Fort Bliss Army Base
1st Armored Division, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 402nd Field Artillery Brigade, 5th Armored Brigade, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, 86th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Joint Task Force North, German Air Force Command USA/CAN
4100 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79930
Fort Bliss is a United States Army post in New Mexico and Texas, with its headquarters in El Paso, Texas. The installation has an area of about 1,700 square miles and it is the largest installation in the United States Army Forces Command. Fort Bliss provides the largest contiguous tract (1,500 sq mi) of restricted airspace in the Continental United States, used for missile and artillery training and testing. The garrison’s land area is accounted at 1.12 million acres, ranging to the boundaries of the Lincoln National Forest and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Fort Bliss has state-of-the-art training areas, ranges, and facilities; led by adaptive, innovative, and warrior focused professionals concentrated on individual and unit readiness, leaders development, deployment, security, and the well-being of Fort Bliss. Fort Bliss trains, sustains, mobilizes, and deploys members of the joint team to conduct global, full spectrum operations in support of the national military strategy, while providing for the well-being of the regional military community.
Biggs Army Airfield is a United States Army military airport located on the Fort Bliss military base in El Paso, Texas. It is the base of Joint Task Force North, a United States Department of Defense multi-service organization tasked to support U.S. federal law enforcement agencies in the interdiction of suspected transnational threats within and along the approaches to the continental United States. The Silas L. Copeland Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group at Biggs Army Airfield serves military and civilian personnel who deploy to their overseas assignments, such as to and from Southwest Asia.
There are more than 163,303 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Fort Bliss Army Base.
The closest airport is the El Paso International Airport located 2.6 miles from base.
At The El Paso International Airport, there is a military liaison from 6:00 am to 12 midnight. Contact the liaison for assistance at (915) 562-3606 or Staff Duty (24 hours) at (915) 568-5098.
Once on post, follow the signs to the Welcome Center/Personnel Processing Center for in-processing. In-processing is conducted at the centralized Personnel Processing Center in Bldg 505 on Pershing Road. The building is open daily 24 hours. In-processing begins at 8:45 a.m. the next business day at the Welcome Center, Bldg 505, on Pershing Road. The uniform for in-processing is ACUs.
All Personnel should report to the Welcome Center Bldg 505, on Pershing Road.
The NCO Leadership Center of Excellence Students and Permanent Party should report to the Welcome Center Bldg 505 on Pershing Rd.
William Beaumont Army Medical Center personnel should report to the Welcome Center, Bldg 505 on Pershing Rd.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Texas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.
Because of student mobility, Texas has adopted curriculum standards that are to be used in all the state’s public schools. The current standards, which outline what students are to learn in each course or grade, are called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The standards are adopted by the State Board of Education, after extensive input from educators and other stakeholders. For more information click here.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.
Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (512) 438-4800
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services (512) 776-2150
The Texas Health and Human Services Department provides information, referral, support and assistance to residents at risk of or experiencing economic hardships, neglect, abuse, juvenile crime, or incapacities related to aging or disabling conditions.
El Paso Humane Society (915) 532-6971
Texas State Troopers (512) 424-2000
Base Operator (915) 568-2121
Chaplain (915) 568-1519
Civilian Personnel Office (915) 568-6232
Dental Headquarters (915) 569-2511
EFMP Family Support (915) 568-1132
Family Advocacy Program (915) 568-9129
Family Child Care (915) 569-4227
Housing Services Office (915) 564-0795
ID/CAC Card Processing (915) 568-6210
Information and Referral (915) 568-6923
In-Processing (315) 772-0423
Legal Services and JAG (915) 568-7141
Medical Appointments 1-800-831-0919
NAF Human Resources Officer (315) 772-5393
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Fort Bliss Family Homes privatized housing with over 4,000 housing units in nineteen neighborhood and is available for all ranks. For more information, call 1-866-771-4323, from 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm.
Red Stone Cove
9.2 miles from Base
Red Stone Cove is a quiet neighborhood in El Paso with parks and shopping areas nearby.
11.1 miles from Base
Mesquite Hills is a beautiful, family friendly neighborhood in El Paso with shopping areas and restaurants nearby.
In Fort Bliss, the summers are hot, the winters are short and cold, and it is dry and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 97°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 103°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 18 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is June 23, with an average high of 97°F and low of 72°F. The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 21 to February 17, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 33°F and high of 57°F.
The wetter season lasts 2.7 months, from July 1 to September 22, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on July 31. The drier season lasts 9.3 months, from September 22 to July 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on March 19.
The cost of living in Fort Bliss, TX is 19% higher than the Texas average and 8% higher than the nations average. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Fort Bliss, TX are 3% lower than the average for Texas and 10% lower than the rest of the country.
El Paso is a city in west Texas, along the waters of the Rio Grande. Outside the city, Franklin Mountains State Park is home to cacti and desert wildlife like coyotes and golden eagles. The park’s Wyler Aerial Tramway ascends to Ranger Peak for views of the city and to Mexico. El Paso is a major metropolitan area with all the amenities expected of a big city, such as shopping areas, restaurants, cultural attractions, and entertainment.
Some points of interest include Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso Zoo, Wyler Aerial Tramway, Western Playland, Scenic Drive, and El Paso Museum of Art.