CG Orders Restricted Hours for High-Risk Group

The first hour of each shopping day at the Fort Lee Commissary is now restricted to those “at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.” Included in that group are individuals age 65 and older; those with lung disease, asthma or a serious heart condition; pregnant women; those receiving cancer treatment; and others.

The senior commander ordered the restriction that takes effect immediately. The special shopping hours have been set for 9-10 a.m. After that, stores are open to all authorized patrons.

As part of the 100 percent ID checks at the commissary entrance, the Soldier or law enforcement officer on duty may ask about underlying health conditions to ensure compliance. Shoppers also will be directed to comply with other protective measures such as washing hands upon entry and following social distancing protocols.

 

RSO to Livestream Easter Sunrise Service

Community members are invited to watch a livestream of Fort Lee’s Easter Sunrise Service set for April 12, 7 a.m.There will be no public program for the community to attend.

Organized by the Religious Support Office, the 30-minute service can be viewed at www.facebook.com/fortleereligiousactivities.Those scheduled to speak during the broadcast include Chaplain (Col.) Terry Romine, garrison and CASCOM chaplain; his deputy, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan W. Fowler; and RSO project officer Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Timothy Smith. Music featuring a drummer, keyboardist and a guitar player from RSO also is planned.

For additional information about this and other RSO activities and programs, call 804-734-6494 or follow them on Facebook.

Army Invites Medical Soldiers to Return, Serve

The Army is seeking former medical services Soldiers who would be willing to assist with the COVID-19 response effort should their skills and expertise be required.

Interested individuals may be contacted to serve if qualified in any of the following health care specialties: 60F, Critical Care Officer; 60N, Anesthesiologist; 66F, Nurse Anesthetist; 66S, Critical Care Nurse; 66P, Nurse Practitioner; 66T, ER Nurse; 68V, Respiratory Specialist; and 68W, Medic.

For more information, contact Human Resources Command, Reserve Personnel Management Directorate, at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.g3-retiree-recall@mail.mil or call 502-613-4911.

Stores Ask Patrons to Limit Cash Transactions

The Commissary and Army and Air Force Exchange Service are recommending the use of bank-issued credit or debit cards, or gift cards,as an additional safeguard against the spread of COVID-19.

Agency leaders said the initiative further strengthens efforts to protect the health and safety of authorized shoppers and Exchange associates. Other measures they are taking include disinfecting customer service and sales point areas multiple times daily. Stores are encouraging social distancing with 6-foot floor markings in all customer checkout areas.

DeCA and AAFES are doing their best to order and stock items that are in high-demand at this time. They are not immune from shortages or shipping delays. Patron patience and understanding is appreciated.

 

AWC Offers Telephone Coaching, Virtual Classes

The Army Wellness Center has suspended face-to-face appointments, assessments and classes until further notice. To continue their service to the Fort Lee community, however, the center is offering telephonic health-coaching appointments and virtual classes.

AWC experts can perform individual health assessment reviews over the telephone. Among the virtual classes they offer are Stress Management, Sleep Hygiene, Basic Nutrition, Home Exercise and ACFT Preparation.

For more information, beneficiaries should email vanessa.n.scales.ctr@mail.mil.

Only Airport Taxi Authorized on Fort Lee

As a reminder, Airport Taxi – 804-222-6666 – is the only commercial taxi company authorized to conduct unrestricted business on Fort Lee including transporting passengers around post and to and from surrounding communities.

At this time, the company has reduced the number of cabs to eight on the installation. Each vehicle is being disinfected between passengers. All cabs have signs in the windows stating no training soldiers are authorized to utilize them per the senior mission commander's orders. In addition, all other commercial passenger vehicles including ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are prohibited on-post at this time.

For more information, call the Provost Marshal Office at 804-734-7400.

DMV Postpones Renewals

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has extended renewals of driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and more.

Only documents expiring between March 15 and May 15 are covered by the 60-day extension, and it is from the original date of expiration, not today. This includes credentials for individuals 75 and older who are typically required to make an in-person visit to renew. Vehicle registrations that were to expire in March or set to expire in April are extended for 60 days. In addition, the Virginia State Police has suspended enforcement of motor vehicle safety inspections for 60 days per a directive from Governor Ralph Northam.

The federal REAL ID requirement for domestic airline travel also has been postponed until Oct. 1, 2021. For further details including DMV office closings, visit dmvnow.com/COVID19.

 

Commissaries Plan to Reschedule Pinning Ceremonies

The Defense Commissary Agency will reschedule local pinning ceremonies that were planned for National Vietnam War Veterans Day on March 29.

DeCA will publicize the new ceremony dates once they are set. At these events, all Vietnam-era veterans who served from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975can receive a lapel pin at select stateside and overseas stores. Approximately 9 million military members served on active duty during the Vietnam War era. Out of the 2.7 million actually deployed, more than 58,000 were killed and more than 304,000 wounded.

Exchange Contest Features Motorcycle Prize

Authorized Army and Air Force Exchange Service shoppers have a chance to win an Indian motorcycle through May 21.

The prize is valued at $35,000. To enter, visit shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. No purchase is necessary. Participants must be 18 years old or older.

 

 AFAS Academic Scholarships

​​​​​​​The Air Force Aid Society is seeking applicants for General Henry “Hap” Arnold Education Grants for the 2020-2021 academic year. Eligible Air Force dependents have until April 30 to submit applications.

All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more details and an application, visit www.afas.org.