The long term physical improvements that have been underway at Fort Lee over the last half century received a major boost when Congress passed Base Realignment and Closure legislation in 2005. As a result of approved recommendations several new organizations are relocating to and/or consolidating their operations on Fort Lee – including the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and most of the U.S. Army Transportation Center and School from Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Dozens of new classroom buildings, headquarters, fitness and dining facilities, outdoor training sites, high-rise housing projects, and more are already under construction. When completed in 2011, at a projected cost of $1.5 billion, the installation will have acquired 6.5 million square feet of new facilities. In that same timeframe the daily population is expected to rise from 32,000 to nearly 47,000.
In the summer of 2007 there was a ground-breaking ceremony on Sergeant Seay Field to begin construction of the new four-story Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) Headquarters building. To help make way for the new structure, the First Logistical Command Memorial – which had been located on that site since 1974 – was carefully unmoored and moved to a more prominent spot facing the main entrance to Fort Lee.
The $50 million SCoE Headquarters Building took eighteen months to build and was formally dedicated in January 2009. It houses the Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), logistics combat and training developments, and command group headquarters for the Quartermaster, Ordnance, and Transportation Corps. The Sustainment Center of Excellence transforms Fort Lee into the third largest training installation in the Army, in terms of student numbers, after Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia.
In July 2009 the local Command and invited dignitaries gathered to mark the opening of the Army Logistics University (ALU), another recently completed BRAC 2005 project. This 400,000-square-foot building will soon be offering more than 200 courses, is expected to be able to train upwards of 2,300 military and civilian students daily.
The “new” Fort Lee that is emerging as a result of BRAC 2005 is already being hailed as the “lifeblood of Army logistics.” Already proud of its illustrious past, Fort Lee is laying the groundwork for an illustrious future in the 21st century as well.