FORT LEE, Va. – Since its revival in 2013, the Civilian Welfare Fund has distributed approximately 3,200 free chicken sandwich lunches to the workforce

It also has provided almost 1,000 retirement gifts, with honorees having a choice of five mementos: a pewter Jefferson cup with complimentary engraving; a mahogany keepsake box with custom Fort Lee Retiree medallion; a jewelry box with engraved plate; an engraved brass and mahogany desk clock; or a golf putter in a box with engraved plate.

More recently this year, it launched the “CWF Experience,” a collaborative partnership with Family and MWR offering recreational experiences free of charge, or at reduced pricing, for DOD Civilians assigned to Fort Lee.

The CWF Experience offers both adventurous and laid-back activities to appeal to a diverse population of participants. The most popular experience to date has been “Creative Canvas,” a painting class where available seats have sold out within days. A variety of bus trips also are available. This fall, a mountain biking experience is planned for Sept. 11 and 25 in nearby Petersburg Battlefield Park.

On the near horizon is the first-ever CWF Kickoff celebration, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 22-24. The goal the planning committee has in mind is to bring DOD Civilians together in a comfortable setting to eat, socialize, and recognize and honor the hard work of individuals who support and make the CWF programs possible.

The celebration will feature one of CWF’s signature events – the free chicken sandwich lunch for DOD Civilians. A special Creative Canvas activity is planned as well. Additional details about the CWF Kickoff will be announced at a later date through LeeKey, Fort Lee social media and the Traveller.

Members of the CWF committee feel food and fellowship is the best way to bring people together and build workforce camaraderie. The volume of the activities the organization has planned also demonstrates its eagerness to continuously support civilians through morale-building endeavors.

Future initiatives being considered include a “Lunch in the Office” program, perhaps beginning in Spring of 2020, and increased per-person funding for bi-annual civilian events.

CWF also is a proud supporter of the bi-annual Fort Lee Outstanding Civilian Award program, which recognizes the achievements and hard work of Fort Lee’s civilians within the office and externally in their community.  To date, John Hall, deputy to the commanding general, Combined Arms Support Command, has presented 57 DOD Civilians with this coveted, one-of-a-kind award. 

“The CWF Program at Fort Lee is better than ever and ready to take on new initiatives,” Hall observed. “It must be emphasized, however, the organization can’t keep up this pace without additional support and volunteers to take on the many behind-the-scenes roles that keep the program afloat.

“Billing officials, credit card holders and additional board members are needed to take this program to new heights, and with that, extend greater support for our civilian workforce.”

Anyone interested in volunteering with the CWF should obtain supervisor approval and then contact the board by email at

For more information about CWF programs and support, visit the organization’s website at or social media page at

Those who would like to participate in a CWF Experience event can contact Holly Allman at Be sure to mention you are participating as a DOD Civilian courtesy of the CWF. Space is limited, so register early.