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In 2004/2005, the US Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission determined that 7300 personnel would be added to Fort Lee within the next 4 years. Crater Planning District study indicates that currently, Fort Lee contributes $860 million annually to the regional economy and generates $57 million annually in state and local tax revenues.

History:

On June 21, 1917, construction began at the newly designated Camp Lee, Virginia. Within 60 days the first barracks were ready for new recruits. Once construction was complete, there were accommodations for 60,335 men. ON July 15, the War Department announced that the camp would be named in honor of General Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Civil War General.

After World War I, Camp Lee was taken over by the Commonwealth of Virginia and designated a game preserve.

In October 1940, the War Department ordered the construction of another Camp Lee on the site of the earlier installation. The World War II camp was built as rapidly as its predecessor. Workmen were still digging, hammering and painting when the first troops arrived to begin their training. The Quartermaster Replacement Training Center, destined to be the largest QMRTC in the country, started operation in February 1941.

The Quartermaster School was transferred from Schuylkill Arsenal, Philadelphia to Camp Lee in the early fall of 1941 and before the end of October, a full program of courses was being offered, including an Officer Candidate School. By the end of 1941, Camp Lee was the center of both basic and advanced training of Quartermaster personnel.

The post was redesignated as Fort Lee in April 1950. In 1954, the Army Supply Management Course (later expanded and redesignated as Army Logistics Management Center) was opened as a training program under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army. In August 1962, the US Army Logistics Management Center became an activity of the US Army Material Command.

The semi-automated ground environment (SAGE) project of the Air Force (now designated 20th Air Division) was established at Fort Lee in July 1956. This was followed in April of the following year by a field installation of the Army Communications Agency.

Construction of modern permanent-type facilities was begun in 1950. A 20-year program was developed with the objective of converting Fort Lee to a modern Army post with permanent brick or cinder block structures. Many new buildings have been constructed since that time, including permanent quarters, academic buildings and post service and recreational facilities.

As a result of the reorganization of the Army in 1961-62 and the abolition of the Office of The Quartermaster General, Fort Lee became a Class I military installation under Second US Army (later incorporated in First US Army). The Quartermaster School became a part of the CONARC service school system and was designated “Home of the Quartermaster Corp”. The Combat Service Support Group (renamed the Personnel and Logistics Systems Group), a major headquarters of the Combat Developments Command, was established at Fort Lee.

In October 1963, Camp Pickett and Camp A.P. Hill were designated as major subordinate organizations of Fort Lee. The Combat Service Support System Agency (now the Computer Systems Command Support Group) was organized at Fort Lee as a tenant activity in 1967. In 1971, the Army Food Service Center was moved from Chicago to Fort Lee and was redesignated in 1972 as the US Army Troop Support Agency.

In July 1973, Fort Lee came under the control of the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Also, during this major Army reorganization, the Combat Developments Command Personnel and Logistics Systems Group provided the nucleus for the establishment of the US Army Logistics Center at Fort Lee.