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Video+Story: Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital holds Dry-In Ceremony

Leaders with William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, 1st Armored Division, Army Medicine, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated in a Dry-in ceremony at the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital, July 12.

During the ceremony leaders presented command coins to be placed in a shadow box along with a signed project scroll slated to be featured in the replacement hospital once completed.

“It’s a beautiful Army day to celebrate a significant milestone for the completion of a new world-class medical center here at Fort Bliss,” said Col. Michael Brennan, commander, U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency. “It’s due to the hard work and dedication of many hard-working individuals that this magnificent hospital is rising out of the ground.”

The dry-in ceremony, a construction milestone, signifies the hospital’s exterior being dried in and sufficiently completed enough to keep water from entering the building’s enclosure. The exterior’s drying also allows for weather-sensitive construction to begin in the interior of the hospital.

“Staff at WBAMC are working in a facility that was designed decades ago that did not envision modern technology, modern practices, spacing needs and evidence-based designs,” said Brennan. “These features will be included in this new world-class facility.”

A shadow box displaying command coins and a project scroll, slated to be featured in the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital, commemorates the replacement hospital’s dry-in milestone during a ceremony at Fort Bliss | Photo Credit: Marcy Sanchez

The replacement hospital campus encompasses six major structures consisting of a seven-story hospital, clinical buildings, an administrative building, clinical investigations building and a central utility plant. In addition to the six buildings, a centralized rotunda will connect four of the buildings to provide beneficiaries a seamless transfer of care if needed.

“The WBAMC family and I are eager to see this new hospital’s completion and this ceremony signifies a huge movement in the right direction,” said Col. John A. Smyrski III, commander, WBAMC. “It is fitting that Americas’ Tank Division, our Soldiers and their families, retirees and veterans, and the members of the WBAMC family will have such a magnificent complex to have as their own.”

Once complete, the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital will join over a century of Army Medicine at Fort Bliss. In the late 1800s the Fort Bliss hospital was erected on Fort Bliss followed by William Beaumont General Hospital located just east of the current WBAMC building in 1921 and the current hospital in 1972.

“Each time I walk through (the replacement hospital) there is always something amazing to see, each time we were closer and closer to completion of our future home,” said Smyrski. “We look forward to writing the next chapter of (WBAMC) history at this new hospital complex.”

The Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital, a campus with over 1.13 million square feet, is slated to replace the current William Beaumont Army Medical Center in late 2019. In addition, the replacement hospital is slated to contain 138 inpatient beds, 10 main operating rooms, 322 exam rooms and 30 specialty clinics to include: women’s health services, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, gastroenterology, oncology, hematology, general surgery, family medicine, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, and more.

Author: Marcy Sanchez – US Army

DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair set for Tuesday; Farmers’ “Suits for Soldiers” in Attendance

RecruitMilitary, along with their partners at the Disabled American Veterans organization (DAV,) will be on post Tuesday conducting a job fair for veterans and their spouses.

According to their website, RecruitMilitary “hosts the nation’s largest single-source veteran database, with over 1,000,000 members…(and) publish the nation’s second-largest veteran hiring publication, Search & Employ® magazine.”

The company is a recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program’s Lee Anderson Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award for going above and beyond “to honor the sacrifices our military families make in their service to our nation.”

Additionally, national insurance firm Farmers will be at the fair, distributing suits and business attire pieces for soldiers and veterans.

Farmers, an organization with a longstanding commitment to helping the military that was founded by two World War I veterans, launched Suits for Soldiers nationally in October of 2016 with the goal of collecting 50,000 items that can help create an easier transition for veterans into the civilian workforce. The total now exceeds 70,000 pieces of attire.

The suit donation is part of the insurer group’s national “Suits for Soldiers” campaign, which culminated in the collection of more than 70,000 articles of clothing countrywide.

“Farmers has a proud tradition of working with veterans to assist with their transition from active duty responsibilities to the civilian workforce,” said Ron Hendrix, a Fort Bliss-based Farmers Insurance district manager. “As one of the nation’s largest insurer groups, Farmers helps insure homes, cars, and life; meanwhile the military insures our way of life. Suits for Soldiers is another way Farmers can give back to members of the military who have given so much to their country.”

More than one million military personnel will make the transition from the military in the next couple of years, according to the Department of Defense office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and many of these veterans may not own appropriate business attire to go to networking events, interviews or even to work.

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What:    DAV/RecruitMilitary Veterans Job Fair

Where:  Centennial Banquet Center – 11199 Sergeant E Churchill Street on Fort Bliss.

When:   Tuesday, April 25th, 2017, 11 AM – 3 PM

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Freedom Crossing Hosts ‘Easter Egg Adventure’ on Friday

With Easter Sunday hoppin’ right around the corner, families won’t want to miss out on this trick-or-treat style Easter Egg Adventure on Good Friday (April 14.)

The event at Freedom Crossing on Fort Bliss is free of charge and open to the public with the egg distribution starting at 5:30pm and activities going on through 9pm.

Children can take part in a trick-or treat style egg hunt where they will collect complimentary eggs from participating stores in the shopping center. In addition, guests can enjoy games, arts and crafts and even a special appearance from the Easter Bunny himself in front of the Grand Theater.

The Crazy Cats oldies band will be performing at the fireplace from 7-9pm.

The Easter egg hunt participants will have a chance to win one of five Freedom Crossing Easter baskets by finding a “Prized Egg.” Only five Prized Eggs will be distributed and will include a message for the recipient.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for parking. Activities will be scattered through the Promenade area and in the lawn near the theater. Most stores throughout the full center will be distributing eggs for egg-hunters.

To enter Fort Bliss during the event, drivers must show a valid U.S. Driver’s license or other U.S. Government issued ID at the Buffalo Soldier or Sheridan gates. Freedom Crossing is located 1611 Haan Road, Fort Bliss.

For directions and more information, visit Freedom Crossing’s Website.

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Freedom Crossing to Honor Irish Traditions in Three-Day St. Paddy’s Fest

A celebration of green, gold and good luck will take place March 16 through 18 on the grounds of Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss.

The year 2017 rings in the 6th anniversary for Shamrocks Irish Pub on March 16, located in the heart of the Promenade area of the shopping center.

Live music from Empyre Pipes and Drums and San Patricios will have guests shaking their shamrocks with closing sets by Jones and Miles and the Double Clutchers from New Mexico

On March 17 & 18, locals will enjoy the likes of Celtic musicians including the Adobe Brothers and The Singing Pilgrims. The Pilgrims will also host a children’s music workshop on Saturday. Smashburger and Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting free children’s craft and activity stations while roaming leprechauns hand out gifts of gold-wrapped chocolate.

In addition to Irish tunes, Freedom Crossing will be hosting Gleewood a touring Americana band on the rise. AZ Dueling Pianos will be treating the St. Paddy’s Day crowd to a grand piano singalong guaranteed to be a crowd favorite.  And, by popular demand, the St. Paddy’s Fest will host the return Dusty Low, Wildflower, Reflections of Motown and DJ Darrin.

Guests can also enjoy authentic Irish food from Shamrock’s Irish Pub owned by Dublin native John Corran. The schedule of daily activities and band performances is available HERE.

 The festival and activities are free, open to the public and will not require a pass to enter Fort Bliss. To enter Fort Bliss during the event, drivers must show a valid U.S. driver’s license or other U.S. Government issued ID at the Buffalo Soldier, Chaffee or Sheridan gates. Freedom Crossing is located 1611 Haan Road,

For directions and more information, click HERE.

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Story in Many Pix: Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss’ Mardi Gras

The post was rocking and rolling on Fat Tuesday, as Freedom Crossing celebrated Mardi Gras.  Our very own Andres Acosta was among the scores of revelers in attendance and he brings you the view of the festivities in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Mardi Gras Party at Freedom Crossing at Ft Bliss Texas, February 28. 2017
Mardi Gras Party at Freedom Crossing at Ft Bliss Texas, February 28. 2017

Ft. Bliss’ Freedom Crossing to Host Mardi Gras Celebration

Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss will host a public Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm to midnight. This free event is open to the public and will take place outside on the Freedom Crossing promenade.

The party boasts authentic Mardi Gras vibes bringing in regional talent and tastes that will showcase the spirit of Bourbon Street and Brazil’s Carnival.

On the Bourbon Street stage, guests can expect performances from local blues legend Guitar Slim, who has opened up for Leon Russell, Robben Ford, John Lee Hooker and more.

Also joining the lineup is Paso del Norte Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra sounding in the New Orleans jazz culture with El Paso’s finest musicians. Adding to the Fat Tuesday funk, Mama Crystal and the Horns of Plenty are sure to roll out the best of New Orleans-style soul.

At the Masquerade stage, Freedom Crossing will feature a visual feast with extravagant performances by Samba Performers from Arizona. This ensemble of dancers radiate sheer energy and passion incorporating the beauty, grace, and spirit of authentic Brazilian Carnival culture.

Joining the stage will be Sol Studio performers performing a Capoeira demonstration followed by a drum show by Samba Batucada of El Paso. The stage will close out with “Fuego,” a regionally-famous fire show by southwestern fire dancers Odd-Lab.

Complimentary Mardi Gras beads, masks and instant photo booth prints will be made available to all guest while supplies last. The Beads team will also provide face painting, dancing stilt walkers & jesters, and arts and crafts for the kids until 10pm.

Chefs will provide the tastes of Louisiana at Shamrocks Pub on the Promenade, in addition to beignets from the Mini Donut Depot.

The complete schedule for this free event is listed below. Additional event information can be found online.  This event is sponsored by Western Technical College and GEICO Military.

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Chihuahuas Foundation, EPFD & Operation Santa Partner Once Again for Paws for Presents Toy Drive

The El Paso Chihuahuas Foundation and the El Paso Fire Department present “Paws for Presents” for the third year, a holiday toy drive assisting Operation Santa, a Fort Bliss-based charity.

The drive will run from Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 24th. The Chihuahuas and the Fire Department request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 13. Monetary donations are also welcome with checks made payable to Operation Santa.

Anyone that brings a new toy for donation at the Durango Team Shop (located at 1 Ballpark Plaza on Durango St) during their normal operating hours will receive a 5% holiday savings upon check out on your entire purchase. Fans can also donate new or gently used toys at any of the 34 El Paso neighborhood fire stations.

“Santa Chico” will also be available for a meet/greet and picture time in the Durango Team Shop on the first three Saturdays in December (December 3rd, 10th & 17th) from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donate a toy, do some holiday shopping and take a family picture with Chico!

The Durango Team Shop will be open for all your gift shopping needs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sundays through December 24th.

“It’s a privilege for the Chihuahuas to team up with our local fire department and Operation Santa to provide gifts for kids this time of year,” said Brad Taylor, El Paso Chihuahuas general manager.

Operation Santa, in its 59th season, distributes toys and bicycles to military families, the Boys and Girls Club of El Paso and clinics in Juarez, Mexico. The non-profit, located on Fort Bliss, has donated millions of toys and tens of thousands of bikes to the military and civilian communities.

PAWS FOR PRESENTS TOY DRIVE

WHAT: “Paws for Presents”, a toy drive benefiting Operation Santa. Toys must be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 13. Monetary donations also accepted.

WHEN: Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 24, 2016.

WHERE: El Paso Chihuahuas Team Shop on Durango and El Paso Fire Department’s 34 stations

ESPN’s Armed Forces Classic headed to Fort Bliss in 2018

The Armed Forces Classic – a series of Division I men’s college basketball games that are televised from United States military bases around Veteran’s Day as a morale event for service members – is scheduled to continue for the foreseeable future.

The 2017 event will return to Ramstein Air Base in Germany – the site of the inaugural Classic in 2012 – this time showcasing Texas A&M against West Virginia. The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to extend our relationship with the Department of Defense,” said Clint Overby, vice president, ESPN Events. “This premier event will continue its tradition of showcasing the beginning of each college basketball season, while honoring the service of the men and women stationed at military bases across the world.”

The Mountaineers are ranked No. 20 and the Aggies are receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press poll, after both earning berths into the 2016 NCAA Championship First Round and Sweet 16, respectively.

Listed is the current rotation of United States military bases (which is subject to change pending military circumstances):

Nov 10, 2017: Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Nov 9, 2018: Fort Bliss, Texas

Nov 8, 2019: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

Nov 13, 2020: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The games will be televised on ESPN as part of the network’s America’s Heroes initiative honoring the men and women who are serving and who have served in the United States military, both at home and abroad.

The 2016-17 men’s college basketball season begins from Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 11, with the fifth annual State Farm Armed Forces Classic, just under a month before the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A doubleheader for the first time, this year’s event – pitting pre-season ranked No. 13 Arizona against No. 10 Michigan State (7 p.m.) and No. 12 Indiana vs. No. 3 Kansas (9 p.m.) on ESPN – will be staged from the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii with surrounding events at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

For more information on the Armed Forces Classic, visit the official website, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

El Paso in Top 10 Best Places for Veterans to Live

A recent study from personal finance website WalletHub.com has identified El Paso as the 6thBest Place for Veterans to Live in 2016.

This latest announcement shows El Paso has jumped up the rankings from last year when the Sun City was named as the 7th Best City for Veterans.

The study compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities with the goal of identifying the most livable cities for military service members. The key dimensions analyzed include: employment, economy, quality of life, and health.

“El Paso is a great place for our veterans to call home,” said Mayor Oscar Leeser. “El Paso’s relationship with Fort Bliss and our veteran community is strong, and I am a firm believer that we are a great city because we are a military friendly city.”

The City of El Paso organization in recent years has also focused its efforts on our veteran community by creating new initiatives in honor of our city’s heroes.

The City’s most recent effort involves the creation of a new Military Affairs Liaison that will be tasked with overseeing city and regional military issues.

This newly created position will be posted this Thursday, November 10, and eligible applicants will be able to apply.  This position will serve as the liaison between the City organization and Fort Bliss, and will also be involved in the development of special interest programs for veterans and dependents.

The city also has other veteran-centric programs which include:

Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee – This committee was formed to serve as a source of information related to the status, resources and services available within the El Paso community to the City’s large veteran population. In addition, the committee is asked to evaluate and recommend programs, policies and practices designed to alleviate veterans’ difficulties in meeting basic needs related to transportation, housing, employment and other areas affecting veterans in the city.

Veteran City Employee Luncheon – Knowing that veterans are living and working all around us, the City of El Paso organized a Veterans Day Luncheon for its more than 600 employees who are proud veterans. This luncheon allows City leaders to thank our veterans not only for their service to the City of El Paso, but also for their service to our Country.

Veteran Employment Incentive – Last year, City Council approved an update to its economic development incentive policy which includes a bonus rebate (property or sales tax) for companies that actively employ veterans (15% of their workforce) and establish a formal veteran hiring program.

2016’s Best Places for Veterans to Live

Overall Rank      City              Overall Score

1        Scottsdale, AZ              73.54

2        Laredo, TX                    70.20

3        Irvine, CA                     70.08

4        Plano, TX                     69.15

5        Austin, TX                    68.96

6        El Paso, TX                 66.65

7        Colorado Springs, CO     66.45

8        San Diego, CA              66.43

9        Tampa, FL                    66.28

10       Orlando, FL                  65.78

Workforce Solutions Borderplex hosts 2016 ‘Red, White, and You’ Job Fair Thursday

Workforce Solutions Borderplex, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, will be hosting a statewide job fair geared for veterans with 85 confirmed employers at the Ft. Bliss Centennial Conference Center on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony to include state, local and military representatives welcoming veterans to this career transition opportunity.  The opening ceremony will take place from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and will include a presentation of the colors and a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony.

Special guest speakers will include Texas State Representative District 76, Cesar J. Blanco; Deputy Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission, Ed Serna; Workforce Solutions Borderplex Board Chair, Leo A. Duran; Texas Veterans Commission, Bruce Biegel; and other key stakeholders.

“Every year the Red, White and You Statewide Veterans Job Fair attracts more and more employers who understand the value of skills veterans bring to the workforce,“ said Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex. “We are ready to put them to work.”

The targeted industries for the Hiring Red, White and You! Job Fair are Information Technology (I.T.), Government, Retail and Healthcare. The industries targeted align closely with the type of jobs service men and women transition into their civilian lives.

These industries are also targeted due to the high hiring trends during the current season.

Over 600 jobs have been reported by employers so far.  The event is free and open to all job seekers, including non-veterans.

To view complete listing of employers, please visit Borderplexjobs.com

WHO:                    Workforce Solutions Borderplex

WHAT:                 Industry Job Fair with Over 80 Employers

WHEN:                 Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:                Ft. Bliss Centennial Conference Center | 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill Street| Fort Bliss, Texas 79916

WHY:                     To Provide Job Opportunities to Veterans and Jobseekers

Video: Paso Del Norte Fort | Only in El Paso by KCOS

The origins of Fort Bliss also known as the Paso Del Norte Fort date back to the Mexican American War in the 1840’s. As the U.S. tried to establish law and order along the Texas border the military installation was created in El Paso. Since then it has not only grown tremendously but was forced to move to different locations throughout El Paso.
It is one of the oldest post in the Army and has survived weather related disasters, economic hardship, and war. Find out more about Fort Bliss history, it’s significant links to El Paso and the evolution of the post in this latest and final video of Only In El Paso, season three.
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Only In El Paso, launched in the summer of 2014 with 10 digital videos sharing stories of people and places you can experience only in El Paso. Each episode tells a unique and positive story about someone or something that can be experienced Only In El Paso. Local filmmakers and topics are selected through a competitive process.
Now in its third season, KCOS is excited to share even more stories of local history, culture, arts, and personalities of our region

Video+Story: Fort Bliss Education Fair Caters to New, Existing Military Families

Hundreds of military families got a sneak peek of what EPISD campuses offer at the Fort Bliss Education Fair at the Centennial Club.

Twenty-four EPISD campuses and nine departments participated in the annual fair along with other area school districts and private schools. Campuses decorated their tables, displaying memorabilia and fliers to give parents a glimpse of what the campus offers.

“It is a one stop shop,” said Lt. Col. Paul Stewart, executive officer of the Fort Bliss Garrison Command. Military families “have the the ability to come out and talk to representatives of the schools so they can fit the schools with the type of education they are looking for their children.”news_2487_m

Joy Wheaton, a Military Family Liaison at Powell Elementary, looks forward to the fair every year and helping new parents who are transitioning into EPISD campuses.

“It is a great place to come to find out all the information you want about all different programs and schools out there,” she said. “You do not have to call around or do a lot of leg work. Most of the schools are here so you can get what you need as you are getting your children ready for the school year.”

Parents navigated between rows of tables featuring campuses with a high concentration of military families, and other tables offering assistance with special education, transportation, counseling, gifted and talented and registration.

“At the other bases we been to, I have had to figure it out on my own,” said Holly Schwartz, a mom of three children enrolling at Bliss Elementary. “This is pretty nice because they have guided me to all the tables I need to go to and I know what I need to do now.”

Fort Bliss Opens up Biggs to High-Achieving Students for Field Day

More than 150 EPISD students hung out with Fort Bliss soldiers and climbed tanks, climbed on tanks, hummers and other exhibits for the post’s seventh annual High Five Student Recognition Day at Biggs Park.

Fort Bliss invited schools throughout the region, including military and civilian students from 15 EPISD campuses, to participate in the recognition day. The students were selected by their campus because of their accomplishments at school.

”The High Five event enriches the partnership we have with the El Paso community schools,” said Pat Lopez, Fort Bliss School Liaison Officer. ”We want to always include civilian students with our military-associated students so they can have greater acknowledged of what Fort Bliss is about and how strong we feel about supporting their education.”

Fort Bliss provided lunch for the students and honored each of the campuses and their students with certificates. Students took pictures with Garrison Commander Mike Hester and mascots from organizations throughout El Paso.

Students visited the various military exhibits, had their face painted and played at the playground during the event. Soldiers stood by at each of the various exhibits to talk to students about their role in the military.

”It’s nice to interact with the students and teach them it’s not about war all the time,” said Pfc. Yzyda Montes, who was stationed at a hummer.

Military Family Liaisons from campuses throughout EPISD joined their students at the park. Joy Wheaton, the military family liaison at Powell Elementary, said the selected students at her campus couldn’t wait for the High Five day.

”This is an awesome collaboration,” she said. ”This shows Fort Bliss supports EPISD and our students.”

Daniel Perez, a Barron fourth grader, enjoyed his trip to Biggs Park and encouraged other students to reach their goals to earn the trip to the High Five event next year.

”It feels like a big party going on,” Daniel said. ”I like seeing all the kids having a good time. It’s really fun out here.”

Ft. Bliss Soldiers Help Keep Montwood Safe with Mentor Program

Soldiers from a Fort Bliss company are walking the hallways, stairways and classrooms daily at Montwood High School as part of a program called “Ram Watch,” designed to increase security at the school.

Started in January, the purpose is to give back to the community and help keep the students, staff and administration safe, said Capt. Daniel Sloan, who is with Alpha Company 47th Brigade Support Battalion 2/1 Armor Division.

“Every day two of our soldiers show up and spend the day here,” Sloan said. “We like to think of it as a mentorship program.”

Soldiers help keep Montwood safe2The idea for the program is part of Fort Bliss Commanding General Stephen Twitty’s goal of strengthening community ties. He wants the military to be a positive presence in the El Paso area, Sloan said.

The soldiers also assist special needs students, help students with homework, monitor lunch times and answer any questions the youngsters
have.

“Often they will talk to us about what it takes to join the Army,” said El Paso native Sgt. Jasmine Bueno. “So many come up to us and thank us for serving.”

The soldiers do try to keep students in line, making sure they get to class on time and are not wandering the hallways, Bueno said.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “I have really liked working with the students.”

Ilyas Lujan, 17, is interested in joining the military and has talked to the soldiers about what he needs to do.Soldiers help keep Montwood safe1

“They really have been a good influence on us,” Lujan said. “I see them as role models we can look up to. Maybe that is why I want to join the
Army.”

The battalion will take a break in the summer and return to Montwood for the 2016-2017 school year ready to help in whatever way they can.

“They are awesome,” said Ram’s Principal Rosemary Mireles-Menchaca. “They give us such a strong sense of safety. That is at the forefront of what we do, so it’s a joy to see them here.”

1st Armored Division’s Major General Twitty Promoted, Will Leave Ft. Bliss

The Army announced April 28 the appointment of Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty, Commanding General, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, to the rank of Lieutenant General and assignment as Commanding General First United States Army, Rock Island, Illinois.

“I am truly grateful for the appointment to the rank of Lieutenant General and the opportunity to continue to serve this great nation,” said Twitty. “My family and I will truly miss the people of El Paso. Most of all, I will miss the Soldiers and civilian workforce at Fort Bliss. It has been an honor to serve alongside our nation’s best; our Soldiers and their families as well as our wonderful civilian employees.”

Maj. Gen. Twitty will hand over command of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss to Maj. Gen. Robert P. White, currently Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, United States Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The change of command will be held at 9:00 a.m., June 15 at Noel Parade Field, West Fort Bliss.

First Army is based at Rock Island, Illinois and is the Army’s designated coordinating authority for implementation of the Army Total Force Policy, a program that ensures a holistic approach between active, Army Reserve and Army National Guard components to achieve Army readiness requirements and provide trained and ready forces in support of worldwide operations and missions.

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