FORT GORDON, Ga. -- In a ceremony to be held here Nov. 29, Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning will join Army Cyber Command and Second Army commander Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone to break ground on construction for a new Army Cyber headquarters facility that will draw together the Army's Cyber operations, capability development, training, and education in one location.

The event will mark the start of an estimated two-and-a-half-year project to build a state-of-the-art focal point for Army cyberspace operations at Fort Gordon, which is already home to a training institution for cyberspace operations, the Cyber Center of Excellence.

New facilities supporting Army Cyber Operations and Command and Control functions will be constructed during the first phase of the project, planned for completion in May 2018 at a cost of $85.1 million. In August 2016 the Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District contracted B.L. Harbert International, LLC, of Birmingham, Alabama to carry out the construction.

The second phase of construction to support Cyber Protection Team operations is expected to be completed in early 2019. The buildings, with a total baseline capacity to support more than 1,200 cyber Soldiers and civilians, are projected to be fully ready for occupation in late 2020.

The facilities are designed to strengthen the Army and improve cyber mission readiness by bringing together cutting-edge, innovative information technology, cyberspace operations capabilities, and an open, collaborative working environment to support the next generation of the Army's Cyber force.

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ABOUT US: United States Army Cyber Command and Second Army directs and conducts integrated electronic warfare, information and cyberspace operations as authorized, or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace and the information environment, and to deny the same to our adversaries.

Interested in joining the cyber team? Check out the information links for military and civilian cyber professionals on the ARCYBER home page at www.arcyber.army.mil.