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Mission: On order, the 11th Air Defense Artillery "IMPERIAL" Brigade deploys forces to conduct joint and combined/coalition air, missile, mortar, rocket, and artillery defense operations in support of the regional commander's critical assets. The sun never sets on the 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade!
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Sorry to say that the MWR Spooktacular has been canceled..
We are disappointed to announce that the final two nights of the Spooktacular have been cancelled. We will service 500 cars tonight but that is all. This decision was made to align ourselves with the city’s recent two week shut down. We hope everyone is able to have a Happy Halloween safely at home with your families. Fort Bliss, Texas
New Policy from Ft. Bliss! Make sure you read and understand the new guidance, Champions! 2200-0500 Curfew is back in effect!
Announcement from the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe:
Since early October, El Paso and surrounding communities have seen wide-spread transmission of COVID-19. We continue to watch these trends closely and stay in contact with City Leaders.
Earlier today, in a press release, the El Paso COVID-19 Task Force highlighted three sources of community spread: (1) visiting local stores; (2) eating at restaurants and bars; and (3) traveling to and from Mexico. The Mayor and other officials are taking action within El Paso to address these three areas.
Unfortunately, we continue to see steep increases in active cases on Fort Bliss. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 within the Fort Bliss Community, we must take aggressive action now.
In light of the most recent decisions of El Paso officials and the restrictions they put in place, I have made the decision to adjust our posture on Fort Bliss. These changes will ensure we protect the health of our Fort Bliss Community while also supporting and remaining in synch with our El Paso neighbors.
Today, I signed the Third Amended Fort Bliss Come to Work Safe, Live Safe Order. Here are a few key changes from the updated order:
(1) Curfew for Fort Bliss. Travel deemed non-mission essential will cease from 10 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. This curfew aligns exactly with the City of El Paso.
(2) Visitor Restrictions. The only authorized persons within residence are members of the household and immediate family members or those present for the purpose of conducting authorized essential activities. This restriction is in alignment with the City of El Paso.
(3) Teleworking. Unit commanders and/or supervisors are encouraged to utilize teleworking to reduce the number of personnel physically present in the work place on a daily basis.
(4) Cancellation of Trunk-or-treating events. Unit-sponsored trunk-or-treat events are no longer authorized. This cancellation also aligns with El Paso guidance. The MWR drive-thru event is the only remaining authorized Halloween event on Fort Bliss.
(5) Off-post dining and restaurant services. While within the greater El Paso area, service members are prohibited from sit-down dining or “dining-in” at off-post restaurants. Non-service members are highly encouraged to follow these instructions.
There are no additional changes to current facility hours and operations as the previous amended Come to Work Safe, Live Safe order specifies.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and compliance with these new measures. Again, it is imperative that we take aggressive action now to help flatten the curve within the Fort Bliss Community and in the greater El Paso area.
ACPs: There is no change to access control points. All gates are open as scheduled.
AAFES Operations: Personnel are reporting at 10 a.m. for all AAFES operations today and will open as soon as possible once the teams report unless roads are red or black.
MEDICAL: Outpatient services are closed; all appointments will be rescheduled. If you don't receive a call from your clinic, please call the appointment line to reschedule. You can also reschedule on the Patient Portal. All outpatient pharmacy services are also closed.
Due to the adverse winter weather forecast for the El Paso region on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, the Senior Commander has directed a weather closure for Fort Bliss on 27 October 2020, with the exception of those personnel the Chain of Command has designated as Mission Critical. Those not designated Mission Critical will remain at home and leverage telework when available. Those that are directed to remain at home are strongly encouraged to stay off the local area road network to avoid potential accidents and significant traffic delays. Unless directed otherwise, the installation will reopen on Wednesday, 28 October 2020 at a time to be designated.
Directorate of Emergency Services will not close or have any degraded services.
Fort Bliss Training Ranges will degrade operations 27 Oct 2020. Pretty much limited to only live fires on ranges.
Directorate of Human Resources:
- All Transition Services (Retirement Services, Separations, Soldier for life Transition Assistance Program) are degrading but remaining open.
Directorate of Public Works areas that are closed, but personnel available via phone:
- Housing Services (Housing Services Office and Unaccompanied Housing), (915) 568-5314
- Reimbursable Utilities, (915) 6514
- Engineering Services (Design and Construction Management), (915) 568-7635
- Environmental, (915) 568-7031
- Master Planning, (915) 568-5933
Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation:
- Open: All CDC and School Age Service-normal hours of operation.
- AER-Emergency and contact number, American Red Cross 1-877-272-7337
All Fitness Centers
Soldier Activity Center
Auto Crafts/Arts and Hobby
Leisure Travel Services
Centennial Banquet Center
Desert Strike Lanes
Rod and Gun Club
Old Fort Bliss Museum
Army Community Service
Closed: Equal Employment Opportunity Office
Fort Bliss officials will continue to monitor weather conditions. Please monitor Fort Bliss social media accounts, the Fort Bliss website and local news for updates.
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Heads up, Champions!
The line wrapped around the lobby of the Main Exchange at Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 9, 2020, as active-duty family members and military retirees waited six feet apart for their seasonal influenza vaccine.
Read and take heed of the latest installation policy! There are significant changes in this one.
Announcement from the Commanding General of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Maj. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe:
Over the last seven days, the El Paso area has reported record increases in COVID-19 cases. Yesterday marked the highest number of active cases and hospitalizations thus far. On Fort Bliss, we have also seen an increase in the number of cases over the last seven days—although our rate of increase has not been as steep as the rate in our neighboring communities.
Fort Bliss Garrison leaders, the 1st Armored Division Staff, and I have watched these trends closely. We have also conferred with the El Paso Mayor and local health officials. Yesterday, Mayor Dee Margo announced new health protection measures for El Paso. Given the current COVID trends on Fort Bliss, we will remain in-step with El Paso and adjust our posture on Fort Bliss, as well. The changes will ensure we protect the health of our Fort Bliss community while also supporting and remaining in synch with our El Paso neighbors.
Today, I signed the Second Amended Fort Bliss Come to Work Safe, Live Safe Order.
Here are a few key changes from the updated order:
(1) Private social gatherings, on-post or off-post, are permitted with a maximum of ten (10) people --provided social distancing measures are maintained. (Previously, we allowed gatherings up to 30 people).
(2) Door-to-door trick-or-treating (on-or-off post) is not authorized. However, units on Fort Bliss may conduct trunk-or-treat events within their respective areas—provided participants wear proper PPE and maintain social distancing. Units must maintain a by-name roster of participants to facilitate contact tracing.
Additionally, the Garrison Staff and I reviewed the current protective measures at facilities and services across Fort Bliss. In general, those facilities that are currently open will remain open at the current level of service. Managers and leaders will increase their inspections of these facilities to ensure compliance with directed protective measures. Gatherings at outdoor parks will be limited to ten (10) people. We will post new signs at these locations to inform community members of this change.
As a new member of the Fort Bliss Community, I have been impressed with the level of discipline, cooperation, and compliance by everyone. Thank you! If we all do our part, we will help flatten the curve—both on Fort Bliss and in the El Paso area.
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More important Gate info, Champions!
Know before you go:
Drivers accessing the following entry points to Fort Bliss should be aware of scheduled peaceful assemblies:
Sep. 26, 3-7 p.m., Buffalo Soldier Gate
Sep. 27, 4-7 p.m., Cassidy Gate
Sep. 28, 4-7 p.m., Fred Wilson Gate
Sep. 29, 4-7 p.m., Chaffee Gate
Sep. 30, 3-7 p.m., Cassidy Gate
If in the area, be aware of increased pedestrian activity and drive safely.
We will be holding a SRFG meeting on Thursday, October 1st at 1730 via Microsoft Teams! Key topics will include upcoming training/events, open volunteer positions, and fundraising status.
***Soldiers that attend the meeting will be released at 1200 on October 2nd, pending mission requirements****
The link to the meeting has been sent out through official email. If you want to be added to the email list, please message this page, or send us an email at [email protected]!
We hope to see you all there :)
Heads up for those of you that use Cassidy Gate!
Heads up! Fort Bliss continues to improve the quality of life here. In this particular case, Cassidy ACP area will undergo repaving from Oct. 5 through Nov. 16, but one lane in each direction will remain available for commuters to enter/exit the installation.
Yesterday, the Champion Battery had to say goodbye to one of our Heavy Hitters. 1LT Reyes is the best XO the battery could have asked for. We wish her the best of luck in her next adventure in Ft. Sill!
"Champions... All Day!"
As many of you have heard, significant changes to tax withholdings will occur starting in October. Check the link out for more details on how this will affect Soldiers pay!
What the payroll tax deferral means for Soldiers
Listen up, Champions! Make sure you read and understand the updated policy. If you have questions, ask your leadership!
This order rescinds and replaces the "Fort Bliss Work Safe, Live Safe" order issued June 11, 2020.
Stay informed, Champions! You hold a unique and honorable position in society. "With great power comes great responsibility!" - Uncle Ben from Spiderman, probably.
The 2020 Presidential Election is now three months away. Army personnel, Soldiers and civilian employees alike, swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The Department of Defense has a long-standing policy of encouraging its personnel to carry out the obligations of citizenship, which includes permitting certain political activities, such as registering to vote and voting.
It is critically important that all Army personnel are aware of and understand the permissible and impermissible political activities for Soldiers and civilian employees pursuant to DoD Directive 1344.10 and the Hatch Act (US Code Sections 7321-7326), respectively.
Attention, Champion Family!
An email regarding Friday's meeting was just sent out via our official SFRG Gmail account!
The email contains the link to the Microsoft Teams meeting. In case you didn't hear, SOLDIERS WILL BE RELEASED AT 1200 IF THEY OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS ATTEND THE MEETING!
Those who do not wish to attend will be released at the normally scheduled time.
If you did not receive the link, please message this page, or email us at [email protected]!
Listen up, Champions! We're counting on you.
Effective immediately by order of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, Texas Commanding General, all Soldiers will wear masks while in uniform, both inside and outside buildings other than inside a Soldier's personal domicile or personal barracks room, regardless of the ability to socially distance themselves from others. This applies on and off-post. For Soldiers when in civilian attire, you are asked to wear a mask under those same conditions.
Soldiers will also wear the mask while in the Army's physical fitness uniform, unless you are conducting physical fitness training. Once Soldiers are done conducting PT, they will be required to immediately put the mask on and wear it.
To our Fort Bliss family members and community, while we cannot formally direct you to do so the same, we ask everyone to support and maintain this same level of protection to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This requirement will remain in place until further notice.
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***Champions! We will be having our first SFRG "meeting" in months on Friday, 31 July!***
We will be utilizing Microsoft Teams (link to be published next week) to discuss the following topics:
- New Leadership Introductions
- Open Volunteer Positions
- Future Meetings/Fundraising
- Unit Training and Mission Readiness
Please message the page with any questions you might have. This promises to be the start of something special for the Champion Battery.! We hope to "see" you all there!
The Champion Battery's own 1LT Reyes shares her #SoldierStory! Way to represent! #ProudToServe
#ProudToServe: 1st Lt. Marisa Reyes, executive officer, Charlie Battery, 1-43 ADA "Cobra Strike" Battalion, shares her #SoldierStory.
Happy Independence Day, Champions! 04 July 1776 was the day our glorious country was officially born; and 04 July 2020 is the rebirth of this page! Stay tuned for exciting updates!
The Champions came, they saw, they conquered! The team went out at the beginning of February to train on the Patriot weapon system and become proficient in defending it. The grit, perseverance, and continued efforts from each one of the Champion team members allowed us to successfully meet all of our objectives toward our ultimate goal of providing defense to this great nation.
We want to say thank you to all the Soldiers and their families for their support throughout this exercise. Without you, this would not have been a success.
1-43 ADA "Cobra Strike" Battalion
Today was a great day for the Champions:
We had one of our Soldiers graduate BLC and represented the Champion Battery by making the Commandant’s List.
Secondly, we had a great turn out at our FRG event. Thank you to all the families that came out. We hope you and your families enjoyed it!
The Champions had an outstanding Combat PRT session yesterday as they continued to prepare for the field. The goal was filling 150 sandbags and the team hit 300 sandbags in almost 30 minutes. We closed out the PRT session with relays carrying sandbags as we prepare the Soldiers for the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The Champion Team would like to wish the families and Soldiers a Happy Holiday season. We hope everyone is able to connect with their families and take a knee during this time. It is well deserved from all the hard work and consistent support these past couple of months.
We would also like to thank all the units and Soldiers that are forward deployed in support of the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis. Thank you. You and your families will be in our thoughts during this holiday season.
El Paso, TX
1-43 Battalion Offices: Staff Duty: (915) 568-4956 S-1 (Human Resources) (915) 568-4732 S-2 (Intelligence) (915) 568-4009 S-3 (Operations) (915) 568-7267 S-4 (Logistics) (915) 569-6585 S-6 (Web Master & Communications) (915) 568-6777 Chaplain (915) 568-9341
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