An Overview of Army Installation Fort Bliss, Texas

Fort Bliss, Texas, is the second-largest U.S. Army installation. It is the home of the 1st Armored Division, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and the 5th Army Brigade. It also hosts the Army's Sergeants Major Academy. The post has 1.12 million acres of land that stretches from the western tip of Texas north into New Mexico. The base's headquarters are located in El Paso, ​Texas.

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Overview / Mission

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Fort Bliss has a top-of-the-line facility for personnel and their families. These include new training ranges, offices, barracks, and housing. It offers services such as childcare and youth programs, on-post shopping and entertainment facilities, and medical and dental clinics.

Mission

Fort Bliss trains, sustains, mobilizes, and deploys members of the joint task force to conduct global, full-spectrum operations in support of the national military strategy, while providing for the well-being of the regional military community units of the 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the 4-1 Cavalry, the 204th MI Battalion, and the 978th Military Police Company.

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Base Information

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Fort Bliss is located in the center of El Paso, off Interstate 10 on U.S. Highway 54 (Patriot Freeway). Situated between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this border community has the advantages of a major city and the charms of a modern Western town. El Paso is a transportation hub with many cultural and entertainment opportunities.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

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Population

Fort Bliss is a diverse community made up of soldiers, family members, students, employees, and retirees. The Fort Bliss area is home to 39,000 military personnel. In addition, Fort Bliss supports over 40,000 family members of active duty and retired personnel. Fort Bliss employs over 13,000 civilians.

Major Units Assigned

1st Armored Div - Evaluation Brigade Combat Team
1st Bn (TS)(ADA) 362nd Regiment
4-1 CAV
6th Brigade
11th Brigade
31st Brigade
Combat Aviation Brigade - 1st Armor

Other units at Fort Bliss:  31st Combat Support Hospital, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Cmd, 387th CRC BN, 62nd Army Band, 741st Ordnance Company (EOD), 76th Military Police Battalion, 108th Brigade, 204th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Reconnaissance), USA CAS Battalion

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Visiting / Living on Base

Temporary Lodging (Billeting) at Fort Bliss, Texas.
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The Holiday Day Inn Express at Fort Bliss is the official temporary lodging facility for Fort Bliss. All incoming personnel must check the availability of rooms at the Inn before taking temporary lodging in town.

The check-in desk for the  IHG Army Hotel at Biggs Field is located at 1744 Victory Avenue on main Fort Bliss, just behind the Fort Bliss U.S. Post Office.

The Inn has rooms and features remote control cable color TV, in-room direct-dial phones, full bath with tub/shower, in-room coffeemaker, and individually controlled air-conditioning/heat unit. A complimentary continental breakfast is available each morning. Children stay free. 

Housing

GMH Military Housing has partnered with Fort Bliss for the purpose of improving the military family housing community. Fort Bliss has more than 3,000 on-base family housing units. GMH Military Housing is responsible for the development, construction, renovations, maintenance, and management of family housing at Fort Bliss.

If you move into GMH family housing, you will need to sign a lease with GMH. This may require payment of pro-rated rent for the current month.

Schools

Four elementary schools and one high school are located on Fort Bliss grounds. Chapin High School is near Fort Bliss. Bus transportation to off-post schools is provided. All schools are part of the El Paso Independent School District.

Personnel living off post should be aware that there are also eight other school districts in the El Paso area. Personnel living in an area other than that designated as part of the El Paso Independent School district are required by law to send their children to the school district designated for that area. All districts have signed the memorandum of agreement.

Child Care

Child Development Services (CDS) provides many child care services at two Child Development Centers (CDC):

Family Child Care: Quarters-based Family Child Care FCC) services within certified homes offer a family atmosphere with fewer children, flexible hours, and the ability to meet special needs. Extended hour homes provide child care for parents who need routine evening child care, who work unusual or long hours, or have mission-related child care needs that require service up to or in excess of 24 hours. This service meets the needs of those needing childcare at times the center is not open.

Fort Bliss Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)

Fort Bliss MWR offers many sports and fitness classes, community events, recreation programs, and other services for service members and their families.

Medical Care

Thirteen private hospitals, one public hospital, and one military hospital provide more than 2,300 beds for the Fort Bliss community. There are two designated trauma centers in the city.

Medical care for military personnel and family members is primarily met at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Built on the property of over 500,000 square feet, the hospital houses many departments and clinics that provide a full range of treatment and training capabilities.

In addition to the Medical Center, health care is provided at the Soldier Family Medical Clinic and at various dental clinics.

William Beaumont Center's mission also includes the operation of the Army's first Residential Treatment Facility for substance and alcohol abuse and a regional trauma unit. Other activities include medical clinical investigations, preventive medicine, and mental health. Additionally, a full-service Veterans Affairs Hospital is adjacent to the main hospital complex.