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 Traveller newspaper, including its website and social media pages; the digital sign at the main gate on Sisisky Avenue; and the annually published Installation Guide and Telephone Directory.
Fort Lee Traveller
The Traveller is a weekly publication that currently serves an average audience of more than 47,000 individuals each week, including active-duty service members, military families, government civilians, military retirees and reservists in the Tri-City area.
Every Thursday, about 9,000 copies of each Traveller issue are distributed throughout the installation and off-post in commercial businesses with high-volumes of military traffic. Newsstand locations include the Post Exchange, Commissary, all Shoppettes, Burger King, all FMWR facilities and most administrative and school buildings on post. The publication also is available online at www.fortleetraveller.com.
Unlike civilian newspapers off-post; the Traveller has a military-specified mission to accommodate 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, the post newspaper tells 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.
Established in 1941, the Fort Lee Traveller takes its name from the famous horse owned by General Robert E. Lee.
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:
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.
For military band support, contact the TRADOC Band.
Off Duty in the Community (Fort Lee Traveller column)
Each month, a community event is featured in the Fort Lee Traveller’s Off Duty in the Community column. This editorial feature encourages military service members to get involved in the communities near Fort Lee. If Soldiers and their Families might enjoy an upcoming community event, please send the event information to ArmyFortLee.PAO@mail.mil for consideration.
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, Friday Live at Five Summer Concert Series, 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 call (804) 734-7451 anytime with questions or concerns. After hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to voicemail, but one of our staffers will return your call by the next business day.
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.
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-resoultion 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.