In a release from the Fort Gordon Fort Gordon's Public Affairs Office, we have learned gates to enter and leave the Post will return to their normal hours of operation on Thursday morning, July 18th.
Read the text of the release below:
Fort Gordon's gates will return to their normal hours of operation Thursday morning as a result of new policy guidance that allows military personnel to substitute for furloughed civilian gate guards.
Previously, policy guidance from the Defense Department prohibited 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.
However, Department of the Army issued a policy clarification on July 12 that permitted use of borrowed military manpower for gate access control.
Beginning with Thursday morning's commute, all Fort Gordon gates will return to their previous operating schedule:
- Gate 1 will be open 24 hours each day, seven days a week.
- Gate 2 will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed on weekends.
- Gate 3 will reopen for commercial traffic from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be closed on weekends.
- Gate 5 will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., seven days a week.
"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. "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 from various units on post will augment the guard force and the military police to operate the gates. These Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines underwent training prior to the furlough to ensure that appropriate security procedures continued to be followed for installation access.
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