Fort Lee (Virginia)

Infobox Military Structure
name=Fort Lee
location= Petersburg and Tri-cities Area

caption=Shoulder sleeve insignia and emblems of units or agencies stationed at Fort Lee
type=U.S. Army post
controlledby=U.S. Army
garrison= Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM)
U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School (QMCS)
Army Logistics Management College (ALMC)
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
49th Quartermaster Group

Fort Lee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Petersburg and Prince George County, Virginia, United States. The population was 7,269 at the 2000 census.

Fort Lee is a United States Army post and headquarters of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School (QMCS), the Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) and the U.S. Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). A U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) unit, the 49th Quartermaster Group (Petroleum and Water), is stationed here. Fort Lee also hosts two Army museums, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum and the U.S. Army Women's Museum. The fort is named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.


World War I

Just 18 days after a state of war with Germany was declared, the first Camp Lee was selected as a state mobilization camp and later became a division training camp.

In June 1917, building began and within sixty days, 14,000 men swarmed over the newly designed military installation.

When construction work ended, there were accommodations for 60,335 men. On July 15, 1917, the War Department announced that the camp would be named in honor of General Robert E. Lee, the most famous of the Confederate Civil War commanders.

After World War I, Camp Lee was taken over by the Commonwealth of Virginia and designated a game preserve. Later, portions of the land were incorporated into the National Military Park of Petersburg.

World War II

In October 1940, the War Department ordered the construction of another Camp Lee on the site of the earlier installation. Built as rapidly as the first, construction was still ongoing when the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center started operation in February 1941. Their number grew to 25,000 in 1942, and peaked at 35,000 in 1944.

Camp Lee was also the home of a Medical Replacement Training Center, but as the Quartermaster training increased, it was decided to relocate the MRTC at Camp Pickett.

Later, the QMRTC was redesignated as an Army Services Forces Training Center, but it retained its basic mission of training Quartermaster personnel.

While the QMRTC was getting underway, the Quartermaster School was transferred to Camp Lee. A full program of courses was conducted, including Officer Candidate School. By the end of 1941, Camp Lee was the center of both basic and advanced training of Quartermaster personnel and held this position throughout the war.

Camp Lee to Fort Lee

When World War II ended, the fate of Camp Lee was in question. In 1946, the War Department announced that Camp Lee would be retained as a center for Quartermaster training. Official recognition of its permanent status was obtained in 1950 and the post was redesignated as Fort Lee.

Immediately troops began Quartermaster training for the Korean War and continued for the next three years. Fort Lee also had a WAC (Women's Army Corp) training center. After the Korean War, progress was made on an ambitious permanent building program.

Under the twenty year program, Fort Lee changed from an installation of temporary wooden structures to a modern Army post with permanent brick and cinder block buildings.

The Quartermaster Training Center, created to supervise the training of Quartermaster personnel and troop units, brought an intensification of training activity within the Quartermaster Corps. As a result, the courses formerly taught at other locations were incorporated in the curriculum of the Quartermaster School.

Profound changes were evident at Fort Lee during 1962. The post became a Class 1 military installation under Second United States Army. The Quartermaster School became a part of the Continental Army Command service school system and was also selected to serve as the home of the Quartermaster Corps and Corps Historian. The Second US Army was inactivated in 1966.

In July 1973, Fort Lee came under the control of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.


Fort Lee is located at coor dms|37|14|57|N|77|19|57|W|city (37.249053, -77.332431).GR|1

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.4 square miles (21.6 km²), all of it land.

Notable Residents

Former Ramones Bassist Dee Dee Ramone (real name: Douglas Colvin)(born: Sept 18, 1952; die: June 5, 2002) was born here.Former Singer/Songwriter Pat Benatar


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 7,269 people, 1,401 households, and 1,223 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 870.2 people per square mile (336.1/km²). There were 1,445 housing units at an average density of 173.0/sq mi (66.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 47.05% African American, 39.46% White, 0.73% Native American, 2.34% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 6.67% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.42% of the population.

There were 1,401 households out of which 72.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.7% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 0.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 3.53.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 34.0% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 2.1% from 45 to 64, and 0.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 22 years. For every 100 females there were 132.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 143.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,325, and the median income for a family was $40,197. Males had a median income of $27,511 versus $19,459 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,448. About 6.3% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Current Units

* Kenner Army Health Clinic


External links

* [ Fort Lee Traveller] (military-authorized newspaper)
* [ Fort Lee] (official site)
* [ U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum] (official site)

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