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One World One Voice One Magazine
ONE GREAT STAFF Family and MWR Director Tony Lovett
Deputy Director, Plans & Special Events
Army Community Service Nancy Thomas-Mainor
Business Operations Ron Telles
Child & Youth Services Pat Smith
NAF Support Manager Indri O’Hara
Recreation & Sports Eric Hildreth
Rachelle Phillips Holly Lebejko
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BlissNOW is a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation magazine published quarterly for activities on Fort Bliss, Texas. BlissNOW is mailed to all Fort Bliss homes inserted in welcome packets, and distributed to all Family and MWR facilities, along with the Fort Bliss Commissary, Post Exchange at Freedom Crossing, IHG Army Hotels Fort Bliss and the Personnel Processing Center. Circulation: 35,000 quarterly. The appearance of advertising does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Army, Department of Defense or federal government. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication; activities and events are subject to change without notice. Downloading of any social media apps is on a voluntary basis. DFMWR is not responsible for any negative consequences resulting in its use. For more information, call the individual facilities. Family and MWR Marketing is located in Building 12 Pershing Road Fort Bliss, TX 79916 and may be reached at 915-568-6741.
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VOLUME SEVENTEEN | ISSUE ONE
HANGIN’ ON FOR A NEW YEAR
NOTE Happy New Year! We made it through 2020 and have high hopes that 2021 will bring us all back together. We are continuing to approach our events and programming with a positive, let’s figure out how to do this, attitude. As we continue to reopen our facilities you will see the highest level of safety protocols in place to ensure the well-being of both our employees and patrons. It’s been nearly 10 months since COVID-19 interrupted our fun, but you can restassured that we are here, behind the scenes, determined to come back stronger than ever! Hang in there with us and make sure to follow our Facebook page and website for the most up to date happenings. I have great confidence that I will soon …
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Just Try it Happy New Year Greetings! May the New Year bring you good health, much happiness, and plenty of prosperity. As we leave the previous year behind, I am very enthusiastic to set new goals, and accomplish new projects in 2021! Due to the pandemic, and closures and limiting of Fort Bliss MWR programs, I had to think outside the box for an activity I could encourage you to try. This is the perfect time of the year to take advantage of the weather and hit some of the trails and explore El Pasoâ€™s beautiful nature. If you have yet to try hiking, itâ€™s time to get outdoors! There are a magnitude of hiking trails in the area. One of the beautiful things about El Paso is that we are surrounded by mountains. Franklin Mountains State Parks offers a wealth of outdoor and nature adventures. Undoubtedly, this place has become one of my favorite spots to hike and explore the nature of the Chihuahuan Desert.
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hit the trail I recently joined a hiking group, and learned about the Old Tin Mines. Here’s a little bit of history I learned: the El Paso Tin Mining and Smelting Company operated on the northeast slope of North Franklin in 1909 for about 6 years. While the mine had the distinction of being the only tin mine ever located in the U.S., the mines failed to produce enough tin, and the venture became an economic failure. For that reason, the mines were closed in 1915. Today, the mines lie within the Franklin Mountains State Park, and are presented to visitors as part of regional history. Knowing this interesting part of history, I decided to check the ruins of the Old Tin Mines. I started at Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park and followed the Mundy’s Gap/Tin Mine Trail. There is a short, but steep uphill climb at the very end to reach the mine entrance, so make sure to wear shoes with good traction. One of the unique parts of this trail is that you can actually enter the Tin Mines! I would suggest bringing a flashlight or headlamp
to capture the full experience. You can discover the upper and lower level of shafts, and that is what makes this trail so interesting. It can get a bit spooky inside from how dark it is, but you can still admire the beautiful rock formations. This is the only Tin Mine in the U.S. that is open to visitors. This experience was fun and very cool! The path was quite easy, but it can get rocky in some areas. It is about a 6 mile-long trail out and back, and there are fantastic views of the mountains and desert plants along the trail. The hike took me about 3.5 hours, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of time outdoors. It is a great adventure if you would like to bring your family! If you plan to hike this trail in warm summer months, I recommend hiking early in the morning and bring plenty of water. There’s no shade, and the sun can be harsh. You can bring snacks to make it a picnic adventure, too! Before you set out on your hiking adventure, do not forget to check the Texas State Park website for updates, pass reservations and applicable fees. Until next time,
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Art Series Exploring Different Mediums
This is an effort to expand on the naturally therapeutic benefits of art, and to focus more on art as a lifestyle and the resiliency it can bring through everyday actions.
Classes Included: Handwritten letters Charcuterie Culinary escapes Mixology Table-scapes INFO: 915-568-5563
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RESILIENCY THROUGH ART
Hello friends! Milo here, your favorite Fort Bliss MWR mascot! It’s a new year and things have changed for all of us. Did you know February is Responsible Pet Owners’ Month? At the beginning of the year some families might find themselves searching for a dog or cat to add to their family. Some may have even added a new pet during the holidays. It’s best to understand that with any pet there are important responsibilities you must take on. Here are some tips on how to be a responsible pet parent. Who better to give advice than me! Regular Exercise: Yes, we need to exercise just like you! We, dogs, are great running and walking buddies! Wanna practice your throw? We’ll go fetch the ball for you! It’s a win-win for both of us! I can’t say I’m much of an expert, but I hear cats like to chase red dots or swat at cat toys for their exercise. Check-Ups: Like humans, going to the doctor is essential. Making annual check-up dates for our wellness helps us stay in good health. Don’t forget to feed us: As a new or seasoned pet, it’s best to watch what you’re feeding us. We may have allergies to certain foods, if you’re unsure of what food is best, consult your veterinarian. Keep an eye on our food bowls and how much we are eating, some of us like to gobble up the food and are set until dinner. Some of us may over indulge, which isn’t
always best for us. Exercise is always best to help digest our food intake. Getting Fixed: Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters or worse. It is also very beneficial for our health. Let’s get trained: Nothing bonds you more with your pet than training us. I learned how to sit, shake hands, roll over and how to put on my harness or at least place my front paws in the openings! These are just a few tips to start with if you’re thinking of becoming a pet parent. Make sure to do your research on what it takes to care of a pet. The most important thing about being responsible pet parents is showing us how much you love us! It’s the best thing you can give us!
Paws & Kisses,
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A Very Berry New Year BY EDWARD ARRIOLA FAMILY & MWR SPECIAL EVENTS
“New Year, new me,” is a motto we strive to uphold at the beginning of every year. We promise to try new things and grow as an individual. If you are looking to try something new, Tasha and I have got you covered. In this Food for Thought, my horizons were broadened and my artistic talents were put to the test. Have you ever heard of fondue? It’s a dish in which pieces of food, or fruit are dipped into a hot melting pot. For example, chocolate dipped strawberries are a classic that can be used to brighten any holiday or family get together. Well, we took that classic fondue favorite and threw in a twist! We started out with regular strawberries and blueberries (my personal favorite), added a couple of ingredients and created concoctions that you’ll definitely want to try! The four deliciously different dips we used were honey with lime juice, sour cream with cinnamon toast crunch powder, peanut butter with coconut, and white chocolate with blue fun dip. Sour, yet Sweet The honey and lime mixture was a winning combination! The sweet flavor of the honey paired nicely with the tartness of the lime juice creating a sweet tart combo that would make anyone’s mouth water! For the brave souls that like a kick of spice, Tasha recommends adding chili powder or Tajin, just sprinkle it on after you dip the berries. Cream N’ Crunch Sour cream with cinnamon toast crunch powder was an interesting idea page 10
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on paper, but not one of the greatest combinations. I probably should’ve seen that coming considering you wouldn’t mix breakfast cereal into your nachos, but at least I can say I tried it. Yummy Combo Peanut butter and coconut was a surprisingly good combination. As far as dipping though it wasn’t the easiest to do and the presentation wasn’t too appetizing. Then again, I don’t claim to be a food artist. The coconut complimented the peanut butter and created an explosion of flavor for your taste buds to enjoy. Try toasting the coconut flakes for an added burst of flavor and a nice crunch. Patriotic Dip From the start I had mixed emotions about White Chocolate and Fun Dip. I love white chocolate, but Fun Dip has always been a bit too sweet. Coming from someone that loves sweets that says a lot. We were going for a red, white, and blue theme with these ingredients, perfect for any Fourth of July celebration. It was exactly as we thought, the Fun Dip was too overpowering, and masked the taste of the strawberry and the white chocolate. We probably should have sprinkled it on, instead of dipping it. The original candy we wanted was blue Pop Rocks, but unfortunately, we couldn’t find those anywhere. This may be one I’ll have to try on my own. Good or bad, each dip was interesting and a new experience. I recommend trying this with friends or family. They are great for any occasion and will be an activity that all will love, no matter what age or skill level. My skills are slowly growing and I look forward to the next challenge that awaits me. With that I just want to say don’t be afraid to try new things, step out of your comfort zone and see where life takes you. You will be surprised at what you are truly capable of. New Year, New Me! @blissmwr
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Computers, food, gaming & more! BY HOLLY LEBEJKO
FAMILY & MWR MARKETING
Have you found yourself on Far East Bliss in need of coffee, great food, to use a computer or just a break? Monti Warrior Zone is your place! Located right across from the DIVARTY Headquarters on Medic Avenue, the Monti Warrior Zone offers Starbucks coffee favorites such as espressos, coffee and tea, blended beverages, smoothies and more! In search of some great lunch? Check out the Monti Warrior Zone lunch specials offered weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craving something besides the featured lunch special? Warrior Zone offers all the crowd favorites! Everything that will satisfy your hunger such as wings, fries, salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizza and more. Soldiers, do you need access to a computer to get some training or work done? The Monti Warrior Zone is the only game in town! Computers are available at limited capacity of 12 patrons in an hour and a half shifts through out the day, Monday through Friday. These are Common Access Card (CAC) enabled computers allowing Soldiers to complete online
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training, safely obtain their leave and earning statements (LES) and access their email. Printing is available for .15 cents a copy via Go Print. Patrons can purchase a card for $1, which covers the cost of the card and loads .50 cents to the card for use. Please note, Medical Protection System (MED Pros) access is not available from the Monti Warrior Zone computers at this time. Looking for a break? Check out a controller at the front desk and settle into a gaming pit! For the safety of Soldiers, limited capacity of one person per pit. Relax and play your favorite game or challenge yourself and try a new one! Feeling competitive? Bring a buddy and have a tournament! There is a limit of two soldiers per gaming pit. Thereâ€™s so much to do at the Monti Warrior Zone! Stay connected with the Warrior Zone on social media. Follow them on Facebook @FortBlissWarriorZone or visit bliss.armymwr.com. The Monti Warrior Zone is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., located at 21171 Medic Ave. For more information, call 915-741-3000.
BURGERS, WINGS, PIZZA AND MORE, WEâ€™VE GOT YOU COVERED!
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22 LEVER ACTION SHOOT OUT Saturday, February 20 • 9am-5pm Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club 3730 Roy Johnson Ln. Join us for the Bench Rest/ 22 Lever Action Shoot Out! Registration: 10am ∙ Match: 11am Registration Fees (per person): Match Only - $15 each / $30 for both events Lunch is only $10 This event has three age categories: Youth ages 6-12 • Ages 13-17 • Ages 18+ over Awards ceremony at 4pm.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
BY HOLLY LEBEJKO
FAMILY & MWR MARKETING
It’s been a hard year for everyone, Fort Bliss MWR is searching for ways to accommodate Soldiers so they can enjoy a night with their units. Due to the current situation, Pershing Pub is open for reservations only for unit Bring Your Right Arm Nights. Located inside Historic Pace Hall, Building 243 on Club Road, the pub is conveniently situated on main post with easy access to Cassidy Gate. They maintain quality, safe service for their patrons to comfortably enjoy an evening among their comrades. Pershing Pub is a leisurely place to talk among friends with a historic atmosphere that has unit memorabilia lining the walls, rich wood accents, fireplaces, a TV to catch some sports, and comfy chairs — it’s a hidden gem on Fort Bliss. As things are constantly changing, Pershing Pub will adapt. Reservations can be made for Thursdays or Fridays at 4 p.m. with a limited seating capacity. Patrons will receive free snack bags upon entry and will get to enjoy great drink specials! If you are looking to plan a relaxing evening with your unit or just have general questions, call 915-781-6809.
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p o t s n a . . . g n i r
not even a pandemic BY TEPHANIE HOPPER
FAMILY & MWR ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS
In early March 2020, our world was placed on pause due to COVID-19. It was like everything stopped! It did initially, but then came the volunteer force for good. It reminded me of a quote “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,” stated by Fred Rogers, from children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Volunteers are the ultimate helpers. They began to help by sewing numerous face coverings. Young, old, women and men brought out their sewing machines and started sewing face coverings to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. Accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic was a tremendous job loss nationwide, including in El Paso and on Fort Bliss. With job loss, there comes a need for food. I remember seeing the long lines of vehicles at Kelly Memorial Food Pantry and the Junior Enlisted Family Center. It was heartbreaking to see so many in need of food, but the helpers were there. Volunteers assisted by organizing and distributing food to those in need. They also helped people fulfill requests, for the elderly or those who have
compromised immune systems, by picking up groceries or miscellaneous items. Other volunteers assisted by delivering those requested items through texts from the El Paso Help Action Organization. With the pandemic, the elderly – who reside in nursing homes – experienced loneliness and isolation. To prevent them from getting sick, they were not able to see their loved ones. Thanks to volunteers, they were on the move by sending letters, cards and setting them up with FaceTime chats to their loved ones. Some volunteers even organized virtual game nights and talent shows for the elderly to keep their minds off isolation. We recognize that volunteering has been limited due to the pandemic, but there are still opportunities to be fulfilled. By helping out at the food pantry, virtually mentoring someone, sending letters or merely calling someone, volunteers can still support the community. We are in need of helpers like you! If you’re interested in volunteering or being a helper, contact the Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps Program at 915-569-5500.
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Fort Bliss MWR is working hard to bring back safe events for our families. Partner with us while giving back to the Fort Bliss military community. Tap into new opportunities while enhancing the quality of life for our military community members. It is a “Win-Win” situation, and your successful business growth journey starts with Fort Bliss MWR.
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We have many Advertising and Partnership opportunities available. For more information, please do not hesitate to call our Corporate Partnership Office at 915-568-6078/3415.
TAXES DONE RIGHT in the era of COVID-19 BY FORT BLISS TAX SERVICES
Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” The Fort Bliss Tax Center will be there to help service members, dependents and retirees in facing the second certainty while implementing health and safety measures to avoid the first. An array of changes are being implemented in the Tax Center for the upcoming tax season, with the goal of maintaining a COVID-19 safe environment. Plexiglas panels on desks to separate clients and tax preparers, masks being required at all times, and sanitation stations at the entrance are all some of the more familiar ways the Tax Center is looking to keep its clients safe. Another way the Fort Bliss Tax Center is adapting to face the challenge of COVID-19 can be seen in the new way in which appointments are handled. In years past, eligible clients could walk in to the tax center and make appointments in person or even have their taxes prepared right then and there, if there was an available tax preparer. However, with the spread of COVID-19, walk-in appointments and in-person scheduling will no longer be allowed. Instead, appointments can be made either by telephone at 915-568-1040, or by Facebook at the Fort Bliss Tax Center page by sending a private message. In lieu of making an appointment, clients with simple tax returns also have the option of dropping off their tax returns for pick-up at a later time. A person may be eligible for simple tax returns if their taxable income is less than $100, they don’t claim dependents, and are single or married filing jointly.
Another change to the old system can be seen in how clients will be in-processed. Due to social distancing requirements, the waiting room will be closed. Instead, clients will park their cars in designated spaces and wait for a tax preparer, who will come out to their vehicle to ensure that they have all the necessary documents before escorting them inside the building. Before entering the building, clients will have their temperature taken, and be required to answer a series of questions regarding any possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Through these health and safety measures, the Fort Bliss Tax Center is fully prepared to serve the community by providing top quality tax preparation in a safe and secure environment. The Tax Center is located at 2910 Cassidy Road and will open Jan. 19. Appointments can be made starting on Jan. 18.
In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.
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CHANGING WITH T Spotlight on Milam Youth Center BY HOLLY LEBEJKO FAMILY & MWR MARKETING
Milam Youth Center (MYC) has had a crazy 2020. The staff started out the year open to middle and high school students supporting them with before and after school programming, a place to hang out, or get help with homework. Then March 2020 hit. Mid-March, the MYC was shut down at the end of spring break due to COVID-19. The center remained closed until late July when it was reopened as a Milam Annex to support the increased number of children from mission essential families in 5th to 7th grades attending the Milam School Age Center (SAC). The staff at the MYC finished out summer activities children had started with the SAC and changed roles again once school resumed. School starting prompted the MYC staff to learn and implement new sanitation procedures, make different modifications to the building (creating an isolation room), and set up the building for virtual learning. The children were broken up into virtual learning centers by grade. The MYC also began operating on a new schedule to support virtual learning. Children enjoy some free time in the morning, followed by logging into school with their devices and headphones, taking care to properly social distance being spaced 6ft apart. Breaks for lunch and physical education (P.E.) are taken throughout the day followed by some more free time at the end of the day. During intersession, students enjoy different activities and programming such as crafts, enjoying the skate park, laser tag, creating t-shirt designs, and playing games such as Kahoot. Throughout this transition, the School Age Center staff has provided support and guidance to MYC. They have been a great resource in helping MYC with learning about working with fifth graders and implementing virtual learning. Jennie Aguirre, director of Milam Youth Center, talked about how proud she is of her staff as they faced unprecedented challenges this year. The MYC staff has adapted to working with younger students,
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THE TIMES and have really stepped up with being flexible in all of the changes and amazing with their willingness to learn. Mr. Jose has taken the lead in working with the centers youngest children, the 5th graders, and has learned how to provide more guidance and redirection techniques for this age group. Ms. Aguirre stated the demographic they serve and the services they provide may have changed in 2020, but the end result is the same â€“ to ensure the youth have a safe, healthy and happy environment. It is always rewarding for the staff to see the smiles on the childrenâ€™s faces. The MYC will continue to operate as a SAC annex for the near future. Ms. Aguirre expressed that although she and her staff have enjoyed working with a different group of children; they miss their teens and look forward to welcoming them back soon and continuing the Youth Center programming. The Milam Youth Center is located at 10960 Haan Road. For more information, follow on Facebook at Milam YAC or call 915-744-2449.
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When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And that is what the Fort Bliss Fitness Program is – tough. Although things are rapidly changing, it won’t stop us from our mission – to inspire and help the Fort Bliss and El Paso community lead healthy and active lifestyles, for a lifetime. The Fort Bliss Fitness team has crafted virtual fitness workouts that are designed to help our military service members enhance their physical fitness abilities. We provide high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, bodyweight training, and dance fitness in our virtual fitness program. Don’t let the dance fitness fool you — you will still get a very good workout while dancing! Bodyweight training and HIIT can help boost your
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metabolism, increase your flexibility, range of motion, speed, strength, agility, and so much more. These classes use minimal to no equipment for safety protocols, but are still just as effective – you don’t need to use weights to lose weight or get a good workout in! Our virtual fitness classes are available to physical training (PT) Units by reservation only, they must be reserved at least 48 hours in advance. The unit point of contact must provide an attendance roster to fitness director at least 24 hours in advance, classes can vary from 6 to 8 a.m. (based on reservation), it is first come, first served basis – space is limited. Classes must have at least five participants or class will be canceled. The morning classes from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. are considered PT classes and are free for all ActiveDuty service members. Our certified instructors are very well-versed in the classes that they teach and will offer modifications as needed. They are truly grateful and honored to be able to serve those who serve us. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Go find your way virtually with Fort Bliss Fitness Program — after all, the best lifestyle practice to combat any illness is through regular exercise. Join our virtual fitness classes which can do so much to help your body, in so little time! For more information or to make a reservation, call 915-996-0737.
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Sports, Fitness & Aquatics calendar Commander's Cup leagues are divided into three divisions: Independent League, 11th BDE and 1st Armored League For more information on the sports program: ● Independent League: 915-568-6722 ● 1st Armored League: 915-744-5793 ● 11th BDE: 915-744-5792 ● Sports Office: 915-744-5785
CC Softball CC 10K CC Flag Football CC Ten Miler Army Ten Miler Qualifier CC Soccer Women’s Softball League CC Swim Meet Zombie Run CC Golf Claus & Paws
Date Jan.25 – Apr.15 February 5 May 3 – July 29 May 21 July 24 Aug.16 – Nov.4 Sept.10 – Nov. 6 September 14 – 16 October 16 November 5-7 December 4
Omar Bradley Soto Soto & Stout Soto Soto Stout Field Omar Bradley Aquatics Training Center TBD Underwood Freedom Crossing
Safety Measures: *Masks optional on field of play *Masks required on sideline *No spectators *Hand wash *Entry/Exit Sports M.O.I.s located at bliss.armymwr.com
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN Let the Fort Bliss RV Park be part of your adventure!
BY RACHELLE PHILLIPS FAMILY & MWR MARKETING
There is so much that makes up Fort Bliss that some may not know there’s an RV Park located right in the Logan Heights area! It is centrally located in El Paso, a short drive from main post, and a few blocks from Underwood Golf and Logan Heights Physical Fitness Center (PFC). The Fort Bliss RV Park has 133 spaces that are 65ft long with 20/30/50 amp power. Each pad has both water and sewer hook ups. This RV park has several other desirable amenities such as two laundry rooms, a family room, exercise room, restrooms with showers, a family park and dog walk area. Fort Bliss RV Park is open to DOD ID cardholders and Family members. Reservations are only allowed for Active Duty Military with permanent change of station (PCS) orders. All others are on a first come, first serve basis. If you are deciding to stay at the RV Park, the cost is $20 daily or $120 weekly for Active-Duty, $21 weekly or $126 for retired or 100% disabled, $19 daily or $114 weekly for a senior pass or access pass for disabled patrons and $25 daily or $150 weekly for relatives or contractors.
If you are new to this lifestyle, here are a few tips from Trent Bahr, manager of the Fort Bliss RV Park, to keep in mind. Don’t be afraid to ask: Most RV owners are extremely friendly and are willing to help. Be sure to practice driving/towing: Before taking a trip out in your RV, make sure you’re comfortable behind the wheel. It’s a different experience than driving a car. Get comfortable with wide turns and giving additional space for breaking. Checklist Preparation: Definitely use a checklist to prepare your RV for a road trip (listed below). Check the weather: Know the weather conditions where you are traveling. Be prepared for the west Texas wind here in Sun City El Paso! Fort Bliss RV Park is located at 4130 Ellerthorpe Road, for more information, call 915-568-0106.
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BY NATALIE HINOJOS FAMILY & MWR MARKETING
It’s March 2020, news is breaking out about possible shut downs due to a contagious virus. There’s panic in the streets, people are stocking up on necessities and hoping this will calm down in a week or two. Two months pass the streets are calm, but essential workers are continuously working hard to help those in need. Everyone has suffered from different losses in 2020, but during the stress of everything, Fort Bliss MWR continued to work through, coming up with ways to continue serving Soldiers and their Families safely. MWR Marketing & Special Events The first thing Fort Bliss MWR Marketing did to keep military Families entertained by competing in friendly contests and rewarding them with gift cards. Then, the Sponsorship and Advertising team worked around the clock to help those in need through great partnerships with local organizations. Boingo and a local non-profit veterans organization — in honor of Mr. Bill Wiggins — contributed by providing goods for Soldiers who were quarantined in March. Other sponsors provided gift cards, craft kits, school supplies, candies, teddy bear mobile kits and gifts for the 15 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Let’s not forget the spectacular fireworks display provided by USAA and Fort Bliss MWR on the 4th of July. Marketing and Special Events decorated their buildings with frightful characters for Halloween, creating a drive-thru Spooktacular for all ages to enjoy. Fort Bliss MWR came together as one to hand out candies for Halloween to Soldiers and their Families. Marketing and Special Events worked with many page 28
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other MWR facilities to bring a winter wonderland of light displays during the month of December. They successfully closed out the year with holiday cheer! MWR Community Recreation Department If you’ve been to the physical fitness centers, libraries, auto craft, art & hobby facilities then you’ve experienced hard working employees who continue to serve our Soldiers and Families. From virtual runs, take home art kits to curbside pick-ups and do-it-yourself auto repair, Fort Bliss MWR helped patrons continue through very trying times. Although things were cancelled due to COVID-19, they adapted to figure out other ways to give patrons something to do and stay active. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) continues to work with MWR and other local organizations as much as they can. The BOSS team was able to provide sporting entertainment, volunteer opportunities and free holiday meals for single Soldiers. MWR Business Operations Department The Rod & Gun Club and Underwood Golf Complex were one of the first facilities to open up safely to provide outdoor activities for Soldiers and Families. They created safety procedures that followed Center of Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. As these facilities proved to be working well, Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Desert Strike Lanes, Monti Warrior Zone and the Funky Rooster opened up their doors providing take out, areas to dine in safely and more entertainment. Safety is always key with Fort Bliss MWR, as the new year starts, be sure to look out for online contests, virtual classes, drive-thru pick-ups, rock hunting and hopefully some of the traditional big events, too! Here’s hoping 2021 brings us all back together! @blissmwr
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JOB HU DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC BY DARRELL M. HENDERSON
FAMILY & MWR ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE (ACS)
If you happen to be one of the 3.8 million people that has lost their job due to the global pandemic, you are probably asking yourself, “What now?” We have been spending a lot of time at home, learning to cook, watching TV, homeschooling the kids and picking up new hobbies, but the time has come for us to get back out there. Why not use the time we are spending at home to dust off that résumé, brush up on some skills, and look for that next career. Job hunting during a pandemic might seem impossible. With these 8 tips you can change the impossible to possible. Stay positive. Finding a job pre-COVID-19 was tough enough. We understand there is added stress to finding a job during COVID-19 times, but you can do this. Companies are still out there and they are still hiring. They want to hire you, keep searching and applying, your hard work and effort will pay off. Use your extra time wisely. This time is not just good for catching up on your Netflix queue, but it is also good for closing any skill gaps you may have. Now may be time to finish up a degree, obtain a certificate or license, and update or acquire those skills that are pertinent to your career field. Brush up on what’s new in the job field, research articles to learn about trends in your field or subscribe to experts on their YouTube channel. Update your résumés. Every job you apply to needs to have a unique, individualized, and tailored résumé. For example, if you were applying to Home Depot and Lowe’s for the same position, those résumés will only have slight differences, depending on the keywords and different language of the job description. However, applying to Home Depot and Amazon, you would require two very different résumés. Different skills would have to be emphasized and other skills deemphasized when applying to these different businesses. Remember to page 32
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list only the skills that are applicable to the positions you are considering. Save different versions of your résumés on your computer, such as: Home Depot résumé and Lowe’s résumé. That way, when it is interview time, you can reference the correct one. Be flexible in the types of jobs you consider. Be open to working weekends – even Sundays, working odd hours, traveling, and maybe even changing locations altogether. Change can be for the better, all it takes is moving toward a hopeful future. There are a variety of ways to search for jobs. There are hundreds of websites that can aid you in searching for multiple positions. Indeed, Zip Recruiter, USA Jobs, Workintexas.com are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking for jobs. If you find a position on a third-party website, be sure to visit the company website itself and find the job there. Sometimes third-party websites can be delayed on updates if the position is closed or updated. It’s always best to submit your résumé directly to the organization’s website you want to apply. It will give you better chances for the employer to view your résumé. Attend virtual hiring events. Somewhere across this country on the internet, there is a hiring event going on right now. During these trying times, most in-person hiring events and in-person recruiting have been put to a halt. A virtual hiring event is a good way to get your résumé out there. Also, depending on the quality of the virtual platform companies may be using, you might also be able to put your face out there (virtually) as well. At most of these virtual events you can talk one-on-one with a recruiter, either by phone or video chat and you can ask them all the questions you like. Maybe they can even critique your résumé before you apply. Network with people you know and on LinkedIn. You have heard the old saying, “It is not what you www.bliss.armymwr.com
NTING know; it is who you know.” Word of mouth is a fantastic way to find a job. The more sets of eyes you have looking on your behalf, the better. Let everyone know that you are looking for new opportunities. Here is a pro-tip, “Don’t ask people for help, ask for their advice.” More people are willing to give advice than help. Ask for their advice on how to get into a field that they are in, or get their advice on how to apply to the company where they work. Get the support you need. Sometimes we need a coach to help us to get back in the game. The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) at Army Community Service (ACS) has coaches ready to assist you. Our Employment Specialists are ready to help you formulate a plan, assist you with your résumé and brush up on your interview skills. They can also be that second set of eyes to help you find your next career and help motivate you. For more information, call 915-569-5838 or follow us on Facebook @ACSERPftbliss. Searching for a job at any time can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating effort. Searching for a job during a pandemic can ramp up those feelings by a factor of 10. The competition is fierce for jobs since a lot of the workforce is sitting at home asking the same questions that we are asking, “What now?” Arm yourself with the knowledge that you can get through this. The jobs are out there and they are looking for someone with your skills. Utilize these tips and they just might find you first. @blissmwr
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QUICK REFERENCE PHONE GUIDE SOLDIER SUPPORT CENTER: IN-PROCESSING 915-568-3035
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All class dates and times below are offered via Microsoft Teams. Additional dates and times are available upon request. ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS 250 Club Road | 915-569-4ACS
MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps (AVC) supports the Army’s mission by promoting and strengthening volunteerism by uniting volunteer efforts, supporting professional management, enhancing volunteer career mobility, and establishing volunteer partnerships to support individual personal growth and life-long volunteer commitment. The Fort Bliss AVC office is the center for volunteer recruitment, referral, recognition and professional development for volunteers and volunteer leaders. Volunteers can be placed in a wide variety of positions throughout the installation and the El Paso community. Through volunteer service, volunteers can learn or improve skills and gain work experience to increase self-confidence and improve marketability for paid positions. Every minute and every hour that someone volunteers, they contribute to improving the quality of life of our community; therefore volunteers change the world. Join the movement to make our installation, our city, our nation a better place for all – Change the World, Volunteer! Email: email@example.com // visit, bliss.armymwr.com
INTRODUCTION TO VOLUNTEERING WORKSHOP
WHAT KIND OF LEADER ARE YOU? JAN 28 // 9AM-12PM
Learners will identify their innate leadership approach and examine the alternative styles of others to incorporate various approaches into their personal and professional lives. Leaders will also gain skills to differentiate between the role of coach and mentor. They'll be able to assess their strengths, challenges and behavior of leaders in these roles. Also identify effective feedback techniques to incorporate into their roles as leaders.
WELCOME TO FORT BLISS MAR 3 // 9AM-12PM
You will learn the organizational, chain of command, basic unit and rank structure of the military. As well as, learning about the Soldier Family Readiness Groups and many social functions to engage in and enjoy military life.
BOUNCE DON’T CRACK
The Fort Bliss AVC exclusively tracks volunteer hours by using the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) on the web at Army OneSource. The system was developed to give the Army a real-time snapshot of volunteer activities at any given time and installation. VMIS provides all of the tools needed to track AVC volunteer hours, manage and track volunteers, post open positions, print reports and more. VMIS is hands-on training or you can take it online at myarmyonesource.com.
MAR 31 // 1-4PM
Learners will examine change, appraise conflict and access time management skills and techniques that help them develop positive managing strategies to successfully navigate the demands and changes that come with military life.
KNOW YOUR TEAM… FEB 25 // 9AM-12PM
FRC | 250 Club Road | 915-569-4ACS
Learners will identify their leadership approach, examine the alternative styles of others to incorporate various approaches into their personal and professional lives. Leaders will also gain skills to differentiate between the role of a coach and of a mentor. They will assess his or her strengths/challenges and behavior of leaders in these roles, as well as identify effective feedback techniques to incorporate into their roles as leaders.
MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
WHAT’S THE MILITARY LIFE?
Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is an educational program that provides training to prepare everyone in America’s Army to function at the highest level. It improves personal resilience and family preparedness, which enhances overall Army readiness. Army Family Team Building’s free training is for (and taught by) Soldiers and Family members. Significant others and fiancées are welcome to attend! Learn about the Army way of life, how to manage it better and leadership skills.
JAN 22 // 9AM-12PM
ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING
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WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO? JAN 14 // 9AM-12PM
Participants will be able to identify and recognize personality traits. They will learn how to use effective communication skills and develop strategies to help them build and maintain healthy personal and professional relationships. @blissmwr
JAN 27 // 9AM-12PM FEB 24 // 9AM-12PM MAR 24 // 9AM -12PM
The purpose of the Care Team is to offer short-term care and support to Families of deceased and seriously Three hour concept block that covers the following classes: wounded Soldiers until the Family’s own support structure is in place. Care Teams are not mandatory, but are an Resiliency during Crisis & Grief and overcoming stress. additional way battalions can provide valuable support to COMMUNICATING THROUGH CONFLICT Families.
Learners will explore the causes and benefits of conflict and through exercises. They will be able to apply conflict management approaches and develop effective Interested in volunteering within the Fort Bliss or El Paso communication strategies to communicate, as leaders, to Community? The first place to start is the Introduction teams or individuals. to Volunteering Workshop. This workshop will introduce volunteerism, volunteer expectations and opporunities for WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH service within the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities. FEB 16 // 9AM-12PM
FEB 10 // 10AM APR 14 // 10AM
CARE TEAM TRAINING
MAR 9 // 9AM-12PM
JAN 13 // 10AM MAR 10 // 10AM
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
active-duty, reserve units and guard units with pre- and post-deployment/mobilization briefings, Soldier Family Readiness Group assistance, information and referral services, resource materials, and Operation R.E.A.D.Y. (Resources for Education About Deployment and You) training. Training modules provide practical instruction pertaining to ongoing readiness. Topics include: Understanding and Planning for Military Separation and Pre-deployment Ongoing Readiness, Coping with Separation, and Financial Planning. The materials are designed to support unit commanders in preparing service members, Civilian employees, and their families for military operations.
Participants will understand the mission, language, commitment required and challenges for military life. They will be able to communicate, develop and/or update their own realistic expectations and plans to thrive in this military lifestyle.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? FEB 11 // 1-4PM
REAR DETACHMENT TRAINING MONTHLY
Rear Detachment Command (RDC) Training is offered monthly during the Commanders/1SG Course given by Garrison Command Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS). RDC training focuses on the command responsibilities of the Soldier Family Readiness program to include Family Readiness Groups, Family Readiness Support Assistants, Family Readiness Liaisons, staff functions, community resources, and Casualty Response Teams. DPTMS Training Section publishes the schedule for the Commander/1SG Course. Phone: 915-744-2767
KEY CONTACT TRAINING JAN 13 // 9-11AM FEB 10 // 9-11AM MAR 10 // 9-11AM
Designed to provide training in Key Contact duties, communicating with Family members, dispelling rumors, handling crisis calls, etc. It also shows Key Contacts how they fit into a successful SFRG.
SFRG LEADER TRAINING JAN 6 // 9AM-2:30PM FEB 3 // 9AM-2:30PM MAR 3 // 9AM-2:30PM
Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) Leader Training- Designed to provide training for SFRG leaders, regarding their roles and responsibilities, SFRG structure, working with the command and CFRRs, recruiting, using community resources, managing, tracking and recording volunteer hours. www.bliss.armymwr.com, search:SFRG
Participants will be able to identify, differentiate, and FUND CUSTODIAN TRAINING understand how to access community resources. They’ll JAN 13 // 1-3PM learn what military benefits and entitlements are available FEB 10 // 1-3PM to Soldiers and their families.
MOBILIZATION & DEPLOYMENT
MAR 10 // 1-3PM
Designed for SFRG Leaders, Treasurers, Command representatives and those who manage SFRG fundraising MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM finances. It covers various funds available and details the The Mobilization and Deployment Program provides types of purchases that can be made with each fund. FRC | 250 Cub Road | 915-569-5500
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES All class dates and times below are offered via Microsoft Teams. Additional dates and times are available upon request. COMMAND FAMILY READINESS REPRESENTATIVE
SOCIAL MEDIA & YOUR JOB SEARCH
JAN 20 // 9AM-3PM FEB 17 // 9AM-3PM MAR 17 // 9AM-3PM
AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
MAR 23 // 1:30-2:30PM
This class provides information to learn how to utilize Social Media when searching for employment in today’s Designed to provide training for CFRRs who are appointed competitive job market, how to Network effectively and as Command representatives to assist in managing the Career Exploration skills with a focus on LinkedIn. SFRGs. Organizing unit level readiness groups, SOP’s, FINANCIAL READINESS SFRG structure, managing and tracking volunteers, 2494 Ricker Road | 915-569-4ACS community resources, regulations. The Financial Readiness Program (FRP) offers counseling and training for Soldiers and their Families. FRP works EMPLOYMENT READINESS with Army Emergency Relief (AER) to ensure emergency 2494 Ricker Road | 915-569-5838 assistance is available to meet a valid financial need. The MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM mission of the FRP is to reduce indebtedness, minimize The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) deliver’s weekly the need for emergency financial assistance and prevent orientations to educate spouses on services available financial difficulties. FRP helps Soldiers and their families to them and employment opportunities in the local area. live within their means and provide solutions for a brighter Employment Orientation is required before attending all financial future. For more information on classes or other ERP classes. Registration is encouraged. appointments, visit bliss.armymwr.com, search FRP or call 915-569-8376. EMPLOYMENT ORIENTATION EVERY WEDNESDAY // 10-11:30AM
The Employment Readiness Program (ERP) deliver’s weekly orientations to educate spouses on services available to them and employment opportunities in the local area. Employment Orientation is required before attending all other ERP classes. Registration is encouraged.
FEDERAL RÉSUMÉ CLASS JAN 20 // 9AM-12PM MAR 24 // 9AM-12PM
Applying for federal employment is different than in the private industry. This class shows how to succeed in the government’s intricate hiring process. Both first-time applicants and those already within the government system will learn something new, as application processes change over time.
ACE YOUR NEXT JOB INTERVIEW FEB 24 // 9AM-12PM
This class will cover types of job interviews, preparation for the meeting, and the three parts of an interview. Learn how to answer common, behaviour-based, difficult and illegal interview questions. Proper follow-up techniques, job fair etiquette, appropriate attire, and tips on salary negotiation will also be covered.
LET’S START YOUR OWN BUSINESS JAN 19 // 9-10:30AM
The workshop will be conducted by the technical assistance providers of the Women’s Business Border Center of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The experts in business development will cover the key elements of formalizing a business plan, financial projections, and the basics of licensing/permits. The session will also provide information on the various lending options that are available for small businesses. Make sure to attend this free session to turn your business idea into a reality.
WRITING A WINNING RESUME JAN 13 // 9AM-12PM MAR 17 // 9AM-12PM
Create an effective resume or transform the one you already have into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. This workshop will lead you through a self-assessment series so that you gain extensive knowledge about the product you are marketing, YOU! page 36
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In this crucial class participants will learn how to set goals to achieve a healthy retirement. You’ll learn the differences between short-term savings and long-term investments. You will obtain a thorough understanding of all TSP Funds, its components, rules, matching contributions, tools, references, and the timeline of the Thrift Savings Plan.
ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
The Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides financial assistance to active and retired Soldiers and their dependents when there is a valid need. Loans are interest free. Spouses requesting AER assistance must have a current Special Power of Attorney (SPOA), military ID card and documentation to support their request. Under the Commander and First Sergeant Quick Assist Program, Commanders or First Sergeants may approve assistance of up to $2,000 for Active-Duty Soldiers. If you are not near an Army installation, you can go to any FINANCIAL SERVICES Military Aid Society or contact the American Red Cross at The Financial Readiness Program offers counseling to 1-877-272-7337. AER provides scholarships for spouses individuals seeking assistance in a variety of financial and children of active & retired Soldiers, orphans and situations to include: dependents of deceased Soldiers. Scholarship applications • Consumer Credit Counseling are available at www.aerhq.org. • Personal Financial Coaching SUPPORT SERVICES • Credit Report Reviewing ARMY FAMILY ACTION PLAN • Consumer Advocate MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM • Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance The Army Family Action Plan provides Active and Reserve Component Soldiers, Army Civilians, Family members, • Financial Education Classes Survivors, and Retirees a voice in shaping their standards UNDERSTANDING YOUR CREDIT of living by identifying issues and concerns for Army Senior JAN 13 // 1:30-2:30PM Leadership resolution. Since its inception in 1983, the AFAP This class will explain the different types of accounts that remains the only such partnership between a branch of the exist and the importance of understanding your credit United States military and its constituents. Issues can be report, so you can maintain your security clearance, debt to submitted at the Garrison Army Community Service office income ratio, and tips on how to improve your credit score. or to a unit Family Programs liaison. The needs of the Army community remain in the forefront of Army Senior DEBT MANAGEMENT Leadership. AFAP is the primary tool to communicate the JAN 27 // 1:30-2:30PM important issues facing Soldiers, Army Civilians, Families, Learn how to set up a plan, contact creditors and negotiate Survivors, and Retirees. interest rates, to establish a new monthly payment. The end goal is to pay off your consumer debt in its entirety to Information provided through the AFAP process gives commanders and leaders insight into current satisfaction reach financial freedom. detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army PLANNING & BUDGETING & CAR BUYING constituents. Leadership uses the information to effect FEB 9 // 1:30-3PM changes that improve standards of living and support This class will help you evaluate your current financial programs. These changes foster a satisfied, informed, situation, obtain the basic principles of planning and and resilient Army Community. Issues can be submitted budgeting to achieve financial readiness. Learn the basics online at bliss.armymwr.com search, “AFAP” or www. of car buying, get insurance advice that’s crucial before myarmyonesource.com. You can also submit issues by visiting 250 Club Road or 2494 Ricker Road, or utilize one buying a new or used vehicle. of the many boxes around the installation.
FIRST TERMERS FINANCIAL READINESS FEB 24 // 9-11:30AM
Join Financial Readiness to learn more about the tools you need to manage your assets wisely. This class will help you understand the basics of cash flow management and if needed debt management. Learn how to start out on the right foot and keep your spending smart.
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SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
Losing a loved one is an especially difficult time for those left behind. In addition to the grief, the Family will suffer and be faced with several issues and questions about a life built around the Army. Some of these will be addressed FUNDAMENTALS OF BANKING immediately by the Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO), but MAR 10 // 1:30-2:30PM some will not surface for many months or years — long Learn the basics of debt management and the principals after the Casualty Assistance process has ended. Survivor to reconcile your bank statement in order stay on top of Outreach Services (SOS) can help. SOS is a holistic, multi-agency approach to deliver services specifically to purchases made with your debit card. www.bliss.armymwr.com
All class dates and times below are offered via Microsoft Teams. Additional dates and times are available upon request. surviving Family members. The supportive staff is there to assist with whatever issues they might have. The services are also offered to Retirees and non-Active-Duty incidents. The SOS mission is, “To embrace & reassure Survivors, they are continually linked to the Army Family through a unified support program that enables them to remain an important part of the Army Family for as long as they desire.”
coordinated, multi-agency approach for community support, housing, medical, educational, and personnel services to families with special needs. The EFMP is a Department of the Army program which functions under the provisions of Army Regulation (AR) 608-75. It is designed to assist active-duty personnel during the reassignment process by taking into account 241 Sheridan Road | 915-568-5970 Exceptional Family Members (EFM) with special physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual needs. In a dual VICTIM ADVOCACY military Family, both Soldiers must be enrolled. Enrollment MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM is based on the medical and education requirements of Victim advocates provide clear, accurate information Family members of active-duty personnel and must be on the available avenues for reporting domestic abuse, updated every three years or if the condition(s) changes. child abuse, and sexual assault. Victim advocates provide 2494 Ricker Road | 915-569-4227 (ext. 5) essential support, liaison services and care to the victim. Responsibilities include providing crisis intervention, NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM referral and ongoing non-clinical support, including MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM information on available options and resources to assist The Army offers a complete program of parent education the victim in making informed decisions about the case. and support services of which the New Parent Support Victim advocate services will continue until the victim Program (NPSP) is a part. All Army installations provide states support is no longer needed. To speak with a Victim services that include health counselling provided by Advocate, call the Family Advocacy Program during normal Army Community Health Nurses (CHN), as well as parent business hours or the Domestic Violence Hotline after education classes and play mornings. hours or on weekends. You are not alone. These services target families with children, 0-3 years 2494 Ricker Road | 915-568-9129 // Hotline: 915-269-2013 of age. Participation in any of these activities is strictly voluntary and there are no time limits imposed on duration FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM of service but families generally stay involved at this level MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM Family Advocacy is dedicated to the prevention, for 4-6 months. Referrals for NPSP services are accepted via self-referral, health professionals, and command. education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention 2494 Ricker Road | 915-568-9129 and treatment of spouse and child abuse. The program provides a variety of services to Soldiers and Families PARENTING/LIFE SKILLS/SAFETY/EDUCATION to enhance their relationship skills and improve their MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM quality of life. This mission is accomplished through a The Army Family Advocacy Program coordinates and variety of groups, seminars, workshops and counseling provides numerous programs, services and activities that and intervention services. Seminars and workshops are support our Families. Their goal is to develop parenting available to you, your unit or Soldier Family Readiness skills and knowledge, reduce stressors that may increase Group. Unit commanders are encouraged to contact their the risk of child abuse or neglect and help Families cope Family Advocacy Program Manager/Staff to schedule their with adjustments of military life. unit’s mandatory AR 608-18 training or seminars that meet 2494 Ricker Road | 915-568-9129 their unit’s specific needs.
7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
LENDING CLOSET MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
The lending closet is stocked with basic household items to use before your household goods arrive or after you have packed out for your new assignment. Items may be borrowed for 30 days. Please provide your ID card and a copy of your PCS orders. Unaccompanied spouse will also need a Power of Attorney.
WELCOME PACKET & RELOCATION COUNSELING AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
If you are PCSing to a new installation and want to learn more about your gaining installation, we can provide you with welcome packets on any military installation worldwide! If desired, we will also be happy to provide you with a one-on-one relocation counseling.
IMMIGRATION COUNSELING The best method that Soldiers can receive assistance regarding Immigration concerns is by contacting the USCIS military helpline. The military helpline will contact our liaisons for Fort Bliss, regarding your questions and concerns. The contact phone number for the military helpline is 1-877-247-4645 or they may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes listed below are offered virtually. For more information, call 915-569-5375. TOTAL ARMY SPONSORSHIP TRAINING BY REQUEST ONLY // ACS: 2494 RICKER ROAD
Learn to be an effective sponsor in accordance to AR 6008-8-1-1.
SPANISH CLASSES CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT
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SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER
Moving is part of life for Soldiers and their Families. The Relocation Readiness Program offers a comprehensive support system to help you and your Family make Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves as smoothly as possible. We minimize the stress of relocation by offering CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH FOR ESL STUDENTS resources to simplify the moving process throughout your Do you want to improve your English skills and make new military career. friends? Lots of pronunciation practice and some writing 2494 Ricker Road | 915-569-4227 (ext. 0) email@example.com skills for those wanting to build confidence in their English speaking abilities. Free class & child care vouchers for Services listed below are limited. For more those registered with CYS. Classes are offered 3 times a information, call 915-569-5375. year. For more information, call 915-569-4227, ext. 0.
MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
The Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC) is a place where the Soldier Recovery Unit Soldiers and their Family members receive assistance through a number of holistic services tailored to their needs. The SFAC’s welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff foster an environment conducive to physical, spiritual and mental healing. Their mission is to provide exceptional support by being courteous, professional and relevant. The Fort Bliss SFAC is widely recognized as the premier provider of innovative services to Soldier in Recovery and their families in support of the Soldier in Recovery. Their goal is to be available and convenient for Soldier Recovery Unit and their families. Services requiring less than a fulltime presence are available at the SFAC at designated times. Additional services are provided through priority off-site appointments coordinated by the SFAC staff.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM
Information & Referral (I&R) serves as the central point of distribution for ACS information, flyers, brochures, Fort Bliss’ upcoming events and activities. I&R provides general post information such as phone numbers, building locations and not readily identifiable social service 250 Club Road | 568-6879 organizations. EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER PROGRAM Computers with internet and printer capabilities, copy MON - FRI // 7:30AM-4:30PM machine, send and receive faxes, and DSN public The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a phones are available for DOD ID cardholders. No medical mandatory enrollment program that works with other documents can be accessed, printed, scanned or faxed. military and Civilian agencies to provide a comprehensive, Computer lab hours are Monday through Thursday from @blissmwr
Immerse yourself in your new community by learning Spanish. Classes are free and daycare is included for children registered with Child Youth Services (CYS). Classes are offered every quarter. We offer basic and intermediate Spanish. For more information, call 915-569-4227, ext. 0.
NEWCOMERS’ SCOOP Join us for this amazing two-day newcomers’ orientation for adult Family members. During a fun-filled orientation participants will learn about the services available at ACS and other community agencies. There will be a tour of Fort Bliss and you will learn about some of the local highlights of your new home in El Paso! It’s a great way to get to know your surroundings and meet others who are new to the installation! Registration is required and hourly child care costs are covered for those registered with CYS. For more information, call 915-5694227, ext. 0. JAN | FEB | MAR
Miloâ€™s Fun Run of 2021!
Milo wants to have some fun, help him gather treats for speed - one line is all you need! Stay up to date, check out our website at www.bliss.armymwr.com.
Fred Wilson Rd.
FRED WILSON GATE
POV Car Resale Lot Recycling Center Replica Pool Replica Youth Center School Age Center, Bliss SKIESUnlimited Gymnastic Center **Under Construction**
1250 5035 5037 2010 131A
50 51 52 53
2408 503A 6077 195
915-569-5644 915-568-1890 915-742-2266 915-568-KIDS
Sheridan Rd. Club Rd.
PERSHING GATE (CLOSED)
KEYS Building locations Military Gates Wi-Fi locations Hospital Shopping/Coffee/Food areas Altura Ave. Groceries RichmondReligious Ave. Services Gas Stations International Airport
EMERGENCY Aurora Ave. Fire Emergencies Housing Areas Military Police Ambulance
NUMBERS 915-568-1117 915-565-4100 915-744-2115 915-744-2115 915-568-2121
Gateway North Blvd.
241 262 1717
915-742-3858 915-568-3264 915-568-7393 915-568-5970 915-569-5448 915-730-9803
USO Vehicle Registration Veterinary Services Youth Sports Plex
45 Soldier & Family Medical Clinic 46 Stout Physical Fitness Center (PFC) • The Mix Smoothie Bar 47 Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) 48 Tennis Club & Fitness Zone 49 Trading Post
Outbound Transportation Parent Central/CYS Registration Pershing Pub
915-568-1241 915-568-2892 915-263-7164 915-569-6446 915-568-7141 915-568-6156 915-568-7318 915-568-5412 915-568-4518 915-568-7393 915-568-9699 915-568-4374 915-781-6809 915-562-4036 915-569-6446 915-568-5437 915-568-7431 915-568-3523 915-568-2178 915-568-5544
21 2996 2004 1611 113 2 2499 1735 5054 2968 503B 1743 243 1733
Inspector General Ironworks Gym West Junior Enlisted Family Center LTS Kiosk at Freedom Crossing Legal Assistance Mickelsen Community Library Milam Physical Fitness Center (PFC) Old Ironsides Museum Old Fort Bliss Replica
25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
1741 1744 505
915-742-2121 915-744-2115 915-742-CARE 915-742-2483 915-564-0795 915-569-1133 915-568-2898 915-565-7777 915-568-3035
22 23 IHG Army Hotels at Fort Bliss 24 In-Processing/Welcome Center
• Kelly Park
915-569-5500 915-562-5451 915-562-7200
• Ambulance • Appointments • Red Cross
Haan Rd. Pierce Ave.
Gateway South Blvd.
60 1741 7777
Commissary Community Pool Family MWR Headquarters Family MWR Marketing 15 Family and Resilience Center (FRC) 16 17 Freedom Crossing PX: •Post Exchange, Grand Theatre • Third-party shops 18 19 Garrison Command 20 Hospital: WBAMC
Phone 915-568-3301 915-568-4849 915-562-8461 915-569-4227 915-568-7280 915-568-6272 915-630-8669 915-568-5689 915-569-7199 915-568-6287 915-568-4022 915-568-5380 915-568-3500 915-568-6741
Bowling Center/Desert Strike Lanes Car Wash Child Development Center, Main Child Development Center, Replica
Bldg. 1 45 7060 2494 820 2949 197 1730 5036 504B 1620 253 11 12 250 801 1613
Organization Adujtant General American Red Cross Armed Services YMCA Army Community Service (ACS)
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Fred Wilson Rd.
MSG PEÃ‘A GATE
Fort Bliss National Cemetry
Jeb Stuart Rd.
CHAFFEE GATE Earl H. Bruns Rd.
Shannon Van Valzah Rd.
Jeb Stuart Rd.
hi n dan
Jeb Stuart Rd.
BUFFALO SOLDIER GATE
Buffalo Soldier Rd.
EL PASO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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NOW OPEN INSIDE THE SOLDIER SUPPORT CENTER! 505 Pershing Road • Mon-Fri 0700-1400 • Info: 915-433-7187 Closed Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays
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PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID EL PASO, TX PERMIT #296
MWR Marketing Bldg. 12, Pershing Rd. Fort Bliss, TX 79916
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