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The 1st Armored Division was honored to be able to be a part of the #SunBowl. Our Color Guard rendered honors for the Na...
01/03/2022

The 1st Armored Division was honored to be able to be a part of the #SunBowl. Our Color Guard rendered honors for the National Anthem and Iron-6 and The Real Iron 7 attended the coin toss to start the game. Thank you to UTEP - The University of Texas at El Paso for allowing us to be a part of this event and continuing to help strengthen our bond with the El Paso community.

Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious? You don't have to go through it alone. Here is a list of resources to help you t...
12/16/2021

Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious? You don't have to go through it alone. Here is a list of resources to help you through the holiday season. Make sure to reach out and get help if you need it.

You are a valued member of the 1AD team and we want to make sure that your holiday season is a happy one.

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Feeling stressed, depressed or anxious? You don't have to go through it alone. Here is a list of resources to help you through the holiday season. Make sure to reach out and get help if you need it.

You are a valued member of the 1AD team and we want to make sure that your holiday season is a happy one.

1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division 1st Armored Division Artillery 1st Armored Division, Division Sustainment Brigade 1st Armored Division Band Fort Bliss U.S. Army Fort Bliss 11TH ADA "Imperial" Brigade 5th Armored Brigade William Beaumont Army Medical Center 528th Hospital Center 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command

Here are some common myths about the Golden Triangle that are often misconstrued by not only Soldiers, but their leaders...
12/14/2021

Here are some common myths about the Golden Triangle that are often misconstrued by not only Soldiers, but their leaders as well.

The Golden Triangle is a useful tool for leaders to ensure they get to know their Soldiers to make sure they are doing everything possible to provide Soldiers with what they need.

Covid-19 vaccination holiday hours are beginning today. Make sure to call the appointment line or go online at the Fort ...
12/13/2021

Covid-19 vaccination holiday hours are beginning today. Make sure to call the appointment line or go online at the Fort Bliss - DHA Appointment Portal at
https://informatics-stage.health.mil/WBAMC1COVIDApp/COVID.aspx

Get vaccinated to enjoy a safe holiday season with your family and friends.

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Covid-19 vaccination holiday hours are beginning today. Make sure to call the appointment line or go online at the Fort Bliss - DHA Appointment Portal at
https://informatics-stage.health.mil/WBAMC1COVIDApp/COVID.aspx

Get vaccinated to enjoy a safe holiday season with your family and friends.

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12/11/2021

The Golden Triangle is a tool for leaders to ensure their Soldiers are taken care of in all aspects of their life.

Soldiers sometimes do not feel comfortable telling their leaders when they have issues and this is just one way that Operation Ironclad is ensuring the safety and well-being of Soldiers throughout Fort Bliss.

12/08/2021

The attack on Pearl Harbor inevitably brought the United
States into World War II. The USS Arizona would account for nearly half the casualties of the the attack. 23 of the 37 confirmed sets of brothers perished as well as all 21 members of the Arizona's Navy band.
80 years later fuel continues to seep from the wreckage at about 9 quarts a day. The oil that coats the surface surrounding the Arizona is often called the "tears of the Arizona," or "black tears."

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this time. Remember this is a time of thanks. Reach out to your fellow service mem...
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this time. Remember this is a time of thanks.

Reach out to your fellow service members that don't have somewhere to go and enjoy a meal with them.

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this time. Remember this is a time of thanks.

Reach out to your fellow service members that don't have somewhere to go and enjoy a meal with them.

Want to improve your run performance or help others improve theirs? Have you heard about Pose Method of Running? Pose Me...
11/24/2021

Want to improve your run performance or help others improve theirs? Have you heard about Pose Method of Running? Pose Method uses techniques and proper forms of running to prevent injuries. IgnitED and Military Running have paired up to bring Pose Method Running Technique Specialist Certification Training to Fort Bliss.

This is a 1-day course
Dec. 7 or 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This certification will coach programs of the “pose, fall, and pull” concept that over time become a purposeful and deliberate practice in your movement skills. In addition, you may benefit from standardized running exercises that develop running skills and correct standard running deviations to run faster, longer, and injury-free.

There are three ways to register below:
Click on the sign-up button for training on the flyer, email [email protected], or contact 1AD H2F Coordinator at 915-744-6772.

Additional scheduled courses will be available: Feb. 15-16, May 10-11 and Jul. 12-13.

Want to improve your run performance or help others improve theirs? Have you heard about Pose Method of Running? Pose Method uses techniques and proper forms of running to prevent injuries. IgnitED and Military Running have paired up to bring Pose Method Running Technique Specialist Certification Training to Fort Bliss.

This is a 1-day course
Dec. 7 or 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This certification will coach programs of the “pose, fall, and pull” concept that over time become a purposeful and deliberate practice in your movement skills. In addition, you may benefit from standardized running exercises that develop running skills and correct standard running deviations to run faster, longer, and injury-free.

There are three ways to register below:
Click on the sign-up button for training on the flyer, email [email protected], or contact 1AD H2F Coordinator at 915-744-6772.

Additional scheduled courses will be available: Feb. 15-16, May 10-11 and Jul. 12-13.

#IronSoldiers are getting great meals all across Fort Bliss - Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all have had an opportunit...
11/23/2021

#IronSoldiers are getting great meals all across Fort Bliss - Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all have had an opportunity to spend time with each other and enjoy great meals.

We appreciate each and everyone of you and all you do, across our installation, for each other.

The #bulldogbde kicked off it’s Bulldog Mungadai to build unit comradery and espirit de corps while also testing the end...
11/22/2021

The #bulldogbde kicked off it’s Bulldog Mungadai to build unit comradery and espirit de corps while also testing the endurance and warrior skills, of the future Company, Battery, and Troop Commanders in the BDE. A multi-day event, each series tested the knowledge, skills and readiness of our #ironsoldiers.

The first event was the “CPT Farnham Challenge” an event focusing on completing physically demanding tasks with teamwork, hosted by the 2d Engineer Battalion. The participants gave their ALL and kept maximum motivation throughout the CPT Farnham Challenge!

In a multiple series event, the Bulldog Mungadai, showed these Bulldog's grit, endurance and abilty to "Be Ready"!The fo...
11/22/2021

In a multiple series event, the Bulldog Mungadai, showed these Bulldog's grit, endurance and abilty to "Be Ready"!

The fourth event in the Bulldog Mungadai was hosted by 4-1 Field Artillery "First or Not at All". Each team had to make it around the track with a set amount of equipment, as many times as they could, within a set amount of time.

11/18/2021

November is Native American Heritage Month, and for Indigenous people across the country, it's a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history.

Native Americans have served in every U.S. war since the Revolutionary War. They were instrumental in the Pacific during World War II as code talkers that would maintain a code that Japanese forces were never able to break.

Happy Native American Heritage month to all of you that have served and continue to serve as well as all Native American's across the country.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend TOMORROW's Listening Session, here at Fort Bliss, as we discuss how to best support...
11/17/2021

Don't miss the opportunity to attend TOMORROW's Listening Session, here at Fort Bliss, as we discuss how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. 6 p.m. at the Centennial.

We present: IRON PRIDE Listening session, a series of our Ironclad outreach, to begin the discussion of how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

In order to listen there must be voices to hear. Sign up or submit your comments and questions to the inbox so there can be dialogue.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend TOMORROW's Listening Session, here at Fort Bliss, as we discuss how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. 6 p.m. at the Centennial.

We present: IRON PRIDE Listening session, a series of our Ironclad outreach, to begin the discussion of how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

In order to listen there must be voices to hear. Sign up or submit your comments and questions to the inbox so there can be dialogue.

Members of Team Bliss sat down to discuss OPERATION IRONCLAD and describe what it means to be “Ironclad”. OPERATION IRON...
11/16/2021
TEAM BLISS OPERATION IRONCLAD

Members of Team Bliss sat down to discuss OPERATION IRONCLAD and describe what it means to be “Ironclad”.

OPERATION IRONCLAD is the action to our commitment to make our community non-permissive of harmful behaviors. Teams are built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect, while harmful behaviors erode our readiness and destroy our teams. OP IRONCLAD is how we will effect change now and in the immediate future. The GOAL of IRONCLAD is to reach every person long before a harmful event occurs or would cause a change to a person’s life. This Operation is our #1 priority on Fort Bliss. We are Ironclad, Together.

Don’t miss your opportunity to contribute to OPERATION IRONCLAD in the next iteration of The FORGE II! Any member can submit their idea on how to build a better Army community within Fort Bliss, watch the @1stArmoredDivision page for details on how to submit ideas

Members of Team Bliss describe OPERATION IRONCLAD in their own words and describe what it means to be IRONCLAD.

11/16/2021

The initial German successes during the winter of 1942-1943 in holding their own against the pressure of Anglo-American forces turned into catastrophe by spring.

Aided by Ultra decrypts, Allied air and naval forces first shut down German sea lines of communication between Sicily and North Africa.

By April 1943, the Axis partners were reduced to moving supplies and reinforcements across the Mediterranean by air alone. Here again, Ultra revealed their movements, and waiting Allied fighters fought off accompanying Luftwaffe aircraft to slaughter the Ju-52 transports.

The end came in early May with the surrender of the remaining German and Italian forces in North Africa. The loss of the former robbed the German high command of any chance to establish an effective mobile reserve against an Allied descent on Fascist Italy.

In the case of the Italians, the defeat in Tunisia destroyed the last effective military forces with which to defend Sicily and the mainland against Allied landings in early July (Operation Husky). The fall of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime followed almost immediately upon the heels of that successful campaign.

11/15/2021

At first glance the fact that the Germans were able to grab and then reinforce Tunisia appeared to be a major setback for Allied arms.

In the larger sense it was anything but a failure. The six months of fighting in North Africa’s Tunisian desert served as a further warning of the unpreparedness of U.S. troops to engage the Wehrmacht on its home turf of northern Europe.

The defeat of U.S. forces at Kasserine Pass by Rommel’s Afrika Korps in February underlined the general and specific weaknesses of U.S. troops and leaders.

But one of the marks of U.S. military effectiveness throughout World War II, in contrast to that of their British allies, was the learning curve with which troops and commanders adapted to the actual conditions of combat.

11/14/2021

In Tunisia, unlike the situation in Morocco and Algeria, the Vichy French garrison and governor cooperated with the German occupation force, a group of lightly armed paratroopers.

The Wehrmacht then moved heavier infantry and armored forces across the Mediterranean to secure Tunisia and hold the Allied attacks at bay along the coast from Algeria. In doing so, Hi**er placed a whole army of Germans and Italians in a trap — but unlike the trap at Stalingrad, it was one of his own making.

11/13/2021

By November 13, an agreement had been reached that restored northwest Africa to Free French control and brought Vichy forces in Africa into the alliance. Further negotiations followed, but from that point French forces fought alongside their Anglo-American allies.

Furious, Hi**er invaded Vichy France proper, occupied the whole of France, and dispatched German and Italian forces to Tunisia. This would soon bring the biggest test of the Allied Forces resolve in the coming months.

We present: IRON PRIDE Listening session, a series of our Ironclad outreach, to begin the discussion of how to best supp...
11/13/2021

We present: IRON PRIDE Listening session, a series of our Ironclad outreach, to begin the discussion of how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

In order to listen there must be voices to hear. Sign up or submit your comments and questions to the inbox so there can be dialogue.

Operation Ironclad is a Fort Bliss initiative to create an environment non-permissive of harmful behaviors and acknowledge every person's contributions in our community. The goal of OP Ironclad: to reach our Soldiers long before a harmful event occurs or causes a change in their life. This is about real, lasting change. Operation Ironclad is for every one of our Soldiers, their Family members and our DA Civilians. Together, we are Ironclad.

Be a part of positive change.

We present: IRON PRIDE Listening session, a series of our Ironclad outreach, to begin the discussion of how to best support our LGBTQ+ community. Nov. 18, 6 p.m.

In order to listen there must be voices to hear. Sign up or submit your comments and questions to the inbox so there can be dialogue.

Operation Ironclad is a Fort Bliss initiative to create an environment non-permissive of harmful behaviors and acknowledge every person's contributions in our community. The goal of OP Ironclad: to reach our Soldiers long before a harmful event occurs or causes a change in their life. This is about real, lasting change. Operation Ironclad is for every one of our Soldiers, their Family members and our DA Civilians. Together, we are Ironclad.

Be a part of positive change.

11/12/2021

The success of Operation Torch caused Admiral François Darlan, commander of the Vichy French forces to order co-operation with the Allies, in return for being installed as High Commissioner, with many other Vichy officials keeping their jobs.

Darlan was assassinated soon after and the Free French gradually came to dominate the government.

11/11/2021

Following our discussion on OPERATION TORCH, Nov. 8, 1942. The first contact with an enemy, 1st Armored Division is part of the Allied invasion of North Africa.

On Oct. 29, 1942, Old Ironsides moved to England to depart for North Africa....

The Western Task force bracketed Casablanca with landings at Safi to the south, Fedala to the north, and Port Lyautey even further north of the city.

The landing at Safi got a tank battalion ashore quickly, which clattered away to encircle Casablanca from the south. The main landing at Fedala was intermingled and confused, and took some losses, but nevertheless got ashore largely intact.

At Port Lyautey the American assault seized the vital airfield after sharp fighting to get off the beaches. The Fedala and Safi forces converged on Casablanca, which they had tightly encircled by November 11.

While fighting still sputtered around Oran and Casablanca, Eisenhower’s representatives in Algiers, led by Maj. Gen. Mark W. Clark, negotiated energetically with the Vichy French military leadership of North Africa. A ceasefire was agreed to on November 11.

Read more about it here https://www.britannica.com/event/North-Africa-campaigns/The-Allied-landings-in-North-Africa

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1st Platoon A co 7/6inf before the ground war kicked off.
My father Robert G. Von Staden in 1940 during maneuvers in Lousianna...1st Armored div....He was the only one to start the war (North Africa) and end the war (Arno valley) with his division. H had 365 days of actual combat.....
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I treasure my time in the 1st AD. Both as a Cold Warrior and as a member of the force that fought in Desert Shield / Desert Storm. Iron Soldier for life!
From a 1971 Fourth Armored Division Association, New York Chapter publication.
March 1991 edition of Ironsides.
Coming Soon. A new book from Blocker Publishing titled "Line of Duty: Yes". In the book, we honor a member of your Division during WWII from his time at Wakeman General Hospital. I discovered the manuscript created by my mother, Dr. Virginia Blocker after 75 years. My father Truman G. Blocker Jr, MD performed many of the new incredible restorative surgical procedures to for fourteen of these brave soldiers to a normal life. Captain Kersting's interview and testimony is compelling. Any comments before the release in early February would be appreciated.
Who remembers HQ, Bad Kreuznach, Germany?
God and His Creation. This link has something for our veterans, 1st Armored Division, pastors, community leaders, youth, political leaders, and many others. It's funny, serious and everything in between. https://www.facebook.com/CountryGold/videos/375832387092929 Thank you WKRK in Murphy, NC for making this happen. Gary Chamberlain - Vietnam 1967