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Fort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)
Fort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome CenterFort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome Center

Fort Lee Virginia: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)

Introduction

Welcome to Fort Lee, Virginia, headquarters of the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM)/ Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE), the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, the U.S. Army Ordnance School, The U.S. Army Transportation School, the Army Logistics University (ALU), Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), and the U.S. Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). It also is the home to two unique institutions: the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Women’s Museum. In this guide, you’ll find information and tips to ease your transition to Fort Lee, whether it is your first time PCSing or an additional tour.

Fort Lee has 27,000 active duty members and trains more than 70,000 soldiers every year, serving as one of the largest training sites operated by the United States Army.

Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Fort Lee to help aid you in your transition to your new home.

  1. Where Is Fort Lee?
  2. Google Map View
  3. Getting There – Directions to the Post
  4. Entering Fort Lee and Post Amenities
  5. Where Should I Live Near Fort Lee?
  6. What Schools are Near Fort Lee?
  7. What’s the Weather Like in Fort Lee?
  8. Things to Do Near Fort Lee

*For all COVID updates for Fort Lee, visit the post website’s COVID-19 page here.

Where Is Fort Lee?

Fort Lee
500 Lee Ave
Fort Lee, Virginia 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-3000

Fort Lee is located three miles east of Petersburg, Virginia, 116 miles from Washington, D.C., and 21 miles from Richmond, the Virginia state capitol.

Fort Lee Map

Fort Lee Map

Fort Lee Directions

ith Richmond nearby and the twin highways of I-95 and I-295 bracketing the post, Fort Lee is extremely easy to get to and from. So getting on post is a breeze and taking a trip elsewhere is just as easy.

Richmond International Airport

Located southeast of the business center of Richmond, Richmond International Airport (RIC) is 40 minutes from Fort Lee. You can use the United Service Organizations (USO) Center which is available in the terminal for active duty and retired personnel and their dependents. It’s open daily from 0900 to 2100.

United Service Organizations (USO) Center

If you are arriving via Richmond Airport, you can go to the USO for free no-cost transportation to Fort Lee!
You’ll need two copies of your orders and should call ahead to ensure you have everything to qualify for this free ride from the USO at 1 (804) 236-7234.

Taxi Service

The airport taxi company that can be reached at 1 (804) 222-6666 or 1 (804) 233-4444 is allowed to drive on Fort Lee and its surrounding areas.

AMTRAK

You can easily take advantage of AMTRAK’s widespread regional and national rail services. The nearest station is located at 3516 South Street, Petersburg, VA 23803, and is open for ticketing from 1100 to 1830 daily.

Richmond International Airport Shuttle

Busses are provided by Greyhound and the terminal can be found at 108 East Washington Street, Petersburg.

I-95 Southbound from Arlington VA

  1. Proceed south on I-95 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 84A (left exit) toward Rocky Mount, N.C.
  2. Continue on I-295 S onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you’re coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate. Note: You will need an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID.

I-95 Northbound from Rocky Mount, N.C.

  1. Proceed north on I-95 merging onto I-295 N via exit number 46 toward Washington.
  2. Continue on I-295 N merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you’re coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate. Note: You will need an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID.

I-64 Eastbound from Charlottesville

  1. Proceed east on I-64 merging onto 1-295 S via exit number 177 toward Washington/Norfolk.
  2. Proceed on I-295 south merge onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you’re coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate. Note: You will need an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID.

I-64 Westbound from Virginia Beach

  1. Proceed west on I-64 merging onto I-295 S via exit number 200 toward Rocky Mount, N.C.Merge onto I-295 S using the left side exit toward Bottoms Bridge.
  2. Proceed on I-295 south exiting onto VA-36 W/Oaklawn Boulevard via exit number 9B toward Fort Lee/Colonial Heights.
  3. When you’re coming off I-295 via exit 9B toward Fort Lee/Petersburg, proceed to the fourth traffic light and turn left at the Sisisky Boulevard Gate. Note: You will need an accepted DoD or Federally issued ID.

Fort Lee Transportation Office

Time to PCS move yet again? The Fort Lee Transportation Office is here to help. Stop by or call to start getting your things in order for your next big move.

Fort Lee Transportation Office
1401 B Avenue
Bldg 3400, Suite 118
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-2276

Fort Lee Transportation Office Operating Hours
Monday through Friday – 0730 to 1630

Entering Fort Lee

Entering Fort Lee and Post Amenities

If you have never been on post, or don’t have a valid ID, you may need to stop at the Welcome & Visitors Center to check in. They can get you set up with the necessary passes and/or info about post access and, if need be, getting you the proper ID or a new CAC card.

Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel

Because Fort Lee is host to many units, procedures for incoming personnel varies depending on which unit you are reporting to. If you are in the Army. For Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel, you will also have different locations to report to. For details, visit the Fort Lee check-in procedures website.

Though each unit has its own requirements for check in paperwork, it is a good bet that you will need at least a combination of the following. Be sure to call ahead to ensure that your check-in goes smoothly, and remember to wear the proper uniform of the day.

Items needed at check in:

  • Multiple copies of your orders and amendments
  • Record of Emergency Data
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Officer/enlisted Records Brief (ERB/ORB)
  • Medical and Dental records

Fort Lee Visitor Center

The Visitor Control Center is adjacent to the Lee gate, just off Route 36. The staff can help visitors find a destination on post and answer general questions about installation services and events.

All adults (18+ years) will be checked for identification at Fort Lee, and service members and their families will be expected to present their CAC ID cards or military dependent cards.

First time visitors who do not have federal identification cards or have expired identification must go to the Visitors Control Center, VCC. You’ll have to present a valid government issued photo ID such as a passport or driver’s license in order to undergo a background check.

The VCC located on Lee Ave is open on weekdays (Monday – Friday), from 0800 – 1600. If this is your first time, you can submit a pre-approval request utilizing either DES Form 190-3 (individual request) or DES Form 190-2 (group request). This is recommended for personnel who are not local to Fort Lee. Submit pre-approval requests to their email here.

The VCC will contact the sponsor to validate the visitor’s request and the sponsor’s responsibility for their guests prior to the guest being authorized access to the installation.

Fort Lee Visitor Center
500 Lee Avenue
Bldg. 5228 (Dukes Building)
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 734-5053

Fort Lee DEERS Office

Whether you need to get someone enrolled in the system, a new CAC card, or any other admin matter seen to, the Fort Lee DEERS office is here. Set up an appointment online and avoid the wait.

Fort Lee DEERS Office
3312 A Avenue
Room 123
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 734-7349/7348/6179/7394

Fort Lee DEERS Office Hours

  • Monday through Friday – 0800 – 1600

Fort Lee Gate Hours

On post there are two gates that are always open.

  • Fort Lee Main Gate – Located on Sisisky Boulevard and is open 24/7
  • The Jackson Circle Gate – Open 24/7 to staff, residents, and authorized guests
  • Lee Avenue Gate – Visitor Control Center open Monday through Friday 0800 – 1600

For more information and a full list of all gates and times, visit the Fort Lee visitors information website.

Fort Lee Commissary

Get everything you need to keep your home stocked, your kitchen full, and your family happy right on post at the Fort Lee Commissary.

Fort Lee Commissary
400 Shop Rd
Bldg 1600
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-2254

Fort Lee Commissary Hours

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday through Saturday – 0900 – 2000
  • Sunday – 0900 – 1700

Fort Lee Exchange

Fort Lee Main Store
300 A Avenue, Bldg. 1605
Ft Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 861-5970

Fort Lee Exchange Hours

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-2000
  • Sunday – 1000-1800

Fort Lee Barber Shops

As everybody in the military knows, fresh haircuts are not optional. That’s why posts always have multiple locations where you can get a crisp trim, and Fort Lee is no different.

Barbershop Locations & Hours

Bldg. 9025
Phone: 1 (804) 861-6060
Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-1900
  • Sunday – 0930-1600

Bldg. 12420
Phone: 1 (804) 765-8086
Hours: Monday through Friday 0900-1700

Bldg. 18020
Phone: 1 (804) 861-1866
Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-1900
  • Sunday – 1000-1900

Bldg. 2204
Phone: 1 (434) 292-5990
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 1000-1800

Ft Lee Main Store, 300 A Avenue, Bldg. 1605
Phone: 1 (804) 861-5881
Hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 0900-1900
  • Sunday – 1000-1700

Fort Lee Post Office

Get all your mailing and shipping needs taken care of at the conveniently located Post Office right here on post.

Fort Lee Post Office
1400 Mahone Ave
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 861-0539
Hours:

  • Monday through Friday – 0900 – 1630
  • Saturday – 0900 – 1300

Fort Lee Finance Office

The Defense Military Pay Office (DMPO) on Fort Lee is your go-to place for financial advice and assistance. Whatever money matters you need help with, they’re here to help.

Fort Lee Finance Office
1401 B Avenue
Bldg 3400, Suite 101
Fort Lee, VA 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-7487

Fort Lee Finance Office Hours

  • Monday through Wednesday – 0800 – 1500
  • Thursday – 1300 – 1500
  • Friday – 0800 – 1500

If you’re looking for legal advice or assistance in matters both military or civilian, the Fort Lee legal office will connect you to the experts and professionals you need.

Fort Lee Legal Office
701 27th Street
Building #8135
Fort Lee, VA, 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-1500

Fort Lee Legal Office Hours 

  • Monday through Wednesday – 0800-1630
  • Thursday – 1300-1630
  • Friday – 0800-1630

Fort Lee Library

Looking for a great book, movie, video game, or more? The Fort Lee Community Library has all that and more. With a regularly updated catalog, there’s no shortage of great entertainment options to borrow.

Fort Lee Library
34th Street. Building #12420
Fort Lee, VA, 23801
Phone: 1 (804) 765-8095/8173
Hours: Monday through Friday 1000 – 1200 & 1300 – 1600

Fort Lee Hotels

Fort Lee Hotels

If you need a place for a short term stay or visit near post, there are plenty of great hotel options you can pick from. Here are five of the closest to post:

Quality Inn At Fort Lee
4911 Oaklawn Blvd
Hopewell, VA 23860
Phone: 1 (804) 458-1500

Sleep Inn & Suites At Fort Lee
2200 Waterside Rd
Prince George, VA 23875
Phone: 1 (804) 732-3737

Candlewood Suites Ft Lee – Petersburg – Hopewell
5113 Plaza Dr
Hopewell, VA 23860
Phone: 1 (804) 541-0200

Hampton Inn Petersburg/Hopewell
5103 Plaza Dr
Hopewell, VA 23860
Phone: 1 (804) 452-1000

Baymont by Wyndham Prince George at Fort Lee
5380 Oaklawn Blvd
Prince George, VA 23875
Phone: 1 (804) 452-0022

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Where Should I Live Near Fort Lee?

Where Should I Live Near Fort Lee?

Major Cities Near Fort Lee

Fort Lee is located just south of Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. To the east, you have Newport News and Norfolk/Virginia Beach and North Carolina is just an hour south.

Best Places to Live Near Fort Lee

With the Prince George County Public Schools available to all children who live on post, plus the five surrounding districts of Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Hopewell City, Petersburg City, and Dinwiddie County mean you have lots of great options for your kids’ educational needs.

Richmond

Fort Lee’s location near Richmond makes it an easy place to live near and commute to. To the east, you have Newport News and Norfolk/Virginia Beach.

Virginia Tri-Cities

Other nearby areas include the Tri-Cities of Virginia-Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell-as well as the counties of Chesterfield and Dinwiddie. So whether you prefer suburban living, country life, or the conveniences of a big, bustling city you’ll find a place that meets your wants and needs while stationed here.

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Fort Lee Schools

Fort Lee Schools

Equally important to housing, if you have or plan to have children, are the schooling and daycare options available on or off post.

Fort Lee does not have Department of Defense (DoD) schools on post. Since Fort Lee is in Prince George county, residents of Fort Lee (on-post) will be in the Prince George County School District.

If you are living off-post, the schools available to you will be based on where you live. Below is a list of all the school districts in the Fort Lee general area. For a full listing with phone numbers, click here.

Find more local school information at The Best Fort Lee Schools: Daycare – High School.

Fort Lee Weather

Fort Lee Weather

Fort Lee’s climate is subtropical and is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The changes between the seasons are generally mild. January is the coldest month with an average high of 50 and low of 29. July is the hottest month with an average high of 91 and an average low of 70. Being on the east coast, severe weather threats could include tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, nor’easters and snowstorms.

Check current weather conditions before and during your move here. You can also call the Fort Lee Status Hotline at 1 (804) 765-2679 to verify the operational status and any weather advisories or shutdowns.

Be sure to keep up to date with the weather proactively. Also be careful not to mix up Fort Lee, NJ with Fort Lee, VA!

To find out more in-depth information on the weather in the area, visit Fort Lee Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.

Things to Do in Fort Lee

Things to Do in Fort Lee

Fort Lee area offers many activities for people with different interests. If you are into history, you can visit the museums on post, or the Petersburg National Battlefield, a Civil War historical site. For parks, check out Pocahontas State Park or Chester-located Point Of Rocks Park where you can walk its natural trails or spend time on the playgrounds they offer. Families can visit the King’s Dominion amusement park. Literary buffs may be interested in the Edgar Allen Poe museum. You’re also only a two hour drive to Washington D.C. to the north and can visit many national historic sites on a weekend trip.

Suggested Read: X Of the Best Things to Do in Fort Lee VA (2020 Edition)

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Conclusion

Fort Lee is a unique installation that has been home to hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families over the last 100 years. It is uniquely situated near the nation’s and the state of Virginia’s capital, and thus a lot of cultural and historically relevant sites are nearby. Use this guide as a suggestion, but also use the opportunity to get to know your new neighbors and explore what the area has to offer.

 

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