FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 1, 2009) - A message of change was the focus of the installation town hall meeting Sept. 24 at the Army Logistics University as presenters provided updates to the many transformative events occurring on Fort Lee.
Col. Michael Morrow, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee commander, started the meeting with a review of the current status of the Base Realignment and Closure efforts across post and upcoming quality of life initiatives.
There are 94 construction projects worth $1.87 billion being planned or executed at Fort Lee, Morrow said. Since quality of life improvements weren't included within the BRAC scope, efforts are being made to bring it up to speed with the changes across post. Renovations to the post golf course, the addition of a new library and changes to the pool are some people have seen recently. Plans for two new gyms, two new pools and a 1,000-room lodging facility are in the works.
Morrow also announced the winners of the garrison logo and coin design contest. Deanna Melson, Renee Tatum-Glisson and Pam Sutton were responsible for the new garrison logo and key concept that will be used in place of the garrison coin and should be available soon.
The Legal Assistance Office is changing their hours of operations to better serve Fort Lee members, said Rhonda Mitchell, chief of legal assistance. (See box for more information.) Aside from the change in hours, they have a new telephone system to ensure better coverage and Mitchell announced the tax center would soon be relocating to building 12011.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Randy Walker, deputy garrison chaplain, announced the upcoming Memorial Chapel Annual Picnic Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the Hideaway Club. Also on Saturday, the "Lost and Found" comedy and music presentation will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Hideaway Club and 5 p.m. at Memorial Chapel.
The Provost Marshal's Office is making strides toward solving the breaking and entering offenses that occurred in the housing areas from December 2008-September 2009. Of the 26 cases, only seven are outstanding, and Lt. Col. Yvette Kanney, installation provost marshal, said it was likely those cases were also committed by the 11 individuals identified as subjects in the 19 other cases that were solved and awaiting administrative closure. She also encouraged Fort Lee members to use the PMO hotline at 734-3937 or the main desk at 734-7400. She reviewed the post speed limits, the cell phone policy and parking issues, among other topics.
Assistant Fire Chief Randall Fitzpatrick, Fire and Emergency Services, discussed Fire Prevention Week which runs Oct. 4-10 (See pages 6 and 26 for more details).
Bill Buhmann, from the installation operations center, spoke about the Ready Army campaign. He reinforced the new slogan of 'Are You Really Ready?' and discussed the top three issues for Fort Lee members to consider: the flu, hurricanes and the upcoming winter season.
Al Williams, Residential Communities Initiative program manager, updated the group on the current status of housing projects on post, including the demolition of homes in Monroe Manor starting in October and the availability of new homes in Adams Chase starting in December. He also said the two water parks would be ready in Spring 2010 and reminded the community that Pinnacle was sending out their annual customer satisfaction surveys.
Ron Rhodes, from the Prince George County Public Schools, was on hand to update attendees about the busing on post. He said every day nearly 1,300 children were transported on and off post to PG County schools, and more than 30 buses currently served the Fort Lee community.
June Milligan, Fort Lee safety specialist, informed the group about new safety and occupational health objectives and the new safety excellence streamer available through the Army Safety Awards Program.
The last presenter was Laurie Dean, a customer service representative from the Installation Management Command Northeast Region, who emphasized the importance of the Interactive Customer Evaluation program and why it was vital for people to give feedback on the services on post.
Morrow finished up the town hall meeting with a question and answer period.
A popular topic was information about the post exchange upgrades scheduled on post. Currently, the renovations to the PXtra are nearly complete and a new Subway has opened in the main PX. The new shoppette is moving along as quickly as possible and will include a Popeyes, a Class 6 and a car care center. Also in the works is a joint effort between the Army and Air Force Exchange Services and the Fort Lee garrison to renovate the Lee Playhouse into a movie theater and playhouse, which is scheduled to open in 2010.
Another concern was made over the post office and how the increase of personnel would affect services. Morrow said he's met with the postmaster recently and one change that should be effective immediately is that two employees would be on the line at all times. There may be other changes as the size of Fort Lee increases.
Crosswalks were another issue that was brought up during the meeting, especially around the Sustainment Center of Excellence headquarters building. Morrow encouraged everyone to drive safer and also said there were new measures that would seen soon that would make drivers more aware of crosswalks.