Fort Gordon's main gate. (May 2, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
FORT GORDON (WRDW) -- Officials from Fort Gordon say gate hours will go back to normal starting Thursday.
Previously, the Defense Department prohibited the use of borrowed military manpower, or military personnel diverted from their normal duties, to fill in for furloughed guards and make up the lost overtime hours that were required to operate the gates on their normal schedule, according to a news release.
However, the Department of the Army issued a policy clarification on July 12 that permitted use of borrowed military manpower for gate access control.
The new hours are as follows:
“We appreciate the patience of our Fort Gordon community as we work through the issues resulting from the furlough of our civilian employees,” said Col. Robert Barker, garrison commander in a news release. “We’re also grateful for the support of our Central Savannah River Area neighbors; we know our gate issues affected them as well. As in this change at the gates, we’ll keep looking for ways to maintain service to our community while the furlough continues.”
About 20 to 25 service members will be added to the guard force and military police operating the gates.