See below for the mid month Regular Round-Up of information:
Fort Bliss Installation News:
COVID-19 Testing Options: At this time, we have seen an increase in demand for COVID-19 testing. We understand your concerns so we upgraded the ER testing site to a stand-alone testing site. This will ensure our ER access to care is not overwhelmed. In order to preserve our resources and avoid overwhelming our testing ability, the following guidance will be implemented.
Testing will be conducted for the following beneficiaries:
Individuals that are symptomatic and defined as high-risk by the CDC.
Individuals who have a scheduled procedure/surgery.
Individuals scheduled for official DoD travel where mode of travel or destination requires testing.
Individuals referred by their provider or unit provider.
Individuals referred by a contact tracer.
If you are not showing symptoms (asymptomatic) we ask that you refrain from testing at this time as we will not be able to test you. If you are asymptomatic and still have concerns due to exposure or travel, please call the appointment line to request a T-CON with your provider about your concerns. Active duty service members should speak to their unit provider. Your provider will determine if you need to be tested and will give you a referral.
Our Chaffee testing site can expedite your testing process if you have a referral from your primary care provider or unit provider, but it is not required.
Our contact tracing teams are working real hard to ensure this virus is contained. Along with your provider, they will also let you know if you should be tested or not. Our teams of contact tracers have run into a problem of not being able to communicate with patients, due to inaccurate contact information in their DEERS profile. If you get tested, please be sure your DEERs is up to date with a good contact number and email.
COVID TEST RESULTS: Beneficiaries who were tested can obtain COVID test results via TRICARE Online or by calling the appointment line to request a T-CON for a member of their provider team to give results. Results will be available in 24-72 hours. So far, TRICARE ONLINE has been the most expedited method with results less than 24 hours.
Please, DO NOT PHYSICALLY COME TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TEST RESULTS! The medical records desk will not give you your test results. Let us know what your questions are in the comments and we will do our best to answer them. You can also send us a private message to ensure patient privacy.
Hungry?! Make a plan to have lunch at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center. The buffet now includes a side salad. All you can eat lunch buffet Tuesday-Friday from 11 am-1 pm. Tuesday: Mexican Style Flavors, Wednesday: German Delights, Thursday: Chuckwagon Style BBQ, Friday: Chef A.B.'s Southern Special. For more information: 915-744-8427
Looking to become a basketball official this season? Sign up today for this Basketball Officials Clinic with Fort Bliss MWR Sports happening January 10-13. Register at SOTO PFC or call 915-744-5785
Bingo Bliss returns Wednesdays beginning January 5th at Centennial. Wednesday: 6 pm, Saturday: 6 pm
Instructors needed for SKIESUnlimited. Are you a skilled and qualified instructor in cheer, gymnastics, judo, power tumbling, or taekwondo? Call 915-568-5544 for more information
Make 2022 the year of music. Piano Lessons and/or Guitar Lessons offered with SKIES. Enrolling now for January. Call 915-568-5544 for more information.
Youth Spring Sports now enrolling: Youth Sports Soccer, 3 on 3 outdoor basketball. Call 915-568-
Youth Centers are OPEN! Milam Youth Center will be open Mon-Thurs 3-7 pm, Friday 3-8 pm and "even date" Saturdays 1-8 pm. For more information: 915-744-2449. Replica Youth Center will be open Mon-Thurs Mon-Thurs 3-7 pm, Friday 3-8 pm and "odd date" Saturdays 1-8 pm. For more information: 915-568-3523.
Skies Unlimited Babysitting Class: $40 for a 16 hour course. Open to ages 12 and up. Registration is required. Please call 915-568-5544 for more information. Classes run on a monthly basis and you must re-register and pay monthly. Registration starts on the 20th of the month prior to the class.
Are you ready to run!? Don't miss the annual Half Marathon & 5k hosted by Fort Bliss MWR Sports/Fitness/Aquatics on January 29 at 7:30am! Registration is required and open until 22 January at Soto PFC. Click here for more information.
BABY STORY TIME - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 10am at the Mickelsen Library.
Coffee Connections - 18 January 2022 @ 8:30am; USO Building, East Biggs 20727 Constitution Ave. Join us and other military spouses from the community to connect over coffee, have meaningful conversations, and make new friends.
NOTE: On the day of the event, please bring a few old magazines and/or images and words (optional) from artwork, old books, pictures, or printed from the internet.
Register Now: https://cvent.me/gmAbYZ
Volunteer and Class Opportunities:
Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps and El Paso VOLUNTEERS WELCOME! Set up begins at 2pm, check in at volunteer table on site.
To view volunteer application and schedule - click on the link below.
Friendly reminder, our Wednesday drive-thru Food Pantry is available for the City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government and U.S. Army Fort Bliss community!
Hosted Wednesdays at the Armed Services YMCA El Paso located at 7060 Comington St. El Paso, TX 79930 from 3-5pm.
Register on site, from your vehicle.
What you'll need: Name, address, self declared income, number of members in your household and ID of person signing for items being picked up.
Upon check in, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank groceries will be loaded in your trunk.
*FOR MORE EVENTS AND INFO ON THE ASYMCA, SEE THE ATTACHED PDF.
2. FORT BLISS ARMY VOLUNTEER CORPS:
Do you know a volunteer who’s deserving of the Fort Bliss Helping Hand Award? If so, here’s a little bit of the background about the award:
The Helping Hand Award is given to any person who has distinguished himself or herself by providing exceptionally meritorious volunteer service to the Fort Bliss community. Volunteers must have at least 100 hours in the Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS). This award consists of the Helping Hand Award Certificate and the Helping Hand Medallion. This award may be presented anytime during the year by Commanders or Agency Executive Directors.
Nominate a volunteer today! For more information, call 915-569-5500 https://bliss.armymwr.com/programs/army-volunteer-corps
IS YOUR BLOOD TYPE O POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE? The Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center is in DIRE need of O positive and O Negative blood types!
Hurry on down to the donor center located at 2489 Ricker Road (next to the ACS Building) or call 915-742-6365 to make an appointment to donate blood. The blood supply within the Armed Services Blood Program and at our hospital is critically low right now due to holiday block leave. Please give the gift of life and donate.
4. STEVEN A. COHEN MILITARY FAMILY CLINIC:
Anger Management Workshops - Every Thursday beginning 27 January 2022, 5:30pm - 7pm; 1390 George Dieter Drive, Suite 140, El Paso, TX 79936. Learn clinically-proven and effective skills to help conquer rage addictions and express anger in safe ways. Confront issues head-on, accept responsibility for your anger, and gain intensive real-life experience in applying these concepts to your own life. This 8-week, in-person and virtual workshop is open to everyone, with a preference to veterans in the Veterans Treatment Court and/or on probation. All classes must be attended to receive a Certificate of Completion. To register, contact Alfred Martell at [email protected].
5. EL PASO ANIMAL SERVICES:
NOW RECRUITING!! Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who wants to make a lifesaving change for the pets in our community? We are currently recruiting members for our Youth Advisory & Service Council!! Email our Education Coordinator Jessica Navarro at [email protected] for more information or to sign up!
What exactly is YAS council? The Youth Advisory & Service Council will advise, support and advocate for the wellbeing of all animals in the El Paso Community through the development of service projects, coordinating with community partners and developing recommendations that will enhance the lives of pets in the shelter and community. We want your perspective on home to save more lives here in El Paso!
Things to Do/Spotlighted Attraction or Event:
Just an hour and a half away from Fort Bliss is the lovely city of Cloudcroft. Did you know they have the only natural ice rink in all of the Southwest? They do! Skate rentals including admission for military personnel is $10. They also sell snow tubes and snow sleds! Tubes are $40 each, cash only. They will buy the sleds back for $20 if undamaged or unpopped, or you can keep after purchase. Tubing is available behind the ice rink (South Side only) and Upper Karr Canyon Recreation Area. Information on the Cloudcroft Ice Rink can be found at the link below:
The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce has lots of other information to include other local things to do/restaurants.