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DFMWR Director’s Comments Each year we all resolve to improve our lives in various ways. With the New Year upon us, we can assure you that Family and MWR’s resolution is to help you reach your goals for the New Year. Our Sports and Fitness programs are always ready to meet your fitness goals. Check out our monthly calendar to see which class best fits you. Interested in volunteering? Our Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps is launching the Fort Bliss Year of Volunteering “Resolve to Serve” campaign in order to help others in need. Our Army Community Service division can help you find employment through our Employment Readiness Program or learn personal financial techniques through the Financial Readiness Program. Discover what we have to offer at www.blissmwr.com. Last year, our Outdoor Recreation Program expanded by leaps and bounds and now provides more opportunities to explore our wilderness with camping trips, climbing and biking. All of our programming strives to give you activities for the entire Family. Throughout this issue you will see the numerous events, programs and activities that will give your Family opportunities to enjoy life to the fullest while at Fort Bliss. I hope that 2011 offers you a sense of renewal and peace of mind. See you out there! Mark Cauthers
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Auditions for Fort Bliss’ Got Talent
Do you have talent? Show us! Auditions for Fort Bliss’ Got Talent will be held Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 at the Centennial, Bldg. 11199 on East Fort Bliss. Auditions begin at 6 p.m. each night. Fort Bliss’ Got Talent is open to active-duty, Reserve and National Guard service members from any
branch of service; retirees; dependents age 16 and older with valid military ID; and DoD civilians. The contest is your chance to shine. All talents are welcome. Wow the judges and the audience, and you could win the $500 grand prize! For more information and official rules and entry form, visit www. blissmwr.com or call (915) 203-2518.
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Healthy Lunch Specials Fort Bliss’ Got Talent Auditions January 6 and 7 • 6pm each night • Centennial Speed Dating January 7 • 7pm • Centennial Skiing trip with Outdoor Recreation January 8 • TBA • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Rock climbing trip with Outdoor Recreation January 15 • 8am • Hueco Tanks or Franklin Mountains MWR Open Golf Tournament January 21 • 9am • Underwood Golf Complex New Year No Tap Bowling Tournament January 22 • noon-5pm • Desert Strike Lanes Trip to Ski Apache with Outdoor Recreation January 23 • TBA • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Rock climbing trip with Outdoor Recreation
Spend the night meeting other area singles in a fun, no-pressure environment and head to the Centennial for speed dating Friday, January 7. The event is free and open to all singles age 18 and older. Enjoy $2 well drinks and domestic bottles from 6-8 p.m., and stay for the after party hosted by DJ Kay Bee. Not in the mood for speed dating? No problem! The lounge specials and after party are open to all! Register soon; only the first 25 male and 25 female participants are accepted! Registration begins at 6 p.m.; dating starts at 7 p.m. Call (915) 744-8427 or visit www.blissmwr.com for more information.
MWR Open golf tournament
Hit the links for the MWR Open tournament Friday, January 21. Play begins with at shotgun start at 9 a.m. on the Sunset Course. This four-person scramble is open to all. Entry costs $40 and includes green fees, range balls, cart rental and lunch. Sign up today at Underwood Golf Complex, or call (915) 562-1273 for information.
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the brightest stars on Fort Bliss shine during Fort Bliss’ Got Talent, winner of the Army Festival of the Arts’ best variety entertainment production in 2010. Fort Bliss’ Got Talent is a four-week-long competition showcasing some of the installation’s best performers, every Thursday in February. At 6 p.m. each night on February 3, 10, 17 and 24, the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199 on East Fort Bliss, will host fierce competition as our performers battle for the $500 grand prize. The contest is open to all active-duty, Reserve and Guard service members from any branch of service; retirees; dependents age 16 and older with valid military ID; and DoD civilians. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 at the Centennial. The audience is just as important as the talent in this competition; while each week’s performances will be evaluated by guest judges, the audience plays an integral role because their votes have the power to influence the outcome. Military units also have the chance to win: The unit with the most participation over all four weeks will win a $250 unit spirit award. For more information, call (915) 203-2518 or visit www.blissmwr.com.
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februaryevents Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 3 • 6pm • Centennial Skiing trip with Outdoor Recreation February 5 • TBA • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Poker Night at the Pub Every Monday • February 7-March 28 • 6pm • Centennial Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 10 • 6pm • Centennial Valentine’s Day Ball February 11 • 7pm • Centennial 2-5-8 Strike Out Bowling Tournament February 12 • noon-5pm • Desert Strike Lanes Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 17 • 6pm • Centennial Rock climbing trip with Outdoor Recreation February 19 • 8am • Hueco Tanks or Franklin Mountains Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 24 • 6pm • Centennial Rock climbing trip with Outdoor Recreation February 26 • 8am • Hueco Tanks (Hueco Rock Rodeo)
Poker at the Pub Test your poker skills with Poker Night at the Pub every Monday from February 7-March 28. Head to the Sam Adams Pub at the Centennial for a night of free fun with no buy-in. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6 p.m. There is limited entry on a firstcome, first-served basis. While you play, enjoy $2 well drinks and $2 domestic bottles from 5-7 p.m. Warm up for Family and MWR’s Texas Hold’em Tournament with Poker Night at the Pub! For more information, call (915) 744-8427.
Valentine’s Day Ball
Treat your someone special to a romantic evening of wine, dinner and dancing Friday, February 11 at the Centennial’s Valentine’s Day Ball. Dress to impress in formal attire and enjoy a fourcourse wine and dine sure to make sparks fly. Cap off the evening with dancing and DJ entertainment. Tickets cost $75 per couple or $40 per individual, and reservations are required. To make reservations, or for more information, call (915) 744-8427.
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March 12 • TBA • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Saint Patrick’s Day Beef & Burgundy March 16 • 5pm • Centennial Last Frame Strikes Bowling Tournament March 19 • noon-5pm • Desert Strike Lanes Rock climbing trip with Outdoor Recreation March 20 • 8am • Hueco Tanks or Franklin Mountains Texas Hold’em Tournament March 31 • 6pm • Centennial
Get ready to take part in one of the most fast-paced and exciting events of the year ... the Family and MWR No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament runs from Thursday, March 31-Saturday, April 2. The tournament is open to authorized Family and MWR patrons who are 18 years of age or older: active-duty service memebers, Reservists, Guardsmen and retirees from any branch of service, DoD civilians with valid military ID, and their immediate Family
members and guests. There is no buy-in – registration is free! The first-place finisher will receive $500 and a seat in the Army-wide finals, where he or she will have a chance to win fantastic prizes. Second place nets the finisher $200, while third place earns $100. Registration begins March 1. Register online at www.blissmwr. com or stop by Bldg. 11, Pershing Road, to fill out a registration form. For more information, call (915) 588-8247 or visit www. blissmwr.com.
Saint Patrick’s Day Beef and Burgundy You don’t have to have the luck of the Irish to get a great Saint Patrick’s Day dinner ... just stop by the Centennial Wednesday, March 16 for a Gaelic feast! Enjoy traditional corned beef and cabbage, salad bar, dessert and complimentary wine – plus live music and dancing – all for just $13.95 per person. Pay half price for children ages 7-11; children ages 6 and under eat free. Reservations are recommended; call (915) 744-8427 for reservations or more information.
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Winner’s Circle Employees go above and beyond
November 18, Family and MWR hosted the end-of-the-year Winner’s Circle ceremony. More than 200 people attended in an effort to recognize all our very deserving winners. Winner’s Circle is a directorate-level incentive awards program primarily designed to recognize outstanding customer service and teamwork by Family and MWR staff members. Each quarter, staff members are nominated by their peers, patrons of Family and MWR or outside agencies, or are identified by name in an ICE comment. Once a year, an individual who reflects greatness is selected by our director, Mark A. Cauthers. This year’s Director’s Award winner is Deborah Trexler from Child, Youth and School Services. As the Youth Education Support Services director, she is responsible in establishing the relationship between our schools, our youth, our parents and our installation. Debbie has more than
succeeded; she is part of the team that has created the standard Army-wide. We want to thank Debbie for continuously taking part in what we do every day – know that you do make a difference in the lives of Soldiers and their Families.
The following staff members are “Commitment to Excellence” winners for routinely going above and beyond to provide exceptional service to internal and external customers. Only 20 are selected each quarter.
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At the end of the year, informal leaders who contribute to the organization are awarded the “Role Model” award. These staff members coach and motivate employees, help develop a people-oriented work environment and demonstrate selfless service, care and concern for others. Ted Rivera Army Community Service William Ketcherside Special Events/Marketing James Kingwell Child, Youth and School Services Lisa Hensen Financial Management Office Bruce Martin Rod and Gun Club The “Effective Team” award is given to recognize the accomplishments of a team who work together in harmony to produce outstanding results. This quarter, the selection committee decided that the teams below were all deserving of the award. Employment Readiness Program and Workforce Solutions Team Army Community Service Main Child Development Center Kindergarten Team Child, Youth and School Services Bliss School Age Center Team Child, Youth and School Services Critical Incident Stress Management Team Army Community Service Group Exercise Staff Sports Division Freedom Camp and Operation Purple Camp Fort Bliss Wide
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Let Family and MWR help you keep your New Year’s resolutions Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing
It happens every year: We make New Year’s resolutions. We make big plans, big lists, and big promises and then, somehow, life gets in the way and we’re back to where we started. Maybe you wanted to take a family vacation, but couldn’t find one to fit your budget. Maybe you want to get a better job, or save money, or volunteer to help others but didn’t know where to start. Perhaps you wanted to get in better shape, or lose weight, but couldn’t find a program that worked for you. All of these can cause us to abandon our New Year’s resolutions as we move through the year, but this year can be different when you enlist the services provided by Family and MWR. Hit the road Leisure Travel Services (ITR) is the premiere resource for those bitten by the travel bug. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, a trip to a faraway destination or a cruise to the tropics, the friendly staff at Leisure Travel Services can find something suited to your taste – and budget. “The best thing to do is call us and make an appointment to come in and see us,” said Elvira Franco, Leisure Travel Services manager. “We’ll be happy to work within your budget to find the trip that’s right for you.” Leisure Travel Services offers cruises, theme park and attraction tickets, lodging and more, all at discounted rates. And when you book through Leisure Travel Services, you can make payments on your trips; it’s like vacation layaway, Franco said. To learn more, call Leisure Travel Services at (915) 568-7506. You can also find information on area attractions, ticket information and more at www. blissmwr.com/itr. cash in the bank If you’re looking to save money and reduce debt, the Financial Readiness Program at Army Community Service is the best place to begin. “I think the New Year is an opportunity for reflection
and for getting an idea of what you can do differently,” said Ana Hernandez, a financial readiness specialist with the program. “You can make small sets of changes that have a big impact as the year goes on.” The program’s four financial educators are ready to help you get on the right track, whether you’re a financial beginner who wants to learn how to budget and manage money or someone with a little more experience who’s looking at investing. Take advantage of weekly classes or make an appointment for one-on-one financial counseling. To take advantage of the Financial Readiness Program, learn more at www.blissmwr. com/frp or call ACS at (915) 568-1132. learn something new There are several ways to accomplish this resolution, but Outdoor Recreation might provide the path that’s most exciting. Explore climbing, camping, biking and more, no matter what your skill or experience level might be. “Our adventures are a great way to get acquainted with a new activity,” said Kenny Coppedge, Family and MWR’s outdoor recreation specialist. “When you come with us, you’re getting a guided adventure with experienced staff. We can tailor our trips to suit the needs of all of our participants, from the most novice to the most experienced, and still make sure everyone has a great time. It’s a safe way to try a new activity.” For more information on upcoming Outdoor Recreation activities, visit blissmwr. com or call (915) 433-9666. selfless service Another popular resolution is to help the less fortunate through volunteering. If you’d love to help but don’t know where to start, get in touch with the Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps. “When you do make a resolution to help people, you often benefit yourself,” said Tephanie Hopper, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. “Volunteering is rewarding to the organization you’re serving, but it often turns out to be more rewarding for you. “I always recommend that people see volunteering as a two-fold opportunity,” Hopper continued. “It’s a benefit to the underprivileged, but it’s a benefit to you as well. If you need help getting started, call us. We at the Army Volunteer Corps office are readily available to help you help others.”
There’s no better time to get involved: On Fort Bliss, 2011 has been designated the “Year of Volunteering,” and the Army Volunteer Corps’ “Resolve to Serve” campaign is in full swing. For more information, call the Army Volunteer Corps office at (915) 568-1132 or visit www.blissmwr.com/volunteer. get in shape Looking to get in shape or lose weight? From group exercise classes to personal trainers, the Family and MWR Sports and Fitness team has you covered. Spin classes and Zumba make sweating fun. Weight rooms, cardio equipment and more at six facilities mean a good workout is never far away. If you’re looking to assess your current fitness level and set new goals, check out the Microfit fitness assessment program. To learn more, stop by any of the gyms, or visit www.blissmwr.com. Climbing the career ladder If your New Year’s resolution was to find a better job, the first thing to do is take inventory of your job-search tools. “Organize all your paperwork – get your resume ready, and organize your transcripts, orders and letters of recommendation – and start the year with a positive attitude and a smile,” said Vanessa Carmichael, a program assistant with the Employment Readiness Program at ACS. The new year also provides a great opportunity to look at what industries have seen gains in employment over the past year. “Look at the market and see what industries are hot,” Carmichael said. “If you have the skills, apply, apply, apply! If not, go back to school and update your skills.” The staff at ERP can help you with job postings, career coaching, small and homebased business counseling and more. “At ERP, we are more than job seekers; we are career counselors. We will assess you and point you in the right direction, letting you know what the employers are seeking, what skills you need to develop and what financial and educational resources are available to you,” Carmichael said. Workshops addressing resume writing, career networking, federal employment and more can put you on an upwardly mobile trajectory. For more information, visit www.blissmwr.com/erp or call ACS at (915) 568-1132.
The Centennial breathes new life into an Army tradition Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing
You don’t need a passport to taste the world – just stop by the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center every Wednesday night for the new Beef and Burgundy. “Beef and Burgundy is an Army tradition, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. We wanted to revamp the program and make it appeal to a wider audience,” said Nolan Higdem, business manager at the Centennial. “We wanted to bring Beef and Burgundy to a new generation of the Army.” Higdem worked with the Centennial’s Chef Stephen Forsyth to create a new, exciting menu of four rotating theme nights that offer something for everyone. Check out Italian night, featuring chicken parmesan, a pasta bar with three sauce options and garlic bread, or enjoy schnitzel, bratwurst and sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes and gravy on German night. Salmon, crab cakes and linguini with clam sauce will round out the menu for seafood night, and Cajun night brings
diners a taste of the south with gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice. All meals include a salad bar and dessert station, along with complimentary wine ... and it all costs just $13.95 for adults. Pay half price for children ages 7-11; children ages 6 and under eat free. Every night features live entertainment and dancing. In January, B&B offers a special draw: An instructor from the El Paso Ballroom Dance Academy will be on hand at the Centennial to provide free dance lessons during Beef and Burgundy dinners. “Beef and Burgundy is an amazing value,” Higdem added. “Nowhere else in El Paso can you get dinner with wine, dancing and live entertainment for this price. You can’t beat it.” The new Beef and Burgundy menus launch Wednesday, January 5 with the German menu. Italian night follows on January 12, and Cajun night will be January 19. Seafood night will debut January 26. To make reservations, or for more information, call (915) 562-5969.
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Bobby Kaerwer, Underwood Golf Complex
While playing the game of golf, you play par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes. On the par 3s you are supposed to be on the green in one stroke, and two strokes are set aside for putting. On the Par 4 holes you are supposed to be on the green in two strokes, and two strokes are set aside for putting. On the par 5 holes you are supposed to be on the green in three strokes, and two strokes are set aside for putting. If you take two putts on every hole of an 18 hole golf course, that adds up to 36 strokes. Most courses have 72 as par for 18 holes. What is half of 72? Answer: 36. Half the strokes in a round of golf are set aside for putting. Are you a good putter? You better be if you expect your score to come down. If you tell yourself you are a bad putter, you will be a bad putter. Your goal in putting is to knock the ball in the hole in one and take no more than two strokes on every green. This goal can be reached provided you spend time practicing your putting.
Kaerwer is the head golf professional and manager of Gen. George V. Underwood Jr. Golf Complex. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sun Country Section of the PGA of America.
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Use imagery to improve performance on the lanes
Don Diego Aguilar II, USBC Silver Certified Coach
Imagery in sports is often overlooked and underutilized. When we think of the top athletes in the world or those who are at the top of their game, we often hear them use terms such as “the zone,” “slow motion” or “second nature.” Have you ever given any thought to what you hear or what you see while bowling? Bowling is seen as two sports in one: the recreational sport and the competitive performance sport. Performance enhancement imagery, when used daily prior to competition periods, should be rehearsed and performed mentally. The periods before competition should have an increased time of rehearsal to train the athlete to make all motions of the game second nature. The imagery serves to improve an individual’s focus of attention for both competition and recreation. Imagery will contribute a positive increase in performance readiness and positive thinking. Imagery can build experience and confidence in a bowler’s elements of the movie as the bowler becomes more experiability to perform certain skills under pressure and in tense enced and aware of the imagery or guided training practices. situations. Effective visualization techniques result Step seven: The bowler will focus on movements of the in vivid sport imagery experience in which the image to incorporate visual concepts during actual athlete has complete control over successful practice or tournament play. performances. By doing this, we will have trained and prepared How do you use imagery? Training one’s ourselves to experience a desired vision utilizing Beginners’ mind to perform is not as easy as 1-2-3, but it imagery. This will enable us to see the end result Special is as easy as visually guiding the mind from and the many facets of the vision. This will proColumbia White Dot Ball, start to finish. Guided training allows for one vide for the needed experience to calm, project and White Dot Bag and Raquel or Ricky Shoes to see what they are doing before they have heighten sensors that will enable enhanced perfordone it. Furthermore, taking the time to visualmance. $ ize the competition, the start or finish and overall The bowler will have the experience that he or she desired outcome, helps to promote inner peace while has done this before, and with success. The success will be the boosting confidence in the ability to perform. Imagery is performance and not necessarily the reward at the end of the simply this: the ability to train the mind to perform through performance. guided thoughts that will cause the body and mind to work For example, create images of: together to retrain and retain experiences. • Picking up the ball It’s in this that we must look to improve our game. As we • Establishing a good grip use imagery training and physical training, we will enable • Establishing the setup on approach ourselves to be informed and competitive bowlers, rather than • The initial move to approach just bowlers! • The timing of a sound approach Step one: The bowler must define the desired outcome. It is • The timing of the push away and swing best to start with smaller items of concern, that build a bigger • The initial moment of delivery picture. • The moment of delivery Step two: The bowling will focus train using images at key • The finishing post points throughout the day. Points of interest will be mornYou will notice that nowhere did I say the ball struck or the ing, midday and bedtime. Additional imagery training can be ball motion. The key of the drill was to establish, from begindone as time permits. ning to end, the movie of images. This, done in each phase, Step three: The bowler should build upon those images as creates a second nature for the bowler to repeat the movie over though they are the building blocks of design. and over, and change any element. The relation between the Step four: The bowler will evaluate mental preparedness movie and a level of performance helps to create the guideline by performing each visualization task from start to finish. – basically, using an athlete of choice (a role model) or using a Step five: The guided imagery will provide two outcomes coach’s keen eye to help establish a sound foundation to make for the bowler: one, the camera point of view and two, the comparison for correct movements. interpersonal point of view (through the bowler’s eyes). The end result? Second-nature movements will become Step six: The end result will be a movie that is playing in easier during actual bowling, without thought. one’s mind without any physical movement. The key is to see Aguilar is the manager of Desert Strike Lanes and is a certified IBPSIA advanced the total picture from start to finish while focusing on different technician and member. The Professional One Stop Pro Shop
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Crank up the adventure this winter and head for the hills with Outdoor Recreation! Climbing and ski trips abound, and one is sure to fit your schedule. For climbing, join ODR and head out to either Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site or Franklin Mountains State Park. The destination will depend upon the number of trip participants and park availability. If you’re not an experienced climber, don’t worry – all ages and experience levels are welcome. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy our adventures,” said Kenny Coppedge, outdoor recreation specialist. “On our climbing trip to Percha Creek, one of our guests brought his 4-year-old son, and everyone had a great time. We work to provide a safe, secure and fun environment, no matter what your experience level may be.” Climbing trips cost $25 each and include transportation, park fees, guide service and equipment usage. Each participant should bring water, food and appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking outside all day. Climbing trips will depart from the parking lot of the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199 on East Fort Bliss, at 8 a.m. the day of climbing TRIPS the event. If you’re more Saturday, January 15 • Saturday, January 29 inclined to hit Saturday, February 19 • Saturday, February 26 the slopes, join Sunday, March 20 skiing TRIPS Outdoor Rec as Saturday, January 8 • Sunday, January 23 they travel to Ski Apache in Saturday, February 5 • Saturday, March 12 Mescalero, N.M. Tickets cost $50 and include lift tickets and transportation. Equipment is not provided but may be rented from Ski Apache at a rate of $15 per day for skis and $22 per day for snowboards. Want to stay overnight? For an additional fee, ODR can help make arrangements for affordable lodging in nearby Ruidoso, N.M. Tickets for both climbing and skiing trips may be purchased at any Leisure Travel Services (ITR) location: Bldg. 1743, Victory Avenue; the PX Visitor’s Center; or the Soto Gym location . If you’re in the mood to choose your own adventure, Outdoor Recreation can help. Want to go climbing, camping or skiing? How about playing paintball or disc golf, or climbing a challenge tower? ODR can assist you in planning your adventure, no matter what your need may be. Outdoor Recreation can also help you make arrangements for a private group or unit activity, and will tailor the adventure to fit the needs and activity level of your party. For more information on any Outdoor Recreation program, call the outdoor recration specialist at (915) 433-9666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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At Framing Bliss, pick up a new hobby and save money, too
RV Park expansion add more space, improved facilities
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Looking to learn something new? If one of your resolutions was to pick up a new hobby, check out the classes offered by Framing Bliss. There are several steps involved in the framing process, and during the classes Michell Dooley, Framing Bliss manager and a certified framer, teaches them all. “In our class, you’ll learn how to measure frames and mats, mount pichobbyists to be able to save money tures – the correct ways of mounting any way they can, and we help them different items – how to cut the mats, do that any way we can, because the the backing, the glass,” Dooley said. “The people in our class will learn how whole point of doing it yourself is to save money.” to cut the frame and how UPCOMING She recommends to join the pieces. They’ll CLASSES framers start small and leave with a picture January 8 work their way up to that’s double-matted and January 22 larger projects. The staff framed. February 5 at Framing Bliss is always “People are surprised February 26 there to lend a hand, how much work actually March 12 Dooley noted. goes into the framing March 26 “We’ll help you learn process, once they learn,” April 9 anything once you get she added. “But the started,” she said. classes are also so much April 23 In addition to the fun.” scheduled Saturday classes, Dooley Framing classes are held every will set up special classes for groups other Saturday, except on holiday weekends, and cost $30 per person, or that request them, and is working $25 each for pairs. The cost includes all to provide different types of classes, like making wall art from scrapbook materials, equipment and instruction. supplies. The initial investment can lead to big “We’re also looking for volunsavings in the long run. teers to help with new ideas and “Framing items yourself can save new classes to offer,” she said. a lot of money. ... If you’ve got a lot For more information, call Framof stuff to frame, it’s totally worth it ing Bliss at (915) 568-5563 or visit to come in, learn the process and do www.blissmwr.com/framing. it yourself,” Dooley said. “I want our
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Just in case you missed the ribbon cutting and the RV Park’s big reveal, here’s your chance to read about it and make your reservations! The December 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony was the highlight for many. The expansion of the RV Park was much in demand. Sixty camping lots were added, along with a new bathhouse and laundry area, a dog-walking area and a new storage lot. Lay to rest any security concerns you may have; new cameras were also installed. Retirees, if you’re traveling and need a full-service rest stop, this RV Park will suit your “time-for-a-break” rest area needs during your travels. The park also provides temporary lodging for active-duty Soldiers who
are awaiting housing. If you’re attending the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, this $3.5 million NAF project can accommodate. “We listened to the population and fulfilled the needs with the growth,” said Family and MWR Director Mark Cauthers. The park generates revenue which benefits all authorized Family and
MWR patrons through expanded programs, renovations and equipment replacement. “This is a long-awaited project that will benefit Soldiers and Families – directly and indirectly,” said Lindy Sorrell, chief of Family and MWR’s Community Recreation Division. “We look forward to hosting more patrons with a larger park.”
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Personal trainers make your workout work for you Darline Goyea, Family and MWR Marketing
We all know it’s that time of year; we make all sorts of promises to the “got to get fit” gods and by Valentine’s Day, it all becomes a blur. Well, this is your chance to get physically fit and stay fit. Trainers are ready to take on your challenge. Tracy Gilreath, a physical fitness trainer at Soto Physical Fitness Facility on East Fort Bliss, was a police officer for 15 years. Her husband re-enlisted in the military, and she could not go from agency to agency with a PCS move every two to three years. Gilreath wanted to remain active. “Training was the next logical step for me,” said Gilreath. “It keeps me in shape too.” Presently, Gilreath trains seven-10 clients a week. “She’s a great motivator; she’s tough and you see results fast,” said LaShawn Barnes, a military spouse
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who trains with Gilreath twice a week. Gilreath also has a five to six person running group she trains for those who want to improve on their running. The runners group is a beginner’s class for running enthusiasts. Runners start off with no experience and progress to being able to run a 5k (which is approximately 3.1 miles) by the end of six weeks. And if runners are still interested, they can sign up at the intermediate level. Three times a week for an hour and a half, runners will be trained to run three-six miles at the end of eight weeks. There is someone right for you; male and female trainers are available at a time convenient for you. If you are serious and ready to give it your all this year, stop by any of the gyms on main post or East Fort Bliss to learn more about scheduling the services of a personal trainer.
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300 yards in a combination of breaststroke and freestyle techniques. The second part: Love to swim? Individuals must be able to master a surface Good at it? Here is an dive to a depth of seven-10 feet within 20 opportunity to hang out in the yards, retrieve a 10-pound brick, surface water and get paid doing it! while maintaining two hands on the brick Aquatics director Eddie Wiles and and exit the water without using steps or program manager Tiffany Mogen of- a ladder ... all in under one minute and 40 fer steps to becoming a lifeguard at seconds! any of the three community pools To receive certification, all participants on main post or at Biggs Water Park must attend all scheduled days of class. Ceron East Fort Bliss. tifications include CPR and AED (automatic “Not only do you have external defibrillator), valid for one year; and to know how to swim, but Lifeguard and First Aid training, valid for being comfortable in the three years. Lifeguard training also presents water is equally as impora variety of hands-on scenarios. tant,” said Wiles. “That’s just step one.” Upon completion of the course, lifeguards The American Red Cross offers a profescan then apply for employment with any of sional lifeguard training course – registration the Family and MWR community pools. Lifeis a must with Red Cross of El Paso. To enroll guards must be 16 years old for employment. in the four- or five-day course, participants Courses are given at Replica Pool for a $40 must meet a couple prerequisites: swimmers pool fee, which is reimbursed upon employmust be 15 years of age and be a proficient ment. Lifeguard training is open to residents swimmer. Registration comes with a $125 fee of Fort Bliss and El Paso community. to be paid to the American Red Cross. Classes for the 2011 are under way. For The next step to action is to pass a tworegistration information, visit www.redcrospart aquatic test. For example, swimmers selpaso.org. For class dates and times inforwill need to be able to swim continuously for mation, call Replica Pool at (915) 568-7431. Darline Goyea, Family and MWR Marketing
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Fort Bliss Intramural Coordinators CORPS LEAGUE 1-1AD, 2-1AD, 3-1AD, 4-1AD PAUL FERNANDEZ AVERY GUILLERMO (915) 744-5793 11TH BDE AND CAB JIM REYES (915) 568-7318 INDEPENDENT LEAGUE NATE LACOUR (915) 568-5198 (915) 202-7405 All teams must register with their intramural coordinators two weeks prior to a sport’s start date; all individual competitors must register with intramural coordinators one week prior to post championship.
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Maintaining physical fitness is not just a goal for adults. To the young adults who take part in Child, Youth and School Services’ Youth Sports and Fitness program, keeping fit and active is not only healthy, but fun too. The Health Fair in January will focus on mind, body and soul – this year YS is referring to it as “Triple Play.” This isn’t just another cliché for the teens, since Youth Sports and Fitness is sponsoring it. The CYSS Sports and Fitness team are devoted to empowering the children of the Fort Bliss community to make healthy, nutritional and physically fit decisions for themselves – and maybe even influence their Families. For more information on Youth Sports and Fitness, call (915) 5682617 or visit www.blissmwr.com/ youthsports.
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SKIES opens new gymnastic and dance center Darline Goyea, Family and MWR Marketing
Child ,Youth and School Services’ SKIESUnlimited is known for its fun-impacted programs and activities, but the Fort Bliss location recently acquired a location that has allowed them to double in space – which means classes can now double in size! The new facility, located in Bldg. 131, Doniphan Road, is a repurposed school-age center and comprises a gymnastics room, dance room and babysitting training room, along with training space for the CYSS staff. The gymnastics room is an almost 3,000-square-foot room with balance beams, bars and tumbling mats. “I’m very proud of this program because it represents Fort Bliss outside the Fort Bliss community,” said Joy Clickener, SKIES instructional program specialist. Due to space constraints, class sizes were kept to a minimum. Now, with this expansion, hopes are to increase the number of participants and provide more options to Families. For $35 a month, every Tuesday and Thursday, youngsters can take part at one of three levels of gymnastics, starting at age 6. “I’m most proud of the gymnastics program because I taught gymnastics for 15 years at different bases,” said Clickener. “Tumble Tots,” a younger version of gymnastics, is also available for 3- to 5-year-olds. Power tumbling for ages 7 and older (flooronly gymnastics) offers older kids
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to improve on any previous skills. A “Tots Moms and Me” class provides oneon-one time with infants and toddlers (18 months to age 3) with parents who would like to get their children familiar with the beginning stages of gymnastics. The additional space allowed expansion of the dance and babysitting training rooms. CYSS trainings have
now found a home at the facility. For any participation in any SKIES classes or activities, registration with Fort Bliss Parent Central Services is required. For more information on gymnastic classes and other classes offered through SKIES, contact a representative at (915) 569-7732 or visit www.blissmwr.com/skies.
Calling all teens and in between. If you are looking for a place to hang out, let loose, and have fun, the Milam Youth Activity Center – located on East Bliss Haan Road – is the place to be. The MYAC features a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy ... if you are in sixth grade or older. Activities include Coffee House Night, where teens can get up on stage and sing, read poetry, and play musical instruments live. Parents, you are welcome to sit amongst the crowd and enjoy in-house coffee as well, but remember, this is for the teens. “I really want these kids to own this place,” said Susan Goss, MYAC director. The Cooking Club is run by Cee Cee Blount (Ms. Cee Cee, as she’s referred to by the teens), a child and youth program assistant who teaches teens – in the fully-equipped kitchen – how to cook and explore their culinary side. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I grew up military; my kids grew up military at the same center,” said Blount. Ms. Cee Cee also runs the TORCH and Keystone programs. Keystone is a teen program that offers leadership development, by providing young people an opportunity to participate and focus in three areas: academics success, career preparation and community service.
There’s also the “Go Girls” club. MYAC provides a safe place for young girls to explore and discuss many issues they may face in today’s world. The club is a mentorship program where young girls get educated on a healthy lifestyle, self-confidence and success through group discussions. The young men also have a similar curriculum that is a Boys’ and Girls’ Club of America-based program: the “Passport to Manhood” club, a syllabus of resources for promoting positive values and responsible behavior for young men ages 11-14. This club is run by Wally Hildreth, another CYPA at the facility. Hildreth also facilitates gym programs, extreme sports and tournaments. Some of the physicallychallenging ventures include a rockclimbing wall, archery, dance, a full basketball court, weights, hiking, disc golf, paintball and the Tango Tower. “It’s really cool. I just love what we’re able to do here,” said Goss. Among other cool activities available
at the MYAC are field trips, a state-ofthe-art studio for those who want to expound on their musical talents and a Gamers’ Den, where a variety of video games are housed for hours of friendlycompetition. MYAC even offers gaming tournaments! Teens may also participate in the 4H and EDGE clubs. The 4H club provides young people a platform for discussing their interests and the staff determines what project would best suit their desires. It’s a way for the youth to be a productive part of the community by giving back with activities such as hosting special events for Families, visiting and helping those in need and organizing and participating in campaigns such as bullying prevention, drug awareness and so much more. The EDGE club (Experience, Develop, Grow and Excel), provides out-ofschool opportunities for 11- to 18-yearolds by participating in activities that encompass four broad interest areas in one-month sessions: art, fitness, life and adventure. Current projects that the facility teens are working on include creating a quilt to be donated to the wounded warriors. “Our goal is to make them feel part of the community,” said Goss. So parents, if you are new to the community and want to get your teens involved– in a safe, educational environment – MYAC is a great place to start. For more information on programs, clubs, activities and hours of operation, visit www.blissmwr.com.
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Now that the holidays have passed, the wrapping paper has been recycled and the bills begin to roll in ... and millions of Americans read over their credit card statements in disbelief, wondering, “What was I thinking?” No wonder, then, that managing debt and saving money often appear on lists of New Year’s resolutions – but moving from idea to implementation can be difficult, and that’s where the Financial Readiness Program at Army Community Service comes in. A staff of financial professionals is waiting to help members of the Fort Bliss community define and attain their financial goals. “Going into the new year, you think about starting fresh, starting new,” said Ana Hernandez, a financial readiness specialist with the program. “New Year’s is a good time to review what you have and what you have accomplished, financially speaking. If you are happy, let’s continue what you’re doing or do a bit more. For example, maybe you’ve had some hiccups along the way and you’ve kind of neglected your credit, so this year your focus is to clean up your credit.” If you’re not happy with where you stand financially, now’s the time to make plans for what you want to accomplish and set goals for the upcoming year, she added. One of the keys to starting off the new year on the right foot financially is to not get into debt over the holidays, she said. If it’s too late for that, Hernandez said, now’s the time to prepare for the next round of festivities. “If you didn’t have a good savings for the holiday season, go ahead and open an account that is strictly for Christmas and start building,” she said. “Even if it’s just $25 per pay period, start putting into that account now.” A solid savings habit is important to overall financial health, Hernandez noted. “Ideally, we want to have a savings of three to six months of living expenses put back,” she said. “If you don’t have that, now’s a good time to start. I’m a fan of opening an account at a different institution than where you have your main
household account because otherwise, it’s too easy to make that transfer when you feel a little bit of a pinch. That’s not really saving, if you’re putting in every month, but then every month you’re pulling back out. “We are our own worst enemies when it comes to savings,” Hernandez added. Budgeting is another way to help rein in expenses and find ways to save. Putting everything down on paper can help one get a better idea of where the money is going. “Really pay attention to where you’re spending your money,” Hernandez said. “Track it. Print out one month’s bank statement and see what your expenses are. ... Put them into categories and you can really get a good picture of how much you’re spending, and where, so you can see ‘Oh my god, I didn’t realize I was spending $400 a month eating out!’ and cut back.” Once someone knows where the money is going, she said, they can begin to make adjustments. “Do your budget and figure out where you can cut back,” Hernandez said. “Can you cut $20 from your cell phone bill? Can you cut $20 from your grocery bill? Can we cut back on electricity, conserve energy and save 20 bucks? That’s $60 a month right there, if you’re willing to make those changes. ... These are small things we can all do, we just have to have the discipline to do them. I’m a big fan of taking small bites to get your final destination.”
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If cleaning up your credit is your goal, Financial Readiness can help with that, too. “Pull your credit report through annualcreditreport.com and see what’s on it,” Hernandez said. “If this is your first time and you don’t know how to read it, come into ACS. There are four financial educators, and that’s what we’re here to do: help you.” Reading a credit report and disputing any incorrect information can be a complicated process, she noted. “If you’re fearful of doing it alone, schedule some time to come in – it’s not a quick procedure – but allow some time and we can show you how do that,” Hernandez said. “We’re here to meet the needs of the Soldiers,” she added. “We offer classes every single week, and we have four financial educators on staff ready to meet with you. Our goal is to make sure that our Soldiers, Families, retirees and civilians working on the installation achieve their financial goals.” Classes offered cover topics including budgeting, saving, investing, real estate, consumer awareness, car buying, identity theft and more. There’s also a representative of Consumer Credit Counseling Services on hand to help with debt management. To schedule an appointment with one of the program’s financial educators, call (915) 568-1132. For more information on the program, visit www.blissmwr.com/ frp.
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have. We’ll go out to the units, or to anyone who invites us. We’ll do ACS briefings for Do you need to make a copy, or send a anyone who requests one.” fax? Maybe you need to find a phone book, Briefings generally last between 30 or want to sign up for a class offered by minutes and an hour and cover the many one of the programs at Army Community programs and services offered by ACS as a Service? The friendly staff at ACS’ Informawhole, but can be tailored to fit the needs of tion, Referral and Outreach can help Soldiers, the unit or to focus on a specific ACS service Family members, retirees, DoD civilians, and or program.” Reservists and Guardsmen from any branch. Information and Referral serves as a one“Information and Referral serves as the stop shop for ACS clients. 411 for ACS services, and the Fort Bliss and “We’re the funnel,” Gonzalez explained. El Paso communities,” said Sally Gonzalez, “Everyone comes in through us and then we the program manager. “We’re responsible send them out and make sure they’re going for maintaining any type of information that in the right direction. We refer them to the a Soldier would need to help them in any programs they need, and sometimes it’s not way.” here at ACS – sometimes it’s outside. We In addition to maintaining a resource provide information about WIC, food stamps file that’s continually being updated and and other off-post agencies, as well.” expanded, and offering a welcome packet Another service offered through IR&O, staff saw about 12,000 clients in the month that includes a wealth of information, IR&O the unit service coordinator program, alof November – more than four times the offers several services at the ACS front desk. lows military units the same one-stop-show number seen per month at the beginning of “We send and receive faxes for Soldiers, the year – and fielded even more phone calls, approach when setting up training for their for free, with a limit of 20 pages per client, there are still people who aren’t aware of the Soldiers. per day,” Gonzalez said. “There’s nowhere Pam Thomas, the unit service coordinator, benefits they’re missing out on because they else on post that does it for free. We have serves as a liaison between units and ACS don’t utilize IR&O or Army Community Internet access that’s open to the public so services. Service as a whole. they can come in and use the Internet, and “If a unit or family readiness group need “We are really, really trying to reach out to the computers are CAC-ready and connected the part of the community that doesn’t come multiple briefings – financial, employment, to a printer. Army Family Team Building – instead of “The copy machine is open to authorized on post,” Gonzalez said. “There’s a portion calling the individual programs, they can that just doesn’t use the services, and I don’t ACS users as well,” she continued. “There’s call the unit service coordinator, who can ... think that they realize the treasure trove of a limit of 20 pages, but if a client brings their coordinate with the different programs. The services that we offer here.” own paper, they can may make additional intent is to streamline how we do business so That’s where the outreach portion of copies.” that it’s less hectic for them, and makes it a IR&O comes in. There are also public phones that have One of the outreach projects the program little bit easier for us,” Thomas said. DSN connections, so clients can make local By covering all of these bases, the staff is involved in is helping present the quarterly and toll-free calls, as well as calls using the ACS Open Houses. Event organizers hope to at Information, Referral and Outreach sees Defense Switched Network. every client that walks through the door make these open houses different; in“That’s helpful to the Soldiers when they or picks up the phone to call Army stead of plain Jane information need to call other installations, especially Learn Community Service ... making those overseas,” Gonzalez noted. “Our faxes tables, the ACS Open Houses more at the them very busy. will feature fun activities, are also DSN-capable, so they can fax overACS Open House, “Information and Referral food and entertainment. seas as well.” are the go-to people; if you The first one, scheduled The Information and Referral staff mem“See What You’re Missing,” have a question, you ought bers are also commissioned to serve as notary for 9 a.m.-noon January Thursday, January 20. to be able to call. And if they 20, is “See What You’re publics, she said, so they are able to perform Call (915) 568-1132 don’t have the answer, they Missing,” and will feature simple notarizations. Complicated notarizafor more better be pointing you in the a scavenger hunt, a meet tions are referred to the Legal Assistance information. right direction,” Thomas said. and greet with Garrison ComOffice. As with all of the IR&O services, the “I’m so proud of my staff, because mander Col. Joseph A. Simonelli notary service is free. they go above and beyond every day,” Jr., door prizes, entertainment from “Everything is free – it’s awesome that Gonzalez said. “They go out of their way to Chapin High School and more. we’re able to offer these services to our Other outreach activities take the Informa- find answers. They really do have a heart for Soldiers and Family members at no charge,” the client. What I love about the staff is that Gonzalez said. “I’ve had Soldiers and Family tion and Referral staff out of the building. they’re compassionate; they’re empathetic. “We’ve gone to schools, we go on post, members say, ‘Man, if I only knew you did Sure, they get tired, and at times they get faxes for free, I would have come here a long we go off post,” Gonzalez said. “We have burned out because they have to do so much information tables where we display ACS time ago.’ The fact that everything is free is multitasking, but they always do the best program flyers, brochures and promotional the thing that blows their minds.” items, and answer any questions people may they can for our clients. They are amazing.” Although the Information and Referral Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing
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Make a resolution to make Fort Bliss better
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Tephanie Hopper, Army Volunteer Corps Coordiantor
Have you ever thought of resolving to truly help others in your community? Each year, people all over the world make resolutions to help themselves. They make commitments to drop bad habits or make other popular changes of lifestyles such as improving their health, getting out of debt, or changing careers. Have you ever thought about doing your part to help the Fort Bliss community? The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps is embarking on promoting and expanding volunteering opportunities so that together we can make great changes in our community; in other words, “Resolve to Serve.” The 2011 Year of Volunteering will enable us to make the Everyone Fort Bliss community a great place for our Soldiers and their 1 1 invited 0 2 is Bliss Families throughout the year. The events and outreach activiort F to the Volunteering lly ties planned for the 2011 Year of Volunteering will promote the of off Ra Year unity Kick ry 13 value of volunteering within our community and heighten an a m Com day, Janu .m. appreciation for the volunteers who come forward to make a difs p r u 0 :3 Th a.m.-1 ssing ference in the everyday life of Soldiers, Family members, retirees 0 3 : 1 o 1 ent! om Cr and civilians of our installation. Freed entertainm fun & When you commit to making a difference in the commuFood, nity through resolving to serve during this year of volunteering, we are sure to accomplish the following 2011 Year of Volunteering goals: • Empower volunteer organizations and enhance the quality of volunteering • Increase awareness of the value and importance of volunteering, • Increase recognition of volunteers and volunteer activities. So as you go forward into 2011 with a commitment to improve your life include a commitment to helping others of your community: “Resolve to Serve.”
RESOLVE TO SERVE WEEKEND PROJECT - JANUARY 15 Volunteers are the heart of the West Texas Food Bank’s operations. It relies on volunteers to inspect, sort, shelve and distribute donated food. When you donate your time to the West Texas Food Bank, you become a partner in the fight against hunger. We will spend the morning of January 15, from 8 a.m.noon, volunteering at the West Texas Food Bank. The El Paso Rescue Mission assists with people’s physical needs of food, clothing, shelter, counseling, education, vocational, training and placement. Three meals per day are served to residents and guests of the Rescue Mission. We will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Rescue Mission on January 15. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m., lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. You will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift. Space is limited to 15 people per meal, so sign up to serve today! For more information, or to sign up for either of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps office at (915) 568-1132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Change the World, Volunteer!
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Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing
The Fort Bliss Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is ringing in the new year with new leadership. Sgt. Elizabeth Lozano, president, and Pfc. Chasidey Ricks, vice president, are ready to get Fort Bliss’ single Soldiers out of the barracks and off the couch. “We’re trying to reach all of our Soldiers – every single one of them – even the barracks rats and the couch potatoes,” Lozano said. “I want to get them involved; I want them involved with their fellow Soldiers and with the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities.” “We’re really fired up about the programs we have planned for our Soldiers,” Ricks said. “There are going to be a lot of exciting opportunities coming up.” A skate party at Rollerbomb in El Paso is set for 3-6 p.m. January 17. Admission costs $5 and includes skating, pizza and a beverage, and transportation. Pre-registration is required; call (915) 538-5835 for information. Tentatively scheduled activities include a January 14 trip to Carlsbad Caverns, a soul food party January 15, and a movie and game night January 16. In February, BOSS plans a ski trip to Ruidoso, N.M. Dates are currently set for February 18-21. A March 18-21 trip to San Antonio is on the books. Activities will include time at Six Flags over Texas or Sea World, depending on interest. More events will come together as the team does the same. For more information, call the BOSS program at (915) 538-5835 or (915) 744-5792, or visit www.blissmwr.com/boss.
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FORT BLISS & FAMILY AND MWR FACILITIES FRED WILSON RD
JEB STUART SOUTH
ON GER ST
RD ON ONT AS PLE
ROBERT E. LEE GATE
ROBERT E. LEE RD
GATEWAY BLVD NORTH
El Paso International Airport
GATEWAY BLVD SOUTH
LOCATIONS WITH WI-FI
LEIGH FISHER BLVD
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JEB STUART RD
SLATER RD PERSHING RD
SHERIDAN RD CLUB RD
EL PASO, TEXAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
JEB STUART RD
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A Little Bit of Bliss Gift Shop Adjutant General American Red Cross Armed Services YMCA Army Community Service Army Lodging Fort Bliss Automotive Skills Center/Auto Crafts Bowling Center/Desert Strike Lanes Car Wash, Scuds & Suds Chaplain Child Development Center, Main Civilian Personnel Office VAN BUREN AVE Commissary Community Pool Defense Military Pay Office MONROE AVE Family and MWR Headquarters Fort Bliss Museum and Study Center Framing Bliss Garrison Command Hospital: WMAMC McKINLEY AVE Information Ambulance Appointments TRICARE Service Center Red Cross Housing On-Post/Balfour Beatty 1991 Off-Post FORT BLVDCenter In-Processing/Welcome Inspector General Kelly Park Legal Assistance Leisure Travel Services (ITR) Mainstreet Expresso Micekelsen Community Library Milam Fitness Center Military Police Station
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Bridge to East Fort Bliss/Biggs Army Airfield
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EAST FORT BLISS
EAST FORT BLISS LEGEND
DR DES IRO OLD
GENERAL HARMON GATE
SERGEANT MAJOR BLVD
SGT E CHURCHILL
SGT MARKLE MSG R MILLER
SGT C THOMAS
GLOBAL REACH GATE
EL PASO, TEXAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
SERGEANT MAJOR BLVD
MSG R MILLER
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El Paso International Airport
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ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE
Bldg. 2494, Ricker Road
Bldg. 20751, Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss
Bldg. 2930, Cassidy Road
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LOGAN HEIGHTS PFC
Bldg. 4797, Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights
BIG ED’S GYM
Bldg. 2, Basement, Sheridan Road
Bldg. 11251, Biggs Street, East Bliss
Bldg. T20700, Sergeant Major Boulevard, East Fort Bliss
TENNIS CLUB & FITNESS ZONE
Bldg. 262, Club Road
Bldg. 250, Club Road
Bldg. 5035, Dickman Road
GYMS & FITNESS FACILITIES
FOOD, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT CENTENNIAL CLUB
Bldg. 11199, Sergeant Major Boulevard, East Fort Bliss
UNDERWOOD GOLF COMPLEX & GOLDEN TEE
Bldg. 3191, Coe Avenue, Logan Heights
DESERT STRIKE LANES
Bldg. 2949, Ricker Road
FORT BLISS ROD & GUN CLUB
Bldg. 3730, Railroad Drive & Deer Street, Northeast El Paso (915) 565-4867/568-2983
Bldg. 11388, Sergeant Major Boulevard, East Fort Bliss
Bldg. 2, E-Wing, Basement, Pershing Circle
Bldg. 4130, Ellerthorpe Road
Bldg. 820, Marshall Road
AUTOMOTIVE SKILLS CENTER
Bldg. 820, Marshall Road
LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES-MAIN
Bldg. 1743, Victory Road
LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES-PX KIOSK
Bldg. 1611, Main Post Exchange, Marshall Road
OLD FORT BLISS MUSEUM
Bldg. 5054, Pershing Road & Pleasonton Road
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CHILD, YOUTH & SCHOOL SERVICES FACILITIES CYSS PARENT CENTRAL
Bldg. 1743, Victory Avenue
CYSS PARENT CENTRAL SATELLITE OFFICE
Bldg. 503B, Pershing Road
Bldg. 1730, Pleasonton Road
Bldg. 3500, Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights
Bldg. 3503, Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights
Bldg. 11898, Sheridan Road
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Bldg. 11898, Hann Road, East Fort Bliss
Bldg. 195, Chaffee Road
MILAM YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER
Bldg. 10960, Haan Road, East Fort Bliss
SKIESUnlimited - Main
Bldg. 3508, Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights
SKIESUnlimited - Gymnastic CENTER FAMILY CHILD CARE (FCC)
Bldg. 1730, Victory Road
SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
Bldg. 503B, Pershing Road
Bldg. 1744, Victory Road
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SCUDS & SUDS CAR WASH
Bldg. 197, Doniphan Road
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Bldg. 5016, Room 111, Dickman Road
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