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one great staff. COMMANDING GENERAL Maj. Gen. Sean B. McFarland GARRISON COMMANDER Col. Brant V. Dayley FAMILY & MWR DIRECTOR Mark A. Cauthers ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE Nancy Thomas-Mainor BUSINESS OPERATIONS Ronald Telles CHILD, YOUTH & SCHOOL SERVICES Pat Smith NAF SUPPORT MANAGER Indri O’Hara RECREATION & SPORTS Eric Hildreth SPECIAL EVENTS William Ketcherside MARKETING COORDINATOR Heather Wilburn MARKETING ASSISTANTS Tiffany Kurak Meredith McLean GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kenny Broomfield Raymond Sanchez COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR Jenny Daugherty ADVERTISING SPECIALIST Jennifer Badr 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 and George V. Underwood Golf Complex members, 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: 30,000 quarterly

In this issue ... 4 calendar JANUARY 8 calendar FEBRUARY 12 calendar MARCH 17 recognition Family and MWR 19 recognition SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT 21 around mwr CUSTOMER SERVICE 22 feature ‘HOW WE MET’ CONTEST 28 clubs FOOD & FUN 32 recreation SOUTHWEST ADVENTURE 36 recreation sports & fitness 40 family cyss 45 community acs 50 west fort bliss map 52 east fort bliss map 54 directory phone numbers

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. For more information, please call the individual facilities. Family and MWR Marketing is located in Building 12, Pershing Road, Fort Bliss, TX 79916 and may be reached by calling (915) 568-6741.

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Fort Bliss’ Got Talent Auditions

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Do you have talent? Now’s your chance to show Fort Bliss what you can do – auditions for the award-winning Fort Bliss’ Got Talent will be held at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center Wednesday, January 8 and Wednesday, January 15 at 5 p.m. each night. Auditions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All talents are welcome. If you can sing, dance, play an instrument or juggle ... Fort Bliss’ Got Talent is the competition for you. The show is open to active-duty, Guard and Reserve members of any branch of service, retirees, family members 16 years of age and older with military ID, and DoD civilians. Don’t forget: You’re competing for cash! First place takes home $500, second place wins $250 and third earns $100. For complete rules and eligibility information, visit blissmwr.com. The Centennial is located at 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St. on East Fort Bliss. To learn more, visit blissmwr.com or call (915) 588-8247.

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januaryevents Youth Sports Spring Soccer Registration Throughout January • YouthPlex Youth Sports Girls’ Soccer Registration Throughout January • YouthPlex Winter Sports: Skiing, Snowboarding + Snowshoeing January 4 • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Night of Games January 4 • 7-10pm • Milam Youth Activity Center Red Cross Lifeguard Certification January 7-10 • 9am-6pm • Aquatics Training Center Fort Bliss’ Got Talent Auditions January 8 • 5pm • Centennial Raise Your Pint Night (See Page 29) January 10 • 4:30pm • Samuel Adams Pub at the Centennial Biggs Laser Tag January 10 • 5pm • Biggs Park Fort Bliss Half Marathon January 11 • 8am • Soto Physical Fitness Center Tower Day January 11 • 10am-4:30pm • Tango Tower, Biggs Park Kidnapped Gnomes January 11 • 5-10pm • YouthPlex Commander’s Cup Basketball League Begins January 15 • Multiple venues on Fort Bliss Fort Bliss’ Got Talent Auditions January 15 • 5pm • Centennial Healthy Cooking Demonstration (See Page 28) January 15 • 6:30pm • Family Resilience Center Winter Sports: Skiing, Snowboarding + Snowshoeing January 18 • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Tower Day January 21 • 10am-4:30pm • Tango Tower, Biggs Park Biggs Laser Tag January 24 • 5pm • Biggs Park Member Appreciation Night January 24 • 5-8pm • Underwood Golf Complex Bouldering with Southwest Adventure January 25 • Hueco Tanks State Park Family Day at the Wall January 26 • noon-8pm • Soldier Activity Center Coupon Clues Class (See Page 46) January 28 • 9:30-11am • Register at blissmwr.com/frp Women’s Open Basketball League Begins January 31 • Soto Physical Fitness Center Right Arm Night January 31 • 5pm • Pershing Pub

Fort Bliss Half Marathon

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Challenge yourself with the 2014 Fort Bliss Half Marathon! The race takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 11 at Soto Physical Fitness Center on East Fort Bliss. The 2014 Fort Bliss Half Marathon is open to all, including the El Paso community. Early registration ends January 8 and costs $10 for active-duty Soldiers and $35 for all other runners. Register in person at Stout or Soto PFCs, or online at active.com. Late registration costs an additional $10 for all runners, including active-duty. Late registration and

packet pickup will be held at Soto PFC from 5-7 p.m. January 10 and 6:30-7:30 a.m. the day of the event. Shirts are guaranteed for all preregistered runners. All finishers will receive medals. Soto PFC is located at 20751 Constitution Ave. on East Fort Bliss. Keep up with the latest Fort Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics news at facebook.com/ teamblisssports. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/intramurals or call (915) 744-5794.

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Lifeguarding Certification ceLrti f e g u Are you interested in becoming a lifeguard? Take the first step by completing the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course. Fort Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics will host Red Cross lifeguard certification courses from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. January 7-10 at the Aquatics Training Center. The course costs $150 and is open to participants age 15 and older. Enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Before taking the certification course, candidates must successfully complete swimming requirements consisting of a 300-meter nonstop swim, a 10-pound brick swim and a two-minute treading test.

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Kidnapped Gnomes Night of Games Gather around the game board for a night of fun and games from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, January 4 at the Milam Youth Activity Center. The Night of Games is free and open to all sixth- through 12th-graders. Students will also enjoy snacks, live music and prizes for game winners. The Milam Youth Activity Center is located at 10960 Haan Road on East Fort Bliss. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/mst or call (915) 744-2449.

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Gnomes are on the loose! Join the YouthPlex from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, January 11 for night of shenanigans and fun. Sixth- through 12thgraders and parents will kidnap a gnome, then take that gnome on an adventure of a lifetime. The night will be full of documented challenges and adventures all over the city. To join in the fun stop by the YouthPlex at 195 Chaffee Road on West Fort Bliss, visit blissmwr. com/mst or call (915) 5685437 for more information.

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Watch the brightest stars on Fort Bliss shine during Fort Bliss’ Got Talent, winner of the Army Festival of the Arts’ best variety entertainment production. Fort Bliss’ Got Talent is a four-week-long competition showcasing some of the installation’s best performers, every Wednesday in February. At 6 p.m. February 5, February 12, February 19 and February 26, the Centennial Banquet and Center 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; family members age 16 and older with valid military ID; and DoD civilians. Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. January 8 and January 15 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. The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center is located at 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St. on East Fort Bliss For information, call (915) 588-8247 or visit blissmwr.com.

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Throughout February • YouthPlex Black History Month Specials Throughout February • Desert Strike Lanes Winter Sports: Skiing, Snowboarding + Snowshoeing February 1 • Ski Apache, Mescalero, N.M. Super Bowl Party February 2 • 1:30pm • Samuel Adams Pub Youth Super Bowl Party February 2 • 3pm • YouthPlex Super Bowl Party February 2 • 4pm • Desert Strike Lanes Commander’s Cup Bowling League Begins February 3 • Desert Strike Lanes Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 5 • 6pm • Centennial 5k Post Championship February 7 • 6:30am • Soto Physical Fitness Center Raise Your Pint Night (See Page 29) February 7 • 4:30pm • Samuel Adams Pub at the Centennial Biggs Laser Tag February 7 • 5pm • Biggs Park Fort Bliss Women’s Basketball Tournament February 8-10 • Soto Physical Fitness Center

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Bouldering with Southwest Adventure February 8 • Hueco Tanks State Park Commander’s Cup Dodgeball Tournament February 8 • 8am • Soto Physical Fitness Center Amazing Race February 8 • 9am • YouthPlex Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 12 • 6pm • Centennial

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There’s nothing more attractive than a great sense of humor ... Don’t miss your chance to make sparks fly during a great date night as the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center presents the Love and Laughter comedy show and dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 15. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious three-course meal and a comedy show that focuses on the funny. Tickets cost $40 each and will be available for purchase January 13 at the Centennial. Advance ticket purchase is required, and seating is limited. The show features comedians Barry Neal, known as the “Counselor of Love,” and Debbie Praver. Barry’s funny, clean, high-energy style and relationship material has been a hit with all ages – from young newlyweds to couples enjoying their golden years together. His easygoing show is not just a series of jokes, but a show that is self-contained and one that will leave the audience feeling great knowing they saw someone that has worked hard to make his show great and has crafted the set to make sure everyone leaves with a smile. Debbie has been an invited guest performer at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, has shared the stage with Kathy Griffin and performs regularly at the Improv, Comedy Store and Friars Club. She honed her writing skills with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and co-executive producers Joey Murphy and John Pardee. Her uniquely feminine slant on life has entertained and enthralled audiences around the globe. Want to laugh? Debbie’s the gal to make it happen. The Centennial Banquet and Conference Center is located at 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St. on East Fort Bliss. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/centennial or call (915) 744-8427.

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Hueco Rock Rodeo with Southwest Adventure February 14-16 • Hueco Tanks State Park Wolf Creek Ski Trip with Southwest Adventure February 14-17 • Pagosa Springs, Colorado Valentine’s Dance February 14 • 7-10pm • Milam Youth Activity Center Love and Laughter Comedy Show and Dinner February 15 • 6pm • Centennial Auto Care Clinic (See Page 45) February 19 • 1:30-4pm • Auto Crafts Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 19 • 6pm • Centennial Biggs Laser Tag February 21 • 5pm • Biggs Park Border Rumble Boxing Smoker February 21 • 6pm • Stout Physical Fitness Center Keystone Open Mic Night (See Page 41) February 21 • 7pm • YouthPlex Chili Cook-Off February 22 • noon-5pm • Rod and Gun Club Family Day at the Wall

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Chili Cook-Off

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How hot are your culinary skills? Put them to the test for a chance to win great prizes at the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club’s Chili Cook-Off! The competition heats up from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, February 22. Registration is free for competitors; simply stop by the club or call (915) 568-2983 to sign up. The firstplace winner will take home a $100 gift card. Chili lovers, make sure you come hungry: $5 buys a sample of each chili, corn bread

and a beverage. Additional chili can be purchased from the Rod and Gun Club, as well. The Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club is located at 3730 Roy Johnson Lane in northeast El Paso. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/rodandgun or call (915) 568-2983.

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February 23 • noon-8pm • Soldier Activity Center Fort Bliss’ Got Talent February 26 • 6pm • Centennial Fort Bliss Hiring Fair (See Page 47) February 27 • 9am-1pm • Centennial Right Arm Night February 28 • 5pm • Pershing Pub

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Show your “right arm” how much you appreciate their service during Right Arm Night, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, February 28 at Pershing Pub. The event is hosted by Fort Bliss Garrison Command. Enjoy a night of camaraderie, free snacks and great music. Pershing Pub is located at 243 Club Road on West Fort Bliss. For more information, visit blissmwr. com or call (915) 568-6272.

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How’s the view from the top? Find out during Family Day at the Wall, a new addition to the outdoor recreation calendar. 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 up. Family Day at the Wall runs from noon-8 p.m. Sunday, February 23.

Admission is free for Fort Bliss ID card holders and costs $3 for all others; climbing is available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Time limits may be instituted if demand is high. The Soldier Activity Center is located at 20732 Constitution Ave. on East Fort Bliss. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/soldier_activity_center or call (915) 744-1532.

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Speed Dating for Dogs ... Finding Your Soulmutt is coming! Join Family and MWR for a unique pet adoption event, and help Animal Rescue League find “forever homes” for some fourlegged, furry friends. Speed Dating for Dogs begins at noon Saturday, March 22. Bring the family out to Freedom Crossing to find your next soulmutt. Let the Animal Rescue League of El Paso help you find the dog of your dreams. You will chat with each dog’s handler and have a chance to ask questions about the pooch while checking out your family’s “chemistry” with each four-legged friend. If you wish to adopt and qualify to do so, simply pay the adoption fee. Fort Bliss Veterinary Services will also be on-site to answer questions and showcase their on-post services. For more information, www.blissmwr.com or call (915) 588-8247.

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marchevents Youth Sports Tee-Ball Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Youth Sports Girls’ Tee-Ball Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Youth Sports Baseball Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Youth Sports Girls’ Softball Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Youth Sports Flag Football Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Youth Sports Girls’ Volleyball Registration Throughout March • YouthPlex Spring Open Softball League Begins March 1 • Omar Bradley Complex Tower Day March 1 • 10am-4:30pm • Tango Tower, Biggs Park Monster Jam March 1 • 6-10pm • YouthPlex Mardi Gras Party March 4 • 6pm • Desert Strike Lanes Biggs Laser Tag March 7 • 5pm • Biggs Park Outdoor Expo March 8 • 10am-2pm • Soldier Activity Center Bouldering with Southwest Adventure March 9 • Hueco Tanks State Park Spring Break Camps March 10-14 • Milam Youth Activity Center + YouthPlex St. Patrick’s Day Party March 14 • 5pm • Rod and Gun Club Guadalupe Peak Hike with Southwest Adventure March 15 • Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas St. Patrick’s Day 6-Mile Run March 15 • 8am • Soto Physical Fitness Center

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Member Appreciation Night

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Enjoy free rounds of trap, dinner, giveaways and more during the Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club’s Member Appreciation Night and Membership Drive from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 21. Free trap runs from 4-8 p.m. Appetizers will be available from 4-6 p.m. and dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. Prize drawings will take place from 6-8 p.m., as well. As a special thank you, guests will receive a 10 percent discount on all memberships purchased during this event. The event is free for Rod and Gun Club members. All guests must abide by range and safety rules, including the child safety policy. The Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club is located at 3730 Roy Johnson Lane in northeast El Paso. For more information, visti blissmwr.com/rodandgun or call (915) 568-2983.

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Garden Day Celebrate spring’s arrival with Garden Day at the Old Fort Bliss Replica! From 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 29 join Family and MWR to plan and plant Fort Bliss’ community garden, located on the replica grounds. Learn about gardening, healthy living and outdoor activities. Learn how settlers completed daily tasks in the 1800s, and how we use similar methods today. The Old Fort Bliss Replica is located at 5054 Pershing Road on West Fort Bliss, at the intersection with Pleasonton. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/ oldfortbliss or call (915) 568-4518 or (915) 588-8482.

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Outdoor Expo Commander’s Open The weather is warming up ... shake off that cabin fever and learn what outdoor opportunities await! Southwest Adventure will host its first-ever Outdoor Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Soldier Activity Center. Our outdoor recreation experts will be on hand to share information, as well as representatives of area parks and outdoors agencies. Stop by and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors! The Soldier Activity Center is located at 20732 Constitution Ave. on East Fort Bliss. To learn more, visit blissmwr.com/southwestadventure or call (915) 744-1532.

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– continued from page 13 – Socorro ISD Adventure Camp March 17-21 • 8am-noon • Milam Youth Activity Center St. Patrick’s Day Party March 17 • 4:30pm • Sam Adams Pub at the Centennial Big Bend Adventure with Southwest Adventure March 21-23 • Big Bend National Park Biggs Laser Tag March 21 • 5pm • Biggs Park Member Appreciation Night March 21 • 4-8pm • Rod and Gun Club Women’s Volleyball League Begins March 22 • Stout Physical Fitness Center Speed Dating for Dogs March 22 • noon • Freedom Crossing 80s Night March 22 • 3-10pm • YouthPlex Commander’s Cup Outdoor Soccer League Begins March 24 • Soto Turf Field Coupon Clues Class (See Page 46)

Golf Tournament

March 25 • 9:30-11am • Register at blissmwr.com/frp

Get into the swing of things with the Commander’s Open Golf Tournament Friday, March 28 at Underwood Golf Complex. Entry costs $45 per player and includes green fees, cart rental, range balls and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, and closest to the pin. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on the Sunrise Course. Underwood Golf Complex is located at 3200 Coe Ave., near the Logan Heights housing area. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/golf or call (915) 568-1059.

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Open Flag Football League Begins Commander’s Open Golf Tournament March 28 • 9am • Underwood Golf Complex Movie and Craft Night March 28 • 6-8pm • Rod and Gun Club Garden Day March 29 • 1-4pm • Old Fort Bliss Movie Night Out March 29 • 6-10pm • YouthPlex Family Day at the Wall March 30 • noon-8pm • Soldier Activity Center Commander’s Cup Volleyball League Begins March 31 • Stout Physical Fitness Center

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CIRCLE AWARD

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New York native Jamaal Fogle, assistant director at Logan Child Development Center, brings a whole new spice to the Child, Youth and School Services division. “Jamaal brings a whole different perspective and energy to the staff,” said Monique Saputi-Duchene, Fogle’s fellow assistant director at Logan Child Development Center. “There are not many males that work in the child development centers; having a male influence helps balance out the whole team.” Jamaal always knew that he was destined to work with children. “Growing up, I did not have any male teachers. I knew I was going to go against the norm and make a difference by working with children,” said Fogle. “Children are so impressionable at this age, and I want to provide a positive influence.” Jamaal started his Family and MWR career shortly after graduating from the University of South Carolina and marrying the love of his life, Asia Gilchrist-Fogle, in 2008. That same year, the pair jet-set to Schweinfurt, Germany, and Jamaal started working at the teen center located on the intallation. There Jamaal worked hard and was rewarded with a promotion. Soon, he was running the computer lab and serving as a homework tutor. In 2010, work brought Jamaal and Asia to Fort Bliss, where he stepped into the assistant director position at Logan Child Development Center. “I liked working at the teen center, but I really love working with the younger children more,” said Fogle. “The children here are just wonderful. They have so much energy, it is inspiring.” With lots of great ideas for the future, and a prolonged assignment here at Fort Bliss, Jamaal will be making a lasting impression. “I love El Paso and the Fort Bliss MWR family,” he said. “Hot weather and friendly people – this is my kind of town.”

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Winner’s Circle Employees go above and beyond

Each quarter, Family and MWR holds the Winner’s Circle award ceremony to recognize employees who have gone above and beyond to provide excellent service for the Soldiers, families, retirees and civilians we serve. 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, Cauthers elected to name the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation as the recipient of the Director’s Award. The efforts of the entire team deserve recognition! 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. amanda stone NAF Support Services ruth nero Army Community Service kristine woodson Business Operations Division rita o’connor Child, Youth and School Services hazel washington Community Recreation Division melinda scott DFMWR

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The following staff members are “Commitment to Excellence” winners for routinely going above and beyond to provide exceptional service to internal and external customers. A maximum of 20 are selected each quarter.

tonya phillips SKIESUnlimited pamela thomas Unit Service Coordinator ana hernandez Financial Readiness Program jannette caswell 4th quarter 2013 Desert Strike Lanes Maria Isela Ornelas mariam roman Replica Child Development Center Milam School-Age Center miquel perez holly imbriaco Logan Physical Fitness Center Sports, Fitness and Aquatics raul reyes Apolinar fernandez DFMWR Warrior Gym juan sanchez brenda fonseca Auto Crafts East Bliss Child Development Center araceli cuevas The “Effective Team” award is given Financial Readiness Program to recognize the accomplishments of juan pena team who work together in harmony to Outdoor Recreation produce outstanding results. The selecjoseph fanion tion committee decided that the teams Automation below are well deserving of the award. jennifer badr 4th quarter 2013 Marketing Soldier activity center vanessa castillo Christian Ramos, Joerg Robeson, Rod and Gun Club Brian Arnold, Genista Nease, Deanna george avalos Woodson, Jo Ann Pruitt Soto Physical Fitness Center pace hall kristopher jenkins Soto Physical Fitness Center Coleen O’Brien, Melinda McWeeny To nominate a Family and MWR employee for a Winner’s Circle award, contact Melinda Scott at (915) 568-3500. To submit a compliment or suggestion for improvement for any Family and MWR program, check out the ICE system at ice.disa.mil.

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Jennifer Daugherty, Family and MWR Marketing

USA Discounters and Fletcher’s Jewelers have proudly supported Soldiers and their families at installations around the nation for more than 20 years. Here at Fort Bliss, USA Discounters and Fletcher’s are everywhere; you have probably have seen them at the Bienvenidos a Bliss Relocation Fair, Monster Bash or Holiday Festival. You may have entered the Family and MWR photo contest for the chance to win the camera that USA Discounters provided to the winner, or r i you might have even entered the ¡blissNOW! How We Met contest a nF o i that’s featured in this magazine – Fletcher’s Jewelers provided the t oca SMA grand prize. Rellcome U4S!A 6 We Class “It’s a great feeling, knowing we are able to help support so liss m B p rt nt York 1-hil5l St. • EaesnttFeorteasin•mmeufsaicir many programs that give back to our active and retired Soldiers, In Olde New • 7 rc s • iz er veterans, and their families,” said USA Discounters marketu1s19t9 Sgt. aEy. Cs h•uacftaivirit•iedrivooer•pvrolunte g u Atennial • 1 giveawC healthblood d ing and promotions assistant Cindy Douglas.”What is most AM BP Cen WB d • AS important to us is to say that we appreciate the opportunity foo e mor For ation, to give back and say thank you to the Soldiers and their families m t r info ACS a call -4ACS for all that they do.” 9 6 5 It is through the support of our commercial sponsors such as USA Discounters and Fletcher’s Jewelers that Family and MWR can continue Trading Post to create amazing events and provide lasting memories to our patrons. Free So next time you are at a Family and MWR event, please thank our sponting rink sors. And if you see USA Discounters and Fletcher’s Jewelers, enter their Open roller-ska drawing for the chance to win a diamond necklace. blissmwr.com

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Cathie Garner, Customer Service Program Coordinator

Family and MWR values the relationships we have with our customers. We continually strive to create a service environment that is predictable, consistent, efficient and customer-focused. Our Family and MWR Customer Covenant promises we will give our customers the opportunity to provide feedback. We know the key to keeping our customers satisfied is to build solid and lasting relationships and meet their expectations. It’s essential to providing service excellence to our service members and their families. Our customers are our major resource for vital information on the products and services we provide. Providing quality service by listening to the needs of our customers is our top priority. Through active listening, we strive to understand what customers value and what we can do to deliver it better. We understand the importance of establishing a clear communication networking interaction with our customers. It is our responsibility to gather information, analyze the successes and shortfalls,

and apply the findings wisely to ensure we are providing the best customer service possible. There are many ways Family and MWR solicits your comments and suggestions. We encourage your input through the Interactive Customer Evaluation process, or ICE comments. You can find the link on our website at blissmwr.com. We have found, however, the best way for our customers to provide feedback is through the relationships we have developed with our customers. We invite you to share your comments and suggestions with a Family and MWR team member. Taking care of our customers literally means taking care of relationships. Whether you are filling out an ICE form or having a one-on-one conversation with us, we benefit and can improve our services by getting a deeper insight into how you feel about the services and products we provide, and what we can do to make them better. The staff of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation would like you to know we appreciate your patronage, loyalty and support of our organization. We consider it an honor and privilege to provide quality support and leisure services that enhances the lives of our customers. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

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How We Met Contest How did you meet the love of your life? We asked, and you told us! In honor of Valentine’s Day, Family and MWR held the second annual ¡blissNOW! How We Met Contest. Here, you’ll find the stories our staff picked as their favorites. Our winner, Mayra Lopez, received a diamond heart necklace, courtesy of Fletcher’s Jewelers, and two tickets to the ‘Love and Laughter’ comedy show and dinner at the Centennial. Take a look, read the stories ... and share the love!

Winner! Mayra Lopez and Rodrigo Lopez

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I met my husband Rodrigo Lopez when I was 12 years old. At the time, we both lived in Lennox, California. He was friends with my cousin so he would come around a lot. I remember being 12 and writing in my Hello Kitty diary how one day I would marry him, but of course being so young it felt like that would never happen. I even wrote a letter to him telling him that I wanted to be with him when I grew up and he responded to my letter telling me that I was a bright young lady and when I grew up I would probably find someone else and not even remember him. Well, time went on and we both moved to different towns. Rodrigo joined the military in 1999 which took him to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I went on to high school and began working at a movie theater as a supervisor. I remember the night we reunited so clearly, It was a rainy evening and our theater had run out of condiments for the concession stand, so I was told to drive to one of our sister theaters to borrow some. I went to the theater down the street and while I was waiting by the concession stand for the manager, this gentleman approached me and said, “Mayra?” I looked up at him and answered, “Can I help you?” I thought it was a customer needing assistance. Then Rodrigo said “It’s me Rigo, remember me?” I was so shocked to be seeing him again. I was 17 years old at the time and I had not seen him in five years. I remember we hugged each other and briefly spoke, but he had to go in to watch his movie and I had to return to work, so we parted ways. The next day was New Year’s Eve, and I called my cousin to tell her who I ran into. Next thing I knew, Rodrigo was knocking at my door and we ended up spending New Year’s Eve together. The rest is history! We have been together since 2001 and married since 2004. This past August, we renewed our vows on Fort Bliss and convalidated our marriage. We have two wonderful children, ages 5 and 7. Rodrigo is my rock, because of him I am the person that I am today: a strong woman. Together we have gone through ups and downs and he has never left my side. I love him and look forward to a lifetime and beyond with him.

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Erica Krestyn and Ivan Krestyn

My husband, Ivan Krestyn, and I got married the beginning of this year: January 7, 2013. Out story started about two years ago. It’s actually pretty funny, really. My sister and Ivan’s brother got married in 2011, and we started talking about a year later. Ivan was deployed in Afghanistan when we first started talking; we started talking on the web. Because of the time change, I would wake up at 5 a.m. to talk with him for a couple hours every day. He always said that at the end of the conversation that I made his day, which he did the same for me! This was pretty much the beginning of his deployment, and we talked every day until he came back to the states. We hadn’t met in person yet, so a month or two after he got back I planned a trip from Kentucky to Fort Bliss so I could finally meet this amazing man that I talked to for months on end. I arrived in El Paso, and fell in love with him instantly! We got along so well, he was definitely my other half! I was there for three days, then I flew to stay with my sister and brother-in-law Greg (Ivan’s brother) for a couple

months. We talked on the phone every day: He would call me in the morning when he woke up for work, on his lunch break, when he got off work and before we went to bed ... every day! I knew he was the man I wanted in my life. He put so much effort into our relationship even though we were thousands of miles apart. He came up and visited me for Thanksgiving for a couple days. The day that he left, we both realized that we both wanted to be together, so he bought me a plane ticket to El Paso. I flew down to stay with him. On January 6, he took me to the Franklin Mountains, got down on his little knee and asked me to marry him! The next day we went down to the court house and got married; we just couldn’t wait, and we know how the Army does things. Just in case if he was PCSing, we didn’t want to take the chance. We are still going strong, happily in love! And I could not have chosen anyone better.

Amanda Troyer and David Troyer

My husband and I met almost 10 years ago, when he got a job at Albertsons. I had already been working there for about six months. I was put on the task of training the “new guy” that all the other employees were talking about. We flirted back and forth and became very good friends. After a while we started dating, it was great. Unfortunately, we were going to different high schools so we ended up breaking up. We didn’t find each other again until 2008 when he messaged me on MySpace, saying he wanted to catch up and hang out. After hanging out constantly, he became my best friend. He helped me through so many troubles in my life. He helped me raise my daughter, who he calls his own. Over the next few years we were inseparable. He left for basic training January of 2011. When he returned home in May, he asked me to marry him! I was so excited to call my best friend my husband. Still going strong.

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How We Met Contest

Antionette Garland and Andrew Garland

We are the Garlands, and this is our love story ... For most couples, when you ask them how they met their significant other, you can see the sparkle come to their eye, and the story of some joyful experience in their life that led them to where they are today will begin to unfold. However, ours is much different. In November of 2011 is when Andrew first made his appearance in my life, and not a moment too soon, I may add. I was at a very difficult time in my life, as I had just moved home to Fort Campbell to help care for my grandfather who had been diagnosed as terminal with cancer. While this would have an effect on anyone, it hit me harder then most seeing as this was the man that had raised me from birth. The same man that was there for me through every positive and negative decision I had made in my life and supported me all the same, so you can see why I didn’t cope well. My father was deployed to Afghanistan when we got the news, and was scheduled to come home on R&R that same month. Little did I know that he would be bringing along with him the one thing that would get me through one of the toughest times in my life ... little did any of us. Andrew worked with my father, and was also coming home at the same time for his R&R; it was then that I met him. My father and I had snuck away from the stressful household of hospice, and in home care nurses to try and find a sense of normal, even if only for an hour. Andrew had happened to be at that very same Mexican restaurant, so naturally my father introduced us, being polite. As we all talked over chips and queso I found myself laughing for the first time in weeks without even realizing I was. Before lunch had come to an end, Andrew and I exchanged numbers and said that we would do our best to grab lunch again before he and my father returned to Afghanistan. Between hospital visits, and the craziness of planning surgeries for my grandfather, it was a promise of lunch that I found myself breaking a number of times during his two weeks home. Before I knew it ,the

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time had come and my father was saying his goodbyes again. It was then that I realized that I had never returned Andrew’s calls and my time was up, but then again I could barely remember if I had washed my hair, or where I put my shoes earlier that day. I chalked it up to being a missed opportunity to find that normal again in my current world of crazy. About a week went by before I opened my Facebook messages to a name I didn’t recognize. Andrew had found me on my father’s Facebook, and reached out to me. Our conversations started as any other stranger in a coffee shop conversation would start, the weather, what exciting things were going on in the other’s lives, etc. Quickly, our conversations became more in-depth: his plans when he returned, my plans after college, the places we had visited, our likes and dislikes. I hadn’t even notice that I had found myself looking forward to opening my messages to read about something to get my mind off all of the bad news. Mid-December came and my grandfather had taken a turn for the worse: They kept telling us that they didn’t know how long he would make it, let’s try this treatment, lets do this surgery ... it went on and on. Andrew apparently could tell that my demeanor had changed because the messages and calls became more frequent – never crossing any lines, but instead always being about me, and my situation. Showing his concern and his support. Here was this man, a man I had met once over a quick lunch with my father, that had turned into the biggest support in my life during such a tragic time in my life. I kept asking myself what was wrong with him? What was his agenda? I mean, let’s be real ... how many guys are going to show real concern and support for a woman they just met without wanting something in return? As the time moved on, he continued to surprise me. Andrew returned home in February of 2012. Not a day had gone by since the beginning of December that we hadn’t talked. I was excited for his return, to make up for that lunch I had bailed on, and again feel that escape to normalcy. We were inseparable, still nonromantic, but inseparable. He showed his support daily through texts, stayed on the phone with me while I waited at the hospital for word after every surgery or exam my grandfather was going through. It was a week later that my grandfather passed: February 15, 2012, just a day after my 24th birthday. Of course, I was a wreck. My whole world had stopped, and the last thing I wanted was to be around myself, let alone anyone else. For some reason, though, Andrew’s presence was calming. He came to be with me without me asking, and didn’t say a word but instead sat with me while I fell apart. Over the next few days, he continued to be that support, that rock, my go-to for every little thing. He was my pick-me-up. Andrew received orders to Fort Bliss, during the months that we first began talking, and out of support for my needs emotionally at the time he never told me about them. When he finally did, we were both upset. We had become close, but our friendship started thousands of miles apart – we would be able to do it again. We would keep touch, we were sure of that. As the months closed in on him leaving, we both realized, in an unspoken sense, that neither of us wanted to be separated from the other. In all reality we had fallen into a relationship without even ever really discussing it. In June, Andrew asked me to come with him. Nei-

ther of us knew what would happen, where we would be or even if this would work, but we were young and had nothing to lose. I followed him here to Texas and we adjusted to a life living together so far from what we knew. We were comfortable, and we liked it that way. Months went on, neither of us in a hurry to talk about future plans, just living day by day. However, in October our relationship was faced with another loss, one just as close to our hearts, but this time it was Andrew who needed my support. It was then that we knew there was no reason to wait for anything. Life was too short; we had learned that you never knew what the next day would hold, or if we would be around to experience it. Why waste time wondering, and contemplating the “what ifs”? We took the step, and were married in November 2012 right before he deployed again to Kuwait. We just celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and we couldn’t have made a better decision in which to start our life together. While it may have been a sad, tragic chain of events that led us to falling for each other, I feel that it was what was meant to happen. When you least expect it, something great will change your life. When one door closes, another opens. This is a perfect example of that, and one door I would walk through again and again if it meant ending up right where we are now.

Janeta Garver and Matthew Garver

My husband and I first met in April of 2002 in Tacoma, Washington. We met at a club called Gillians, where we had both gone with friends. I was not exactly a “break the ice” kind of person, but when I saw Matt I wanted to talk to him so I went over to where he and his friends were playing pool. I am a little shy when it comes to meeting people I am interested in, so instead of introducing myself I just asked him if I could rub his head. He looked at me dumb-founded and said, “I guess so,” with an odd expression on his face. The very next moment is when fate decided I was gonna take a 10year vacation in the friend zone of our relationship. Behind me followed my roommate, who had come with me that night. When Matt turned to her and asked if she wanted to rub his head too, I made what some would call a hasty decision and chose to walk away, as it seemed he was interested in her since he

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looked at me like he did and addressed her. They hung out the rest of the evening and we all became friends. I ended up dating someone else and it became us four going out together regularly; all the while, neither Matt or myself realized that we liked each other. I knew I liked him but had resolved myself to being close through friendship, and had no idea he felt the same about me – or even considered me as anything other than a friend, for that matter. There was one night that should have said something to me. He was very drunk, and while my roommate was helping him to bed he said to her , “I love you, Janeta,” but I just assumed that was way too much alcohol talking ... and so did she. He and my roommate eventually got married and still I said nothing, as I knew nothing about his feelings. We stayed friends over the years, traveling to see each other when we moved, helping out with each other’s families as they got bigger – and they did get bigger – and realizing that feelings that were had before were not something that were just going to go away. In fact, they eventually surfaced. Matt came to visit me and my kids for Thanksgiving after he and wife had divorced, and for the first time we were both single in the same place. It was actually kind of odd because I had no idea how to be around him at the time. This was still the same guy that I had been friends with for so many years, but without the same restrictions. It was weird! He let it slip that he had had feelings for me at some point and I brushed him off. There was a bit of alcohol involved and the past, at this point, had not taught me to listen when he got the courage to blurt out things like that, alcohol or not. After this visit, he returned home and we contin-

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ued talking to each other on the phone often. Myself and my kids then drove out here to El Paso to see him and his kids for spring break. The kids had all known each other all their lives so they were excited to see each other and have their “reunion”. Matt took me out to karaoke the first night I was here and that night I knew I was not going to want to leave even though I had to. By the third day, our children had decided we were getting married and we were all going to be one big happy family. Matt and I just laughed at them. The time for me and my kids to return to Houston came to soon, but it came nonetheless. Leaving was a very hard thing to do but I knew I would be back. We didn’t even get out of town before my kids were coming up with one reason after another to turn around and go back, but I couldn’t because they had to return to school. Upon returning home, Matt and I talked on the phone every day whenever we could. It wasn’t even two weeks before I was back. I packed all my stuff during my short time back in Houston, got my kids set up with my family until they were done with the school year, and hopped a plane back. Matt went to the field for six weeks shortly after I returned. When he came back from the field, we went to Houston, loaded up the kids and our belongings, and brought them home to start our new life as the “Modern Day Brady Bunch”. He and I were married two months later. With a little help from friends, family and our kids we finally realized that we should have done this a decade ago. We now have a full house with six kids, Matt, myself, the animals, and the occasional “adopted” family member, but we are happy.

Elizabeth Staub and Daniel Staub

We went to high school together in 2008. We walked by each other all the time, turning our heads backwards to look at each other, tripping over things, all sorts of silly things. We both knew we were interested in each other but I guess didn’t have enough guts to walk up to one another. This went on for weeks. When our classes finally changed over, turns out we were in the same class! We both had picked peer tutoring for the special edu-

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How We Met Contest cation students. I was so excited because I finally got to be in the room with him for a while instead of just seeing each other in the halls. It was a little awkward, too, but I knew that feeling would eventually go away. Every day I walked into that class I got butterflies; it’s like my world lit up, and my eyes just shined. I looked forward to that class. I got the nerve to sit by him one day. We just made some small talk. After a few weeks, we told ourselves, “That’s the girl for me ... That’s the guy for me.” I waited and waited, thinking I’m going to get lucky and he is going to ask if I’ll be his girl. Well, I was wrong. I couldn’t wait anymore. There was no way! I wanted him and I wanted him then; there was no waiting. So one day, I decided I was going to ask him if he would be my boyfriend. I pulled out a piece of paper, got my pen ready, and wrote him a letter. Simply explained that I liked him and I wanted to be with him. I’d had this feeling way too long and just blurted at the bottom: Will you go out with me? I told him not to read it in front of me because I was embarrassed, but of course he did anyway. He looked over at me, with his shiny baby blue eyes just a glowing, and said yes. I couldn’t have been happier. We were high school sweethearts. Now, in 2013, we’re still together and have been married a little over a year now. I was blessed with such an amazing Soldier, husband, and father. We now have a 3-month-old little girl and our family is happier than ever!

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Stefanie Spelman and James Spelman

In September of 2005, I was on vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas with my parents. My parents have a time share there and we were on the little shuttle bus coming back from the casino

when we pulled up to the hotel lobby; I noticed the group of people waiting for the shuttle to the casino and right away this certain guy stood out to me. He was tall with blond hair and striking green eyes. It was like all the air was taken out of my lungs – it was love at first sight, but I was with my family and he with his, so we exchanged glances and went our separate ways. As soon as I got back to my room I said to myself “That’s the man I’m going to marry.” It was certain to me, so the next two nights I spent looking everywhere for him only to be met with disappointment: He was nowhere to be found. On the third night, I was feeling pretty bummed I might have missed my chance to get to meet him. I decided I was being foolish and I shouldn’t let a missed encounter ruin my vacation, so I went to go to the casino ... and as I was waiting to get on the shuttle bus, the man I had been searching for stepped off. It was perfect. We were both so excited to see each other; it turns out he had been looking for me everywhere, too, so we spent the entire night walking around the resort, talking and getting to know each other. We spent the next week together almost 24/7 and fell madly in love, but all vacations come to an end. I lived in Texas and he lived in New York, but we didn’t let that affect us. Six months after meeting, he moved to Texas to be with me and we have been together ever since. And here we are, eight going on nine years together, with a beautiful 4-year-old son and a little girl on the way. And we are just as in love today as we were the day we met!

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Fresh food, fresh start

Healthy cooking demo helps kick off 2014 on the right foot Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

Kick off the new year with fresh ideas about how to feed yourself with delicious and healthy entrees. Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or Julia Child, Fort Bliss Family and MWR Executive Chef Damien Donaldson can help you improve your culinary skills with a healthy cooking demonstration. “A lot of people have a renewed motivation to be healthier with the new year,” said Donaldson. “We want to be able to help everyone reach or maintain their goals.” The class will cover using healthy ingredients and techniques to create delicious dishes that satisfy every appetite. Chef Damien will present the demonstration at 6:30 p.m. January 15 at the Family Resilience Center, located at 250 Club Road on West Fort Bliss. Advance reservations are required, and space is limited. The healthy-cooking demonstration will be a quaint setting for only 20 guests. “Having a smaller demonstration is great because it allows for more conversation with the group,” said Donaldson. “It gives us more time to address the questions that come up throughout the evening, rather than having to hurry through in order to accommodate a large audience.” Throughout the demonstration, guests will be able to sip a glass of wine, taste the finished products Chef Damien prepares and ask about techniques, flavoring or any other culinary subject. The demonstration is the second one offered by the chef. The first, held in December, covered holiday cooking. More are planned to follow, and will cover a wide range of cuisines. “We have held a variety of demonstrations, and plan on doing different demonstrations in the near future,” stated Donaldson.“Food has endless possibilities, and getting new ideas to mix up your menu is always a positive.” Don’t wait to reserve your spot for this delectable evening; reservations close January 13 or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/centennial or call (915) 744-8427.

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Damien Donaldson, Family and MWR’s executive chef, slices and dices during a holiday cooking demonstration held December 4 at the Family Resilience Center. Chef Damien will lead a healthy cooking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. January 15 at the FRC. Admission costs $15 per person and includes instruction, a glass of wine and a taste of the finished products. Advance reservations are required by January 13; call (915) 744-8427 for more information.

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Cheers to good times, great brews at the Samuel Adams Pub Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

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Raise your pint

Let’s raise a glass and celebrate! The brand-new Samuel Adams Pub, located inside the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, hosts a “Raise Your Pint” night once a month. If you haven’t already checked out Fort Bliss’s newest dining destination, now’s your chance. The next Raise Your Pint nights are scheduled for January 10 and February 7. “We want to create opportunities to help facilitate positive experiences for the Fort Bliss community,” said Tabitha Bohn, Centennial facility manager. The Samuel Adams Pub is the perfect place to grab a cold drink, enjoy a tasty meal or pull up a comfy chair and enjoy pleasant conversation with your comrades. “The Pub is just a great hangout spot, with 10 flat-screen TVs, overstuffed couches and a fireplace; it makes for a very relaxed, good time,” said Bohn. So raise your pint to the wonderful Fort Bliss community and enjoy a night of companionship, drink specials, snacks and a good time. The Samuel Adams Pub opens at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and is located inside the Centennial at 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill on East Fort Bliss. Guests raise their pints in celebration during the grand opening of the Samuel Adams Pub For more information about the pub, visit blissmwr. in November. The pub, which opens at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, hosts “Raise Your Pint” com/loungesandbars or call (915) 744-8427. night once a month. The next Raise Your Pint nights are set for January 10 and February 7. tiffany kurak \\ family and mwr marketing

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Spectacular savings

Underwood Golf Complex Pro Shop offers great deals Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing

If you’re in the market for golf gear, look no further than the Pro Shop at Underwood Golf Complex. “A lot of people don’t know just how much money they can save by shopping with us at the Pro Shop,” said Bobby Kaerwer, the manager and PGA golf professional at Underwood Golf Complex. “Our prices are very competitive and, best of all, you pay no sales tax.” Saving on sales tax may seem like a small thing, but it can add up quickly, Kaerwer noted. Recently, he was giving a golf lesson to a new club member when he learned that she and her husband had each just purchased a set of clubs from a local sporting goods store. “They spent a little over $1,000 on the clubs, and I told the lady that she could have saved almost $100 on the tax alone,” he explained. “That’s not pocket change.” In addition to great savings, the Pro Shop at Underwood also offers great selection. Your favorite brands are stocked, including Callaway, Nike, Ping, TaylorMade and more. And clubs aren’t the only big draw; men and women’s clothing and accessories, golf bags and more line the shelves. “We’re very proud of the selection we have to

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The Pro Shop at Underwood Golf Complex offers competitive rates, tax-free shopping and a superior range of products. Stop by today to check out the great selection. offer,” Kaerwer said. “We stock everything from the necessities to specialty products, like NFL-themed golf bags.” And if the Pro Shop doesn’t already stock it, they can get it. The friendly staff is able to special order almost anything a golfer might need, and has

access to a wide range of personalized products, as well. Underwood Golf Complex is located at 3200 Coe Ave. in the Logan Heights housing area. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/golf or call (915) 568-1059.

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Rod and Gun Club adds concealed handgun class to programs “In the class, we teach four core subjects from the Texas penal code: laws and regulations, use of force, Shooters looking to earn a Texas extent of liability and conflict resoluconcealed handgun license now tion,” Fornelli explained. have a new option when it comes to The concealed handgun licensing completing the required training: Beclass consists of four-six hours of classginning January 1, the club will offer room instruction, a written exam and Texas concealed handgun licensing a range qualification, Propheter said. classes. The classroom portion of the course is In the past, the club had allowed taught inside the Rod and Gun Club, private concealed handgun instrucwhile the qualification takes place on tors to conduct classes on the Rod one of the club’s pistol ranges. Stuand Gun Club ranges, said Jason dents must pass the written exam Propheter, manager at the Fort Bliss with a minimum score of 70 percent, Rod and Gun Club. The decision to and must qualify on the range from 3 offer the classes with an in-house yards, 7 yards and 15 yards. instructor was customer-driven, he Classes will be offered at 8:30 a.m. noted. on the first and third Saturdays of “Many of our customers were each month, and are also available by asking for us to provide the classes reservation for groups of 10 or more. as a service,” Propheter said. “Our The class costs $60 for Rod and Gun employees were supportive of the Club members, $70 for active-duty idea, as well, so we made it happen.” The Rod and Gun Club currently A Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club customer utilizes a handgun range. military who are not club members, Club members will soon have the option of taking Texas Concealed and $80 for civilians not affiliated has one staff member certified as a Handgun Licensing classes from Rod and Gun Club staff. with the club. As an incentive to join concealed handgun license instructhe club, course enrollment is offered for $45 if purchased at the same tor, with several others awaiting certification. “We’re getting them certified as instructors as quickly as we can, time as a new annual membership. Currently, there is no limit on the number of students who can to help accommodate demand,” Propheter added. Israel Fornelli is the first club employee to earn concealed handgun register for one class. “We don’t anticipate any issues with capacity, so we aren’t requirinstructor certification. He opted to get certified as an instructor in order to further develop his skill set and provide better service to Rod ing pre-registration,” Propheter explained. “We want out customers to have the flexibility to come to whichever class they would like. If and Gun Club customers. “It’s a good opportunity to better myself by being educated and you wake up on Saturday morning and decide you want to take the capable of teaching another safety course, on top of the ones I already CHL class, we want you to be able to do that.” If demand is extremely high, Propheter added, the club will look teach,” Fornelli said. “It’s very important to know that I am helping into adding classes on additional Saturdays to accommodate inensure more responsible gun handlers in the state of Texas.” In the CHL class, students learn about exercising good judgment creased participation. The Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club is located at 3730 Roy Johnson when carrying or using a concealed handgun, what the state law views as necessary force, and the legal ramifications involved with Lane in northeast El Paso. To learn more, visit blissmwr.com/rodandgun or call (915) 568-2983. using or carrying a concealed handgun.

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The sun sets over a Southwest Adventure campsite in Big Bend National Park. Fort Bliss’ outdoor recreation experts kick off the season with winter sports trips for skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers, then transition into climbing outings. Another Big Bend Adventure, complete with camping and canoeing, rounds out the winter schedule.

Adventure, far and wide

From mountain peaks to river valleys, Southwest Adventure does it all

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Get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors this winter with Southwest Adventure. The outdoor rec experts head for the hills this winter for funfilled skiing and climbing adventures. “Winter is an exciting time for outdoor activities in the Southwest because we have so many options” said Kenny Coppedge, outdoor recreation manager at Fort Bliss. “While it is obviously a great time for winter sports in the snow, it is also a prime time for hard climbing because it is easier to get a solid grip on the rocks.” If you are looking for some fresh powder, head out to Ski Apache with Southwest Adventure on one of their three outings this winter. They will be heading to Ski Apache January 4, January 18 and February 1. If you crave more fun in the snow, sign up for the annual Wolf Creek Ski Trip. The trip runs from February 1417 and takes place in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Tall pine trees, deep powder, and natural hot springs are what

skiers on the Wolf Creek Ski Trip have to look forward to. Climbing enthusiasts also have many adventures to look forward to in the new year. Southwest Adventure will head to Hueco Tanks for allday bouldering January 25, February 8 and March 9. If climbing indoors is more your style, they will host Family Day at the Wall January 26, February 23 and March 30 at the Soldier Activity Center. A much-anticipated climbing competition, the Hueco Rock Rodeo, will take place on February 14-16 at Hueco Tanks. It draws the top climbers from all over the world to compete for a much-coveted spot on the podium. If skiing and climbing aren’t your thing, fear not: Southwest Adventure had many cool events on the calendar for March. March 8, come learn how to be safe while hiking in the desert and gather information on local hiking and camping spots at the Outdoor Expo. The expo will take place at the Soldier Activity Center and will

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Date:

Activity:

Location:

$$

Includes:

January 4

Skiing, Snowboarding Ski Apache + Snowshoeing Mescalero, N.M.

$50 $15

Skiing/Snowboarding: Transportation and lift ticket equipment rental available. Snowshoeing: Transportation, equipment rental, guide services.

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment *For all ages

Tango Tower, Biggs Park

$6

Unlimited use of Tango Tower on morning or afternoon ticket for climbers 6 and older

$50 $15

Skiing/Snowboarding: Transportation and lift ticket equipment rental available. Snowshoeing: Transportation, equipment rental, guide services.

January 10

5pm

January 11

10am-4:30pm Tower Day

January 18

Skiing, Snowboarding Ski Apache + Snowshoeing Mescalero, N.M.

January 21

10am-4:30pm Tower Day

Tango Tower, Biggs Park

$6

Unlimited use of Tango Tower on morning or afternoon ticket for climbers 6 and older

January 24

5pm

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment *For all ages

Bouldering

Hueco Tanks State Park

January 25

$18

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry

Family Day at the Wall Soldier Activity Center

FREE

Free use of the climbing wall for guests age 6 and over

Skiing, Snowboarding Ski Apache + Snowshoeing Mescalero, N.M.

$50 $15

Skiing/Snowboarding: Transportation and lift ticket equipment rental available. Snowshoeing: Transportation, equipment rental, guide services.

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment *For all ages

February 8

Bouldering

Hueco Tanks State Park

$18

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry

February 14-16

Hueco Rock Rodeo

Hueco Tanks State Park

TBD

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry, climbing competition entry fees

February 14-17

Wolf Creek Ski Trip

Pagosa Springs, Colo.

TBD

Transportation, lodging, lift ticket, some meals. Equipment rental available.

February 21

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment *For all ages

January 26

Noon-8pm

February 1 February 7

5pm

5pm

February 23

Family Day at the Wall Soldier Activity Center

FREE

Free use of the climbing wall for guests age 6 and over

March 1

10am-4:30pm

Tower Day

Tango Tower, Biggs Park

$6

Unlimited use of Tango Tower on morning or afternoon ticket for climbers 6 and older

March 7

5pm

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment. *For all ages

March 8

Outdoor Expo

Soldier Activity Center

FREE

Information about local hiking opportunities and safety

March 9

Bouldering

Hueco Tanks

$18

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry

March 15

Hike to the Top of Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

$10

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry,

Biggs Laser Tag

Biggs Park

$10

Entry fee, laser tag equipment. *For all ages.

March 21-23

Big Bend Adventure

Big Bend National Park, Texas

TBD

Transportation, equipment, guide services, park entry, some meals

March 30

Family Day at Wall

Soldier Activity Center

FREE

Free use of the climbing wall for guests age 6 and over

March 21

5pm

Noon-8pm

feature booths and clinics set up by local outdoor enthusiasts and organizations. Trips to two of Texas’ most prized outdoor attractions will round out the schedule for this quarter. The first is the Hike to the Top of Texas, which will take place March 15. Hikers will hike to the top of

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the Guadalupe Peak, which is the highest point in Texas. The last trip of the quarter, the Big Bend Adventure, will run from March 21-23. It is a camping and canoeing trip to Big Bend National Park and will be fun for even the most novice outdoorsman. For more information, call (915) 744-

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1532 or stop by the Southwest Adventure headquarters at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution Ave. on East Fort Bliss. Keep tabs on Southwest Adventure online at blissmwr.com/southwestadventure or Facebook at facebook.com/blissodr.

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Going green

Synthetic turf covering installed at Biggs Paintball Park

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A new turf surface at the Biggs Paintball Park has other area paintball facilities green with envy. Southwest Adventure has upgraded the field from dirt and stone to turf in order to better accommodate serious paintball players. The new turf field covers 1,800 square feet and allows players to have better control of their games. The turf serves as a nice addition to the professional-sized paintball field, said Joe Fedak, chief of Outdoor Recreation and Biggs Park at Fort Bliss Family and MWR. “We are pleased to offer a field of this caliber to our patrons” Fedak said. “It will allow them to enjoy their games more because they can now slide across the field without tearing up their uniforms.” The turf installation is just another way that Fort Bliss Family and MWR offers customer-driven upgrades to facilities and programs; the turf covering was initially suggested by paintball patrons. The Biggs Paintball Park features two field options: a scenario field and a PSP speed ball field. They stock more than 60 paintball markers, sell paint, and also rent masks and compressed air. The field is open for walk-up use from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with extended hours during the summer season. The facility is available at other times by reservation, for group outings, parties and more. Biggs Park is located at 11138 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. For more information visit blissmwr.com/biggspark or call (915) 783-7549 or (915) 317-5618.

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Rent equipment for camping, climbing and more! Meredith McLean, Family and MWR Marketing

Want to head out into the great outdoors, but don’t have a tent ... or a sleeping bag ... or a lantern? No worries! Southwest Adventure, the outdoor recreation department at Fort Bliss, doesn’t just take cool trips; they also rent out equipment so you can take trips of your own. Camping, climbing and miscellaneous specialty equipment can be rented for nominal fees from the Southwest Adventure headquarters at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Sergeant Major Blvd. on East Fort Bliss. “This rental program helps Fort Bliss by improving the morale of the Soldiers and families by allowing them to get out and do something they enjoy doing,” says Brian Arnold, a recreation assistant with Southwest Adventure. Whether you are interested in climbing, camping, boating or sand sledding, Southwest Adventure can equip you with what you need to enjoy the outdoors. The camping equipment available for rental includes sleeping bags, sleeping pads, two- to three-person tents, four- to six-person tents, backpacks, headlamps, lanterns, two-burner propane stoves, cook sets, personal dish sets, French press coffee makers, backpacking stoves, alpine dish sets and dishwashing kits. Climbing equipment for rental includes climbing shoes, chalk bags and bouldering pads. With some of the best climbing and bouldering sites in the world nearby – including Hueco Tanks State Park – the climbing equipment can come in handy. “We have also begun selling climbing equipment along with the rentals, as climbing and bouldering are very popular here,” Arnold said. Miscellaneous specialty equipment can also be rented and includes inflatable kayak sets, river tubes, personal flotation devices, snow shoes for children and adults, spooner boards, snow/sand disc sleds, shade canopies, water jugs, ice chests, informational books, maps and GPS units. For pricing or more information, visit blissmwr.com/ southwestadventure or call (915) 744-1532.

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Above: If you need it, they’ve got it ... Southwest Adventure rents camping equipment, climbing equipment, inflatable kayaks, river tubes and more, all at great prices. Stop by the Southwest Adventure headquarters at the Soldier Activity Center to see what’s available and rent your gear. Left: The Southwest Adventure headquarters at the Soldier Activity Center stocks tents, sleeping bags, ropes, crash pads and more. Whether you’re camping, climbing, kayaking or floating the river, or just need a shade canopy for the weekend, the outdoor recreation experts at Southwest Adventure can meet your needs.

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Fort Bliss SFA starts 2014 with a little friendly competition Meredith McLean, Family and MWR Marketing

Whether running, basketball, or boxing is your thing, Fort Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics has something to suit every athlete this winter. Kick off the year with the annual Fort Bliss Half Marathon at 8 a.m. January 11 at Soto Physical Fitness Center, located at 20751 Constitution Ave. on East Fort Bliss. This race is open to all. Advance registration is currently under way, and on-site registration will run from 6:30-7:30 a.m. the day of the event. In addition to the Fort Bliss Half Marathon, the schedule for the first quarter of 2014 includes races for runners of all ability levels. The 5k Post Championship on February 7 and the Saint Patrick’s Day 6-Mile Run on March 15 won’t leave runners disappointed. The 5k Post Championship is open to all Fort Bliss ID card holders, and the St. Patrick’s Day run is open to all, including the El Paso community. Runners of all ages and experience are encouraged to come out and have fun. If team sports are more your style, start the new year out right with the Commander’s Cup Basketball League, beginning January 15, and the Women’s Open Basketball League, beginning January 31. Like all Commander’s Cup events, the basketball league is free and open to company-level teams of active-duty Soldiers only. The women’s open league is open to active-duty military, family members 18 and older, and DoD/DA civilians. Active-duty play for free and all others pay $20 per person for the whole season. In February, sports enthusiasts also have something to look forward to with the Commander’s Cup Bowling League beginning February 3 and the Commander’s Cup Dodgeball Tournament February 8. Both the bowling league and dodgeball tournament are part of the Commander’s Cup series. They are free of charge and open to company-level teams of active-duty Soldiers. The Border Rumble Boxing Smoker will take place February 21. Active-duty Soldiers are welcome to participate in this event. To qualify, participants must have fewer than five amateur bouts. “The 2013 boxing smoker was a great success,” says Aaron

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Two Soldiers square off during the Border Rumble Boxing Smoker held September 6. The next Border Rumble is set for February 21 and is open to all active-duty Soldiers with fewer than five amateur fights. Jones, sports director at Fort Bliss Family and MWR. “We are hopeful that we get another great turnout in February.” On tap in March are the Spring Open Softball League beginning March 1, Women’s Open Volleyball League beginning March 22, Commander’s Cup Outdoor Soccer League beginning March 24, Open Flag Football beginning March 27, and the Commander’s Cup Volleyball League beginning March 31. Spring open softball, women’s open volleyball, and open flag football are open to active-duty military, family members 18 and older, and DoD/ DA civilians. The Commander’s Cup Outdoor Soccer League and Commander’s Cup Volleyball League are open to company-level teams of active-duty Soldiers only. View the full 2014 Fort Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics schedule at blissmwr.com/intramurals, or call (915) 744-5794 for more information.

DATE

LOCATION

COMMANDER’S CUP EVENT?

Open to active-duty fort bliss military Commander’s Cup Basketball League

January 15

Multiple venues on Fort Bliss

Yes

Commander’s Cup Bowling League

February 3

Desert Strike Lanes

Yes

Commander’s Cup Dodgeball Tournament

February 8

Soto Physical Fitness Center

Yes

Border Rumble Boxing Smoker

February 21

Stout Physical Fitness Center

Yes

Commander’s Cup Outdoor Soccer League

March 24

Soto Turf Field

Yes

Commander’s Cup Volleyball League

March 31

Stout Physical Fitness Center

Yes

open to all military ID holders Women’s Open Basketball League

January 30

Soto Physical Fitness Center

No

5k Post Championship

February 7

Soto Physical Fitness Center

Yes

Spring Open Softball

March 1

Omar Bradley Complex

No

Women’s Open Volleyball League

March 22

Stout Physical Fitness Center

No

Open Flag Football League

March 27

Omar Bradley Complex

No

10k Post Championship

April 4

Soto Physical Fitness Center

Yes

Open to fort bliss and el paso community Fort Bliss Half Marathon

January 11

Soto Physical Fitness Center

No

St. Patrick’s Day 6-Mile Run

March 15

Soto Physical Fitness Center

No

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Warrior Gym opens doors to serve Soldiers on Far East Fort Bliss Meredith McLean, Family and MWR Marketing

Family and MWR’s Fort Bliss Sports, Fitness and Aquatics program recently expanded its fitness empire by opening a physical fitness center on Far East Fort Bliss. The Warrior Gym, located at 21171 Medic Ave., will better serve Soldiers in 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and 212 Fires Brigade. These units are currently located a considerable distance from any of Family and MWR’s other seven fitness centers, which are spread across East and West Fort Bliss. “Having a gym on this end of post is very beneficial for these Soldiers, because it helps them maintain their physical fitness during their lunch hour or any time they have a few minutes to spare,” says Paul Fernandez, Warrior Gym facility manager. “They can get out here more quickly than they could make it over to Soto Physical Fitness Center, which is the next closest facility, so they don’t have to cut into their workout time.” The Warrior Gym offers a wide array of equipment including free weights, selectorized equipment and cardio equipment. It is open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m.-7:30 p.m.. For more information, visit blissmwr. com/gyms or call (915) 741-5930.

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The Warrior Gym, now open at 21171 Medic Ave. on Far East Fort Bliss, offers a wide array of equipment including cardio equipment, free weights, selectorized equipment and more.

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Fort Bliss Group Fitness instructors Mayra Basinger and Jeanna Lee lead a MEF 2.0 class for Soldiers of the 219th Medical Detachment (Combat Operational Stress Control), 31st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade. Military units can enlist the Family and MWR’s Fort Bliss Group Fitness program for assistance in getting Soldiers into shape by attending classes held throughout the day, or scheduling special sessions.

Raising the standard

Group fitness program helps unit improve PT performance Meredith McLean, Family and MWR Marketing

One Fort Bliss unit is partnering with Family and MWR Group Fitness and seeing huge improvements in their Soldiers’ physical fitness. Along with regular morning physical training, the 219th Medical Detachment (Combat Operational Stress Control), 31st Combat Support Hospital, 1st Medical Brigade has been taking fitness into their own hands by attending group fitness classes twice a week in the afternoon. This program is the brainchild of Sgt. Ryan Hawkins, who is happy with the results he has been seeing in his fellow Soldiers. “The group fitness classes have helped our Soldiers to take PT more seriously and have helped them increase their confidence,” Hawkins said. “It has also helped many of them increase their PT test scores.” The first class this unit participated in was an indoor cycling class. Since then, they have branched out – and recently passed the 100-day mark in their partnership with the Group Fitness program.

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The group fitness “classes have helped

our Soldiers to take PT more seriously and have helped them increase their confidence.

“The improvements they have made from their very first cycling class to the MEF 2.0 class they are doing today have been drastic,” said Ursula Morawietz, Group Fitness assistant director. “They are visibly less tired and more able to participate fully in the classes.” Spc. Naomi Bristol has seen big improvements in her PT test scores.

“The variety of classes and workouts has really helped me,” she said. “I increased my last PT test score by 39 points.” An increase in the PT test scores is not the only benefit these Soldiers are reporting. “The morale in our unit seems much higher after getting the chance to participate in these classes,” said Sgt. Christian Ozorio. “The group fitness classes have helped improve not only our physical endurance, but our group cohesion.” Pfc. Jadelmy Mateo has also noted an increase in morale. “The variety of group fitness classes has helped us become stronger all around physically and has really helped us prepare for missions and ruck marching,” she added. Family and MWR Group Fitness offers a wide variety of classes free of charge. Classes are held throughout the day, and military units also have the option of scheduling classes for units to participate in as a group. For class schedules or for more information, visit blissmwr.com/aerobics or call, (915) 568-3826.

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Safe and sound

SKIESUnlimited adds self-defense classes to curriculum Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

The saying goes, it is better to be over-prepared versus underprepared. SKIESUnlimited is taking this to heart as it introduces brand-new family self-defense classes beginning in January. Children as young as 6 years old can join the once-a-month, two-hour seminar. “Just like everything else, it is easier to learn a skill set young, and carry the knowledge with through the years,” said Marcy Shoberg, SKIES self-defense instructor. Each seminar will cost $25 per participant, and students will have a choice of three differently focused classes: verbal defense, physical defense and “fight your way up.” Seminar I will focus on verbal defense. “This class is pertinent because bullying is a very real problem for school-aged children,” said Shoberg. “The class will help children defend themselves appropriately against verbal abuse.” The lesson doesn’t stop there; the verbal defense seminar will also teach children how to deal with the emotionally damaging long-term effects of bullying. The seminar will also equip parents with the tools to help communicate, deal and help a child deal with bullying. “We want parents to be able to help combat the negativity that bullying brings. Parents need to know how to properly handle bullying to keep their children safe,” Shoberg said. Seminar II offers students the ability to physically defend themselves from an attacker. “Some may think that it is excessive to teach young children how to physically defend themselves,” stated Shoberg. “But this classes also teaches children about making better choices about not using violence.” Parents and children are also encouraged to attend this class together. “When both child and parent have the same skill set, they are able to implement a coordinated safety plan,” Shoberg noted. Self-defense seminar III will teach participants to “fight your way up.” Participants will learn how to get back on their feet during an attack. “This is especially important to learn; being on the ground makes you very vulnerable,” Shoberg explained. “A victim has a better chance of surviving and escaping an attack if the victim is upright.”

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Youth can learn self-defense techniques similar to those pictured above by taking the self-defense seminars offered through SKIESUnlimited. Each twohour seminar is open to children as young as 6 years old and costs $25. Students will acquire a lot more than just physical skills: Participants will increase confidence, assertiveness and mental strength, as well as provide the tools to become comfortable handling conflicts that may arise within the home, workplace or play yard. “Knowing that you are ready for any situation is going to give students a peace of mind and confidence that may have not been there before,” said Shoberg. “Everyone leaves the class feeling that they learned in a safe, fun environment and feeling empowered to take on anything life throws at them.” Student must be enrolled with Child, Youth and School Services prior to registration in a SKIESUnlimited class. Registration for SKIESUnlimited classes start on the twentieth of the month prior and closes on the seventh of the month the student will attend. Classes run on a month-to-month basis and require monthly reregistration. Online registration for classes is at blissmwr.com/skies, or register in person at either SKIES location: 131 Doniphan Road on West Fort Bliss, or 3508 Ellerthorpe Road in the Logan Heights housing area. For more information, visit blissmwr.com/skies or call (915) 5685544.

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Keystone Club helps youth develop leadership, teamwork Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

The Fort Bliss YouthPlex is looking for some positive changes in the New Year. “We are going to reintroduce our Keystone Club,” said Danielle Gooch, a YouthPlex child and youth program assistant. “The club is to help teens in ninth-12th grades learn to become positive leaders, give back to the community and utilize their own creativity and team-working skills.” Starting in January, the group will host its kickoff with an open mic night at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. “The Fort Bliss YouthPlex is chartered through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America,” said Gooch. “This is one of the suggested programs that they offer, and I think it is a great opportunity for all the students here at the center and around Fort Bliss.” What exactly will the teens be up to? “The Keystone Club is going to be whatever the students want it to be,” says Gooch. “Prospective students have already mentioned putting together a 5k, planning retreats or having a sub-group that does music. The sky is the limit for them.”

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Teens taking part in the YouthPlex’s Keystone Club will have the opportunity to explore subjects ranging from leadership and teamwork to sports and music. The club is open to youth in ninth-12th grades. The Keystone Club will be open to all teens in ninth-12th grades who are registered with Child, Youth and School Services. From there students will only need to show up for the monthly meetings and volunteer during the club’s activities. “The other awesome part of the Keystone

Club is that active participants will be eligible for the Youth of the Year award through the Boys and Girls Clubs,” Gooch added. To find more information, visit blissmwr. com/mst or call (915) 568-5437. Stop in and visit the YouthPlex at 195 Chaffee Road on West Fort Bliss.

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The world’s a stage

MYAC provides a venue for performers of all talents, ages Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

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Imari Ogle, a student at Milam Youth Activity Center, performs a cello solo during MIlam YAC’s Coffee House. The event is held the last Friday night of every month and is open to performers of all ages and any talent.

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Bang the bongos, snap your fingers and recite poetry straight from the heart with the Milam Youth Activity Center. The last Friday of every month, the Milam YAC students present their Coffee House from 7-9 p.m. “The Coffee House is personally one of my favorite nights. It is a great time for families, the community and even past students to stay connected,” said Lorena Reza, acting assistant director of the Milam Youth Activity Center. “The Coffee House is also great because the students are 100 percent responsible for setting it up every month,” she said. “It is just another occasion for the students to take ownership and be proud of the work they are doing for our military community.” The Milam YAC students pull out all of the stops for the coffee house. With a fully stocked coffee, tea and drink bar, the students will serve up a hot cup of java or a refreshing Italian soda to all coffee house guests. The students host the evening, man the mic and schedule all performances. “The students are incredible, and it is a wonderful experience, so much so that we

Milam YAC students, friends and family enjoy the Coffee House. have past students who will call in to perform or listen,” Reza noted. “Coffee house night is open to everyone,” she added. “It is great to see participants of every age getting on the stage and expressing themselves.” The Coffee House welcomes acts of all kinds: Belt out your favorite song, recite your favorite poem or act out an original skit. The Milam Youth Activity Center is located at 10960 Haan Road, East Fort Bliss. For information, visit blissmwr.com/mst or call (915) 744-2449.

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Youth Sports enters 2014 with a calendar packed with fun Tiffany Kurak, Family and MWR Marketing

Ring in the new year and help your children kick, bat and set new goals: In 2014, Child, Youth and School Service’s Youth Sports is off to a running start. In January, soccer registration for boys and girls ages 3-15 will kick off the spring sports calendar. The season will run from FebruaryMarch. “Soccer is fun because it is one of our youngest leagues,” said Laura Gillette, a child and youth program assistant with Youth Sports. “Soccer is such a good sport for the little ones to start to understand the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship.” The soccer season costs $45 to enroll the first child, and $38 for each additional child in your family. February registration will serve to the young tennis enthusiast, ages 8-18. The tennis season will run from March to April and costs $45 for the first child registered, and $38 for each additional child. “Because this is an older league, it is a little bit more competitive,” Gillette noted. As the weather begins to warm, Youth Sports gets in high gear for the month of March. “The spring is our busiest time of the year,” Gillette explained. ”The goal is to offer a variety of options and always to keep the children active.” March registration kicks off with tee-ball for all Babe Ruths ages 3-6. The season runs from April through May and costs $40 for the first child and $34 for each additional child registered. Baseball registration will cater to all heavy hitters ages 7-15. “As children get into the older leagues they are still learning,” said Gillette. “The rules are tighter and more regulations are put in place. It is a great progression from the younger leagues.” The baseball season runs from April through May and costs $45 for the first child and $38 for each additional child. Girls’ softball registration also swings in for March registration. Girls ages 7-15 can slide into home base for the April-May season. Registration costs $45 for the first child and $38 for each additional child. The softball league is offered based on coach participation and player enrollment. Volunteer coaches are needed; contact Youth Sports for more information. Send in all of your newest running backs, tight ends and punters:

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The Dragons take on the Lil’ Knights during a matchup between Child, Youth and School Services Youth Sports teams. Spring soccer, open to youth ages 3-15, is one of the most popular Youth Sports leagues. Registration for spring soccer runs throughout the month of January, and the season will run February-March. Flag football registration runs throughout March. Children ages 7-15 will go play-by-play through the April-May season with a registration fee of $40 for the first child and $34 for each additional child registered in the league. Finishing out registration for the month of March is girls’ volleyball. Girls ages 10-16 will spike, block and set the ball all through the April and May months. Registration costs $40 for the first child and $34 for each additional child. All young athletes must be registered with CYSS and have a current sports physical on file. Parents or guardian must attend mandatory “Face to Face” video sportsmanship class. If parents have already attended a class, they must present card to the coach at the first practice. For more information about enrolling your child with Fort Bliss Child, Youth and School Services, call (915) 568-4374. For more information about Youth Sports, call (915) 568-2617 or visit blissmwr.com/youthsports.

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Auto care class helps Soldiers, spouses master the basics Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing

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Do you know how to check the oil in your vehicle, or change a tire? Can you identify that squeaking noise coming from under your hood? Do you know when it’s time to call in the professionals? If you’re interested in learning these skills – and more – don’t miss the free auto care class offered through the Relocation Assistance Program at Army Community Service. The free course is held once per quarter at Fort Bliss Auto Crafts, and is taught by one of Auto Crafts’ certified mechanics. Students in the class learn about oil changes, monitoring tire pressure, changing a tire and more, said Angel Jiminez, an Auto Crafts employee who has taught the course twice. “Learning the basics helps out a lot,” he said. “Changing oil, checking tire pressure, a quick, easy tire change ... these are needed all the time. Keep your vehicle well-maintained, and it will last you for a long time.” Tamiko Rodriguez, a military spouse, said the class boosted her Pvt. Tramel Gordon, Simoné Stone, Dameion Verdon, Tony Battle and Tamiko confidence in her ability to address minor maintenance issues. Rodriguez watch as Angel Jiminez, a Fort Bliss Auto Crafts employee, checks “Personally, I think this is a great skill set to incorporate into the a vehicle’s oil during the Relocation Assistance Program’s auto care class. military spouse lifestyle,” she said. “I think a lot of times we have to be resilient and self-sufficient, even though we’re afforded a lot of opportunities and programs through the military. Sometimes, we just have to do things on our own to keep going, and to keep our families going.” February 19 Rodriguez said after completing the course, she feels betMay 21 ter able to tackle automotive issues that may arise. August 20 “This makes me feel more confident to say, Hey, I can November 12 change a flat tire, or I can take care of my engine when I need to,” she explained, while also praising the diverse and Classes are held relaxed class environment. from 1:30-4pm at “It was a safe place to learn,” Rodriguez added. “I loved Auto Crafts, the mixture of people, and Angel made us feel really com820 Marshall Road fortable by keeping it simple. He didn’t go over our heads with technical terms, and he allowed us to ask a lot of quesAdvance registration tions. This was a great experience – I would recommend this required at blissmwr.com/relocation for everyone.” The class is good for all ability levels, as well, said Dameion Verdun, who joined the class in order to brush up on his skills. “I came out just to learn more,” he said. “I know a little bit about mechanic work, but it’s never wrong to learn more. I figured there was probably something the instructor could tell me that I didn’t already know. This is Angel’s job. He does this every day. Come on out, and you might just surprise yourself and learn something.” The biggest benefit to taking the class, said Relocation Assistance program assistant Tony Vega, is that students develop the confidence to address minor issues on their own. “You become knowledgeable in the basic care and maintenance of your vehicle,” he said. “You already know what to do if your tire pressure is low, or you hear a rattle under the hood. “Now you’re aware of the scheduled maintenance, and you have those service performed instead of just letting the car run and run and run with no maintenance, which is going to end up costing you more in the long run,” Vega continued. “And you know when to bring it in to the professionals. Come on in ... You’ll learn a lot.” Pvt. Tramel Gordon checks out a vehicle’s undercarriage during the RelocaFor more information on the auto care class or other Relocation tion Assistance Program’s auto care class. In the background, Angel Jiminez, Assistance programs, visit blissmwr.com/relocation or call (915) a Fort Bliss Auto Skills Center employee, inspects an area brought to his attention by Simoné Stone, a military spouse. 569-4227 ext. 6. photos by heather wilburn \\ family and mwr marketing

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Coupon Clues teaches you to make your dollar go further Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing

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Above: Volunteer instructor Cathy Consaul, right, discusses sale prices and couponing with Sgt. Bucky Reeves during a Coupon Clues class at Army Community Service. The class is offered by the Financial Readiness Program. Right: During the Coupon Clues class, students learn how to save money through couponing and other methods. Class members are also given a complimentary copy of The Lazy Couponer, which allows them to further explore the topic.

If you’re looking for ways to stretch your dollar, take your clues from the Financial Readiness Program at Army Community Service ... Coupon Clues! The Coupon Clues class teaches participants how to save money through couponing, price matching, reward programs and smart shopping. Best of all, the class is free – that’s a bargain, any way you stack it. “We focus on helping people learn how to save,” said Cathy Consaul, the course’s volunteer instructor. “We help them learn what’s available locally here, especially the new families, and give them general knowledge that they can use to make their money spread further.” Consaul has taught the class for three years, and it evolves as she learns new tips from class participants. “Everyone has their own ways of saving money,” she said. “I learn a lot of stuff from other people, and incorporate that into my class.” Sgt. Lisa Smith said she attended Coupon Clues to find more ways to save, and was surprised at some of the things she learned. “I already cut coupons and save,” she said. “I just came to find out a little bit more, to get a little more information. I think the most interesting thing I learned is that you can get a Sunday paper for $1 at the Dollar Tree.” Military spouse Mara Lubic said she was most interested in the price-matching and coupon-stacking aspects of the class. “I have tried to do price matching before, and it usually becomes a little hairy,” she said. “But Cathy taught use ways of how to get around that, to bring the ad with us, ways to make it easier. I can actually go out and try to do it right this time. “I would really recommend this class,” Lubic continued. “It’s great, it’s free, and you need to come in and a take a look. It can really save you money.” Coupon Clues is offered by the Financial Readiness Program at Army Community Service. The next classes are scheduled for January 28 and March 25. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit blissmwr. com/frp or call (915) 569-4227 ext. 2.

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How to make a great impression at the Fort Bliss Hiring Fair Heather Wilburn, Family and MWR Marketing

Fine-tune your résumé and dry clean your suit: The next Fort Bliss Hiring Fair is on the horizon. Scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. February 27 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill St. on East Fort Bliss, the Fort Bliss Hiring Fair is free and open to active-duty military, family members, retirees and Department of Defense ID card holders. Organized by the Employment Readiness Program – part of Army Community Service – the hiring fair brings together job-seekers and businesses interested in hiring militaryaffiliated individuals. Held twice each year, the events are highly successful: A reported 173 clients were hired as a result of the last Fort Bliss Hiring Fair, held in August. “The numbers could be even higher, as that figure includes only hires reported by Employment Readiness clients and employers that attended the event,” noted Deana Garcia, and Employment Readiness Program educator. So how do you make sure you stand out in the crowd of hundreds looking for jobs? The first step in making the hiring fair successful for you is to prepare, Garcia advised. “We recommend that job seekers research the companies that will be attending the hiring fair before the event,” she said. The Employment Readiness Program can provide you with a roster of employers scheduled to attend. “Apply online before the hiring fair if positions are posted,” Garcia continued. “This shows the employer that you are interested in their company.” Be sure to review and revise your résumé beforehand, and have hard copies printed and ready to go. “A common mistake people make at hiring fairs is not bringing enough copies of their résumé,” Garcia said. “Although some hiring fairs will have a printer and a copier available for you to make additional copies of your résumé, there can be long lines or a printer malfunction – you may end up without enough copies for all the companies you want to visit.” Garcia also advises clients to practice the way you want to introduce yourself to the companies’ representatives. “Some job-seekers may not have prepared an introduction, which can lead them to be-

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Above: Job-seekers attend the Fort Bliss Hiring Fair held in February 2013. The next hiring fair is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. February 27 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center on East Fort Bliss.

Left: Ella Kellum, right, of the Employment Readiness Program speaks with a job-seeker at the Fort Bliss Hiring Fair. The Employment Readiness Program can help job-seekers make a hiring fair experience successful.

come nervous and stumble over their words,” she explained. “And sometimes job-seekers have not properly researched the companies before they attend; this can lead to them feeling overwhelmed.” Another common error made by hiring fair attendees: showing up with a spouse, friend or child in tow. “Ensure you have scheduled child care for the day of the hiring fair,” Garcia said, “and go alone. Walking around with your spouse or a friend presents the wrong image to the employer. They may think that you are not a confident potential candidate.” Finally, remember that image really is everything. “Dress appropriately – your first impression counts,” Garcia explained. “You do not want to attend a hiring fair in jeans, or clothes that are torn or do not fit properly. You have to dress for success. And don’t forget to bring breath mints, but no chewing gum.” Keep in mind that following up after a hiring fair is another great way to impress

a potential employer. “Do not get discouraged if you are told to apply online. Many times, this is the company’s way of accepting applications,” Garcia said. “Look at this as a networking opportunity and politely ask for the recruiter’s business card so you can follow up with the employer after you have applied online.” If all this seems overwhelming, never fear: The Employment Readiness Program would like to remind you that you are not alone in your search for employment. “We encourage job seekers to use the resources available to them,” Garcia said. “We have classes on everything from résumé preparation to networking and more. Your first step is to register for the orientation class, and we take you from there.” Employment Readiness offers the Employment Orientation class from 10-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Army Community Service. Pre-registration is required to ensure seating is available. To learn more, visit blissmwr.com/erp or call (915) 569-5838.

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Mission: Possible!

Tephanie Hopper, Army Volunteer Corps Manager

Years ago, the television show Mission: Impossible always began with a scene in which the leader, Mr. Phelps, would receive a tape describing his next mission. The tape always began, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it...” Every day across our installation, volunteers accept the mission of improving the quality of life for Soldiers, family members, retirees and civilians of the Fort Bliss community. Volunteers not only accept the mission, but they make the “Mission: Possible.” The family readiness group volunteers make the commander’s “Mission: Possible” by keeping communication channels open between family members and the chains of command. Army Family Team Building volunteer instructors make the “Mission: Possible” through keeping our families informed and empowering individuals to maximize their personal growth and professional development through focused training with the purpose of helping individuals strengthen their confidence and self sufficiency. Child, Youth and School Services coach volunteers make the “Mission: Possible” by helping our kids develop resilience, cope with disappointment, learn from mistakes, and make adjustments to strategies which are all important facets of developing initiative, an ability that kids will use in all aspects of their life. It is not possible for the installation to accomplish all that it needs to or desires to without the support of more than 4,000 volunteers of our community. Every volunteer who supports organizations across our installation contributes to the accomplishment of the overall mission of Fort Bliss. Since volunteers help make our “Mission: Possible,” it’s important that we honor them for their contributions. We must show appreciation for their commitment and devotion to our community. There are numerous ways to show that you appreciate the support of a volunteer. One of the simplest ways is to just say thank you. Other ways to show you appreciate their support of your organization is by writing a letter of gratitude to them, taking them to lunch or recognizing their birthdays. It doesn’t matter how you say thank you: What matters is that you let them know they are appreciated. The Fort Bliss community recognizes the value of volunteers and their contribution to not only the installation’s mission, but also the Army’s mission. In honor of their dedication and devotion, the community will celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 6-13. Let your volunteers know they make the “Mission: Possible!” The Fort Bliss Army Volunteers Corps will host the annual Fort Bliss Volunteer Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. April 11 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center to recognize outstanding volunteers of our community. For more information about volunteer recognition, volunteer placement or volunteer training, contact the Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps at (915) 569-4227 ext. 7, or visit blissmwr.com/volunteer.

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ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE

Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road

(915) 568-1132

FAMILY RESILIENCE CENTER

Bldg. 250 Club Road

(915) 569-5500

SOLDIER AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER

Bldg. 887 Marshall Road

(915) 568-6923

SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES

Bldg. 241 Sheridan Road

(915) 568-5970

SOTO PFC

Bldg. 20751 Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-5788

STOUT PFC

Bldg. 2930 Cassidy Road

(915) 568-3264

MILAM PFC

Bldg. 2499 Cassidy Road

(915) 568-7318

LOGAN HEIGHTS PFC

Bldg. 4797 Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights

(915) 568-5198

BIGGS PFC

Bldg. 11251 Biggs Street, East Bliss

(915) 744-8730

IRONWORKS GYM - EAST

Bldg. T20700 Anzio Way, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-8697

WARRIOR GYM

Bldg. 21171 Medic Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 741-5930

TENNIS CLUB & FITNESS ZONE

Bldg. 262 Club Road

(915) 569-5449

REPLICA AQUATIC CENTER

Bldg. 5035 Dickman Road

(915) 568-7431

AQUATICS TRAINING CENTER

Bldg. 20733 Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 741-5901

COMMUNITY POOL

Bldg. 253 Club Road

(915) 568-6925

CENTENNIAL BANQUET AND CONFERENCE CENTER

Bldg. 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill Street, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-8427

UNDERWOOD GOLF COMPLEX & GOLDEN TEE

Bldg. 3193 Coe Avenue, Logan Heights

(915) 568-1059

DESERT STRIKE LANES

Bldg. 2949 Carter Road

(915) 568-6272

FORT BLISS ROD & GUN CLUB

Bldg. 3730 Roy Johnson Lane, Northeast El Paso

(915) 568-2983

PERSHING PUB

Bldg. 243 Club Road

(915) 568-6272

GYMS & FITNESS FACILITIES

FOOD, LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

OLD FORT BLISS REPLICA

Bldg. 5054, Pershing Road & Pleasonton Road

(915) 568-4518

BIGGS PARK

Bldg. 11388 Sergeant Major Boulevard, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-8087

MICKELSEN LIBRARY

E-Wing, Basement, Bldg. 2 Pershing Circle

(915) 568-6156

RV PARK

Bldg. 4130 Ellerthorpe Road

(915) 568-0106

FRAMING BLISS

Bldg. 820 Marshall Road

(915) 568-5563

AUTOMOTIVE SKILLS CENTER

Bldg. 820 Marshall Road

(915) 568-7280

ITR/UNIT FUNDS - SOLDIER ACTIVITY CENTER

Bldg. 20732 Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-1522

ITR - FREEDOM CROSSING KIOSK

Freedom Crossing, Bldg. 1611 Marshall Road

(915) 569-6446

OUTDOOR REC - SOLDIER ACTIVITY CENTER

Bldg. 20732 Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-1532

SOLDIER ACTIVITY CENTER

Bldg. 20732 Constitution Avenue, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-1532

CHILD, YOUTH & SCHOOL SERVICES FACILITIES CYSS PARENT CENTRAL

Bldg. 1743 Victory Avenue

(915) 568-4374

CYSS PARENT CENTRAL SATELLITE OFFICE

Bldg. 503B Pershing Road

(915) 568-2146

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - EAST BLISS

Bldg. 20707 Kasserine Way, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-2731

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - LOGAN

Bldg. 3500 Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights

(915) 568-3989

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - MAIN

Bldg. 1730 Pleasonton Road

(915) 568-5689

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - MILAM

Bldg. 11896 Haan Road, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-7879

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - REPLICA

Bldg. 5036 Sheridan Road

(915) 569-7199

SCHOOL-AGE CENTER - BLISS

Bldg. 2012 Sheridan Road

(915) 568-2178

SCHOOL-AGE CENTER - LOGAN

Bldg. 3505 Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights

(915) 569-5784

SCHOOL-AGE CENTER - MILAM

Bldg. 11898 Haan Road, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-2274

YOUTHPLEX

Bldg. 195 Chaffee Road

(915) 568-5437

YOUTH ACTIVITY CENTER - MILAM

Bldg. 10960 Haan Road, East Fort Bliss

(915) 744-2278

SKIES Unlimited - Main

Bldg. 3508 Ellerthorpe Road, Logan Heights

(915) 569-7732

SKIES Unlimited - Gymnastic CENTER

Bldg. 131 Doniphan Road

(915) 568-5544

FAMILY CHILD CARE (FCC)

Bldg. 3503 Story Road, Logan Heights

(915) 568-4198

SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER

Bldg. 503B Pershing Road

(915) 569-5064

2nd Floor, Bldg. 11 Pershing Road

(915) 568-3500

FAMILY AND MWR HEADQUARTERS DFMWR HEADQUARTERS


MWR Marketing Bldg 12, Pershing Rd. Fort Bliss, TX 79916

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