With every round they fire, they get more accurate. With every move to a new firing position, they get faster. In the end, they intensify their overall lethality. The six firing platoons of 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division Artillery, were put to the test during their recent field training exercise here ending March 15.
Preparation is key, and that is especially important when it comes to handling an unexpected crisis.
First Armored Division and Fort Bliss conducted a crisis response exercise at 1st Lt. Paul A. Noel Parade Field here Friday to validate the installation’s emergency response standard operating procedures and pre-accident plan.
Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise – 2017 kicked off here March 15. OCSJX is the Department of Defense’s premier operational contract support exercise.
“We’re teaching participants how to plan for, understand and think ahead for the second and third order effects,” said Col. Brian Ucciardi, director of contracting, Operating Location Pacific for the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, and this year’s lead director of OCSJX-17.
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
FORT BLISS ORGAN MOUNTAINS PRESCRIBED BURN
Firefighters from Fort Bliss will be burning grass and brush fuels on Doña Ana Range of Fort Bliss starting March 29-April 2 if the weather and fuel conditions are appropriate. They expect to burn about 40 acres to create a firebreak. Smoke will likely be visible from War Road, New Mexico 404, U.S. Highways 54 and 70, White Sands Missile Range headquarters, Chaparral, New Mexico, and possibly from the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso. Questions or concerns, call 744-2115, 744-8401.
FIRE MARSHALL TRAINING
Fire Marshall Training is now at the GIF 11190. Contact 744-8194 / 8195 for more information.
The Fort Bliss Water Services Company is conducting utility work in the historical warehouse area along Lufberry Road. Lane closures on Lufberry Road from building 1107 to building 1113 can be expected to be in place from Feb. 27 through March 31. The typical work hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please drive safe and obey all temporary traffic signs in this area.
Army Trials Schedule Sunday, April 2
8 a.m. Cycling ; 7 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Monday, April 3
9 a.m. Shooting; 7 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Tuesday, April 4
8 a.m. Track and Field; 7 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Wednesday, April 5
9 a.m. Archery; 7 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Thursday, April 6
8 a.m. Swimming
Fort Bliss Access Control Points
Beginning March 6, the following changes will be made to the Fort Bliss Access Control Points:
• Jeb Stuart and Pershing ACPs will be closed.
• Sheridan and PVT Minue ACPs will be closed Saturdays and Sundays. Reductions in hours:
• MSG Pena - 7 days a week 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• PVT Minue - Monday - Friday 5-10 a.m., Closed Saturday and Sunday
• Buffalo Soldier- 7 days a week 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Highlight:
Ross Pedestrian Gate hours remain as follows: Monday-Friday, 7-8 a.m., 10:45 a.m. - noon, 2 – 5:30 p.m.
Chaffee ACP and Visitor Control Center: 24/7
Cassidy ACP and CSM Barreras ACP: 24/7
Buffalo Soldier ACP and VCC: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., weekly
Old Ironsides ACP and VCC: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., weekly
Sheridan ACP: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Friday
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.