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classrooms each year, making it the third largest training class site in i the Army. The growth of the post also turned Fort Lee L into a “purple” post. All branches of the Armed Forces Force — Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army — now train on Fort Fo Lee. But B the main training is Army related – specifically the Army Ordnance School, Army Transportation School A and Army Quartermaster School. Many of the soldier A students stude will get classroom training at the new Army Logistics University. The base also has tenants such as Logis the headquarters of the Defense Contract Management h Agency Agen and the Defense Commissary Agency — DeCA, which has been on Fort Lee for more than 20 years. DeCA is responsible for stocking commissaries around Brig. Gen. Edward M. Daly, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army Ordnance the world. w School, speaks during a change of command ceremony. Fort Lee is also home to the U.S. Army F The Army installation in central Virginia has a Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Women’s distinguished history and a very bright future. Since Museum. its beginnings, the Army post has been primarily a Finally, Fort Lee hosts two of the premiere events in training facility. The post was established in 1917 to the military. The Armywide Best Warrior competition has train soldiers for World War I. In World War II, what was been held at Fort Lee for nine of its 11 years and pits then known as Camp Lee trained more than 300,000 the winners of all 12 major Army commands around the soldiers. globe against each other for top soldier of the year and But Fort Lee underwent a transformation due to the top non-commissioned officer of the year. 2005 Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) process. And the annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive In just under six years, 56 buildings were constructed Training Event features the top military chefs from across on Fort Lee. Another four were renovated and millions of the U.S. Armed Forces competing in a military-style “Top dollars in infrastructure have been created. Chef” competition. The end result: the largest growth of the post in more Fort Lee finished its massive transformation in late than 60 years, $1.2 billion in investment with 4.7 million 2011 and is now poised to embrace its role as one of square feet of new building space. the Army’s largest training bases. About 70,000 troops will now pass through Fort Lee’s Discover Fort Lee



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The soldiers trained at Fort Lee come from near and far — some come from very far away as part of a program that has existed at Fort Lee since just after the close of World War II. The International Military Student Office brings in soldier students from around the world to Fort Lee to gain more professional training in the field of logistics. “We get about 450 students per year,” said Richard Helfer, director of the International Military Student Office on post. He said that through the end of July the Army Logistics University has worked with students from 79 different countries. International students are selected through a complex process, Helfer said, with rigorous standards established by the Training and Doctrine Command and the Department of the Army that establishes quotas on the number of students trained in different disciplines. All students that are nominated or selected by their own country’s military are additionally vetted by the

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Department of State to make sure that the foreign soldiers have no human rights abuses and that they meet certain requirements — depending on the course they are taking — for English language comprehension. If they don’t, the soldiers may first have to attend the Defense Language Institute at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to gain the necessary proficiency. Soldiers can come to the United States from foreign countries for training depending on a variety of factors, including goals of the United States and the Army on improving working relations with a country’s military or because the Department of Defense has sold a piece of equipment and a support package to a particular country. As an example, Bahrain purchased Multiple Launch Rocket Systems from the United States and a support package, Helfer said. “It’s a lot cheaper for a number of individuals to come here and learn how to repair it than for us to send people there,” Helfer said. Additionally the soldiers that come to Ad Fort Lee L for training gain another benefit — learning about the United States as a lea country count and the culture of this country. “They’re here to learn a lot of things, “T the subject material, English and about the su United States,” Helfer said. “Our economic system, system politics, education, history.” Helfer He said that through the field studies program progra soldiers learn those in addition to the subject matter they were sent to Fort Lee su to learn. lea Capt. Ca Andrius Sujeta from Lithuania said that he h and others from the International Discover Fort Lee


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Military Student Office program recently took a week-long trip to Washington D.C. He said that the trip was great because he had only previously seen this nation’s capitol in movies. “It was nice to see beyond what you see in the movies,” Sujeta said. In addition to the trips and activities planned by the International Military Student Office, the office also helps to arrange sponsorships which can share with the soldiers

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Transportation School remain, soldiers train on mockups the Tr of the planes. The 88N course is six weeks and one day. An entire day Th devoted to training on the full-size simulators, including is dev two airplanes and a rail spur with rail cars on it for the tw practicing loading and unloading of wheeled vehicles. pract While some of the transportation courses have moved W Fort Lee, including the Advanced Leadership Courses for to For Non-Commissioned Officers, which is located at the Army Non-C Logistics University, several other MOS training courses are Logist still aat Fort Eustis. That’s in part due to the unique facilities available at Fort Eustis including 27 miles of railroad track availa that ccan allow a train to get up to speeds of 35 mph — the necessary speed for locomotive engineer training and certification. Fort Eustis also offers the 7th Sustainment Battallion, which has watercraft essential for training 88K and 88L MOSs, which deal with watercraft.

Soldiers who help their units deploy overseas and back again train at Fort Lee every day. The headquarters and some training for the Army’s Transportation Management School moved to Fort Lee as part of the Base Realignment and Closure decision of 2005. Training the 88N Military Occupational Speciality — Transportation Management Coordinator — moved to Fort Lee along with Mobility Warrant Officer training as part of the BRAC related growth of the post. The 88N MOS is an important one because soldiers with that job are the ones that pack planes for deployment to an area of operations and for the redeployment back home. The Transportation School on Fort Lee has two real aircraft that soldiers train with — a C-130 and a C-17 — so that they can learn just how to pack A group of transportation management coordinator students walks into a C-17 Globemaster an aircraft. At Fort Eustis, where some elements of fuselage. Discover Fort Lee


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Members M b off th the h 5 54th 4thh Q Quartermaster t t C Company lloadd th their h i rifl ifles into i t a truck t k bbefore f departing Fort Lee for a six-month deployment to Afghanistan and Kuwait.

The U.S. Army Quartermaster School has a long history at Fort Lee. Before its transformation into a larger logistical training base, Fort Lee was known primarily as home to quartermasters. That can easily be seen with the location of the U.S. Army Quartermasters Museum at Fort Lee. In October 1940, the land that had been Camp Lee was once again returned to military service in the build-up to World War II. Even before the first barracks were constructed, raw recruits for the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center moved into tents in the heart of Camp Lee to begin training. In October 1941, the Quartermaster School moved from Philadelphia to Camp Lee to begin training officers and noncommissioned officers in the art of military supply and service. Since that time Fort Lee has remained the home of Quartermaster training. Currently, the Quartermaster School consists of

seven training organizations: Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, Aerial Delivery and Field Services Ex Department, Logistics Training Department, Joint Depa Mortuary Affairs Center, Operations and Training Mort Management Directorate, Petroleum and Water Mana Department and Reserve Component Affairs Office. Depa The Th Quartermaster Corps provides support to the Army in a variety of ways including General Supply (except (exce for ammunition and medical supplies), Mortuary Affairs, Affair Subsistence (food service), Petroleum and Water, Wate Field Services, Aerial Delivery, Shower, Laundry, Fabric/Light Textile Repair and Materiel & Distribution Fabri Management. Mana Despite many changes, the fundamental mission of D the Quartermaster Corps remains the same — supporting the individual combat soldier in the field. That mission is reflected in the regimental motto of “Supporting Victory.”

A three-volley three volllley salute th sallute t is is fifirred. edd A memorial memoriiall service ser vice i for for the the 14th 14t 4thh Quartermaster Quarttermastter DeDe tachment was held at Fort Lee to commemorate the 20th anniversary of an Iraqi missile attack that killed 13 members of the unit and wounded 43. 43

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of the Army. Also as part of that changing force structure the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 5 108th Quartermaster Company both cased their colors in May of o 2013. Both Bo units have been inactivated in the past. The Th 530th began as a World War II unit which eventually was inactivated in France in 1946. It was reactivated in i January Janua 1966, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Forty years later, the unit’s home was changed to Fort Lee. The Th 108th Quartermaster Company, itself a unit with a rich history of service, including service in World War II and the t Korean War before it was inactivated for a number Leaders Lead Le ader derss ca case se tthe he ccolors he olor ol lorss off tthe he 4 he 49th 9th Quar 9th Quartermaster Q uarte term rmas aste terr Grou Group G roupp as tthey hey host hey hhosted ostedd aann inactivation ceremony at Fort Lee. of years. yea It was activated again in 2005 as a petroleum company. One of the few constants in the Army is change. Over the While those units cased their colors, the 54th and past year there have been a number of notable changes at 111th Quartermaster companies, which in 2012 faced a Fort Lee including the inactivation of several units that have somewhat uncertain future, will be staying on post for the called the post home for a number of years. foreseeable future. They had been slated to leave the post The 49th Quartermaster Group, which spent nearly two as part of a larger inactivation of a quartermaster unit. The decades at Fort Lee, was inactivated in a September 2012 two units are the only active duty mortuary affairs units in ceremony. the Army. The 49th Quartermaster Group was originally In July 2012, Fort Lee officials announced that the 49th constituted in the regular Army on May 1, 1936, as the Quartermaster Group would be inactivating and, at the time, 49th Quartermaster Regiment aligned with the Fifth Corps. the 54th and 111th Quartermaster companies were part Born in a time of global turmoil, the regiment focused its of the 49th Quartermaster Group. It was also said at that efforts toward the impending threat of World War II. During time that there were plans to move the two mortuary affairs that conflict, the group participated in several World War companies from Fort Lee within 15 months. II campaigns, including Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North “The 54th and 111th companies will stay up here [Fort Apennines and the Po Valley. Lee],” said Lt. Col. Ki Young Pak, commander of the 82nd On Nov. 15, 1947, the unit was inactivated not to be Special Troops Battalion. The battalion is based out of Fort reactivated until June 4, 1993, at Fort Lee. Bragg, N.C. “They will still serve their current functions of The inactivation was part of the changing force structure mortuary affairs to the Army.” Discover Fort Lee


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The agency responsible for making sure that federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost, and meet all performance requirements, along with the headquarters for the military’s grocery stores, are both located at Fort Lee. The Defense Contract Management Agency moved its headquarters to Fort Lee as part of the Base Realignment and Closure growth of the installation that concluded in September 2011. The growth on post began with the 2005 round of Base Realignment And Closure decisions that was signed into law by then President George W. Bush. The agency moved into the former Combined Arms Support

Comm Command headquarters on post, which underwent a $17 million renova renovation. The agency worldwide has more than 10,400 civilian emplo employees and more than 500 military employees that execute contra contract management responsibilities covering more than 20,000 contra contractors with more than $1.7 trillion in value as of July 2012. In moving to Fort Lee from Alexandria, DCMA Director Charles E. Wil Williams Jr., said that the post is an ideal location for the agenc agency. “In many ways, Fort Lee is an ideal location for DCMA. Each day, w we find ourselves surrounded by the very customer we serve — the warfighters,” Williams said in September 2011. “Their presen presence is a great reminder to us of the importance of delivering quality products and services, on time and on cost.” While DCMA is a relatively new tenant on post, the Defense Commissary Agency — DeCA, has been on Fort Lee for more than 20 years. While DeCA didn’t grow through BRAC, the agency which has an annual sales figure of close to $6 billion, did receive a $21 million dollar renovation as operations were consolidated to Fort Lee. About 900 DeCA employees are located on post. The agency is responsible for stocking commissaries around the world, making sure that products familiar to soldiers are available and close at hand.

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