Fort Lee has long history, plays vital mission to Army

IN THE BEGINNING

Fort Lee originated as Camp Lee, an area selected as a state mobilization camp after war was declared against Germany in World War I. In June 1917, construction began. The following month, the War Department announced the camp would be named in honor of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Civil War commander. After World War I, Camp Lee became a game preserve and was taken over by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In October 1940, a second Camp Lee was constructed on the original site. In February 1941, the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center opened its doors and was eventually transferred to Camp Lee.

In 1946, the War Department announced that Camp Lee would remain a center of quartermaster training despite the end of World War II, and in 1950 the camp received official recognition when it was renamed Fort Lee.

In 1973, Fort Lee came under the control of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Today, Fort Lee serves a wide variety of missions in addition to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School. The Combined Arms Support Command, the Combat Service Support Battle Lab, the U.S. Army Logistics Management College and Military Entrance Processing Station are only a few of the many on-post departments.

AT YOUR SERVICE

There is a number of services on-post that offers military members and their families the convenience of doing their errands locally. From veterinarian and postal services to banking and shopping, Fort Lee offers military members on-post service with a smile.

The post veterinarian’s office provides furry friends with outpatient services, vaccinations and exams. The clinics hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call (804) 734-2446 for information. The office is located in Building 11025, 38th St. and E Ave. Pets of personnel residing on post must be registered with the post’s veterinarian upon arrival at Fort Lee. In addition to registration, these pets must also be mirco-chipped for identification in case they are lost. Currently, the clinic uses the “Home Again Chip.” Mirco-chips are very small information devices that are injected beneath the skin between the shoulders. These chips have the owner’s name, address and phone number. This information can be accessed by scanning the animal with a small reader. Animals brought into the clinic must be in a carrier or on a leash.

SunTrust Bank has provided services on Fort Lee for more than 50 years. The bank offers checking accounts, installment loans, mortgages, money market accounts, safe deposit boxes and much more. SunTrust’s main branch office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The drive-through window offers restricted services Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. SunTrust also has a branch office in the commissary. Hours at this branch are Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The bank has several ATMs to include two at the main branch office, one at the commissary, one at the Spiritual Life Center and one at the post exchange. Call (804) 862-2500 for more information.

Another option for financial services is the Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, located at 3510 A Avenue. The credit union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution. When someone joins the Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, their entire family can join. Members enjoy the advantages and services offered, such as low loan rates on mortgages, home equity, vehicle loans, signature loans, competitive rates, checking/share/draft accounts, Visa credit cards and debit cards. For added convenience, there are six FLFCU ATMs on post. In addition, members can use the Internet to access their accounts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members can also use the Credit Union Service Center at Walmart in Colonial Heights that offers extended hours. Office hours are Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call (804) 452-0736 or visit www.fortleecu.org.

SHOPPING

The commissary at Fort Lee is open six days a week and stocks a large variety of food and household supplies. It is located behind the post’s service station. Fort Lee’s Commissary is open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The commissary also offers early bird shopping Tuesday-Friday from 7:30-10 a.m. for 15 items or less.

Call (804) 765-2260 for more information.

Another great shopping experience is available at the Post Exchange. The Army Air Force Exchange Service operates the Community Shopping Center, which offers clothing and shoes, jewelry, gifts, music, health and beauty aids and more for the entire family. The Community Shopping Center is located in Building 1605, 300 A Ave. Hours of operation are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call (804) 861-5970/5971 for information.

The PXTRA is an additional shopping facility. Military Clothing Sales is also located in Building 9025, Mahone Ave. and Battle Dr. Hours are Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Call (804) 862-3763 for more information. Both Post Exchange facilities also offer a wide variety of food choices in their Food Courts.

For those who are trying to save a little money, the post offers a Thrift Shop and Homemaker’s Boutique. Sponsored by the Fort Lee Officers’ and Civilians’ Spouses’ Club and the NCO/EM Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club, the facility is located in Building 5105 on the corner of Lee and B avenues. The Thrift Shop has clothing, books, toys, appliances and household goods available for sale, while the Homemaker’s Boutique sells handcrafted merchandise made by military personnel and their families. The shops are open Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursday, 5:30 - 8 p.m. During the summer, the hours change. For information, call (804) 734-3312.

RECREATION

Fort Lee is home to a variety of professional organizations and clubs for both military and civilian personnel. The Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation is located in Building 8000. Call (804) 734-7154 for information.

The Fort Lee Bowling Center offers 24 lanes with automated scoring and kiddie bumpers, a pro-shop, a game room and a snack bar. The Bowling Center is located in Building P-9040, behind the PXTRA on Mahone Avenue. Bowling hours are Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Call (804) 734-6860 for information.

Fort Lee also has its own professional golf course, pro shop, driving range and putting green. Golf lessons are also available. The course is open from daylight to dusk daily, April -September, and from 8 a.m. to dusk, October - March. Starting times must be reserved. Call (804) 734-2899 for information.

In addition to sports and clubs, Fort Lee has its own live theater. The Lee Playhouse offers special shows for Fort Lee trainees, as well as evening and matinee performances for the entire Fort Lee community and surrounding areas. The playhouse is located at Building 4300 on Mahone Avenue across from ACS and next to Burger King. Call (804) 734-7182 for information.

For those interested in athletics, Fort Lee has a little bit of everything. MacLaughlin Fitness Center, located at C Avenue and 22nd Street, offers a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and other indoor physical conditioning activities; racquetball/handball courts; and exercise rooms for workouts and weight lifting. A variety of fitness classes, including aerobics, karate and circuit weight training are available. There is also the Clark Fitness Center. Call the Sports Office at (804) 765-3070 for more information.