FORT LEE, Va. – The public is invited to a variety of special events and festivities at Fort Lee to celebrate ‘A Century of Support to the Nation.’
The Centennial Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. July 10 in Williams Stadium with members of the Black Daggers – the U.S. Army Special Operations Command parachute demonstration team – jumping into the venue.
Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee commanding general, will deliver remarks at the celebration, which also will include a performance by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and the completion of a 100-mile run in Fort Lee’s neighboring communities.
Ninety-nine miles of the run will be completed July 9, with teams of Soldiers running 16.5-mile routes in each community. Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George counties, the cities of Colonial Heights and Hopewell, and the Petersburg National Battlefield are hosting the runs to commemorate the Centennial.
“As one team of Soldiers completes a portion of the route, they will pass a baton adorned with the centennial logo and the respective community’s name to the next team,” said Sarah Gauvin, Media and Community Relations Officer at Fort Lee. “Soldiers will run the final mile on July 10 and finish in Williams Stadium during the Centennial Celebration.”
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., military members from all of the major Army organizations at Fort Lee will participate in a number of sports tournaments at venues across the post. A Drill and Ceremony competition is also planned. The public is invited to stay and cheer for the teams.
In addition to the Centennial Celebration and sporting activities, a 20-minute centennial documentary will be aired at the top of each hour from 1-3 p.m. at the Lee Theater. These viewings are open to the public.
“The documentary was produced by the Combined Arms Support Command with support from a military public affairs detachment at Fort Meade, Md.,” Gauvin noted.
“One important aspect of our Centennial Celebration,” she continued, “is recognizing we are part of a larger community surrounding Fort Lee. We have thrived because of the support of the leaders and citizens of Prince George, Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties and the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights. We encourage them to come and be part of the festivities.”
All of the celebration activities are free and open to the public. Off-post community members have the option of sitting in temporary bleachers available at Williams Stadium or bringing chairs or blankets. Visitors 18 years of age or older who are not military or government identification cardholders will need to obtain a pass from the Visitor Control Center at the Lee Avenue Gate to access the installation. Visit lee.army.mil/access for pass procedures and requirements.
Fort Lee Soldiers, families and civilian employees began a century of support to the nation in 1917 when Camp Lee was established to train the 80th Division for service during WWI. Today, Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army professionals in fields such as transportation, supply, culinary arts and equipment repair and maintenance. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.