Fort Bliss


Installation Overview

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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. El Paso is a jewel in the desert. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this border community combines the advantages of a major city with the charm of a modern western town. El Paso is a major transportation hub with abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities. El Paso has a low crime rate and an extremely favorable cost-of-living index. Seven in ten El Pasoans are bilingual in English and Spanish. The base operator's phone number is 915-568-2121, or DSN 312-978-2121.

History

In November 1848, the War Department ordered the establishment of a post at El Paso Del Norte. The first U.S. troops to arrive were six rifle companies of the 3rd Infantry Regiment. These troops established a military post known simply as "The Post Opposite El Paso." After closing and relocating the post, the Army officially renamed it Fort Bliss on March 8, 1854, in honor of Lieutenant Colonel William Wallace Smith Bliss, an Army assistant adjutant general during the Mexican War. For more information go to the Fort Bliss homepage.

Mission

One of DoD's flagship installations comprised of state-of-the-art training areas, ranges, and facilities; led by adaptive, innovative, and warrior focused professionals concentrated on individual and unit readiness, leaders development, deployment, security, and the well-being of Team Bliss. Team Bliss trains, sustains, mobilizes, and deploys members of the joint team to conduct global, full spectrum operations in support of the national military strategy, while providing for the well-being of the regional military community.

Population Served

Fort Bliss is a diverse community made up of soldiers, family members, students, employees and retirees. The Fort Bliss area is home to the biggest transformation in history, with a projected 300% population increase by 2012.

Transportation

Currently there is a shuttle bus on base for commuting throughout the installation. To access the schedule please go to the MWR website for further information please call 915-569-5652.

Sponsorship

After you receive orders, and complete the DA Form 5434, Sponsorship Program Counseling and Information Sheet forward to Fort Bliss Strength Management. Some soldiers will not be assigned a sponsor until they check in at the Welcome Center/Personnel Processing Center at building 503 on Pershing Road. For more information contact the Welcome Center/Personnel Processing Center at 915-568-3035 for those without a pinpoint assignment you can contact Strength Management at 915-568-5768 or 915-568-2878 for assistance.

Temporary Quarters

The Inn at Fort Bliss is the official temporary lodging facility for Fort Bliss. Incoming personnel must check availability of the rooms at the Inn prior to taking temporary lodging off post. Advance reservations may be made at 915-565-7777. Additional information can be found on the Fort Bliss MWR website.

Relocation Assistance

The Relocation Readiness Program staff will do their best to help make your move to El Paso go smoothly. We offer newcomers orientations for Soldiers and spouses, People Encouraging People or PEP class which is a three day orientation and sightseeing tour which covers Fort Bliss, the El Paso Community and Mesilla in New Mexico, conversational Spanish classes, citizenship classes, sponsorship classes, and English as a second language classes. Childcare is FREE for all those who are registered with the Child Development Center, while services or classes are attended at Army Community Service. We also have a lending closet full of household items including pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, flatware, air mattresses, card tables with folding chairs, highchairs, and play-pens. For more information call the Relocation Readiness Program at 915-569-4ACS.

Critical Installation Information

•To obtain a post vehicle decal go to the Vehicle Registration Office in Building 503 on Pershing Road or at the Main gate on Jeb Stewart. Ensure that you bring your military id or CAC card for DOD Civilians, a valid and current driver’s license, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and a Texas vehicle safety inspection.•For those persons without decals vehicle passes are issued at Robert E Lee, Sgt Maj Blvd, Wilson and Chaffee gates daily. The passes are valid for 24 hours only. To receive a pass you must possess a military ID, a valid and current driver’s license, registration, insurance and safety inspection sticker. or more information call the Vehicle Registration Office at 915-562-6602. •Fort Bliss regulations regarding pets can be found at the Services link on the MWR website, or by calling Veterinary Services at 915-569-2266.

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