Traditions bring people together, and carry on through the collective. In Fort Bliss tradition, Soldiers, civilians and their families gathered at Center Chapel One here for the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony Friday.
“As we prepare to light the tree tonight, may we be reminded of Christmases past with loved ones, times we endured hardships for the sake of freedom, and the hope of Christmas seasons future with peace on earth,” said Chaplain (Col.) Darin Nielson, senior installation chaplain, Fort Bliss, during the invocation.
Sixty Soldiers assigned to 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, participated in a unit organized Spur Ride Nov. 17 and 18.
Like most military units, the cavalry possesses a long history and love for tradition, with its practice of wearing spurs rooted in medieval knighthood. Although the calvary no longer rides horses into battle, the scouts use vehicles such as Apache helicopters to keep the “Order of the Spur” tradition alive.
The Fort Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion held a change of command ceremony to honor the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Bruce J. Carter, and welcome the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Curtis D. Blake, Nov. 23, here.
Col. John A. Smyrski III, commander of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, officiated the change of command as he accepted the battalion colors from Carter and then placed them in the hands of Blake, signifying his trust and confidence in Blake’s ability to command the battalion.
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.
Welcome to Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss and 1AD Welcome Video
CG and DCSM Holiday Safety Message
The holiday season is upon us! It is a festive time of year and a great opportunity to gather with friends and family and celebrate in the joys of the season. While the holidays tend to be fast-paced and jam packed with activities, it is imperative that you plan deliberately in order to minimize risks throughout your holiday break.
Installation Off Limits
Current command policy regarding off-limits establishments can be found
Fort Bliss Access Control Points
Effective Saturday, 17 September 2016, the following changes will affect the Fort Bliss Visitor Control Centers (VCCs):
• 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.