Annie Mickens, former mayor of Petersburg, receives a plaque from Maj. Gen. James L. Hodge, CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general for her work with the installation.

FORT LEE, Va. (Feb. 11, 2011) -- Close to 80 off-post community leaders and representatives of the Fort Lee command team attended the Feb. 2 Civilian-Military Council luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn, Colonial Heights.

Colonial Heights Mayor C. Scott Davis led the group in the discussion of significant events and topics of mutual interest.

The Civilian-Military Council was established in 1986 to promote cooperation, understanding and communication between Fort Lee and its local communities.

The quarterly gatherings pair leaders from Fort Lee and representatives from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg and Prince George city governments, school systems and chambers of commerce, among others.

Col. Michael Morrow, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee commander, explained the status of the installation's growth. According to Morrow, the infrastructure build-up for Base Realignment and Closure is 72 percent complete. Course moves are 76 percent complete while 80 percent of personnel have moved to the installation.

Morrow praised the surrounding communities for the adjustments they have made to meet the increasing demands of Soldiers and civilians moving to the area. In particular, he mentioned the work of the Prince George School System, as they are taking in most of the school-aged children at Fort Lee.

The Executive Director of Virginia's Gateway Region, Renee Wyatt-Chapline, provided an update about the economic progress of the region. Wyatt-Chapline noted that the region's future is secure due to the development of a research park in Prince George that will include a Rolls-Royce Aerospace Facility.

Speaking for each of the communities were Chesterfield County Administrator James Stegmaier, Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Stone, Hopewell Mayor Christina Luman-Bailey, Petersburg Mayor Brian Moore, Prince George County Administrator John Kines and Mayor Davis.

In a special presentation, Maj. Gen. James Hodge, Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee Commanding General, took the opportunity to recognize outgoing community leaders who supported Fort Lee throughout their tenure. Former mayors of Petersburg and Hopewell, Annie Mickens and Brenda Pelham, and outgoing Prince George County Administrator John Kines, received plaques thanking them for their service to the U.S. Army Community at Fort Lee.