Stringers Support Team Lee Through Writing
Sgt. Rico Williams keeps count of vehicles stopped for seat belt checks as part of a safety awareness campaign Oct. 19. Fort Lee police and senior noncommissioned officers were positioned at five post locations to carry out the checks.

Phil Williams began writing play reviews for the Traveller so the Fort Lee community might appreciate the fine performance occurring at the Lee Playhouse. Sgt. Rico Williams covers many Provost Marshal Office activities throughout the year, as both a Fort Lee police officer and a Traveller stringer.

Everybody has a story to tell, and the Fort Lee Traveller encourages this through the stringer program. A stringer can be anyone in the Fort Lee community – Soldiers, Marines, Family members, Department of the Army Civilians, even scouts. Stringers can make one submission or many.

Williams began submitting articles for Morale, Welfare and Recreation in 1988, to include personality profiles, features on MWR-related events and announcements for new programs and services. The play reviews appeared much later in his career, but have become a welcome addition to the Traveller’s entertainment content.

“More than 10,000 copies of this paper goes out all over post – and off-post,” said Williams. “It’s a good thing for any organization to get involved in. “The Traveller is one more avenue for us to tell the good news about what we’ve got going on.”

Soldiers from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade often provides articles and photos when Soldiers engage in battalion competitions or volunteer in community activities.

“The published article and byline gives credit both to the unit for making a positive contribution and to the Soldier who wrote it,” said Jamie Carson, Traveller managing editor. “This is not simply a public affairs product. The Traveller belongs to every member of Team Lee. We value the stories we receive from the community, organizations and individuals.”

Coordinating the revamped stringer program for the Traveller is Jorge Gomez, staff writer. Gomez created a single page Stringer Guide available by request (see sidebar on right).

“It highlights what we’d like our stringers to provide with just enough guidance to put them on the right path,” said Gomez. “If more information is needed, or a little coaching, I am more than happy to assist.”

For details, call (804) 734-7610.