Base Reviews: Fort Lee, Virginia
BY GUEST BLOGGER, BRIDGET CARLSON
Fort Lee is located in Prince George County, Virginia and is home to the Army Logistics University, Defense Commissary Agency, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and the U.S. Army Transportation School.
Basically, it is mostly AIT and ALC/SLC. The housing waitlist (due to this being mostly a training post) is not long and the housing is fairly new. When we left in 2013 there were still a couple of older homes, but for the most part, they were all new.
Fort Lee is small compared to other posts and as such does not have a lot of amenities. The amenities it does have is typically ran over by AIT soldiers. This includes the mall located outside the gate. Speaking of the mall, save yourself the trouble and go to a different one!
Best Area’s To Live Off Post:
Prince George – This is a somewhat rural type area that is right outside of the gate but still close to things. Laid back with farm land, but also has some areas with sub divisions that seem pretty new.
Colonial Heights – If you want to live close to shopping and dining this is where you should hang your hat. It is about 5 minutes from the gate.
Area’s to think twice about:
Petersburg – Even though it’s a rather large city, and some areas are indeed nice, most have a high crime rate.
Hopewell – Right outside another gate. It’s a hit a miss as far as where to live goes.
HAIR & BEAUTY
Hair Salon: J.C. Penny at Southpark Mall. Ask for Kim! She does an amazing job with not only cuts but coloring!
Sushi: It’s hard to find great sushi, and I am a sushi snob, as in no I will not eat sushi from the grocery store. Wabi Sabi is a sushi & martini bar located in downtown Petersburg. The sushi is amazing as well as their food menu items which include’s jerk chicken, crab cake sandwiches, and several other items! The crab cake sandwiches with sweet potato fries are to die for!
Hibachi – Just like sushi, I find I am also a hibachi snob. Right outside the gate of Fort Lee is Kanpai of Japan in Hopewell. The food is amazing and their portion sizes are HUGE!
OUTDOOR / HIKING
Pocahontas State Park – The park offers over 64 miles of hiking/biking trails as well as fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. There is also an Aquatic Center, which has a toddler pool, fountain wet deck, three-foot and five-foot-deep leisure pools, an activity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks, paddleboards and canoes may be rented at the boathouse on the 225-acre Swift Creek Lake during the summer.
USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS
ACS – (804)734-6388
AER – (804)734-7952
Auto Crafts – (804) 734-6859
Golf Course – (804)734-2899
Chaplin’s Office – (804)734-6494
Commissary – (804)765-1036
EFMP – (804) 734-7738
MP – (804) 734-7400
Family Housing (on post) – (804) 733-1558
ITT Office – (804) 765-3789
Kenner Health Clinic – (804)734-9560/9000
JAG – (804)765-1500
Lodging – (804) 733-4100 ext 3000
MWR – (804) 734-7195/7185
PX – (804) 861-5970
Post Office (804) 275-8777
School Liaison Office (804) 765-3813
Thrift Shop – (804) 734-3312
Veterinary Clinic – (804) 734-2446
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About the Author
Bridget is a Mother to 4, Military Wife of 17 years, author of the Ask Bridget & Dear Military Spouse columns, a journalist, and professional fine art photographer. She is also the face behind Antics of a Nutty Hiker & Military Spouse, and loves to spend her time out on the trails racking up miles =)
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