As the sun rose high in the sky, and the 1st Armored Division Band played in the background, Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, spanned the length of the “Ready First” parade field awaiting the casing of the brigade colors Jan 6. The casing of the colors was the final ceremony before the brigade deploys to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Approximately 1,500 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy this winter to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Fifty-five competed. Thirty-nine completed. Only one was named champion. Combat medics under U.S. Army Central, stationed in Kuwait, competed in the Top Medic competition hosted by 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Dec. 17 through December 19, 2016.
The tiring, stressful 36-hour competition tested the Soldiers’ basic warrior skills, job-specific proficiency and overall physical strength and endurance.
1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment "Bandits" hit the desert
Members of the 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment hit the desert hard Oct. 14, 2016 during Bradly Fighting Vehicle gunnery range.
The Soldiers ran multiple training lanes to hone their warrior skills, develop leadership ability on the "battlefield" and better execute operations as a team in the austere environment that is West Texas.
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Fort Bliss and 1AD Welcome Video
Fort Bliss-based aviation battalion deploys to Europe: Approximately 400 Soldiers and 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters from 1st Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas will deploy to Europe this February for a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. // View full press release here.
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Blood Donor Center Needs Blood Donors
Heads up! The Armed Services Blood Program at Fort Bliss needs donations of blood, platelets and plasma. Call (915) 742-6365 for an appointment to Save a Service Member.
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Fort Bliss Access Control Points
• Buffalo Soldier VCC will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, including holidays.
• MSG Pena VCC will be closed indefinitely.
• Sheridan VCC will be closed indefinitely.
• Old Ironsides VCC will process Foreign Visitors and Special Access requests.
The following hours still apply for Fort Bliss VCCs:
• Chaffee VCC will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays), and will continue to process uncleared contractors.
• Old Ironsides VCC will continue to operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (0500-2100) every day of the week, including holidays.
For information contact the Physical Security Chief at (915) 744-1551. Click below for full gate access listing.
Fire Marshal Training hosted by FESD/Fire Prevention When: 1st Wed. of the month, except October / 09:00-10:00 Where: Building 11240, SSgt Sims St. Who:: Open to all Fort Bliss employess (Civilian & Military) Phone: 915-744-8194/8195
No appointment necessary .
Operating a Motorcycle on Fort Bliss
Safety is paramount in operating motorcycles on Fort Bliss, and protective equipment is crucial to keeping riders safe. Fort Bliss Standing Order #7 (dated 7 May 2015) requires the following personal protective equipment for anyone-military or civilian-operating a motorcycle on the installation: // View full statement here.
Speeding, parking reminder
Fort Bliss officials would like to remind drivers to observe the speed limit throughout post, and that the speed limit on Sheridan Road is 25 mph.
It is also important drivers do not use cell phones while driving and pedestrians make sure they walk on sidewalks.
In terms of parking, drivers should always park in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
Access the Fort Bliss Mass Warning and Notification System with your smartphone
The Fort Bliss Mass Warning and Notification system includes a mobile notification smartphone application in addition to several other forms of notification such as desktop alert, email, phone and text message.
The AtHoc Notifier is a smartphone app which displays as a purple globe on your main mobile phone screen with the rest of your mobile applications. // View full directions here.
The Fort Bliss Recycling Drop Off Point is located in front of BLDG 1336 Marshall and open 24/7.
Recyclables only accepted at the drop off site include PAPER, CARDBOARD (Flattened), SHREDDED (Tied in Clear Plastic Bag), ALL PLASTICS (No Styrofoam), ALUMINUM & TIN (No Liquids, No Food, No Tobacco).
Place INK & TONER cartridges in green dumpster labeled INK & TONER.
For assistance, please contact the recycling staff at BLDG 622 S Taylor or call 915-568-1537.
The Education Center in-processing briefing is in the General Instruction Facility at East Fort Bliss every other Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Army Regulation 621-5 requires Soldiers to in-process within 30 days of arrival. This a formal, detailed briefing conducted by the Education Center personnel and different from the one conducted at the Welcome Center. For information, call 568-5635.