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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Georgia Lawmakers Announce Fort Gordon Gain of 145 Sailors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood (Ga.-9) today announced that 145 sailors currently stationed in Rota, Spain, will be relocated to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., on June 1, 2005.

The U.S. Department of the Navy has announced it will close the U.S. Naval Security Group Activity, located in Rota, Spain. Personnel and mission responsibilities will be transferred to the U.S. Naval Security Group Activity at Fort Gordon.  The Naval Security Group Activity's mission is to provide rapid radio relay and secure communications for the defense of the U.S. and its allies.  Additional functions include maintaining transmission security procedures and research into electromagnetic phenomena.  These missions align closely with the existing communications missions conducted at Fort Gordon.

"While this move takes place outside of the BRAC process, it clearly indicates the high military value the Department of Defense places on Fort Gordon", said Chambliss.  "This initiative bodes well for Fort Gordon, and it indicates that we can expect Fort Gordon to continue to take on new missions as our military forces return from overseas."

"This move illustrates the importance of Fort Gordon and its future to the Department of Defense and the war on terrorism," said Isakson. "We could not be doing what we're doing today in Iraq were it not for Fort Gordon."

"The men and women who carry out the vital signals intelligence mission at Fort Gordon are without equal, and I'm pleased the Department of Defense is recognizing that fact by making this type of commitment," said Norwood.  "Fort Gordon has the infrastructure and resources to take on new troops and missions, and I believe that the Department's decision to redeploy 145 highly trained servicemen is only the beginning for the expansion of the Fort."

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