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VOLUME THIRTEEN | ISSUE THREE

WELCOME TO FORT BLISS FROM THE DIRECTOR

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This summer issue is SO busy we have two magazine covers! Our first cover features Maj. Matt Beall, his wife and their girls. They recently moved into military housing and were gracious enough to pose for the Bliss NOW magazine. Second cover features Maurice NitschkeBinder of the German Schuplattler Dance Group. We hope this cover gets you as excited for Oktoberfest as we are! This is an event packed issue with summer fun-times.

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Welcome to your BlissNow magazine! This summer edition is filled with wonderful information on events and venues for you to get out and enjoy. In this issue we are highlighting Group Fitness, the Relocation Fair, German American Night Run and of course, our popular Oktoberfest. This entire period is filled with our wonderful team providing the services to our community members. Of note, many of our team members signed up for these positions because of the service nature within. In addition, many of our staff are spouses of a service member or are veterans themselves and they all know the reason we serve those who serve. Family and MWR is committed to the service culture and being the tip of innovation for the Installation Command. Side note: Popsicles, a popular summer treat, were accidentally invented by an 11-year-old boy in San Francisco in 1905. He left a glass of soda, with a stirring stick, sitting outside and by the next morning the soda had frozen. Have a fun season and enjoy all that Fort Bliss, El Paso and beyond have to offer. See you out there!

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BY FAMILY AND MWR MARKETING

MARKETING MANAGER Michele Wiernicki MARKETING ASSISTANTS Sarrah Morgan Rachelle Phillips WRITER / EDITOR Natalie Hinojos GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kenny Broomfield Raymond Sanchez VISUAL PRODUCTION MARKETING Chris Bohn SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Marlo Brestar OFFICE MANAGER Martina Grise 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 about any facility, please call the appropriate number found in the directory on page 54. Family and MWR Marketing is located in Building 12, Pershing Road, Fort Bliss, TX 79916 and may be reached at 915-568-6741. JUL | AUG | SEP

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CONTENTS 56 THIRD ANNUAL CARDBOARD REGATTA

In the Spotlight Army Trials 2017 Time to tap the keg & pull the cork!

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Why is Oktoberfest in September?

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Bowl your way specials Winner’s Circle Back to School Summer Camps

CALENDARS 07 11 15 36 41 42

July Events August Events September Events Outdoor Recreation Youth Sports Intramural Sports

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Adventure awaits ... Behind the Scenes: Group Fitness

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German American Oktoberfest Night Run

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A read to dogs Works of art gives boost Experience the culture ¡Bienvenidos!

POSSIBILITIES!

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NRA PISTOL INSTRUCTORS

SWING INTO ACTION!

REGULARS 03 21 50 54

Full of absolute fun and endless

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

FEATURES 20 22 23

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Director’s Note Milo Speaks Fort Bliss Maps FMWR Phone Directory

A PCS STORY ...

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Goes The Featuring

THE EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TUESDAY, JULY 4 BIGGS PARK • 11388 SERGEANT MAJOR BLVD. Gates at 4pm • Cannon Salute to the Union 5:30pm followed by the Sun City Brass Quintet El Paso Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm • Fireworks Immediately Following Performance •

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15 Reading: Scavenger Hunt 15 Summer 11am-12pm | Mickelsen Library the Book 15 Cook 4-5:30pm | Mickelsen Library Day Out 15 Parents 1-11pm | Milam CDC & Milam SAC Camp 17-20 Cheerleading 9-11am & 12-2pm | SKIESUnlimited Information Exchange 18 Spouse 9am-3pm | Family Resilience Center Hour 21 Yappy 6-8pm | Sam Adams Pub Patio on the Lawn: “Beauty & the Beast” 22 Movies 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library Bliss 27 Bunco 6-8pm | Pershing Pub Functions Made Easy 28 Formal 9-11am | Trading Post Reading End of Program Party 29 Summer 11am-2pm | Mickelsen Library

ONGOING EVENTS Group Tennis Class for Beginners Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:30-10am Tennis Club Intro to Amigurumi July 1, 8 & 15: 11am-1pm Mickelsen Community Library Bliss Bowl Jubliee Sundays: 12-2pm Mondays & Tuesdays: 2-4pm and 6-8pm Desert Strike Lanes 4 Can Play Thursdays: 7-10pm Desert Strike Lanes

Monthly Calendar

Movies on the Lawn: “Ghostbusters” 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library

Do-It-Yourself Auto Safety Orientation Wednesdays, Thursdays: 6-6:30pm Saturdays: 8-8:30am Auto Crafts Center

EVENTS THIS JULY

1 in July Sale 1 Christmas 7am-5pm | Underwood Golf Complex Basic Metallic Cartridge Course 2 NRA 8am-5pm | Rod and Gun Club Goes the Fort 4 Pop 4pm | Biggs Park Photography 1-1 6 & 8 Digital 7/6: 5-8pm, 7/8: 10am-3pm | Hobby Shop Book Buzz 6 & 20 EFMP: 10-11:30am | Family Resilience Center on the Lawn: “Moana” 8 Movies 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library Reading: Brunch Design 8 Summer 11am-12pm | Mickelsen Library & Senior Open Golf Tourney 8-9 Men’s 7am-4pm | Underwood Golf Complex VIII Camp 10-14 Survivor 8am-1pm | Replica Youth Center Fun in the Sun 14 EFMP: 9-11am | Biggs Splash Park Summer Reading: T-shirts 11am-12pm | Mickelsen Library

Wagon Trails Market Fridays: 4-6pm Old Fort Bliss Replica Kids Play for $5 Monday - Friday: All day Underwood Golf Complex Early Bird Golf Monday - Friday: 6-9am Underwood Golf Complex

Spouse Information Exchange July 18 • August 22 October 17 • 9am-3pm Family Resilience Center • 250 Club Rd • 569-5500 Free On-site Childcare and Lunch Provided Register online: bliss.armymwr.com search “Relocation Readiness” www.bliss.armymwr.com

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EVENTS THIS

JULY

COOK THE BOOK

15 Grab your friends and head to the Pershing Pub Thursday, July 27 at 6 p.m. for Bunco Bliss! This fast-paced dice game puts players against each other until one team rolls the correct combination and yells BUNCO! The cost is $15 and includes snacks and prizes. The bar will be open for those players 21 and older. This event is open to patrons 18 and older. Payment is due at the door, but reservations are suggested to ensure a seat. The Pershing Pub is located at 243 Club Road. For more information and reservations call 915-781-6809. page 8

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Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Then grab your apron and sign up for Cook the Book Saturday, July 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Mickelsen Community Library. The Library will pick the cookbook, you select and make the recipe, then share the finished products. This month’s theme is one pan meals. See the adult circulation desk to select your recipe and sign up. For more information, call 915-568-1902.

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EFMP: BOOK BUZZ

EFMP enrolled Families, come join us for a summer book club adventure into the world of Eric Carle books from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6 and July 20 at the Family Resilience Center. Each Book Buzz meeting will be a new book adventure storytime and craft activity. The first five Families who register and attend, will receive a free Eric Carle book. For more information or to sign up, call 915-5694227, ext. 5.

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MWR CALENDAR Spouses, come learn what Fort Bliss has to offer, as you explore this new journey. The Spouse Information Exchange will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the Family Resilience Center, located at 250 Club Road. Topics include schools, housing, medical, local attractions and more. Registration is required. To register visit www.bliss.armymwr.com, search Info. Exchange. For more information, call 915-569-5500.

SPOUSE INFO. EXCHANGE

18 Learn the fundamentals of good digital photography with Mike Stevens, El Paso Art Association in a two-day workshop, Thursday, July 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hobby Shop, located at 820 Marshall Road. Fee is $25, it includes instruction and supplies. Registration is required and can be done at Auto Crafts. It’s open to all Veterans, Active Duty, Retirees, DoD ID card holders and Family members ages 15 and older. For more information, call 915-568-5563 or 915-892-3131. www.bliss.armymwr.com

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POP GOES THE FORT

Celebrate this momentous occasion with Family and MWR Tuesday, July 4, beginning at 4 p.m. at Biggs Park. The event will kick off with a cannon salute to the Union at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Sun City Brass Quintet. The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will be performing at 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display! Enjoy a day of entertainment, activities and more with Family and friends! Guests are welcome to bring picnic baskets, coolers, lawn chairs and blankets; but remember there is no outside alcoholic beverages, glass containers or pets allowed at the park. Food trucks will be available and an ATM is located inside Biggs Park for your convenience. Pop Goes the Fort is sponsored by USAA and the El Paso Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners and Navy Federal Credit Union. For more information about the event, call 915-588-8247.

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Monthly Calendar

Fort Bliss Hiring Fair 9am-1pm | Centennial Biggs Laser Tag 8-11pm | Biggs Park Right Arm Night 4-9pm | Pershing Pub NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course 8am-1pm | Rod and Gun Club TX License to Carry Course 8am-5pm | Rod and Gun Club Movies on the Lawn: “Star Wars: Episode IV” 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library Spouse Information Exchange 9am-3pm | FRC Bienvenidos A Bliss Relocation Fair 1-5pm | Centennial Intro to Pyrography 10am-12pm | Mickelsen Library Cardboard Regatta 1pm | Community Pool High Stakes Bingo 4:30-9:30pm | Centennial

ONGOING EVENTS Group Tennis Class for Beginners Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:30-10am Tennis Club

Kids Play for $5 Monday - Friday: All day Underwood Golf Complex

4 Can Play Thursdays: 7-10pm Desert Strike Lanes

Early Bird Golf Monday - Friday: 6-9am Underwood Golf Complex

Paws for Reading Every Wednesday: 4-5pm Mickelsen Community Library

Do-It-Yourself Auto Safety Orientation Wednesdays, Thursdays: 6-6:30pm Saturdays: 8-8:30am Auto Crafts Center

Wagon Trails Market Fridays: 4-6pm Old Fort Bliss Replica

EVENTS THIS AUGUST

1 Fit Fest 5 Fall 9:30-11:30am | Soto PFC on the Lawn: “E.T.” 5 Movies 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library & Paddle Clinic: Kayaking Basics 5 Roll 1-3pm | Aquatics Training Center & Cork: Craft Beer and Wine Fest 5-6 Tap Sat: 2-10pm & Sun: 12-6pm | Centennial tickets go on sale 7 Oktoberfest All Day | LTS and eventbrite.com Hour 11 Yappy 6-8pm | Sam Adams Pub Patio club 12 Brushstrokes 2pm | Mickelsen Library on the Lawn: “Lego Batman” 12 Movies 8:30pm | Mickelsen Library Screen Printing 12 Poster 10am-3pm | Hobby Shop Swim & Camping 12-13 Summer Weekend | Balmorrhea State Park Fort Bliss Education Fair 9-11:30am | Centennial

Family Day at the Wall Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 12-5pm Soldier Activity Center

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AUGUST

HIRING FAIR

Have a friendly pup? Then, bring them out to Yappy Hour! Come out and enjoy delicious burgers and cold drinks available for purchase from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the Sam Adams Pub Patio. There will be prizes and pet snacks too! The event is located at 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill Street inside the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. There will be games for you and your four-legged friend. For more information, call 915-569-7294.

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YAPPY HOUR

Join Outdoor Recreation in the beginners Roll and Paddle Kayaking Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Aquatics Training Center. Rolling is one of the essential kayaking techniques that can make paddling enjoyable by reducing the fear and hassle of swimming in white water. Learn the basic movements in a calm environment and have a blast while doing it! Sign up now with Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation. The cost is $15 and includes kayaks, skirts, personal flotation devices and paddles. Registration is on a first-come, firstserved basis and can be done at the Soldier Activity Center. For more information, call 915-744-1532. page 12

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Looking for a job? Then, make sure you stop by the Hiring Fair Thursday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. The event is free, open to Active Duty Soldiers, Family members, Retirees and DoD ID card holders. You must present your Military ID card in order to enter. Dress to impress and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, call 915-569-5838.

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FALL FIT FEST

Join Fort Bliss Group Fitness as they showcase multiple Dance Fitness and Cardio style classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at Soto PFC. These classes are available in the Group Fitness calendar. This two-hour workshop is free for all DoD ID card holders ages 12 and older. For more information, call 915-744-5800.

RIGHT ARM NIGHT

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Fort Bliss, are you ready for free appetizers and great drink specials? If so, stop by the Pershing Pub from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 during Right Arm Night. This is a great event to unwind after a long week. Right Arm Night is proudly sponsored by Sunland Park Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and First Command. For more information, call 915-781-6809. www.bliss.armymwr.com

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INTRO TO PYROGRAPHY Join Mickelsen Community Library Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Makerspace for Intro to Pyrography (wood burning). Participants will learn new techniques using various wood burning tools. A small practice piece of wood and a designated craft item(s) will be provided to each attendee. This month’s piece will be a rolling pin. The fee is $5 cash. Registration is required, payment reserves your spot. Limited to 5 participants, ages 18 and older. All participants must go over a safety orientation with staff prior to using the wood burning tools. For more information, call 915-568-6156.

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BIGGS PARK 11388 SGT. MAJOR BLVD.

SEPT.8-10 AGES 18&UP

FRI&SAT (ONLY 1,500 TICKETS EACH DAY)

GATES OPEN AT 6PM

FAMILY DAY

SUNDAY

(FREE FAMILY DAY // ALL AGES)

FESTIVITIES 12-5PM

$35

INCLUDES: AUTHENTIC GERMAN MEAL & COLLECTIBLE BEER STEIN

ADMISSION OPEN

TO PUBLIC

PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TAP AND CORK CRAFT BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL AUG. 5, 2-6pm ($5 OFF THE FIRST 100 TICKETS SOLD)

TICKETS AVAILABLE AUG. 7 on eventbrite.com or at Fort Bliss Leisure Travel Services locations

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL THREE DAYS BY:

TERRY CAVANAGH AND THE ALPINE EXPRESS THE GERMAN AIR FORCE SCHUHPLATTLER DANCE GROUP

INFO: 915.568 .6741 GROUP SALES: 915.568 .6078

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SPORTS, FITNESS AND AQUATICS

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White Sands Camping Weekend | White Sands National Park NRA Basic Metallic Reloading Course 8am-5pm | Rod and Gun Club Oktoberfest Fri & Sat: 6pm, Sun:12-5pm | Biggs Park Clay 1: Wheel Pottery 10am-3pm | Hobby Shop Child Range Orientation Class 2-3pm | Rod and Gun Club Roll & Paddle Clinic: Kayaking Basics 1-3pm | Aquatics Training Center TX License to Carry Prep Course 8am-3:30pm | Rod and Gun Club 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb 5:15am-9pm | Soto PFC Right Arm Night 4-9pm | Pershing Pub German American Oktoberfest Night Run 6pm | Freedom Crossing

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NRA Personal Protection Course 8am-5pm | Rod and Gun Club Fiesta and Friends 11:30am-1pm | ACS Paint N’ Pour 6-8pm | Mickelsen Library Doggy Swim Day 10am-2pm | Community Pool Intro to Pyrography 10am | Mickelsen Library NRA Advanced Defensive Pistol Course 8am-5pm | Rod and Gun Club Tennis Scrambler 6pm | Tennis Club Fitness Zone Builder’s Club 2pm | Mickelsen Library Challenge Course Day 12-3pm | Soldier Activity Center El Paso Driving Tour 10am-3pm | ACS

ONGOING EVENTS Group Tennis Class for Beginners Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:30-10am Tennis Club

Early Bird Golf Monday - Friday: 6-9am Underwood Golf Complex

Story Time Two Sessions: Tuesdays: 10:15am & 11am Mickelsen Library

Do-It-Yourself Auto Safety Orientation Wednesdays, Thursdays: 6-6:30pm Saturdays: 8-8:30am Auto Crafts Center

Paws for Reading Every Wednesday: 4-5pm Mickelsen Library Kids Play for $5 Monday - Friday: All day Underwood Golf Complex

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Family Day at the Wall Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 12-5pm Soldier Activity Center

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EVENTS THIS

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THURS., SAT. & SUN.

PAINT N’ POUR

FAMILY DAY AT THE WALL How’s the view from the top? Find out during Family Day at the Wall. The Soldier Activity Center is normally open to guests ages 18 and older, but on Family Day, the wall is open to all climbers age 6 and older. Climbing is available on a first-come, first-served basis from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $4 per person and $1 per rental item and free for Active Duty. For more information, call 915-744-1532.

9/11 MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb allows participants to pay tribute Monday, Sept. 11 by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Participants will utilize Soto Physical Fitness Center’s stationary stair steppers and are given 25 minutes to symbolically help the fallen complete their heroic journey to save others. There will be an opening ceremony at 5:15 a.m., first wave will start at 5:30 a.m. and last wave will start at 8:14 p.m. The fee is $10, all participants will receive a tribute t-shirt. Register early for your choice of time slot, space is limited to 175 people. For more information, call 915-744-5790. page 16

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The Library After Hours presents: Paint N’ Pour a social painting class. Get together with friends and come paint an acrylic masterpiece in a staff-led class from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Mickelsen Community Library. This month’s theme is “Catchin’ Fireflies.” Cost is $20, it includes supplies, instruction and one glass of wine. Wear appropriate clothing for painting. Space is limited to 12 participants, so hurry and reserve your spot! Payment can be made at Mickelsen Library when you place reservations, cash only. It is open to DoD ID card holders, 21 and older. For more information, call 915-568-1902.

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MWR CALENDAR Do you have a school age child that struggles with reading? Come out to the Mickelsen Community Library from 4-5 p.m. every Wednesday and join Paws for Reading. Children will have the opportunity to read to a certified therapy dog to help improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows children to practice the skill of reading. This is an ideal program for children who have difficulties reading and as a result have developed self-esteem issues. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the dog, and focuses on reading. Parents must register for a time slot (roughly 15 minutes, or more if slots are available) on the Children’s side of the library. Registration will occur the day of the program, first-come, first-served basis. Maximum of 4 slots. Parents must remain at the library during the program. This is a free event for children ages 6-12. For more information, call 915-568-6156.

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WEDNESDAYS

PAWS FOR READING Join Outdoor Recreation Saturday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 3 for a fun night of Family camping, barbecue, and outdoor fun at White Sands National Monument. The cost is $15 for individuals, $50 for a Family of four. It includes equipment for camping, recreation, games, drinks and food. It does not include park entry fee. Sign up early, space is limited! Deadline to register is two weeks prior to the event. For more information, call 915-744-1532.

WHITE SANDS CAMPING

TENNIS SCRAMBLER The Tennis Scrambler is Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Tennis Club Fitness Center. The event is free for everyone. The scramblers are held at the Tennis Club, 262 Club Road. For more information, call 915-569-5448. www.bliss.armymwr.com

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A PCS STORY... honey we’re moving to......... el paso

gasp... oh noooo

.... ny go ..... s a t s e th e hea gra th ’s no e er th

it’s not so bad after all

you’re right, i love it here

do we have to??

how amazing this place is and how I could see myself calling this my forever home one day. I am sad to leave, but “Pack your bags honey we’re PCSing to Fort Bliss in El Paso!” will be back one day because this place It’s something said in many early spring conversations between Families, unforis seriously the hidden gem of America! tunately the initial reactions look a little like our cartoon couple. This issue of Bliss NOW is read by many new Families that may very well still be settling in and coming Shawn to grips with the fact that they now live at the “dreaded” Fort Bliss. We decided to I’d often wondered about life in reach out to one of those Families that experienced that early shock and awe, but the Southwest. Do Wild West movies accurately depict this life, where quickly changed their minds. After getting here I made it a point to everyone wears cowboy boots, hats and Lavon Berry and Shawn Adams Special to BlissNOW Magazine get informed. I picked up my first Bliss times are simpler? Coming from a more humid climate, Now magazine, the MWR monthly I didn’t know what to expect from the Lavon calendar card, the What’s Up magazine, desert. What is dry heat? “Say goodbye “You are going from sugar to sour,” and other publications that are designed to green. Everything is brown,” were is what one person told me about my to let you know what’s going on around the words of a North Carolina resident, upcoming PCS to Fort Bliss. the area. Ever since then, my boyfriend stationed at Fort Bliss once upon a time. I heard, “It’s boring,’ ‘there’s nothing and I haven’t looked back! Driving through Oklahoma, Kansas within miles to do,’ ‘Bliss is a careerWhere else can you be and wake up and New Mexico, I started to have ender,’ and without Spanish my to the mountains, with a high of 80, and boyfriend wouldn’t ever get a job.’” the sun out every day! There is literally a sense of impending doom. There is nothing out here; sparse human I was inundated with this all before something to do every weekend, from leaving Fort Bragg. plays to festivals. You can go hiking or habitation scattered in the openness. What if Fort Bliss is nothing but When I arrived at Fort Bliss, one sales play bar trivia. lady on post said welcome to Hell Paso, No one should or could ever say there an isolated military post with the there’s nothing to do and it’s boring. So is nothing to do here. Against what the occasional restaurant and pawn shops? many people, from Family members to naysayers say, you don’t have to speak But wait! the Welcome Center, all said it sucked! Spanish to live here. It helps to get a On our final approach into the city, Unfortunately many of the people that job, but just like anywhere else you go it looks like one of those towering, gave me their opinions hadn’t been to in America, English – even broken – is merging highways you see on TV, like Fort Bliss in so long, they didn’t know in California. The houses and buildings English. It’s 2017. how much it had changed. The ones stretched for miles. The mountains took Our best advice is to get over being here were just here too long! my breath away. closed-minded and just enjoy the ride! I honestly tell everyone PCS Continue on page 48

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Family and MWR Golf

If you’re looking for a chance to practice your swing at golf there are plenty of options to choose from at Underwood Golf Complex. The first step is getting fitted for your clubs and then practice, either early before heading off to work or after school with your children. Buying new clubs can be a very important step in improving your game. Getting properly fitted is just as important. You may think that the stock set off the rack is good enough because you’re not a “pro,” but that is a mistake. In fact, the higher your handicap, the more improvement you will see from being correctly fitted to your clubs. There are three main parts to being fit. First is the lie angle. This is the angle at which the sole hits the turf at impact. If you have a steep swing, you may need a more upright lie. If your swing is flat and sweeping, you need a flat lie. Why is lie angle important? If your lie angle is too flat for your swing, it causes the toe of the club to dig into the turf www.bliss.armymwr.com

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and open the face, causing a slice. If your lie angle is too upright, the heel can dig in and create a hook. Second, is the length. The proper length of the clubs will insure your posture and set up is correct. If you are taller and your clubs are too short, you will have to hunch over to reach the ball. If you are shorter, your clubs may be too long and you will have to stand too far away from the

ball, or have too steep of a spine angle. Third, is the shaft flex. Depending on your swing speed, your shaft flex can determine many factors of your ball flight. Typically, if your swing speed is 70 mph or less, you need a ladies flex, 70-80 senior flex, 80-95 regular flex, 95-105 stiff flex, and 105 plus stiff flex. A shaft with the wrong flex can rob you of distance and accuracy.

At Underwood, armed with the Trackman Simulator, we have the latest technology to make sure your next set of golf clubs are perfectly fit to you and your swing. Once you’re fitted, start practicing during the Early Bird Special! It will give customers who work an affordable way to come get some golf in before work. It is usually easier to find time before work rather than after. Play 9 holes Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for $15. The price includes cart rental. If you have children interested in golf come and practice with them! Underwood Golf Complex offers an affordable rate to introduce children to the game of golf and a way for parents to bring them out. Children get to play golf for $5 Monday through Friday. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. It’s open to children 16 and younger, they must walk, can only ride in a cart with a paying adult. For more information, call 915-568-1059.

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MWR SPOTLIGHT

KYLE & KENNY

Sarrah Morgan

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Have you ever attended a big event on Fort Bliss? Maybe you’ve gone to Pop Goes the Fort, Easter-Avaganza, or even Oktoberfest. Whatever the event is, it takes a village to put on large events. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) relies heavily on the support of volunteers, Capt. Kyle Morgan and Retired U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt.

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Air Force Tech Sgt. Kenny Brooks, left, and Captain Kyle Kenny Brooks. They have gone above Retired Morgan and beyond to help FMWR over the Kyle and Kenny are committed to years and their dedication to our organiproviding Soldiers and their Families zation has not gone unnoticed. the best experience possible at FMWR Kyle is an active-duty Soldier who events. They understand that without juggles being a Battery Commander and their support events would be much more a weekend volunteer. Kenny retired from difficult to accomplish with the small staff the Air Force but before retirement was also spending his weekends wherever within the Special Events department. It’s we needed him. Kyle and Kenny could with their selfless service and support that always be seen at event sites setting up FMWR is able to do almost the impostables and chairs, emptying out trash cans sible! or, one in particular, would dress up as our Kyle and Kenny, we are grateful and favorite mascot, Milo! It may not sound thankful for your support over the years. like much but there were times when they Your smiling faces and willing spirit is were helping out every single weekend. what it’s all about!

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DOGGY SWIM DAY

Hi everyone, it’s me Milo, your favorite four-legged friend! I hope you’re all ready for the dog days of summer because my friends at Family and MWR have a lot of really cool events for you this time of year. One event I am really wagging my tail about is our third Annual Doggy Swim Day Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Pool! Every year it gets bigger and better; it’s a great addition for my furry friends! The costume contest, best trick contest, and look-a-like contest will be going on again. So come ready to win some p-awesome prizes! Well-behaved, vaccinated, furry friends are welcome to come out and enjoy a day of fun in the El Paso sun! But remember only doggies and their parents are allowed in the pool. Children get the whole summer to swim, this is our day to play! Children five and younger are also not allowed at the event, for safety reasons of course! Last year, I got pushed into the pool by a Great Dane, oh no! So safety first as I always say. The fee is $2 per dog – humans are free – and proof of current vaccinations are required at the registration table. For a list of rules and what is required, make sure to visit our website at bliss.armymwr. com, search “Doggy Swim Day.” I look forward to seeing all of my four-legged friends and their humans at my paw-vorite event!

Paws and Kisses,

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Marlo Brestar

ARMY TRIALS

Their character and spirit showcases the resiliency of the wounded, ill and injured soldiers and veterans. For the third year in a row Fort Bliss We would like to say thank you to was honored to be selected to host the our two amazing sponsors of this year’s Army Trials and Warrior Care and Fort Bliss games: Deloitte and Semper Transition team. Fi Fund. These dedicated professionals This year’s event was held April volunteered their time and expertise to 2 through April 6 at various MWR the games, as well as funded the closing facilities on Fort Bliss. Throughout ceremonies. This allowed us to put on the week, wounded warriors an awards ceremony worthy of these Participants included athletes with competed in archery, cycling, track courageous athletes. upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, Fort Bliss Family and MWR is injuries; amputations; serious illnesses; swimming and wheelchair basketball. humbled to be a part of this event and The athletes competed for the opportunity traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment will always take on the challenge and and post-traumatic stress disorder. The to represent Team Army at the 2017 DoD embrace the opportunity to be a part of individuals who competed are a true Warrior Games scheduled to take place something so amazing. from June 30 through July 8 in Chicago. definition of bravery and determination. Family and MWR Marketing

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Natalie Hinojos

Family and MWR Marketing

Have you been searching for a unique fun-filled festival? Look no further! Before you keep reading, be sure you’re 18 and older! Family and MWR Special Events is bringing “Tap & Cork: Craft Beer and Wine Festival” to Fort Bliss! This will be the first of its kind, two-day event, from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Yes, a two-day event filled with craft beer and wine. This is not your typical festival that you’ll find in town. There will be bar games such as, Giant Jenga, ping pong, corn hole and more! Vendors will be on-site showcasing local art – to include a silent auction from the El Paso Art Association – and multiple genres of live bands playing throughout the venue. There will also be chair massages and a Zen area to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. This is the time to relax with friends, enjoy some music and partake in delicious food and beverages! Think of this as a prep for Oktoberfest coming Sept. 8 -10. There will be shuttles available for those living in military housing. This event is open to the public for those patrons 18 and older only, no children will be allowed into the venue. Tickets cost $15 for DoD ID card holders, $18 for general public and $20 at the door. Your ticket includes 10 samples of beer and/or wine and a complimentary glass. Tickets go on sale July 4 at the Pop Goes the Fort celebration! Visit online at neonticket.com to buy tickets or visit one of MWR’s Leisure Travel Services (LTS) locations at Freedom Crossing or Soldier Activity Center. For more information, call 915-588-8247. www.bliss.armymwr.com

AUGUST 5 - 6 AT THE CENTENNIAL

Tickets available at neonticket.com or at LTS: Freedom Crossing and Soldier Activity Center

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Oktoberfest WHY IS OKTOBERFEST IN SEPTEMBER?

Sarrah Morgan

Family and MWR Marketing

Oktoberfest has been a long standing tradition here at Fort Bliss, yet year after year the same question is asked, “Why is Oktoberfest in September?” It’s a valid question, I mean October is in the name; however, there is a reason to the madness! Oktoberfest began in October 1810 in Munich, Germany. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend the wedding of Prince Ludwig – later to become King Ludwig I – to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The celebration lasted a week, and Oktoberfest – as we know it – was born. The event grew over the decades, from one week to three weeks, involving horse races, beer tents and amusement rides. As the festival grew, the dates also shifted. In Germany, the weather is much nicer in September, so by moving the event from October to September, visitors were able to enjoy the gardens and take leisurely strolls much longer without feeling chilly. Like Munich the weather in El

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Paso is perfect in September, so, mark your calendars for the biggest and best event at Fort Bliss! The 4th Annual Fort Bliss Oktoberfest will be Sept. 8-10 at Biggs Park. We are sure our celebration will not disappoint. Tickets are $35 and include an authentic German meal and beer stein, beer not included. Tickets go on sale Aug. 7 and can be purchased at both Leisure Travel Services (LTS) locations, inside Freedom Crossing and at the Soldier Activity Center or online at eventbrite.com. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Tap and Cork Craft Beer and Wine Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. The first 100 people to purchase tickets will receive a $5 discount per ticket. This is a great reason to get your tickets early because this event WILL sell out! Friday and Saturday night are ticketed days, open to patrons 18 and older. There are only 1500 tickets available each night. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a free Family day from 12-5 p.m. no tickets required. All three days will have entertainment by Terry Cavanaugh and

the Alpine Express, performances by Fort Bliss’ very own, German Air Force Schuhplattler Dancers! Traditional German beer, delicious food, snacks and souvenirs will also be available for purchase. Sunday will also include food, dancing, jumping balloons and other Family fun activities. Oktoberfest is open to Fort Bliss and the El Paso community. So, come on over here, there will be plenty to eat and plenty of beer! Prost! For more information, call 915-5888247, visit our website at bliss.armymwr. com or find us on Facebook @blissmwr.

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Free shuttle service! CATCH A RIDE WITH US

SAFE RIDES PROVIDED THROUGHOUT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT TO DESIGNATED MILITARY HOUSING INFO: 915.568.2554

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MWR FOOD & FUN

Experienced shooters can become NRA Pistol instructors

LTC (Ret.) Max Muramoto Family and MWR Rod and Gun Club

Have you ever thought about becoming a firearms instructor? Do you like helping others learn new skills? Then consider taking the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Pistol Instructor Course at the Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club. Successful course graduates will become NRACertified Firearms Instructors who can teach NRA courses independently. This course is a requirement for those who wish to become a Texas License to Carry Instructor. The NRA Pistol Instructor’s Course is a 16-hour long classroom and range session that prepares candidates to teach NRA Basic Pistol courses, utilizing NRA materials and methods. Candidates are placed into practical situations teaching pistol shooting, and evaluated page 26

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on their progress. The course is taught by National Rifle Association-certified instructors. There is a mandatory pre-course assessment that requires completion of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course either by online blended learning plus a hands-on skills assessment and shooting test or the separate instructor-led course.

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“Not only did this course certify me as an (NRA firearms) instructor, but it enhanced my skills as well,” said 1st Lt. D’Anthony Roohr, military police officer, USAR. The NRA Basic Pistol Instructor course will cover firearm safety, parts and operation of pistols, ammunition, firearm manipulation, shooting fundamentals, disassembly

and assembly, and practice the actual NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting hangs on test and shooting qualification. “I enjoyed the situation based (firearms) training, networking opportunities, and teamwork with my fellow firearms instructors,” said Sarah Corriveau, Army spouse and Texas Law Shield representative. The Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club offers the NRA Pistol Instructor’s Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break, every three months, usually the fourth weekend. The next class is scheduled for July 22 through July 23. The cost is $300 and requires pre-registration at the Pro Shop, with a $25 deposit to hold a seat in the course. Seating is limited to 12 students. There are firearms rental packages available to students for $10, additional ammunition costs. facebook.com/blissmwr


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Bowl your way specials

Family and MWR Desert Strike Lanes

Parents, want something fun to do on Saturdays with your children? Do you want to explore the non-conventional side of bowling? Come to Desert Strike Lanes and join the second Annual Kids Parent League! Your parent-child two person team will get to bowl two games every Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. Each game is a different style type and each week there are different styles to choose from! For example there’s two handed bowling, parents bowl with ramps,

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bowling with your non-dominant hand and more. The games are challenging for the parents and fun for the children! We will also combine styles to make the games even more challenging. At the end of each session there will be a pizza party for the league members. The league is four weeks long, the session starts July 8 through July 29. Registration is $80 per session or $10 per person per week. The cost includes bowling, shoes and the pizza party at the end of the session. Wait there’s more to do! If committing to a league is not your

style, then come for Bliss Bowl Jubilee! It’s held every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in July. Enjoy some bowling fun for the whole Family! Children, 17 and younger, bowl two games for free and parents can bowl with their children for $5 including shoes! Enjoy these specials from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Come to Desert Strike Lanes and have some fun this summer! For more information, call Desert Strike Lanes at 915-568-6272.

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L E T R E A SSIG N M E N TS WO R K F O R YO U !

REASSIGNMENTS HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm Thursday: 1:00 - 4:30pm INFO: 915-568-5600 / 4242 Going Overseas/OCONUS?

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Reassignments Levy Brief Requirements: Reassignments Levy Brief Requirements: • All Outside Contiguous United States scheduled levy • To complete the Online Reassignments Levy Briefing, briefings are conducted on the first and third Wednesdays visit the following link: of each month in Bldg 500, Room 307 at 8:30 a.m. http://www.bliss.army.mil/ to complete and download Contact your S1 to confirm your scheduled levy brief required documents Required: • Once forms have been completed, submit documents to • CONUS & OCONUS (Additional documents) your respective unit S-1 • DA 4036R • Anti-Terrorism Level 1 certificate How to check your • EFMP screening for dependents PCS order status. • Passports for dependents Checking Status of Permanent Change of Station Orders • CSP/Family Travel requests • To check status of PCS orders you must log into • DA 5118 (Enlisted only) BLISSAPPS from a Fort Bliss domain computer. • Sponsorship DA 5434 (ACTNOW) • Type http://blissapps/ in address bar of Internet Explorer • TO1 statement • Statement of Understanding / Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC) • LEVY brief certificate (CONUS only)

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Family and MWR CYS

Back-to-School season is almost here! For newly arrived military Families, this often brings concerns about what their new home has to offer in terms of their child’s education. The annual Fort Bliss PK-12 Education Fair for military Families aims to answer questions and provide the opportunity to get to know the El Paso education community. Hosted by Child Youth Services, School Liaison Office, the event will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center located at 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill on Central Fort Bliss. The idea behind the fair is to ease Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade registration and provide information on the multitude of academic choices. Military parents will have the opportunity to learn all about the schools in El Paso and southern New Mexico. It allows them to interact with staff, meet administrators, ask questions and learn about different programs – all in

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in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) can enjoy a head start on the enrollment process thanks to pre-registration offered at selected campuses. EPISD • Birth certificate will open their doors to • Current immunization records welcome new Families in an effort to ensure a smooth tran• School transcripts sition. Parents can start with the online registration and then • Proof of residency complete the enrollment at (Utility bill or lease agreement) their assigned campus during pre-registration. • Special education documents, if applicable For Families that do not have • Valid ID of parent/guardian enrolling student access to the Internet or just want some help completing • Social Security card the forms, the School Liaison • Proof of income if you want to participate in Office will host registration workshops for parents. the National Nutrition Program Keep an eye on our website www.bliss.armymwr.com for one place. More than 100 different programs, regismore information on all “Back education entities will share tration requirements, and will valuable information on school be better equipped to get to School” events, dates, times and a list of participating choice, program availability, the enrollment process campuses or call the and requirements within their started. School Liaison Office school systems. The Education New students at 915-569-5064. Fair is a one-stop shop where parents can get answers to their questions and gather the information they need to make the best decisions for their children. After visiting the Education Fair, parents will have a better understanding of the

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Middle Schools

High Schools

Ross Middle School: 2:50 PM MacArthur Middle School: 2:50 PM Nolan Richardson Middle School: 2:50 PM Charles Middle School: 3:05 PM

Andress High School: 3:45 PM

Harmony Middle/High School: 3:15 PM & 4:00 (Tutoring Bus)

Trans Mountain Early College: 4:05 PM

Canyon Hills Middle School: 3:15 PM Bassett Middle School: EPISD Bus

Chapin High School: 4:05 PM

*Corner of Trojan and Orpheus Dr

* Fairbanks location

*Student parking lot

Burges High School: 3:45 PM

*Student parking lot with EPISD buses

Austin High School: 3:50 PM *Bus stop near Football Field

*Ellerthorpe entrance

*Contact school – bus drops off at Replica Youth Center: 915 231-2260

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CYS Shuttle Bus Drop-off Schedule Bus Leaves Youth Center 6:30 Chamizal Vista/LaNoria Housing 6:35 Lower Logan 6:45 Trans Mountain Walmart Bus Stop 6:55 (In Front of Wells Fargo) Charles Middle School 7:05 Cooperstown 7:10 (Corner of Roger Maris Drive and Ernie Banks) Tom Lee/Nolan Richardson 7:15 Canyon Hills Middle 7:25 Upper Logan Housing 7:30 (Water Tower) Upper Logan Housing 7:35 (Colin Powell Elementary) William Beaumont 7:40 Hayes Housing 7:45 Milam Youth Center 8:00 If Certain Stops are not needed for the evening the bus will arrive sooner for the later stops. JUL | AUG | SEP page 33


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As summer approaches and school ends, many wonder what they will do to keep their children busy. Well, Fort Bliss has you covered! Whether you have a child going to the Child Development Centers (CDC) for full time childcare, a teen who visits one of the Youth Centers, or children participating in extracurricular activities at SKIESUnlimited or Youth Sports, there is something for everyone to do. Contact any of these facilities listed below and see what’s available over the summer. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot!

Parent Central

1743 Victory Avenue 915-568-4374

Kinder going into 1st grade Milam CDC 915-744-7879/7877 Logan CDC 915-568-3989/4887 Main CDC 915-568-5689 Replica CDC 915-569-7196/7199

SKIESUnlimited

Youth Sports

(ages 4-18) 915-568-5544

(ages 5-18) 915-568-1568

School Age Service

Youth Centers

(1st-5th grade) Milam SAC 915-744-2274 Bliss SAC 915-568-2178

(6th -12th grade) Milam Youth Center 915-744-2449 Replica Youth Center 915-568-3523

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2017 Rachel Arizaga

Family and MWR Libraries

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme, “Reading by Design,” is inspired by the ingenuity of authors, illustrators, creators, artists, architects, and everyone who make our world a more interesting and beautiful place. In turn, we hope it inspires readers to explore their own creativity and design new worlds for themselves and for all of us. For all summer readers, this year’s theme introduces big ideas and invites creative responses. Ready, set, go … READ! The program will run through July 24. Patrons can register during this time and track the books they read from the Fort Bliss Libraries in order to earn prizes and incentives. The age categories are 4-6 (children), 7-9 (school age), 10-12 (tweens), 13-17 (teens) and 18 and older (adults). The program will wrap up with the Summer Reading Program Party July 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be extreme inflatables, hot dog cookout, DJ, arts and crafts areas. Help us paint www.bliss.armymwr.com

our giant 6’x 9’ canvas! There will be prize giveaways and much more! To register, please see the Mickelsen Community Library staff from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. This event is free and open to DoD ID cardholders. For more information, call 915-5686156 or 915-568-1902. JUL | AUG | SEP

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Outdoor Recreation Calendar Search Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation activities by date, location, or event description. This schedule is subject to change without notice. Tickets to scheduled events can be purchased at the following location:

ROBERTO LOEZA SOLDIER ACTIVITY CENTER - 20732 CONSTITUTION AVE., CENTRAL FORT BLISS - (915) 744-1532 All off-post excursions may be CANCELLED within 2 weeks due to lack of participation.

TRIPS & EVENTS Brewery & Bouldering Adventure White Sands Family Camping

Santa Fe & Posos, NM White Sands, NM

July 1-4 July 15-16

$135 $15**

Biggs Laser Tag Lower Cave Expedition Summer Swim & Camping

Biggs Park Carlsbad Caverns Balmorrhea State Park

July 21 July 29 August 12-13

$10* $40** $45**

Biggs Laser Tag Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival White Sands Family Camping Challenge Course Day

Biggs Park Las Cruces, NM White Sands, NM Soldier Activity Center

August 18 August 25 September 2-3 September 30

$10* TBD $15** $10*

Soldier Activity Center Aquatics Training Center Soldier Activity Center Aquatics Training Center Soldier Activity Center Aquatics Training Center Soldier Activity Center Soldier Activity Center

July 7 July 8 August 4 August 5 August 19 September 9 September 22 September 23

$8 $15 $8 $15 $8 $15 $8 $8

CLASSES Climbing Movement Course Roll & Paddle Clinic - Kayaking Basics Climbing Movement Course Roll & Paddle Clinic - Kayaking Basics Top Rope Belay Course Roll & Paddle Clinic - Kayaking Basics Climbing Movement Course Top Rope Belay Course

FAMILY DAY ON THE WALL Every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday • Robert Loeza Soldier Activity Center • 12-5pm $4/person • $1/rental • FREE for Active Duty - All ages welcomed. Children must fit climbing gear properly.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION *Pay on sight for all Laser Tag & Challenge Course events. **Prices may vary. Call for more info.

Find Us Online

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MWR RECREATION

ADVENTURE AWAITS …

Jodee Rincon

Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation

From the inspirational words of John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This summer, cool off with Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation and drift away into a world of grand adventure. Whether it is diving into the crystalclear water of the world’s largest springfed swimming pool, or descending 65-feet underground into a myriad of exceptional cave formations, cave pearls and translucent pools, Outdoor Recreation has got you covered with your next quest into the outdoors. Don’t worry though, not all trips require physical activity. Hitch a ride with Outdoor Recreation to the 2017 Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival, and let the good times roll! If that’s not enough, come by and learn the essential skills needed to take the adventure into your own hands. Get www.bliss.armymwr.com

expert training on basic White Water Kayaking skills or learn the fundamentals of indoor rock climbing by their very own American Mountain Guide Association Climbing Wall instructors. The Robert Loeza Soldier Activity Center has a 20-foot climbing wall that is suitable for any skill level, but is strictly 18 years and older during open climbing. However, you can join us from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for Family Day on the Wall. During this event, Outdoor Recreation opens the climbing wall to all patrons and ages. Need more thrill-seeking events? Come confront your fears on a 35-foot challenge course that will surely make you radiate with excitement. The High Ropes Challenge course consists of seven diverse and perplexing events along with three stimulating entry points

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF FMWR:

GROUP UP FITNESS SS Natalie Hinojos

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ody pump … Aquacycle … Pound … Aquafloat Interesting names but what do they mean? These are just a few of the many different types of fitness classes provided at Fort Bliss, each one with specific and fun goals to try! Have you ever heard people say, “I want to get into shape, but I don’t want to do it alone.” Family and MWR Group Fitness has the answer, let’s go “Behind the Scenes,” where exercise meets motivation! Group Fitness is a crucial part of the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics department. This program has more than 92 classes happening every week – from Body Pump to Aquafloat – and it’s all managed by one person, Julia Peterson, Group Fitness director for Family and MWR. “The hardest part of my job is funding,” Peterson said. “You have to be creative to keep things fresh, because if you keep things the same it becomes redundant.” Peterson works around the clock to keep pace with all the patrons who want to see more unique fitness classes here at Fort Bliss. Each week there are a variety of classes for service members and their Families and DoD Civilians to attend, whether you are into Insanity, cycling or swimming, every class gives you the workout you desire. Group Fitness is usually the first step for people who are not sure about where to start on their fitness journey. There are some people who like training one-on-one with an instructor or prefer to do things on their own. If you’re not sure if a certain class is for you? Don’t worry! Group Fitness provides free quarterly workshops with mini-classes for you to sample. Are you a more competitive type? Fitness Throwdown tests your strength, endurance and speed in five different events and it’s held every year in the spring. “I always look forward to our Fitness Throwdown, because we created it,” said

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MWR YOUTH SERVICES

Third Annual Cardboard Regatta

SUNKEN SUMMER FUN

Michele Wiernicki

Family and MWR Marketing

The Cardboard Regatta is back and bigger than ever for its third year, Aug. 26! Don’t miss out on one of MWR’s most entertaining and creative events of the year. Last year’s competition was fierce; the boats were bigger and faster and well thought out. There were also many sailors that went down with their ships as well. Whether they stayed dry or were completely soaked, one thing was certain, everyone had an awesome time! This is a great opportunity to partner up with your kids or maybe with a fellow Soldier or even your spouse and use your minds and ingenuity to make cardboard float! The list of building materials is short – cardboard, duct tape, contact/ rubber cement and liquid nails. There are a few rules that must be followed

to prevent disqualification and one big one is the use of improper materials, so build wisely! We will provide each boat with a set of oars. This year we will have three race divisions: Adults ages 18 and older, kids ages 10-17 and our newestadult & child where we have lowered the child’s age to 6. In each division boats are required to have two sailors: a captain and a first mate, and they must remain in the boat at all times. Decorated boats and decorated sailors are a must because prizes will be awarded for things other than staying afloat. Awards will be given in the categories: Longest Voyage, Biggest Shipwreck and Most Creative. Obviously your number one goal should be avoid sinking and paddle the farthest at the fastest pace. However, sometimes the best designs fail and if that happens, the best thing a

sailor can do is go down as dramatically as possible. Think Oscar award-winning performance! This may get you the Biggest Shipwreck award. We are teaming up with our great friends at Fort Bliss Recycling and they will have cardboard available starting in early July. It’s also PCS season so if you get ahead of the game you can save boxes from your move or take some from a new neighbor. This year’s event will take place at the Community Pool on Club Road beginning at 1 p.m. This is a free event but pre-registration is required and can be done online at bliss.armymwr.com, search: Cardboard Regatta. Information about approved materials and rules can also be viewed on our website. So put your heads together, make a plan and start building! For more information, call 915-569-7294.

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Tackle Football

8-11

$65/55

May 15 - July 17

Aug. - Nov.

Boys’ Fall Soccer

3-15

$45/38

July 15 - Aug. 15

Sept. - Oct.

Girls’ Fall Soccer

3-15

$45/38

July 15 - Aug. 15

Sept. - Oct.

USATF Cross Country Wrestling (Folkstyle)

5-18 5-15

$45/38

July 15 - Aug. 15

Aug. - Nov.

$45/38

July 15 - Aug. 15

Sept. - Jan. 2018

Boys’ Winter Basketball

5-15

$45/38

Sept.15 - Oct. 16

Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018

Girls’ Winter Basketball

5-15

$45/38

Sept. 15 - Oct. 16

Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018

Registration: Child’s CYS Registration and Sports Physical must be current throughout the season to register for all sports. Contact Parent Central at 568-4374/5501. Mandatory Parent Sportsmanship Class is required to ensure participation. Dates, times, and locations will be announced by the Youth Sports Staff or Volunteer Coach. To contact Youth Sports, please call 915-568-2617/1568

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intramural

sport s cale ndar Commander's Cup leagues are divided into three divisions: Independent League, 11th BDE and Armor League

All leagues will have a mandatory coaches meeting prior to the start date

For more information on the sports program: 744-5785 or 744-5794

*CC are Commander Cups and only open to Active Duty Soldiers

July

Open Softball Tournament CC Golf

14 Jul 21 Jul

August

Group Fitness Fall Fit Fest Cardboard Regatta

5 Aug 26 Aug

September

CC Outdoor Soccer CC Flag Football Open Flag Football Tournament German American Night Run CC Swim Meet Doggie Day Swim

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6th Annual Iron Soldier Sprint Triathlon 3rd Annual Nathaniel A Lacour Basketball Tournament Pumpkin Patch Swim

7 Oct 27 Oct

Sports M.O.I.s located at bliss.armymwr.com

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SPORTS, FITNESS AND AQUATICS

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THE RACE IS ON! Sarrah Morgan

Family and MWR Marketing

If you have been on Fort Bliss anytime during the last 24 years then you probably know about the German American Night Run (GANR); but if you haven’t attended it yet you are missing out! What makes the GANR so special is that it is open to everyone in the Fort Bliss and El Paso community. Avid runners, new runners, walkers, moms and dads

with strollers, military units, corporate teams, JROTC and even your four-legged friends are all encouraged to participate. This run is also our only evening run followed by an Oktoberfest style party! The GANR began 24 years ago when Franz Huber a young German Air Force Soldier walked into the MWR sports office and proposed an event that would unite the German and American forces stationed at Fort Bliss. The

The 24th Annual German American Oktoberfest Night Run

MWR staff said yes and the GANR was born. Over the years the run has grown in both participation and fun! Participants can enjoy German beer, bratwurst, games, bounce houses, music and authentic German entertainment. It really is one big party and the German Air Force Schuhplattler Dancers are the ones bringing down the house! The Schuhplattler Dancers have been a staple at this event for years. They stomp and yell

and get the crowd pumped, they encourage dancing, they get people up and moving and they bring a certain kind of energy that can only be found at the GANR and Oktoberfest! This year’s GANR will be Saturday, Sept. 16 at Freedom Crossing. It is an 8K competitive race or a 5K fun run/ walk. Pre-race activities begin at 4 p.m. and the race kicks off at 6 p.m. Pre-registration will be open until Sept. 13 and

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A read to dogs Natalie Hinojos

Family and MWR Marketing

Have you heard about the new “Reading to Dogs” program? For starters, it’s p-awesome! Imagine being able to visit dogs, who are looking for a fur-ever home, read to them and know you’re making a difference in the world. Logan School Age Center (SAC) and the Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) are working together to bring

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reading and mental activity to shelter dogs. It all started with volunteering. Suzanne Orjada, assistant director of Logan SAC, and her daughter, Shelby (15), started a project amongst themselves. Shelby’s avid interest in animals inspired them to begin volunteering their time with the Humane Society as a way for her to see professions that work with animals. They went through

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various stages of volunteering and during that process Orjada became an adoption counselor. She heard that Ryan Coulehan, HSEP volunteer coordinator, was looking into a reading program for the shelter dogs. Orjada jumped on the idea and asked if she could bring her children from Logan SAC to participate. Since March of 2016, children from Logan SAC have been participating in the “Reading to Dogs” program. “Admittedly I was a little bit hesitant, because I didn’t initially see the benefit of it, but thought it was worth a shot,” said Coulehan. “Almost immediately, I was proven very wrong, the dogs responded tremendously. It was really great to see the confidence in both the dogs and the kiddos come out. The dogs would come up and were intrigued by it, they maintained eye contact and the kiddos got a lot more secure in themselves as they progressed.” On average about 20 children in the fourth and fifth grade, sometimes third grade, have volunteered their time to read and communicate with the dogs. “Usually our fourth and fifth graders are selected for this reading project,” said Orjada. “They are better able to understand the safety rules we teach to them to help keep them and the dogs safe too. We’ve also included some responsible

third graders in this project.” The children learn the dogs’ name, breed and about their conditions, if any. Then they have 15 minutes to read a story, usually a picture book for the dogs to see and if they’re done early, the children talk to them about their day. After that they move on to the next dog. This program helps children practice their reading skills, but it also helps the dogs connect with people. “One of my favorite parts is – we do it in shifts, small dogs first, then medium and then large dogs – the kids read at different paces, so the ones who finish earlier are instructed to tell them about their day, where they’re from, tell them what they want to be when they grow up; and the dogs actually respond to that the best,” said Coulehan. “That’s what’s really cool, I’m sure the dogs can tell when something is being recited compared to when they’re being spoken to. That connection is … unparalleled.” This is the second year Logan SAC, and now Bliss SAC, have participated in the “Reading to Dogs” program. The Reading to Dogs Program is slowly growing on Fort Bliss, it is not age restricted for volunteering and it can go towards high school and college credit if interested. For more information, call Logan SAC at 915-569-5779 or HSEP at 915-532-6971. facebook.com/blissmwr


WORKS OF

ART

GIVES BOOST Robin Fox

Family and MWR Hobby Shop

The Fort Bliss’ Resiliency through Art program is a new Army arts and crafts initiative to help the individuals of our military community cope with the struggles of daily life through artistic expression. By providing a natural and therapeutic outlet for people, the program allows for the expression of a multitude of emotions through many different forms of art. Art is a healthy way of expressing one’s inner most feelings. The Resiliency through Art Program is not a counseling or therapy service; however, it does help attendees with an amazing boost of selfconfidence, self-awareness, and self-

Courtesy Photos by FMWR Hobby Shop

esteem as they work through their unique art project from concept to completion. Whether you are dealing with anger, sadness, anxiety, or the day-to-day stressors of military and civilian life, this program provides a multitude of coping methods and is an outlet free of judgement or criticism. It gives participants a chance to connect with others, as well as an opportunity for attendees to lose themselves in the artistic process.

The Resiliency through Art Program has expanded its art offerings through partnering with the El Paso Art Association (EPAA). Multiple artists, of all artistic genres, from the EPAA are helping our military community though their incredible Soldier Art Workshop initiative. By creating a bridge between Fort Bliss and the city, the local El Paso

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MWR ACS

Experience the culture Family and MWR ACS

The Army Community Service (ACS) – Relocation Assistance Program welcomes all Military Service Members and their Families arriving to our beautiful U.S./ Mexico border community of El Paso, Texas. The team at Relocation Assistance understands the struggles of relocating to a new installation. Arriving to a new location means learning and understanding the area’s local flavor and customs. We bridge the gap by illuminating our community’s cultural diversity through programs and activities to promote a smooth integration. Relocation Readiness offers a quarterly event entitled, “Fiesta and Friends” to gather the community in celebration of cultural

enlightenment. At this event, we host a Pot Luck style party highlighting the cuisines within each culture and we also invite community agencies to provide a mini-relocation fair. In addition, we also offer Spanish as a second language (SSL) and English as a second language (ESL) classes. We live in a unique city, enriched with a diverse population. The majority of residents speak both English and Spanish. El Paso has traditions and history shaped by a binational and tristate (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua) culture within the U.S./Mexico border. Our border community represented by El Paso and the commuting border cities of Las Cruces and Ciudad Juárez creates an amalgam of regional influences enriching El Paso’s

artistic inclinations, culinary delights and overall culture. We encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the El Paso culture by taking either SSL or ESL classes. By learning a new language you gain knowledge of multicultural values, behaviors, attitudes, and practices within a community. Becoming “culturally competent” enables you to more effectively adapt and thrive within your new home of El Paso. Embrace this cultural diversity, expand your sphere of new friends and you will better appreciate these new surroundings. Your experience in El Paso will be enhanced and your perspective will be widened by exploring and learning as much as possible about this new southwestern community. SSL and ESL classes are offered three times throughout the year. Sessions begin in January, April, and September each year. SSL is held twice a week from 1:00 – 2:30pm and ESL once a week from 8:30am – 11:30am. For more information please contact our instructors at the Relocation Assistance Program, 915-5694ACS (4227) or visit our website at www. bliss.armymwr.com.

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¡BIENVENIDOS! Family and MWR ACS

The Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Team is joining forces with Fort Bliss and the El Paso Community to put on the 13th Annual “Bienvenidos, á Bliss Relocation Fair” from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. Summer not only brings on the sunshine, but is also the busiest time of year for Soldiers and Families making permanent change of station (PCS) moves. At Fort Bliss, this annual information extravaganza welcomes “NEW” folks, as well as educating seasoned residents with new knowledge about our Southwest

oasis! The event is free and open to the public. The internet is packed with information about your new home, but nothing makes a better impact than speaking with the experts face-to-face. More than 150 businesses and organizations from Fort Bliss and the El Paso Community will be on hand providing, information, brochures and giveaways. This important event has grown and evolved through years of fostering great partnerships between Fort Bliss and the El Paso community. The Bienvenidos Relocation Fair is a one-stop-shop for area cultural enlightenment showcasing everything from free

Spanish language classes, employment pathways, volunteer opportunities and local and regional activities/entertainment. So, for Families and single Soldiers, anything and everything you would want and should know about Fort Bliss, El Paso Community is featured at this one location. To get access on the installation, organizers recommend using the Sergeant Major Blvd. gate off Spur 601. If you do not have a military ID, you will need to get a pass. For more information, call 915-569-4227, ext. 0. If you are interested in having a table for your business, contact 915-568-6078.

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BENEFITS

FCC providers keep 100% of the fees charged and received from Government subsidy to offset the cost of food and supplies. FCC providers receive free training including; Child Development Associates (CDA), all at no cost to the provider.

INFO: 915.568.4198 www.bliss.armymwr.com

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MWR CONTINUED STORIES

PCS

Continued from page 18

Photo by Natalie Hinojos/FMWR Marketing

Julia Peterson, director of Group Fitness, teaches the Aquafloat class, Thursday May 11.

ART

Continued from page 45

Art community is helping develop artistic talent in individuals, who may or may not know it existed within themselves. Whether it be pottery, oil painting, encaustics, digital photography, watercolor, airbrushing, screen printing or acrylics, there is instruction available to suit just about any artistic need and at all levels of experience. The Resiliency through Art Program supports all Active Duty, DoD Civilian, Retiree, Veteran, and Family members of the military community, as well as groups such as the Wounded Warrior Battalion, Child and Youth Services, Veteran Affairs, Support Groups and Family Readiness Groups. For more information on the Resiliency through Art Program, or information on upcoming workshops, call 915-568-5563. The Resiliency through Art Center is located at 820 Marshall Road, inside the Auto Crafts Center.

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Peterson. “But this year I’m looking forward to our new event, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.” The event allows participants to pay tribute by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center with stationary stair steppers. Peterson works tirelessly to prepare for all of the events our patrons attend. “I’m constantly on social media looking for new ways to work out and incorporate fitness here at Fort Bliss,” said Peterson. “I work with 19 contracted instructors, two massage therapists and three volunteers. I make sure

RACE

Continued from page 43

can be done at Soto, Stout, or Milam physical fitness centers or online at raceroster. com. Packet pick up and week of registration will be from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Sept. 11-15 at

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to choose from, that will surely give you quite the adrenaline rush! Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation has an array of recreational equipment for your own personal leisurely excursions. Equipment ranging from camping tents and climbing shoes, to mountain bikes and kayaks. Look no further, Outdoor page 48

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the instructors are on time, classes are executed correctly, and patrons have their tickets. Behind the scenes I’m making sure the instructors are paid, I have the right equipment set up and go through inventory.” To see a glimpse of the classes provided with Group Fitness, visit www.youtube. com/blissmwr. Stay up to date on monthly class schedules by following the Sports Fitness Aquatics Fort Bliss Facebook page and the main Bliss MWR Facebook page along with the MWR website www.bliss. armymwr.com. In the Bliss NOW Fall issue we will be going “Behind the Scenes” with Support Services. Freedom Crossing. The fee is $25. Commemorative t-shirts will be given to all pre-registered runners. Late registration is Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Freedom Crossing, a $5 late fee will be incurred. Awards will be given to the top three male

Recreation has got it in stock and ready to go. Outdoor Recreation takes pride in first-rate service to all Soldiers, Families, and the local community. They continue to strive to bring a further abundance of explorations for all adventure seekers. So don’t let this El Paso heat keep you indoors and out of touch with one of life’s true gifts, nature and the true beauty of the outdoors! For more information, call 915-744-1532.

I was filled with hope for the opportunities to come. Leaving my last job to move to El Paso with my active-duty girlfriend, I struggled to find a decent job for about six months. In the meantime, I found opportunities to volunteer at the El Paso Humane Society. This ultimately led to adopting our lovely, mischievous dog, Beauty. I dove into a sea of social activities, including Ultimate Frisbee, hiking the mountains, public speaking groups, and book clubs. We struck oil and made friends with some big-hearted El Pasoans with whom we’ve had the pleasure of sharing a few precious holidays together. This flourishing city is a wonderful combination between Nature’s splendor and a high-quality modern community. Lather on the sunblock, get out there and find what interests you! Sun City welcomes you.

and female finishers. Awards are for the 8K competitive run only. So, lace up those tennis shoes and bring your appetite, because there will be beer and brats for everyone! For more information, call 915-7445785.

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Participants venture through Carlsbad Caverns.

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Army Community Service

Food, Leisure & Entertainment

ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE 2494 Ricker Rd. 915-569-4227

915-569-4227, ext. 1

Financial Readiness

915-569-4227, ext. 2

Freedom Crossing LTS 915-569-6446

Soldier Activity Center LTS 915-744-1522

915-568-9129

915-569-4227, ext. 6

915-568-4374

LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES (LTS)

915-569-5838

Relocation Readiness

915-568-6272 915-568-6272

Family Advocacy Program 915-569-4227, ext. 5

PARENT CENTRAL SERVICES

Strike Zone Lounge

Employment Readiness

Exceptional Family Member Program

DESERT STRIKE LANES 2949 Carter Rd.

Army Emergency Relief

LIBRARIES

Mickelsen: 2E Sheridan Rd. 915-568-1902

SAC: 20732 Constitution Ave. 915-744-1534

FAMILY RESILIENCE CENTER

OLD FORT BLISS REPLICA

250 Club Rd. Army Family Team Building Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Army Family Action Plan Army Volunteer Corps. Master Resilience Training Mobilization Deployment Support Stability Operations

5054 Pershing Road 915-588-8482

PERSHING PUB, PACE HALL 243 Club Rd. 915-781-6809

ROD & GUN CLUB

3730 Roy Johnson Lane 915-568-2983

SOLDIER ACTIVITY CENTER (SAC)

915-568-5970

Outdoor Recreation & Equipment Rental

CENTENNIAL BANQUET & CONFERENCE CENTER

11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St.

915-744-1522 915-744-1532

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (B.O.S.S.)

UNDERWOOD GOLF COMPLEX

The Golden Tee Restaurant 915-568-1116

915-744-8427

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Ironworks West: 2996 Cassidy Rd.

915-568-4198

East Bliss: 20707 Kasserine Way 915-744-2731

Logan: 3500 Story St. 915-568-3989

Main: 1730 Haan Rd. 915-568-5689

Milam: 11896 Haan Rd. 915-744-7877

Replica: 5036 Sheridan Rd. 915-569-7196

SCHOOL AGE CENTERS

Bliss, 2012 Sheridan Rd. 915-568-2178 915-569-5779 915-744-2274

3508 Ellerthorpe Rd. 915-568-8336

Gymnastics Center: 131 Doniphan Rd.

915-744-5201 915-568-2892

Logan Heights: 4797 Ellerthorpe Rd. 915-568-5198

Milam: 2499 Cassidy Rd. 915-568-7318

Soto: 20751 Constitution Ave. 915-744-5788

Stout: 2930 Cassidy Rd. 915-568-3264

Tennis Club/Fitness Zone: 262 Club Rd. 915-569-5448 915-741-5930

20733 Constitution Ave. 915-741-5901

BIGGS SPLASH PARK*

11388 Sgt. Major Blvd. 915-744-8087

915-568-5544

COMMUNITY POOL*

YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTERS

915-568-4825

Replica: 5037 Sheridan Rd. 915-568-5437

YOUTHPLEX/SPORTS

915-744-8427

Samuel Adams Pub

Ironworks Central: T20700 Anzio Way

915-588-8247

11 Pershing Rd.

915-568-1059

Catering

3503 Story St.

Milam: 10960 Haan Rd.

3200 Coe Ave.

915-744-9330

FAMILY CHILD CARE

SPECIAL EVENTS

915-744-1171

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20732 Constitution Ave.

915-526-4264

915-744-8984

915-744-8730

Biggs: 11251 Biggs St.

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SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES (SOS)

11388 Sgt. Major Blvd.

915-569-5064

915-568-0106

4130 Ellerthorpe Rd.

BIGGS PARK

PHYSICAL FITNESS CENTERS

AQUATICS TRAINING CENTER

887 Marshall Rd.

915-568-7280

SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICE

505B Pershing Rd., Room 135

915-744-5785

Milam: 11898 Haan Rd.

915-568-2983

820 Marshall Rd.

Soto: 20751 Constitution Ave.

RV PARK

SOLDIER & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER

AUTO CRAFTS/HOBBY SHOP

INTRAMURAL SPORTS

1743 Victory Ave.

Logan: 3505 Ellerthorpe Rd.

The Bulls-eye Bar & Grill

241 Sheridan Rd.

Sports, Fitness & Aquatics

Warrior Gym: 21145 Quartermaster Rd.

915-569-5500

915-568-6879

Child Youth Services

915-744-2449

195 Chaffee Rd. 915-568-2908

YOUTH EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES

253 Club Rd.

REPLICA AQUATIC CENTER* (Closed for renovations)

5035 Dickman Rd. 915-568-7431

SAC OUTDOOR POOL*

20732 Constitution Ave. 915-744-1532

505B Pershing Rd. 915-568-2784

WARRIOR ZONE

21171 Medic Ave. 915-741-3000

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The Hospitals of Providence and MedPost Urgent Care are here for your BIG emergencies and small ones too.

Memorial Campus 2001 N Oregon St. (915) 577-6011

Providence Children's Hospital 2001 N Oregon St. (915) 577-6011

Sierra Campus 1625 Medical Center St. (915) 747-4000

Trawood Emergency Room 2400 Trawood (915) 577-8100

East Campus 3280 Joe Battle Blvd. (915) 832-2000

Northeast Emergency Room 11380 Gateway North (915) 577-8221

West 601 Sunland Park Dr. (915) 577-8223

East 9100 Viscount (915) 594-4475

12371 Edgemere Blvd. Ste. 207 (915) 856-0008

Transmountain Campus 2000 Transmountain Rd. (915) 877-8136

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