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How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)
What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?
We first signed up for on-post housing upon arrival. It’s now August 21, 2009, and we’re still waiting. It all depends on rank and number of bedrooms. We need four bedrooms, so the wait is longer. We live off-post and rent a house in Grovetown. Our rental is $950/month. It’s an excellent city to live in. Another good area is Evans.
Rate the PX & Commissary. The PX is average. The commissary is under renovation which should be complete in the next month or less. As far as facilities, once the commissary is completed, it will look very nice. I find the commissary a bit pricey. I actually do most of my grocery shopping off-post and take advantage of the ads and coupons. We are lucky to have Food Lion, IGA, Kroger, Bi-Lo, and Publix (in Augusta — just next door to Grovetown) so groceries must be competitively priced to attract customers.
Activities on base?
There is a dinner theater, movie theater, gyms, bowling, Bingo, the usual. The only real difference I’ve noticed about Ft. Gordon is that it’s more non-military friendly. Civilians are encouraged to use the entertainment facilities on-post.
Active Spouses Club?
Not that I’m aware of, but then again, I don’t live on-post.
Things to do in area?
Ice skating, movie theaters, mall, Ft. Discovery (this is a hands-on science museum — military members and their families get in at a discounted price), Riverwalk, Adventure Crossing (laser-tag, video games, miniature golf for the kids), a large family YMCA with an indoor and outdoor pool–indoor track — indoor basketball court — workout equipment, etc, Patriots Park, which also has an indoor gym — quite large, tennis courts, football, track, two playgrounds, baseball field, etc.
The schools are really good in Columbia County. Stay away from Richmond County if you have school-age kids. The schools there aren’t so great. Lots of the schools are in corrective action…either from state or federal government, etc. Evans is a good area, as well. Grovetown is just much closer to Ft. Gordon, and they just opened a brand-new high school…state-of-the-art.
Any colleges in area?
Augusta Technical College, and Augusta State, Medical College of Georgia (MCG)
Jobs? (on post and off)
For on-post jobs, link to the newcomers page on the Ft. Gordon website (gordon.army.mil). Off-post, there is a large need for workers in the medical field, teachers are always needed. Ft. Gordon often holds job fairs (check the Signal newspaper) for off-post employers, and check the Augusta Chronical on Sunday (there’s usually a large selection of help-wanted ads there).
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?
People are friendly. There are lots of trees/open spaces. The mall is nice, and it’s easy to find your way around the city.
Least favorite aspect?
It’s a training post, so there aren’t as many families as other posts. That being said, the Family Practice Clinic is always BOOKED SOLID. You have to call at 7am and pray that you get an appointment for your sick child; otherwise, you can sit in the ER for six hours just for an ear-ache. I find that it’s hard to connect with other military families living off-post…but that may just be a personal thing for me.
Local websites? (base, chamber, newspaper, schools, etc.)
Any other tips?
Like anywhere, you have to make the most of where you live. I love my neighbors, but I had to reach out to them. I have made friends here that I will have for a long time. Good luck!
Received August 2009