RiverFest celebration with Friends of the Lower Appomattox River and Petersburg is set for April 28, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Appomattox Riverside Park in Petersburg.
The event – located at 24909 Ferndale Road – is free to the public and will feature youth fishing workshops, kayak-paddling workshops, a climbing wall, a canal history ride, a trail walk and more.
Fort Lee will continue their partnership started last year and bring back the obstacle course for kids made from all reused and recycled materials
For details, visit www.folar-va.org or call (804) 543-0325.
Check out this great training by our quartermasters!
Capt. Robert A. Robinson accepts the 508th Transportation Company colors from Lt. Col. Brian S. Neill, 266th Quartermaster Battalion commander, during a change of command and relinquishment of responsibility ceremony Thursday at the company motor pool. Robinson, who replaced Capt. Aishah R. Mujahid, was formerly the assistant S3 at the 23rd QM Brigade. On the enlisted side of the house, Sgt. 1st Class Tracey V. Williams (pictured in second photo standing at parade rest) replaced 1st Sgt. Ursula A. Harding. Williams previously served as the company truckmaster. The 508th Transportation Company's mission is to provide logistical support for installation training activities.
Samuel H. Asher, executive director of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, answers a question posed by Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, during the Days of Remembrance Observance April 19 in the Lee Theater. Asher was the featured speaker for this year’s event hosted by the Army Logistics University and Logistics Noncommissioned Officer Academy. It was themed Legacy of Perseverance and focused on survivors and their experiences. During his address, Asher reflected on the stories of Holocaust survivors chronicled at the museum, including that of his father, a former Army warrant officer who served during World War II. Concluding his speech, Asher implored all to stand up to actions and behaviors intended to subjugate others.
Arlington National Cemetery Survey
The Arlington National Cemetery is at a critical crossroads in its history. Based on current eligibility standards, Arlington National Cemetery will run out of space In approximately 23 years and at that time will no longer be an active cemetery. The Army has been asked by Congress to consider what might be done to preserve ANC as an active military cemetery well into the future for generations to come. There are only two basic factors that affect the life of ANC - available land and the rate at which burials are requested. ANC's location in a highly developed area inside of the Capital Beltway limits the amount of expansion available to only a few small parcels of land and at ANC's current rate of services, each acre will only extend the life of the cemetery by three months.
In July 2017, the cemetery conducted a survey in partnership with several military and veteran organizations. The more than 28,000 respondents shared that keeping ANC open well into the future is paramount. They also communicated that if eligibility at ANC is limited those killed in action, Medal of Honor and other valorous award recipients, former POWs, and those active duty service members who die on operational missions should have a place at ANC.
After analyzing the results of first survey, cemetery leadership determined there was a need for further refinement. With the assistance of the Advisory Committee on Arlington National Cemetery and military and Veteran Service Organizations, they developed a second survey, which is now available on the cemetery's website.
Arlington National Cemetery invites everyone to take the survey and continue the robust and candid national dialogue. "Your opinion matters - not only to us, but to our military and civilian leaders as they face a difficult future for our hallowed national shrine," said Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries Karen Durham-Aguilera.
The survey can be accessed on the cemetery's website at:
Annual Heroes at Home event treats military spouses to free luncheon. Check out the details and sign-up by May 4.
Virginia’s HIRE VETS NOW is hosting a hiring and networking event to share in camaraderie, professional development and career networking. The community invited to connect directly with Virginia companies seeking to hire veterans and spouses. Bring your resume and enjoy networking in a fun, casual setting. A grab-and-go lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to active duty service members scheduled to transition over the next year, Guard and Reserve, veterans and spouses.
Registration is underway for a fatherhood workshop and retreat set for the weekend of May 4-6 in Williamsburg. The event is being coordinated by the Protestant Men of the Chapel. They’re inviting fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be and father figures who wish to grow in their faith and become better role models and mentors. There is no cost to attend – meals, lodging and activities are covered. The invite is open to all permanent party personnel, retirees and civilians within the Fort Lee community, to include children age 10 and older. To register or obtain more information, call (804) 926-1947.
James McTaggart and Rose Aguilar pose after competing in the king and queen match of the Armed Forces Bowling Tournament Monday at the TenStrike Bowling Center. McTaggart won the match against his skilled opponent. In the team competitions over the weekend, the Air Force men and Army women reigned supreme. The Navy team had the best combined male and female scores, although no trophy is awarded in that category. The Armed Forces competition was preceded by the services’ respective trial camps to identify who would compete in the finals. This was the first time Fort Lee hosted the bowling trials and tournament.
Check the weekend training by Romeo Company.
Several civilian and military members from the community attended a 5-day Project Manager Professional Boot Camp this year. The weeklong session prepared participants to pass the official PMP Exam, enter the field of Project Management, and utilize proven project management methodologies on projects in any environment or industry. The ultimate goals of this course are for students to gain the PMP® credential, increase competitiveness for Project Manager Positions, and enhance your ability to positively impact organization's projects.
Maj. Gustavo Diaz, Support Operations Course director, Army Logistics University, was happy to be a part of the course as he plans to transition out of military service at the end of the year.
"It's a lot of information. However, many of the concepts are similar to what we do in military leadership. We just have to change them into civilian terminology. I happy that we are able to do it here on Fort Lee and the course has been great so far," Diaz said.
Verdane Ivory a contractor for LMI was also taking the course.
"The course will put you on track (to serve in civilian leadership) and also how to gauge and negotiate a contract effectively,” Ivory said. “It truly bridges the gap and connects military and civilian experiences." Ivory said.
If you would like more information on the PMP class, reach out to Chief Warrant Officer 4 Antionio Belmar Sr , the Credentialing and Transition Readiness Officer, CASCOM, Soldier for Life Office, at 804-765-7781.
The ACS Army Family Team Building Program is hosting a Spouses Leadership Forum, May 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The forum will take place in MPR A & B on the first floor of ALU's Heiser Hall. All military spouses are encouraged to attend. This forum will cover several topics; community awareness, enhancing and developing Spouse leadership skill and more! There will be an opportunity to win great door prizes. Admission and lunch are free, however, you must RSVP no later than May 3, https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=387688&k=0169450F735F. For additional details, call (804) 734-7979.
Col. Adam Butler, garrison commander, signs a pledge stating the importance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the garrison conference room April 13 while Command Sgt. Maj. Vittorio DeSouza, garrison CSM, and Lauren Barboza, Fort Lee’s sexual assault response coordinator. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and the installation has hosted and will host events throughout the month to increase awareness of Fort Lee’s services. For more information, call 804-734-6388.
Looking for something to do in the community?
Join a Park Ranger for an approximately two hour bicycle tour of the Eastern Front at Petersburg National Battlefield (main unit). The ride will be along mostly gravel and dirt paths and will include some moderate hills.
The ride is geared for intermediate riders age 12 and older. Mountain bikes are recommended. Helmets are mandatory.
Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear reflective cycling gear, and bring drinking water.
Reservations are encouraged. Please contact Park Ranger Maggs Vibo either by phone at 804-732-3531 ext. 222 or by email at Margaret_Viboolsittiseri@nps.gov to make a reservation.
The #MeToo movement is a sweeping social phenomen, encouraging and inspiring multitudes to share their experiences as a way of calling attention to the prevalence of sexual offenses.
It has proved to be a huge megaphone on an enormous stage, producing ever-expanding ripples across all sectors of society. Comparatively, it has dwarfed April’s Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month campaign in visibility, but the two share the same cause as thought-provoking wakeup calls to raise awareness and promote prevention.
Fuel Fitness is now open in the Strength Performance Center. It offers protein bars, brownies, cookies, pre-workout shots, bottled drinks and made-to-order protein smoothies. Its hours of operation are 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday - Friday. The organization is also set to open a location in the MacLaughlin Fitness Center in May.
Sgt. Gavin E. Wainright Jr., from Fort Hood, Texas, launches the ball toward the pins during the All Army Bowling Trials Camp at Fort Lee’s TenStrike Bowling Center April 11. He is one of 11 male bowlers vying for four spots on the Army team that will compete against the Navy and Air Force in the Armed Forces Championship set for April 13-15 at the same location. The Navy and Air Force trial camps are being held concurrently. The state-of-the-art TenStrike is the Army's newest bowling facility. For updates on the sports competition, visit www.facebook.com/ArmedForcesSports.
The Virginia Housing Development Authority is hosting a free home ownership workshop for military -- past and present -- and their families, as well as DOD Civilians on May 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Soldier Support Center. Call (804) 765-3862, 765-7621 or 765-1597 to sign up.
CID is seeking first lieutenants and captains, from all military occupational specialties, interested in becoming CID Special Agents to submit applications to transition to a CID Special Agent warrant officer, MOS 311A.
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Children and families from the Fort Lee community had a blast at the annual Month of the Military Child Spring Fling April 5. Check out these photos!
The 23rd Quartermaster Brigade will host the 2nd annual SHARP Relay Track Meet April 21, 9 a.m. - noon, at Williams Stadium. With the theme "Running Sexual Assault out of the Army," the event aims to educate, mentor and arm military members with tools and resources to end sexual assault in the military. Events include the command group 4X100 and 4X200 meter races; and single medley relays of 200, 400 and 800 meters. Single participant runs of 1,500 and 100 meters also are scheduled. Participant check-in time is 8 a.m., April 21. Those who would like to participate in the races should contact Sgt. 1st Class Andrea Cooper via email at email@example.com, then submit an entry form by April 20.
Please be aware of a telephone scam affecting TRICARE beneficiaries in which callers are trying to sell cancer screening kits. The calls from this scam operation have come from "(516) 253-2565 or (919) 521-8124," however, other numbers may be used. It's been reported the callers have a considerable amount of personal identifiable information, which could trick beneficiaries into thinking the call is real. Remember – TRICARE does not call beneficiaries to offer or sell services. You should not release any personal identifiable information, such as birth date, Social Security number, banking or credit card information to unknown sources.
For additional information on fraud and abuse reporting, visit the TRICARE Reporting Fraud and Abuse page athealth.mil/fraud.
In 1917 – the early days of America’s involvement in the Great War – Army Capt. Robert L. Queisser, Fifth Ohio Infantry, created a window-hung service banner that symbolized his pride in the family’s two sons serving on the front lines.
The idea spread across the country like wildfire, and with the passage of the Selective Service Act that would see 2.8 million Americans drafted during World War I, many families were soon sewing their own banners.
Read more about what led to National Gold Star Spouses' Day here:
Survivor Outreach Services, Fort Lee, VA
For National Health Week, SPC Jazmine Nichols and James Dick from Kenner’s Environmental Health is displaying insects, snakes and information on entomology, food sanitation, hot and cold weather conditions and much more at a table in main entrance lobby. Environmental Health does all the facility inspections on post. They check the water for contamination and sanitation at all food facilities. They will test ticks and mosquitoes for diseases collected on or off-post. These are just few services offered.