1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum The 1st Armored Division & Ft. Bliss Museum is located on historic Ft. Bliss, Texas. The museum presents the history of Ft. Bliss from 1849 to the present, as well as displaying the history of America’s 1st tank division, the 1st Armored Division.
Official page of the 1st Armored Division and Ft. Bliss Museum. Admission is free. Soldiers are on hand to orient and assist visitors. We feature the Combined Arms Heritage Park in front of the museum, with two picnic table areas. There are 3 different spaces available to reserve for functions. Auditorium for up to 180 people Ceremonial area for more than 180 people Reception room for food and drink

General Pershings Dodge Command carWith tensions rising along the southern border, President Wilson sent General “Blackj...
02/17/2020

General Pershings Dodge Command car
With tensions rising along the southern border, President Wilson sent General “Blackjack” Pershing south to help quell the violence that was being perpetuated by Pancho Villa and his raiders. In early 1915 General Pershing had been provided a Dodge touring car while at Ft. Bliss, and instantly became a fan. Always on the cutting edge of technology and tactics on the battlefield, General Pershing saw the potential to use his Dodge car as a means to strike deep and fast in some of the more rugged terrain along the Texas and Mexican border region. Sporting a unique tan “camouflage” to blend in with the terrain, and canvas tops and interiors to protect the passengers, it is unclear how many vehicles they procured during the Punitive Expedition, what was learned during this time went into many of the vehicles and training that would affect the procurement, movement, and application of tactics of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI. It is said that Pancho Villa himself was so impressed with the Dodge cars performance, he even bought one for himself.
The Dodge Command car on display here at the Ft Bliss/1AD Museum has a unique, and somewhat disputed history, and is still only partially verified. After the war, Pershing’s Dodge was returned to the United States and retired from active military use. In the mid 1920’s the car was obtained from the US Army by Dodge in worn shape and after spending more than a decade in storage, the Dodge Brothers car was apparently refitted with both 1916 and 1919 parts by Dodge to bring it up to standard before being displayed at the factory in Michigan. For the next 40 years the car would move from location to location before being completely restored in 1970 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. It would sit there until its transfer back to Ft. Bliss and the 1AD museum in 1993.

You can see this and many other great artifacts detailing the history of Ft Bliss, and the 1st Armored division today, at the 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss Museum. Come by!

M2A1 Halftrack CarPioneered by French Military engineer Adolphe Kegresse in 1910, the Army first purchased Citroen-Kegre...
02/10/2020

M2A1 Halftrack Car
Pioneered by French Military engineer Adolphe Kegresse in 1910, the Army first purchased Citroen-Kegresse vehicles for evaluation in the late 1920s. Through rigorous testing the Autocar company, and White Motor company developed them into the vehicle that would see 70 versions and over 50,000+ vehicles produced. Accepted into service in 1941, the M2 served as a personnel carrier, armored reconnaissance vehicle, and prime mover for the 105mm Howitzer and operated in the European, African, and Pacific theaters. The versatile and deadly M2 could carry an assortment of Armaments including 7.62mm and.50cal machineguns, 81mm and 37mm mortars, as well as antitank, auto and anti-aircraft cannons.
The Halftrack on display here at the 1AD museum is a Frankenstein of sorts, sporting parts and modifications of both the M2, and M4 models.

You can see this and many other great artifacts detailing the history of Ft Bliss, and the 1st Armored division today, at the 1st Armored Division and Ft Bliss Museum. Come by!

LTC William Wallace Smith BlissFor those who wonder where our post gets its name from, you only have to look as far sect...
02/03/2020

LTC William Wallace Smith Bliss
For those who wonder where our post gets its name from, you only have to look as far section P site 1 of the Ft. Bliss National cemetery. There you will find a simple grave stone bearing the name of LTC Col William W. S. Bliss. Born August 17, 1815 in Whitehall, New York, he was the son of Army Captain John Bliss, an 1811 Graduate of West Point. From an early age William showed a proclivity for math, and at the age of 14 entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1833 with a commission in the Infantry. LTC Bliss would serve in some of the operations designed to move the Indian populations west of the Mississippi before spending 6 years as an assistant professor (At the age of 19-24) of Mathematics at West Point. Promoted to Captain, he would serve as Chief of staff to BG Walker Amistad during the Seminole Wars before moving on and serving in Texas during its military occupation prior to annexation. His service during the battles of Palo Alto, Rescara De La Palma, and Buena Vista would see him brevetted to Major, and then to Lieutenant Colonel. His entire service in Texas and Mexico was as the Chief of Staff to Major General (Later President) Zachary Taylor. In 1848 LTC Bliss married President Taylors youngest daughter Mary and would become the Private secretary to the President. This, coupled with, the popularity of Bliss, and the 1st lady’s unwillingness to take part in formal events (and thus delegating them to her daughter) led to the couple becoming a political and public powerhouse in DC. In 1853 while in New Orleans, LTC Bliss contracted Yellow Fever and passed away. Initially buried in New Orleans, his body was disinterred and moved to Ft. Bliss, which had been named for him in 1854.

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum
12/10/2019

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum

For the veteran community. AAFES & DECA will now be available to disabled veterans and caregivers. See the attached flye...
11/25/2019

For the veteran community. AAFES & DECA will now be available to disabled veterans and caregivers. See the attached flyer and link for more information. And thank you all for your service.

DYK: Effective January 1st, eligible service - connected disabled #veterans and eligible caregivers will have access to the commissaries, exchanges and MWR activities?

For more information visit:

https://commissaries.com/our-agency/newsroom/news-releases/expanded-patronage-jan-1-commissaries-welcome-home-select

#WelcomeHomeVets #DisabledVets

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Museum logo items are in!!!The museum's gift shop just received it's first shipment of items featuring the museum's new ...
11/13/2019

Museum logo items are in!!!
The museum's gift shop just received it's first shipment of items featuring the museum's new logo! Come down and check them out.

11/04/2019

I'm posting our Holiday Closures a bit early. We will be closed from December 21st to January 7th. We will resume normal operating hours on January 8th.

We at the museum wish you all a very happy holiday season.

10/24/2019
Funky Rooster NOW OPEN at Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum!

The 1st Armored Division and Ft. Bliss Museum is extremely excited to announce the opening of the MWR coffee shop, Funky Rooster" inside the newly remodeled museum reception room. Check out the video and some photos below. And make sure to swing by for a Starbucks coffee, turkey wrap, or chicken and waffles. You can also reserve (for free) the reception room space for an event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz1xPvGtK8U&spfreload=10

For the history buffs out there. This was found in one of our archival collections and will be on display at the BRAG Ar...
09/13/2019

For the history buffs out there. This was found in one of our archival collections and will be on display at the BRAG Archival Bazaar September 28th. These 3 pages are from a 14 page document that is both incredibly mundane and extraordinary. It is a very early example of a "phone book" and features some very well known names from U.S. Army history. Stop by our tables at the bazaar to see it in person. #1ADFTBMuseum #ArmyHistory #GeneralPershing #GeneralPatton

The museum will be displaying the "BG Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Polish-American Brotherhood in Arms 1776 to Present." exhibit...
09/13/2019

The museum will be displaying the "BG Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Polish-American Brotherhood in Arms 1776 to Present." exhibit presented by the General Casimir Pulaski Society of El Paso. If you are in the area please join them for an opening reception at the centennial club and then view the exhibit at the museum. Please see the flyer for more information.

If you're in Las Cruces, NM on Sept 28th head on over the the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. We will be part...
09/06/2019

If you're in Las Cruces, NM on Sept 28th head on over the the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. We will be participating in the 3rd annual Border Archives Bazaar hosted by the Border Regional Archives Group. Learn a bit about the history of the region and see a selection of historical photographs, documents, and even a few interesting items from the areas museums and historical sites.

The Bazaar runs from 1000 (10am) to 1600 (4pm), Saturday September 28th.

Make sure to stop by our tables and say hello. 😊👋

More progress! We are very happy with the remodel so far. What do you think? P.S. the black is primer not the final coat...
08/28/2019

More progress! We are very happy with the remodel so far. What do you think? P.S. the black is primer not the final coat 😐 . #1ADFTBMuseum

Check out our progress with our reception room makeover. And a huge thanks to HBI (Home Builders Institute), the constru...
08/15/2019

Check out our progress with our reception room makeover. And a huge thanks to HBI (Home Builders Institute), the construction school here on Ft. Bliss, for all of the hard work to make this project a success.
Check back tomorrow for more photos of the progress or stop by the museum to see for yourself. And remember the reception room, along with our theater and ceremonial space, are available to reserve for presentations, ceremonies, receptions, etc. at no cost.
I've posted some before photos and a few of the current progress. Let us know what you think. #1ADFTBMuseum

Anyone who as been at Ft. Bliss for a while knows that it is a unique installation (unique in a good way). For anyone ne...
07/26/2019
The Brian Burds Home Selling Team

Anyone who as been at Ft. Bliss for a while knows that it is a unique installation (unique in a good way). For anyone new to the area, this is a great overview of what the installation has to offer.

If you’re new to El Paso and Fort Bliss, here are some great activities to keep you and your family entertained!

And lastly, I’m going to leave you with some recipes from TM 10-405. Make special note of recipes number 73 & 74. In cas...
06/21/2019

And lastly, I’m going to leave you with some recipes from TM 10-405. Make special note of recipes number 73 & 74. In case you need to cook for a squad of zombies 🧟‍♂️ and to spice things up add eggs. 🥚 😂 There are actually some very good ones in here as well and yes this will be the final post from this TM. I’m sure you are all very sad.
If anyone tries any of these (especially #74) please let me know how it turns out.
#1ADFTBMuseum #ArmyHistory #zombies

Next up in the Army cookbook, window washing because hum…..well I’m not sure how it’s related. Use a recommended mixture...
06/07/2019

Next up in the Army cookbook, window washing because hum…..well I’m not sure how it’s related. Use a recommended mixture of water and kerosene, which apparently really does work according to the internet, just make sure to steer clear of any open flame. I’m sure that won’t be too much of an issue while cleaning windows in a 1940’s era Army mess. On the plus side, the TM does not instructed you to lick or sniff it, so please don’t. #1ADFTBMuseum #dontlickit #ArmyHistory

06/03/2019

Additional Closures:
We apologize but due to a lack of staffing the museum will be closed the following Saturdays:
June 29th
July 06th
July 13th
July 20th
&
July 27th

This time I’m going for a purely historical post. WWII fans will like this I think, it shows a standard garrison ration ...
05/24/2019

This time I’m going for a purely historical post. WWII fans will like this I think, it shows a standard garrison ration for 1 Soldier. It also lists the differences between rations and authorized substitutions. The photos are of some of the field rations that are currently on exhibit in the museum. #1ADFTBMuseum #ArmyHistory #WWII #Fieldrations

Can anyone guess what the most important beverage in the Army is? That’s right coffee! And TM 10-402 is very clear on th...
05/17/2019

Can anyone guess what the most important beverage in the Army is? That’s right coffee! And TM 10-402 is very clear on that. There are 2 ½ pages of rules that “should be strictly observed” when making coffee. Just for fun I’m also posting the recipe because, yes, it is possible mess up coffee.
What are your thoughts on the rules? Know anyone who definitely needed this recipe? Share your stories, but remember keep it clean please. #1ADFTBMuseum #Coffee #ArmyHistory

Opinion | America is losing its memory
05/10/2019
Opinion | America is losing its memory

Opinion | America is losing its memory

The National Archives and Records Administration is the collective repository of American memories and history.

I know all of my loyal followers, all dozen of you, were very much looking forward to a nice pudding recipe as promised ...
05/10/2019

I know all of my loyal followers, all dozen of you, were very much looking forward to a nice pudding recipe as promised in my “meat spoilage” post. And I am sorry to disappoint but when I read this one I had to post it next. To be fair it is a recipe. 😝
My favorite part? “c. Inspection of soap.—(1) Cut a piece of soap in two and place the tongue on the fresh surface.” Yep—lick it! Because everyone wants to taste a piece of fat and lye based soap at least once in their lives. 🤗🧼#1ADFTBMuseum #soapmaking

Oh okay, here’s a pudding recipe too. 😁

Found TM 10-405 the other day in one of the museum's archives. It's the technical manual (TM) for the Army's cooks in 19...
05/03/2019

Found TM 10-405 the other day in one of the museum's archives. It's the technical manual (TM) for the Army's cooks in 1942. There are quite a few interesting, funny, and disgusting sections in this book. I'm going to share a few in different posts.
First, you see on the page pictured a summary on how to detect the spoilage of meet. I love that you can wash "surface slime" 🤨, you're advised to smell a knife 🤗, and "extensive" mold can still be okay though it "might impart a moldy flavor" 🤢
I think the next post will feature a recipe, though I might avoid any of meat recipes, this time, and stick with a nice pudding or something.
If you have a favorite "military recipe" we'd love to hear about it. #1ADFTBMuseum #Armyhistory

U.S. Army Center of Military History
05/03/2019

U.S. Army Center of Military History

Effective today, 1 May 2019, CMH realigns under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). There is a natural relationship between the missions of CMH and TRADOC in doctrinal development, educating the force and inspiring young men and women to serve. This realignment provides greater opportunities to promote Army history at every level of Soldier training and ongoing professional development.

All CMH missions and responsibilities remain the same and there are no changes in work locations. However, The Institute of Heraldry (TIOH), a CMH Directorate for the last three years, will remain as part of HQDA aligned under the Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA).

We are excited about the realignment and together, TRADOC and CMH will continue to develop historical content and historical staff support to better educate the force and further reinforce the Army’s connection to society.

04/24/2019

The Museum will be Closed this Saturday-April 27th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

04/22/2019

First post of the 1st Armored Division and Ft. Bliss Museum's official page.
I would like to thank Danny Wilson of the Philadelphia Corps of Engineers for all of his help and his magical IT support. Without your help this page would still be in draft form and going nowhere.

04/22/2019

Some exhibits and examples of the archival material at the museum. #1ADFTBMuseum

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum's cover photo
04/17/2019

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum's cover photo

Address

1735 Marshall Rd
Fort Bliss, TX
79916

DoD ID card holders may access the installation through any open gate. Non-ID card holders must get a pass at a visitor center, located at either Chaffee or Buffalo Soldier Gates.

General information

Admission is FREE Operating Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 0830 to 1600 (830 am-4 pm) Doors lock 15 minutes prior to closing Sunday-Monday: Closed Federal Holidays: Closed Terms of Service: While this is an open forum, it's also a family-friendly one, so please keep your comments and wall posts clean. In addition to keeping it family friendly, we ask that you follow our posting guidelines here. Comments and posts that do not follow these guidelines will be removed. We do not allow graphic, obscene, explicit or racial comments or submissions nor do we allow comments that are abusive, hateful or intended to defame anyone or any organization. We do not allow solicitations or advertisements. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency (i.e.: asking users to "like" your page, visit your website, sign a petition, contribute to a fundraiser, etc.). Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity. Do not post copyrighted or trademarked images or graphics. Imagery posted on the Facebook wall should be owned by the user. Do not post political propaganda. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided. For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information should never be discussed here. Don't post personnel lists, rosters, organization charts or directories. The appearance of external links on this site does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Center of Military History or Department of Defense. For more information visit the DoD Social Media Website: http://www.defense.gov/socialmedia/

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Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:00
Saturday 08:30 - 16:00

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(915) 568-5412

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