Recommendations for the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure were developed through a process which began in 2001 under procedures established in the BRAC of 1990, as amended.
These procedures placed emphasis on military value, but also evaluated costs, potential savings, community input and economic and environmental impacts.
The initial list of recommendations for closure or realignment was developed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and delivered to the BRAC Commission in May 2005.
On Nov. 9, 2005, it became a reality that Fort Lee would become the home to all the activities listed below:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Edgwood Arsenal, Md.
Ordnance Munitions & Electronics
Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Transportation Center & School
Air Force Transportation Training
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Defense Contract Management Agency
Defense Commissary Agency Consolidation
Hopewell, Virginia Beach,
San Antonio, Texas
Air Force Culinary Training
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
U.S. Navy Great Lakes Training Center, Ill.
The moves of the various organizations are all dependent on the completion of construction of new facilities.
The funding for BRAC construction and moves will be received over the course of four years. As barracks, training facilities, and dining facilities are completed, different groups of people will be moving to Fort Lee.
Comparing Fort Lee’s 2006 population to 2011, Fort Lee will increase by 65 percent. The first of the moves from Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to Fort Lee will take place in the Spring of 2009. By the time 2009 ends, 46 percent of the people slated to relocate here will have moved. In both 2010 and 2011, 27 percent of the incoming population will relocate here.
Planning for BRAC growth is taking place throughout the Tri-Cities region, and that is evident in much of what is happening to prepare both on-post and off-post.
One of the most important aspects of welcoming new members to Team Lee is to provide information to those people who must decide whether or not they are interested in moving to the area to continue to work with their current employer.
Under the leadership of Denny Morris, executive director of the Crater District Planning Commission, 40 members of the local community, along with a handful of Fort Lee representatives, visited each of the organizations that are moving to Fort Lee.
The purpose of these visits was to provide information, answer questions, and to inform people that Fort Lee and the surrounding communities are wonderful places to live, work, and play.
Sustainment Center of Excellence
The Sustainment Center of Excellence, also known as the “SCoE,” combines key elements of the Combined Arms Support Command and its subordinate branch schools into a single organization, creating a new Leadership Training Center.
As an integral part of the SCoE, CASCOM will continue to provide logistics leaders, doctrine, organizations, training and materiel solutions to sustain a campaign quality Army with joint and expeditionary capabilities during peace and war.
The SCoE will enhance military value, support the Army’s Force Structure Plan, and maintain sufficient surge capability within the force to address unforeseen requirements.
The SCoE supports Army transformation, stabilization and multi-service training; it enhances intra-service procedures through the collocation of institutional and functional training of other military services. With the creation of the SCoE, Fort Lee will “Train as we fight: jointly.”