First TARP Briefings Set for March 13

The first Threat Awareness and Reporting Program briefings for this year are set for March 13, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Lee Theater.

The training is a mandatory annual requirement for military members, DOD employees and contractors with a security clearance. Personnel are reminded to bring their CAC for verification of attendance and to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time to complete the sign-in process. Additional quarterly briefings are scheduled for May 8, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13.

For other details, call 804-734-1569 or email

Public Invited to Joint Culinary Exercise

The public days for the 44th Joint Culinary Training Exercise are set for March 9-14, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., in MacLaughlin Fitness Center, building 4320, near C Avenue and 19th Street.

More than 200 military culinarians from all five service branches as well as a few foreign countries are expected to participate. During the Military Hot Food Challenge each day, teams prepare and serve meals to members of the public in a restaurant-style environment. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. and sell out fast, so be in line as soon as they’re available.

For updates about the JCTE, visit or call 804-734-3106.

Exchange Continues Free Friday Giveaways

Authorized Army and Air Force Exchange Service customers have an opportunity to win prizes ranging from riding mowers or barbecue grills to household furniture or appliances through this year’s Friday giveaway program, a continuation of a popular contest that started in 2018. The total cash value of this year’s prizes is approximately $20,000.

To enter, patrons should visit and answer the question on each Free Friday post and comment with their name and local Exchange. The deadline to post is 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Drawings are held on the Monday after each Free Friday giveaway promotion period.

CYS Needs Youth Coaches for Spring Sports

Fort Lee Child and Youth Services is seeking volunteer coaches for the upcoming spring sports season to work with youth, ages 3-14.

Coaches are needed for soccer, track and baseball. Children of head coaches can participate without a fee.

For details, contact Brenda Alvarez at 804-734-3069.

AAFES Food Services Open to All

While Army and Air Force Exchange Service shopping privileges are open only to the military community, anyone with installation access can dine in Fort Lee Exchange restaurants or pick up grab-and-go fare from Express locations.

Army Regulation 215-8/Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) lets anyone – including visitors, contractors and DOD Civilians – dine at any Exchange restaurant worldwide. The regulation also authorizes anyone to buy grab-and-go food and beverages from any Exchange Express location as long as the items are consumed on the installation.

Shepherd’s Center Seeks Volunteers

The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has a critical need for volunteer drivers to transport seniors to medical and dental appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, food pantries and other locations.

Volunteers also can take part in a repair service called “HandyHands” and other special assistance efforts.

For details, call 804-706-6689 or visit

WOA Scholarship Window Open

The U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association, Crater Chapter, awards at least two $1,000 scholarships annually, and the deadline for submissions is April 1.

The scholarship program is open to all dependents or spouses of chapter members employed or residing in the Fort Lee area. Applicants must plan to attend or continue their education in an accredited American college, university, vocational or technical institution on a full-time basis. To apply, visit Award winners will be announced in May.