The Public Affairs Office (PAO) advises the Garrison Commander and executes the Command Information, Community Relations, and Media Relations missions. PAO has sole release authority for information and acts as spokesperson for the command. We provide timely, accurate and truthful communications about the command and its activities to all members of the community including military personnel, Family members, retirees and the American public.
The command information program encompasses the installation's Fort Lee News platform, its official website and social media pages; the digital sign at the main gate on Sisisky Avenue; and its presence on the Digital Garrison app.
Fort Lee News
In addition to its global reach from its platform at www.army.mil/lee, Fort Lee News serves most directly the local information needs of communities in the Tri-City area, including active-duty service members, military families, government civilians, military retirees and reservists.
Fort Lee News accommodates the command information needs of installation leaders. In addition to publishing frequent articles that focus on safety, health, environmental protection, changes to policy and more, we tell the Fort Lee story through photos and features that highlight key events, significant achievements, the quality of military training and the unique aspects of a diverse community.
Contributed articles and photos are eagerly accepted. If you call us with a story idea and we’re not able to cover it, or if your unit is involved in an evening or weekend activity worthy of mention, snap a photo and send it to us with a short write-up that includes the 5 Ws – who, what, when, where and why. Remember that action shots are always better than static group photos or individuals cheesing it up for the camera, and those good quality photos must be submitted in JPEG format (highest resolution possible) to meet the requirements of our printing process. Cameras are available for short-term sign-out at the Public Affairs Office, if needed.
Contact the editor to submit content or learn more.
E-Mail: Mr. Patrick Buffett
We pride ourselves on providing balanced customer support to all organizations on Fort Lee. Contact the editor to submit a request for publicity or coverage.
The digital signs located across the installation are used to deliver information to members of the Fort Lee community and visitors. Contact us with any questions about which organizations are responsible for administering content for specific signs. Garrison Public Affairs is the content administrator for the digital sign near the main gate on Sisisky Boulevard.
Military organizations and tenants of Fort Lee, and recognized community groups with permission from the Garrison Commander to conduct activities on the installation, may submit requests to PAO for messages to be posted on digital signs about specific activities and programs using the form below. The digital policy includes additional instructions for submitting events and guidelines for posted announcements.
Fort Lee takes an active interest in improving the quality of life in our communities and supporting local government, civic and non-profit organizations. Our community relations branch coordinates requests for support and shares information with Fort Lee friends and neighbors in a variety of ways:
Good Neighbor Program
The Good Neighbor Award Program honors and recognizes the efforts of private citizens in Fort Lee’s surrounding partner communities who contribute significantly to the support of Soldiers and Families on the installation.
This program will help strengthen the ties between Fort Lee and its neighboring communities, enhance recruiting efforts, promote esprit-de-corps, foster partnerships and inform the public about the Army and Fort Lee.
Types of Support
The Good Neighbor Award Program honors individuals who enhance the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families or otherwise support Fort Lee missions through their individual efforts. Types of support include, but are not limited to, advocating for programs/actions that support Soldiers and Families; new initiatives and partnerships; and donations of money, goods, volunteer time, property, etc.
Each year, the Garrison Public Affairs Office solicits nominations from major commands and tenant organizations. Units are asked to identify – and nominate through their brigade channels – citizens who contributed significantly to their unit’s well-being and deserve recognition.
Nomination packets are submitted to PAO for an initial review prior to screening by an award selection board, which in turn submits its selectees to the Senior Commander for approval.
1. Nomination packets will consist of:
- Biographical information of nominee
- Nominator’s title/rank/position, address, POC info and signature
- Summary of nominee’s contributions worthy of recognition (500 words maximum)
2. Individuals ineligible for nomination include current:
- Soldiers/service members
- Military spouses and or Family members
- Family Readiness Group leaders
- Department of Army/Defense Civilians and contractors
- Elected Officials
The Fort Lee Senior Commander will approve final awardees chosen by the selection board. The selection board will, at a minimum, include the CASCOM Deputy to the Commanding General and Chief of Staff, and the Garrison Commander. The commandants for OD/QM/TC and the ALU president may participate on the selection board as available.
Number of Submissions
Up to seven individuals may be recognized annually; one each from Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George and Richmond. Nominations may be submitted only by Fort Lee brigades or the PAOs for CASCOM, Garrison, DCMA, DeCA and KAHC.
Fort Lee brigades will each send up to three nominations to Garrison PAO, signed by the brigade commander.
Honoree(s) will be recognized annually at the August Civilian Military Council meeting, which is always hosted by Fort Lee, and in news coverage generated by PAO. Honoree(s) will receive a framed two-star note signed by the Senior Commander, and be invited to join Fort Lee military leaders for lunch at the CMC meeting. Good Neighbors will be included on the civic invitation list and invited to functions and events on the installation. These events may include changes of command, culinary luncheons, museum tours, casing ceremonies and graduations. Honoree(s) also will be included in other events as the Senior Commander deems appropriate.
The timeline for the Good Neighbor Award Program is as follows:
- 15 FEB: Garrison PAO submits a draft Operations Order to CASCOM G-3
- 1-30 APR: Good Neighbor nominations submitted to PAO
- 1 MAY: Garrison PAO submits final nominations to the selection board
- 1 JUN: Award selectees submitted to the Senior Commander for Approval
- AUGUST: Good Neighbor Award presentations during the CMC hosted by Fort Lee
For More Information
Call the Garrison PAO Community Relations Officer at (804) 734-6893.
Community Requests for Fort Lee Support/Assets
Fort Lee is honored to support community with guest speakers, color guards, firing detail, military vehicles, custom Fort Lee tours, culinary/robotics/rigger demonstrations and other patriotic displays. Government organizations, civic groups, schools and community-based organizations may request military assets for their ceremonies and special events. All requests for support must comply with DoD and Army Regulations to be granted. Fill out the Request for Support Form and return to Fort Lee Garrison Public Affairs for consideration at ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil.
For military band support, contact the TRADOC Band.
Fort Lee Events
Fort Lee hosts a wide-range of public events that promote a good quality of life for the troops and provide an ideal, and usually free or low-cost, entertainment opportunity for the off-post community. Annual events include the Celtic Festival, Earth Day, Fourth at the Fort, Oktoberfest and a Holiday Tree Lighting. Concerts, comedians, theater productions and competitions are just a few other types of events Fort Lee offers year-round. To see a list of upcoming events and activities at Fort Lee, visit https://lee.armymwr.com/.
Noise Complaints and Inquiries
If you live in the Tri-Cities (Petersburg, Hopewell, or Colonial Heights), you may have heard echoes of military training at Fort Lee. Your windows may have rattled as an Army helicopter passed near your home, or if you live near State Highways 645 and 630, you may have heard small caliber weapons firing.
To report or inquire about noise that may be related to operations at Fort Lee, citizens may go to www.fortleepresscenter.com to submit a general inquiry, comment or complaint; or e-mail us at ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil.
When filing a report please provide:
- Name & phone number (you can remain anonymous)
- Date, time, location, time, frequency and nature of occurrence
All complaints are logged and investigated immediately to determine the cause of the complaint. Every effort will be made to correct the situation, mission permitting.
If a citizen believes they have a claim against the government for property damage, they should call the Legal Office at Fort Lee at (804) 765-1520.
To have a list of volunteer opportunities (both on and off post) sent to you, email ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil and request to be added to our distribution list.
PAO is the first point of contact for civilian news media. We respond promptly to requests for information and can coordinate interviews and visits to the installation. The media relations branch also manages submissions to the Hometown News Service and conducts PA training for supported organizations on Fort Lee.
Fort Lee is a non-public news gathering forum. As such, all civilian media must coordinate approval and an escort prior to entering Fort Lee.
News organizations interested in covering the mission and events at Fort Lee or filming on the installation should contact the media relations officer to arrange an escort on post.
Members of the media may also request to be included on e-mail distribution lists for media releases and advisories to stay informed of the latest news and opportunities for coverage at Fort Lee.
Fort Lee on DVIDS
Media and other communications professionals looking for news updates, high-resolution imagery and broadcast-quality video made available by PAO can register a free account on the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS).
Fort Lee on Flickr
High-resolution images taken by the staff of the Fort Lee Traveller and other members of PAO are available on Flickr and are considered to be in the public domain.
Subject matter searchable section of the Army’s public website with more than 2,300 feature photos used on the Army homepage.
Defense Visual Information Center
DVIC is the official records center for the storage and preservation of visual information (VI) records of the U.S. military. Our holdings include motion picture film, videotape, still photography, and CD-ROM stock photo collections for use by Department of Defense (DoD) customers in support of mission requirements. Most of our imagery is made available to the public on a cost-recovery fee basis.
DefenseLink Multi-Media Gallery
Comprehensive collection of images, graphics, sound and video compiled by military photojournalists and Combat Camera specialists stationed around the world.
DefenseLink Graphics (Organizational Seals)
Department of Defense, Military Service Seals and United in Memory Emblem are protected from unauthorized use by law. However, the Military Services typically approve the use of their Service emblem or coat of arms as a substitute. There is no such substitute for the Department of Defense Seal. To request use of the Service emblems or coat of arms, refer to our fact sheet.
More Military Images & Clip Art
A compendium of websites compiled by the Pentagon Library staff.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library
The photographic and graphic images located on this web site are provided to visually communicate programs, projects and events of the US Army Corps of Engineers and are made available through the combined efforts of team members throughout the Corps.
Other Sources of Military Images
U.S. Army Center of Military History.
Hometown News Releases (for U.S. military personnel)
Sending a release via the Hometown News Service is an easy way for service members to share good news with their hometown communities via local newspapers and other media outlets around the world. If you have been promoted, received an award, completed significant schooling, recently deployed or are retiring, then you may wish to consider submitting a Hometown News Release.
Submit Hometown News Release Online
IMPORTANT: When submitting, ensure that under the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) heading, you enter Fort Lee for the Post/Base and Public Affairs Office for the Unit.
All submissions are screened/approved by Fort Lee Public Affairs prior to final submission to Joint Hometown News Service. Paper forms are no longer accepted. Call 804-734-6965 for assistance.
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