be for civilians and that could spell financial longevity. Retired Army Colonel Thom Tuckey,the Executive Director of the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon says the post has undoubtedly been a huge part of the community and with more people coming in - it's only going to get better.
"Almost 2/3 of them are going to be civilians," says Tuckey. "When you bring civilians into a unit those are the people here for the duration, they're going to be buying houses and fully integrated into the community."
The goal has always been to bring more commerce and positions in order to avoid being a casualty of BRAC or Defense Base Closure and Realignment.
"I don't think we're going to be worried about base closure," adds Tuckey. "Never say never, say never, but anytime you add 240 people in a major command with a general officer, that pretty much helps in any future battles we may have."
The general officer at the head of the 7th Signal Command will have about 200 employees in her headquarters alone - a mixture of military and civilian. The decorated veteran says the growth potential is limitless.
"We've already brought 60 new folks here to the headquarters," says Napper. "We have another 150 to go, that's quite a few jobs to bring into the community of course includes family members and those spouses work too."
There are thousands of jobs at Fort Gordon open right now. There are technical, medical and office personnel support type jobs available. Having a security clearance or ability to get a clearance is most definitely helpful.
You can go to Fort Gordon's website - where they have current listing for jobs already open. That website is http://www.gordon.army.mil/dhr/jobs.htm.