Fort Gordon Community
The Fort Gordon branch of the Augusta Post Office is in Building 36202 at 36th Street and Third Avenue. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Woodworth Consolidated Library
Building 33500, 549 Rice Road
The Woodworth Consolidated Library, Building 33500 at Rice Road and Brainard Avenue, is the U.S. Army Signal Corps Regiment and Fort Gordon’s research and information access center. This award-winning facility (including Federal Library of the Year 2011) serves a consolidated and dual mission to DFMWR (Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and TRADOC (Training and Doctrine) Commands. The services and collections encompass a wealth of useful print, electronic and human resources supporting education, self-development and well-being. The library’s mission is to empower, motivate and inspire patrons through proactive delivery of real-world information services for our military community’s professional, academic and social prosperity.
Additionally, the library offers a wide assortment of information databases, computers with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, affiliation with Defense Technical and Information Center, professional reference service, interlibrary loan service, CDs, popular and educational DVDs and other multimedia, children’s book collections and thriving programs including book clubs, story hours, crafts, summer reading, author signings and much more.
Army Career and Alumni Program
706-791-7356, DSN 780-7356
The Army Career and Alumni Program is the umbrella that integrates all available federal and local activities for personnel being separated from government service. Designed to provide a complete package of services and benefits for transitioning active-duty, Reserve, National Guard and civilian personnel, the Army Career and Alumni Program’s primary purpose is to ensure that Army personnel are transitioned in a caring, organized and disciplined manner.
The Army Career and Alumni Program will assist transitioning personnel and their families by identifying their needs and assisting in meeting those needs. The Army Career and Alumni Program is in Building 33800 on Rice Road.
Army Substance Abuse Program
706-791-3674/3437, DSN 780-3674
The Army Substance Abuse Program’s mission is to provide a wide variety of services both clinical and non-clinical for active-duty and retired military, National Guard, Reserves, their family members and Department of the Army civilian employees and their family members. Non-clinical services are at 202 Seventh Ave., Building 38702 on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 39th Street. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call 706-791-3674/3437.
Services for active duty, Reserve Components and National Guard units consist of: quality assurance for substance abuse collection and testing; substance abuse education; unit prevention leader training and certification; alcohol and drug abuse prevention training; community awareness programs and campaigns; and commander’s orientation.
Employee Assistance Program services for Department of the Army civilians, military retirees and family members are conducted on a strictly confidential basis and consist of: crisis intervention; screening/assessment and short-term counseling; referral for treatment and rehabilitation; follow-up services to assist employees’ readjustment to their jobs, training and education for supervisors and employees about alcohol and other drugs; training and consultation for supervisors on how and when to make proper use of the Employee Assistance Program services, and community awareness programs and campaigns. Clinical services are in Building 39721. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Emergencies after duty hours or on weekends are screened in the emergency room at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. For more information, call 706-787-3673/5329.
The Army Substance Abuse Program clinical component is a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation treatment program designed to treat patients identified with substance abuse problems. Serious substance abuse cases may be referred to the Residential Treatment program on the 12th floor at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Clinical Army Substance Abuse Program services are provided primarily to active-duty military personnel and civilian employees. Retirees and family members of eligible personnel are screened and provided with information and referrals to other local resources. Personnel can be seen through self-identification, command, medical, biochemical identification or investigation and/or apprehension.
Education and Services Division
706-791-2000/3622, DSN 780-2000
The Education and Services Division promotes lifelong learning opportunities using Army continuing education programs and services that enable professional development and retention. The programs and services enhance personal growth, professional development and readiness of the U.S. Army and Fort Gordon. Individuals seeking education counseling, in-/out-processing, DANTES (Defense for Non-Traditional Education Services) and APT (Army Personnel Testing) enrollment in a variety of education programs and services are encouraged to visit an education counselor in Building 21606 on Barnes Avenue. In addition to active-duty personnel, the Education and Services Division serves their family members, retirees, Reservists and Department of the Army civilians.
The Multi-Use Learning Facility (MLF), most often referred to as The Learning Center, is also in Building 21606. The MLF provides a full extension of online information, programs and services to Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians.
The Test and Evaluation (T&E) Branch of the Education and Services Division is in Building 25602 on Barnes Avenue. The T&E facility provides efficient and accessible proctored examinations, DANTES, APT and Colleges/Universities (eArmyU/ecourse, Distance Learning) test environment, by appointment, in a secure and conducive location. For more information on programs and services such as basic skills education, eArmyU, tuition assistance or the on-post college program, contact the Education Center 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Counseling services are available after 1 p.m. Thursday. Call 706-791-2000/3622.
Resident Collegiate Programs
706-791-2000/3622, DSN 780-2000
Fort Gordon’s on-post colleges and universities offer an array of educational opportunities. Visit the Education Center in Building 21606 on Barnes Avenue for information on the following collegiate institutions and their programs:
Georgia Military College, http://gmc.cc.ga.us , 706-793-8577/8588. Associate degree programs in general studies, business administration, pre-nursing, management, communications electronics technology/management, criminal justice and data processing.
Paine College, www.paine.edu , 706-793-2030. Baccalaureate degrees in business administration, education and sociology.
Central Michigan University, www.cel.cmich.edu/locations/location.aspx?site=GORDN , 706-798-5739. Master of Science degree in administration with a concentration in health services administration.
Troy University, http://trojan.troy.edu/globalcampus/sites/augusta , 706-210-2825/2821. Associate degree program in computer science, Baccalaureate degrees in computer science and political science, Master of business administration with a concentration in information systems and a Master of education with concentrations in counseling and psychology, criminal justice, English, foundations of education, higher education administration, history and instructional technology.
Augusta Technical College, www.augustatech.edu , 706-791-7755. Various certificate and diploma programs are offered based on interest and enrollment. Georgia residents and/or service members and their adult family members stationed at an installation in Georgia can receive the Georgia HOPE Grant to fund their certificate and diploma programs.
University of Maryland University College, www.umuc.edu , 706-207-1407. Master of Science in computer systems management, technology management, information technology, telecommunications management and software engineering. Various Certificate and Diploma programs are offered through online studies.
Webster University, www.webster.edu , 706-798-3955. All degree programs offered are graduate programs. Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies to apply for admission. All classes are offered in the evening, unless otherwise listed. There are five nine-week terms per year. Each class meets one night a week for four hours. Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master in Business and Organizational Security Management, Master in Human Resources Management, M.A. in Information Technology Management, M.A. in Management and Leadership.
Colleges with visiting representatives:
Brenau University………………… 706-869-0799
Thomas University………………. 800-538-9784
American Military University… 803-865-9786
Strayer University………………… 706-447-3607
Augusta State University………. 706-737-1632
Jones International University… 910-257-4686
University of Phoenix……………. 706-868-2049
Youth Challenge Academy
The Youth Challenge Academy opened with its first class at Fort Gordon in September 2000. The second campus in Georgia, it is a voluntary 22-week residential program for “at risk” Georgia high school dropouts. Sponsored by the state’s National Guard, cadets are given an opportunity to turn their lives around by acquiring life skills and their General Education Diploma. The campus is in the Brems Barracks area, adjacent to the Post Exchange complex.
The Exchange has several retail and food facilities located throughout Fort Gordon to serve the military community and its families. The Exchange has eight retail facilities, including Military Clothing Sales, Class VI and two Express (gas/retail) stations located by Gate one and five. The Main Exchange is in Building 38200, which includes a barber and beauty shop, flower shop, GameStop, GNC, pharmacy refill center and seven food concepts.
PXtra, in Building 35200, features lawn and garden, furniture, toys, sporting goods/firearms, and optometrist and optical shop. Outside of the PXtra complex, you’ll find dry cleaning, Washateria, leather shop, Enterprise car rentals, UPS and U.S. Patriots (tactical).
The Exchange has two other barber shops in Building 25711 and the ospital. Also available is car wash and detail station, next to the Class VI; and second locations for GNC and U.S. Patriots, which is in Building 29722.
Patronage is restricted to active-duty, reserves, National Guard, retired military personnel and their family members. DOD civilians and contractors are authorized to eat at all 12 food concepts.
Fort Gordon has a modern commissary for use by active-duty and retired military personnel, Reservists, National Guard and their family members, in accordance with military regulations. The commissary store is in Building 37200 on the Third Avenue bypass.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Darling Hall, Building 33720
Carlson Wagonlit Travel provides official travel needs of U.S. Army and government personnel at Fort Gordon. Carlson Wagonlit Travel is in Room 117, Darling Hall, Building 33720. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reservation telephone number is 706-798-0990.
Aladdin Travel is ready to serve all your leisure travel needs. Aladdin Travel is in the bus station, Building 36200, on 36th Street near the post office and bank. Military discount attraction tickets to Six Flags, Carowinds, Florida- and Virginia-area attractions and local area venues are available. Aladdin Travel is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is 706-771-0089.
Fort Gordon’s military religious program offers many spiritually oriented activities for families and single service members. Worship services for many faith groups. Bible studies, music programs and retreat ministries are only a few of the activities available to Fort Gordon’s military family members and civilian employees. For additional information, call the Religious Support Office on Barnes Avenue at 706-791-5653. Services are listed in The Signal.
Collective Protestant worship services are offered Sundays in Fort Gordon’s three chapels and at the hospital. Denominational services are provided on a regular basis and are announced in The Signal newspaper. Sunday school classes are held each week for all age groups. Special groups such as Protestant Women of the Chapel, the Protestant Men of the Chapel and Protestant Youth Ministry meet regularly and sponsor a variety of programs and activities.
Masses are held each weekday and on Saturdays and Sundays at various times at the hospital and Good Shepherd Chapel. Catholic Religious Education (formerly Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – CCD) classes are given weekly from September through May. Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins in September. Catholic organizations offer unique fellowship and worship opportunities including the Catholic Youth Organization, Military Council of Catholic Women and Catholic Men of the Chapel. For additional information, call the Good Shepherd Chapel at 706-791-2945.
Jewish worship and education opportunities are provided through various congregations in the local community. For more information, call the Religious Support Office at 706-791-5653.
Muslim worship and education are held each week at the Muslim Activity Center, Building 38804 on Academic Drive. For more information, call 706-791-5653.
Support for Wiccan/Pagan personnel is provided by the Fort Gordon “Open Circle” group. Celebrations and education classes meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Religious Support Office, Building 29601 on Barnes Avenue. For information and contact with the group leaders, call 706-791-5653.
Latter-day Saints (LDS)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) offers a Fort Gordon Military Branch. Sacrament meetings are at 1:30 p.m. Sunday followed by Priesthood and Relief Society Meetings at 2:30 p.m. Family Home Evenings are at 7 on Monday, and Institute of Religion classes are 7 p.m. Friday. All of activities are at Barnes Avenue Friendship Chapel, Building 25603. For information and contact with group leaders, call 706-791-5653.
Some denominational services are conducted on post. For additional information, call the Religious Support Office at 706-791-5653. Religious services off post are listed in the local yellow pages and in The Signal newspaper.
Religious Education Programs
Many faith development programs are offered and resources are available for loan through the Religious Education Center and its Resource Library and Media Center. Faith-specific programs include Sunday classes for all ages (children, youth and adults), various weekday and evening Bible and spiritual growth study groups for Soldiers and other adults, chapel youth groups and children’s groups. Special summer programs include two joint Catholic and Protestant opportunities. Vacation Bible School is for pre-school and elementary children. It features singing, Bible stories, crafts and games — all designed to work together for fun and spiritual growth in the children. The “Fun in the SON” is a day-camp type program for teens. It features mornings of active, faith growth experiences followed by afternoons of recreation. For information, call the Religious Education Center at 706-791-4703.
Family Life Center
Fort Gordon’s Family Life Center offers a well-rounded program of family and marriage enrichment seminars, couples’ growth groups and workshops on communication skills and parent-child relationships. For information, call the Family Life Center at 706-791-7421.
Other Special Services and Ministries
Single service members can participate in a variety of programs tailored to meet their needs, such as troop discussion groups and retreats. Other ministries include both Catholic and Protestant premarital instruction, retreats of all types and both contemporary and traditional musical programs. For more information on all religious activities at Fort Gordon, including dates, times, locations and further details concerning the programs and services offered, consult your unit chaplain or call the Religious Support Office at 706-791-5653.
Army Community Service
706-791-3579, DSN 780-3579
Darling Hall, Building 33720
Army Community Service is a worldwide program designed to provide both active-duty and retired military families with a centrally located and unit-based responsive source of information and assistance in solving problems. The program functions as an expansive social service network for the military community. At Fort Gordon, Army Community Service is in Darling Hall, Building 33720, at the corner of Chamberlain Avenue and Kilbourne Street. A satellite location is the Family Outreach Center, Building 1905-A on Brainard Avenue in Gordon Terrace housing area.
Army Emergency Relief
The Army Emergency Relief (AER) office is in Darling Hall, Building 33720, Room 172. Army Emergency Relief is available for active-duty and retired service members who find themselves in an unexpected emergency crisis. The program also provides assistance to spouses and orphans of deceased service members. Active-duty personnel assigned to Fort Gordon must complete a DA Form 1103, (Army Emergency Relief Application) which must be signed by either their unit First Sergeant or Commander and contact a counselor for assistance. For additional information, contact an AER Counselor at the above phone numbers.
Army Family Action Plan
Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a grass-roots program designed to provide a voice to all members of the military to include active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and family members of these groups. The AFAP process lets people say what is working, what isn’t and provides recommendations for improvement. AFAP alerts commanders and Army leaders to areas of concern, giving them the opportunity to quickly put plans into place toward resolving issues. Those issues that have merit and Army-wide impact are forwarded to the next command level for inclusion in the Major Command or Department of the Army annual conference. For more information on existing AFAP issues or to become involved with this year’s local conference, call 706-791-3579. To submit a recommendation to make an existing program or service more effective or user-friendly, fill out an AFAP issue form online at www.gordon.army.mil/acs.
Army Family Team Building
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a volunteer-led organization with a central mission to provide training, knowledge and certification to family/community members to support the total Army effort. AFTB augments the Army mission by educating and training the Army family/community to be self-sufficient leaders within their communities. AFTB Level I provides basic skills and knowledge needed to live the military life, Level II allows the participant to grow into a community leader/manager and Level III focuses on inspiring and mentoring others into leadership positions. This program also allows Soldiers to earn promotion points for training received. Contact Army Community Service at 706-791-3579 or visit www.gordon.army.mil/acs for more information.
Child, Youth & School Services
Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) is a network of systems and programs through which Fort Gordon provides quality child and youth development options. These programs reduce the conflict between parental responsibilities and unit mission requirements, support readiness and contribute to the quality of family life. Our child and youth development programs exist to promote the positive, healthy development of young people. We understand that through interesting, challenging and developmentally appropriate experiences, children and youth are able to reach their full potential.
Our philosophy is based on the idea that children and youth learn practical life skills through programs and activities that emphasize fun, play, action and group and individual challenges. Our clubs, teams, celebrations, social events and volunteer work are all vehicles to get young people involved in positive activities that promote learning. Children wishing to participate in any of the Child, Youth & School Services programs must register in the central registration system. Registration is free for all Child, Youth & School Services patrons. Registration hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The registration office is in Building 28320 on Lane Avenue. Please enroll or download needed forms at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/gordoncyms.html.
If your child suffers from allergies, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or has been diagnosed with any other physical or psychological condition, he or she must be granted an interview with the Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) Team. This team of child care professionals, physicians and counselors will determine how CYSS can best meet the needs of your child. During the registration process, your CYSS representative will be able to provide you with a Special Needs Placement Request Form. This form must be completed and returned to the central registration office within a week of registration. SNAP meetings are scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month, and parents are required to attend.
CYSS representatives will schedule program orientations for every new family during registration.
Child, Youth & School Services are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Child Development Centers
The Fort Gordon Child Development Center (CDC) provides a consistent, safe and nurturing environment for children. Hours of operation are 5:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services include full-day programs, hourly care and before- and after-school programs. Before- and after-school programs also provide transportation to most area schools and all who attend Freedom Park Elementary School on post. CDC is centrally located in Building 44401 on 44th Street near the Lakeview, McNair, Gordon and Olive Terrace housing areas. Child Development Center Services are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Family Child Care
Family Child Care (FCC) is a cost-effective child care delivery system which allows provision of child care without large expenditure facilities. FCC reduces the burden on center-based programs by providing 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises. FCC providers receive the same competency-based training as the Child Development Center (CDC) program assistances. Both the provider and the FCC home are certified by Child and Youth Services before children may be enrolled for care. All homes undergo periodic inspections by the following agencies: Signal Branch Safety Office, Fire Prevention and Preventive Medicine. Registration hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Building 28320 on Lane Avenue.
Family Child Care Services are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Parent and Outreach Services
Outreach Services (OS) centralizes the coordination of child care services within the local community.
The following services are provided for military families:
CYSS Referral Services
Parent Education Classes
Baby-sitting Training and Referral
Assistance with Family Care Plans
Special Interest Programs
Special Openings for Unit Functions
Parent and Outreach Services are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
School Age Center
Located in Building 45410, the Fort Gordon School Age Center (SAC) Before and After School Program (for grades one through five) is designed to accommodate children 6 to 10 years old. SAC encourages physical, emotional and social development through the following service areas:
Sports, Fitness and Health Options: Football, basketball, baseball, bowling, gymnastics, karate, dance and healthy lifestyle activities.
Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership Opportunities: Character Counts, 4-H monthly community club and weekly 4-H clubs: Photo Tech Club, Performing Arts Club, Cooking Club, Sewing Club and Art Club.
Art, Leisure and Recreation Activities: Painting, sculpture, arts and crafts, video games, foosball, board games, field trips to local recreation spots and museums.
Mentoring, Intervention and Support Services: Homework Center, Youth Technology Lab, Smart Moves and Ultimate Journey Science Club.
Fees are based on total combined family income. All participants must be registered with Fort Gordon Child, Youth & School Services. Space is available for any child attending Freedom Park Elementary. These children will walk to and from school. Limited spaces are available for van transportation to Deer Chase Elementary, Diamond Lakes Elementary, Tobacco Road Elementary, Sue Reynolds Elementary, Cedar Ridge Elementary, Grovetown Elementary and Grovetown Middle Schools. Van pick-up and drop-off is available for children entering Kindergarten who attend the before-school program in Building 45410 and the after-school program in Building 45400. School Age Center is open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
SKIES Unlimited Instructional Programs
The name SKIES Unlimited combines the acronym for “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities this exciting initiative offers Army children and youth. SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children and youth from infancy to the end of their senior year in high school. SKIES Unlimited programs provide a “four-school” framework focusing on the following areas:
School of Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention
School of Arts, Recreation and Leisure
School of Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership
School of Sports, Fitness and Health
SKIES Unlimited Programs are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Christmas House assists military members with providing a traditional winter holiday celebration for their families. Monetary donations from units and agencies, both on and off the installation, are used to purchase toys and commissary gift certificates. The application period is Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 annually.
Employment Readiness Program
The Employment Readiness Program provides family members of active-duty, separating or retiring military personnel with information and assistance regarding employment opportunities in the surrounding area. Services include job referrals, individuals counseling, workshops and resume assistance.
Information is available about the Army Spouse Employment Program (ASEP) for spouses pursuing careers with some of our corporate and local partners.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support for housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. This program provides an opportunity through the Parent Information Exchange (PIE)/Support Group for parents and sponsors with Exceptional Family Members to meet and exchange information, resources and ideas to better meet their unique needs. Information about recreational and cultural activities is available through this program along with information about rights and responsibilities under local state and Federal laws. Respite Care is also available for family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities.
Family Advocacy Program
Domestic Violence Hotline: 706-791-7867
The Family Advocacy Program is dedicated to prevention, prompt reporting, intervention and treatment of child and spouse maltreatment and domestic abuse. The program enhances the quality of life for military and family members by offering classes, workshops, seminars and support services. Training can be customized and conducted at any location. The prevention programs and services that are available to aid military personnel and their family members in maintaining the integrity of the family unit are emergency shelter, emergency transportation, emergency child care and respite care, domestic violence prevention education, New Parent Support Program, Playgroup, Victim Advocate services, Trans Parenting, referrals to community-based programs, crisis intervention and community education.
The program works cooperatively with medical treatment facilities, other supportive service organizations on and off the installation and unit commanders to accomplish its goals.
The Financial Readiness Office is in Darling Hall, Building 33720, Room 172. The Financial Readiness office provides a variety of educational literature, classroom instruction, individual counseling and online curriculum to increase the financial management skills and consumer awareness of service members, their families and retirees, as well as spouses and orphans of deceased service members. Classes are available upon request by units and include topics such as budgeting, basic investing, credit reports and scoring, identity theft, insurance and planning for large purchases such as a car or home, maintaining security clearances and bank account management. Classes are also conducted at the Family Outreach Center. For more information or to register for classes, contact our office at the above phone numbers.
Fleet and Family Support Center
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides services for Sailors and their family members at Fort Gordon and in the Aiken-Augusta area. Service providers include a Clinical Counselor and a Work and Family Life Consultant. The goal is to provide Sailors and their family members with a point of contact and assistance with quality-of-life services while stationed at Fort Gordon/Augusta. Services provided include counseling, information and referral, employment assistance, relocation assistance, deployment support, personal financial management assistance, transition assistance and life skills training. The FFSC is in Darling Hall, Building 33720, Suite 224.
Information, Referral and Follow-Up Program
The Information, Referral and Follow-Up Program provides military personnel and their families access to information that will assist them in meeting their needs and improving the quality of their lives. A resource file with comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information on military and civilian community resources is available. In an effort to supplement the existing services, Military OneSource is also available by calling 800-342-9647 or at www.militaryonesource.com . Information to assist National Guard and Reserve families, as well as sister services, is part of the Army Integrated Family Support Network.
Middle School/Teen Program (Youth Program)
Located in Building 45410, the Fort Gordon Youth Program (YP) (for grades six through 12) is designed to accommodate youth 11 to 18 years of age. The YP provides a comprehensive program that fosters social interaction, promotes personal growth and develops educational and recreational skills. To these ends, we offer diverse, flexible activities and recreational options to accommodate the needs of families both on and off post, and welcome parent participation.
The YP provides a home-like environment and contains a large activity room, homework room with a variety of resource books and a technology lab housing 15 computers with Internet access. We also have four TVs, pool tables, PlayStations 2 and 3, Wii system, XBox, Kinect and a variety of movies on DVD and Blu-ray. We serve free USDA-approved, nutritious snacks after school. Limited spaces are available for free bus transportation from a variety of middle and high schools off post to our YP in building 45410.
Our programmed activities include:
Social activities such as dances, parties, holiday observances, festivals, heritage programs, youth-to-youth sponsorship and teen clubs enable youth to develop acceptable standards of contact, as well as good communication skills.
Community activities such as fests, carnivals, banquets, volunteer programs and family events.
Educational activities to include presentations, clinics and workshops on teen suicide prevention, job skills, drug and alcohol abuse, and other life-skill topics.
Cultural events such as field trips to museums and plays, awareness days for other countries, student exchange programs and performing arts activities.
Instructional classes including dance, tennis, music, drama, computers, safety, etc. Outdoor activities to include camping, hiking, risk adventure, gardening, backpacking, water sports, cycling and environmental programs.
Competitive events to include team and individual sports, talent contests, art contests, photography and essay competitions.
Leadership events to include teen club programs, community service, youth recognition and program planning councils.
Family activities including picnics, hiking trips, camping, parent/child contests and family contests.
Youth Programs are open to authorized beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Mobilization and Deployment Services
Mobilization and Deployment Services include Family Readiness Group training for unit and community levels. Rear Detachment Commander (RDC) training is provided online and can be accessed through the ACS website. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of attendance is provided. Redeployment and Reunion briefings are available upon request. Army Community Service provides information to Soldiers and their families during Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP).
Additionally, children are provided with age-appropriate books and a handbook for Soldiers and their spouses. During times of major deployments, natural disasters or emergencies requiring mass care, Army Community Service establishes a Family Assistance Center. The Family Assistance Center may operate on post or off post, as required.
The Outreach Program enhances readiness and retention by assisting Soldiers and families in developing a stronger sense of self-reliance and belonging in the military community. Outreach targets those families who have the greatest level of need but are least likely to seek and take advantage of services until they have reached a state of crisis. Outreach focuses on three main areas: education and prevention, direct services and organizing support networks to encourage self-help and cultivate a sense of ownership within the military community.
Relocation readiness assists and supports military personnel and their families during their moves from one military community to another. Welcome packets and electronic network information from Fort Gordon and other military installations around the world are available. Basic household goods are made accessible to relocating families through the loan closet. Newcomer orientations help families settle in to the local area. The welcome center in Darling Hall provides computer access, local information and general relocation counseling.
School Liaison Officer
The School Liaison Officer is the primary link between the military family and the local school system. It is our mission to help you find the resources you need to make informed decisions regarding your child’s education. School Liaison Officer Services are open to all military beneficiaries — all active duty, retiree, DOD civilians and DOD contractors.
Soldier and Family Assistance Center
The Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) provides a supportive environment to help the Warriors in Transition and their families deal with the stress and uncertainty of injury and the effects of war. The SFAC can help if the service member plans to continue their military career or not. The SFAC integrates support services such as VA benefits, employment, education, retirement services, financial counseling or outreach, helping with programs available where the service member plans to move after leaving Fort Gordon. The Soldier and Family Assistance Center is a service facility dedicated to Warriors in Transition and their families. The SFAC is in Building 333 at 245 Central Hospital Court.
Survivor Outreach Services
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) serves the survivors of our fallen Soldiers. Services include support groups, financial classes and benefits and entitlement assistance. Quarterly Survivor Forums are held to review and strengthen support services. SOS assures survivors a connection to the Army family as long as they desire.
Counseling referrals are available for all military services.
Swap and Assist Shop
The Swap and Assist Shop is in Building 39101 in the Brems Barracks area, at Avenue of the States and 40th Street (behind the PX). It is open to all military, retirees and their family members. Donated items such as clothing, shoes, baby items and other household goods are available free of charge to military grades E-4 and below. Military grades E-5 and above, retirees, as well as their family members, are asked to bring merchandise of higher or equal value to the swap. The Swap and Assist Shop is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday (closed during the summer months). Special assistance may be provided by referral and special appointment. Donations of usable clothing and household items are always welcome.
Army Community Service volunteers work hand-in-hand with paid staff members to provide quality services and program delivery to the Fort Gordon community. The following list reflects just a few of the services supported by Army Community Service volunteers: Christmas House, Swap and Assist Shop, Army Family Team Building, Army Family Action Plan, and Relocation. Army Community Service thrives on volunteer support. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is encouraged to contact Army Community Service at 706-791-3880.
Gordon’s Car Care Auto Skills Center
Fort Gordon has one of the finest auto skills centers in the Army and offers car and light truck repairs, plus alignment on most cars. The facility features 28 inside bays, 34 exterior bays and offers self-help automotive services and professional assistance. A safety orientation is presented prior to the use of the facility. The orientations are held weekly.
Additional services available include oil changes, air-conditioning checkup, computer diagnostic service, recreational vehicle storage, a privately owned vehicle sales lot and a courtesy car safety inspection during the holidays.
Gordon’s Car Care is in Building 29300, on 30th Street off Lane Avenue.
Bus Travel Center
The Bus Travel Center, in Building 36200, offers economical and dependable service throughout the United States. Military personnel and their family members are always entitled to reduced fares. The Bus Travel Center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For schedules and prices, call 706-793-0026.
Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club
The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club’s mission is to help support the Fort Gordon community and those who live in the community. The service club is no longer rank associated; officer’s spouses, civilian spouses, enlisted spouses — anyone can be involved. The club has three focus areas — education, social and service. The Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club helps the community through its thrift shop and flea markets. It raises money which is given back to the community through grants and scholarships. For more information, call 706-791-3579.
Fort Gordon operates a 106-unit self-storage center that provides convenient, economical and secure mini-storage for the military community.
The Thrift Shop is operated for the benefit and use of all military and civilian personnel. The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month (October through May. It is in Building 39102, Brems Barracks area at Avenue of the States and 40th Street (behind the PX). The shop accepts clothing and miscellaneous other items for sale on consignment.