FORT BLISS


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Location

Located in El Paso, TX, Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armored Division. We are a FORSCOM installation comprised of other commands: MEDCOM, JTF-NORTH, TRADOC, USAR, and other elements. Fort Bliss is comprised of approximately 1.12 million acres of land in Texas and New México. The Main Cantonment Area of Fort Bliss is located adjacent to El Paso, Texas. Fort Bliss homepage.BRAC Status: Realign Fort Bliss, TX, by relocating air defense artillery units to Fort Sill and relocating 1st Armored Division and various echelons above division units from Germany and Korea to Fort Bliss, TX. Net gain of 11,501.Cost of Living: Lower than the average for all major U.S. cities.Base Operator: 915-568-2121, or DSN 312-978-2121.

Population

•38,589 active duty•1,253 reservists•39,422 family members•13,079 civiliansArea Population: El Paso: 800,647

Child Care

Five Child Development Centers on Fort Bliss offer weekly and hourly child care; before/after school care for kindergarten children; before/after school care for first through sixth grade children; preschool programs and a kindergarten class. FCC approved homes, 915-568-4198.

Schools

Four elementary schools and one high school on post run by El Paso Independent School District. Personnel living off post should be aware that there are also eight other school districts in the El Paso area.

Youth Services

Youthplex on main post, houses the Middle School and Teen (MS&T) programs. Game room with billiards, foosball, video and board games, computer lab, music room, lounge with big screen TV, a video library, teen patio and playground, arts and crafts activities, and a skateboard park. Also, full use of the gym for a variety of activities.

Community Service

ACS 915-569-4ACS Main Building, 2494 Ricker Road; Satellite Office Building, 915-744-1435, A-479 East Bliss; Family Resilience Center 915-569-5500, 250 Club Road.

Housing

Privatized housing with over 3,000 housing units in fifteen neighborhoods. Available for all ranks. Call 915-564-0795 or visit the Family Housing Office website.

Employment

El Paso's three large school districts are among the largest employers in the area. Unemployment Rate 10%. Median Household Income $36,889.

Post Services

•MWR Facilities Recreation at Ft. Bliss includes bowling, library, auto hobby, recreation facilities, theater, golf, gym, tennis, swimming and outdoor activities.•Commissaries: very large size commissary, 915-568-1985•Exchange System: large exchange, 2 mini-malls, and 6 shoppettes, 915-562-7200•Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss: The heart of the growing Fort Bliss community, Freedom Crossing is the first of its kind shopping center in the world. In addition to shops and restaurants, Freedom Crossing features a 10-screen, stadium seating, first run movie theatre, The Grand Theatre.•Financial Institutions on post: Wells Fargo Bank, Armed Forces Bank, and First Light Federal Credit Union

Medical Services

William Beaumont Army Medical Center, 364-bed medical center. Information desk: 915-742-2121; appointment line: 915-742-2273; patient assistance, TRICARE 915-680-7600. In addition, health care is provided at the Soldier Family Medical Clinic, 915-742-3042; and on east Bliss Soldier Family Care Center, Bldg 11335; 915-742-1147. This clinic is located on East Fort Bliss on SSG Sims Blvd., next to the new Dental Clinic. Take SGM Blvd. and turn left onto SSG Sims Blvd. the building is located on your left.

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