Bliss Happenings September 28, 2017

Bliss Briefs: (El Paso, Texas, Sept. 28, 2017) 

Retiree Appreciation Day: The Fort Bliss Retiree Council invites all retirees, family members and widows to the annual Retiree Appreciation Day from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the U. S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Biggs Army Airfield. Briefings will provide updates on veterans’ benefits brought about by congressional action and funding, particularly medical benefits and restoration of pay for retirees receiving VA disability payments. The Military Officers’ Association of America, Fort Bliss, WBAMC, Veterans Administration Benefits Office and the Judge Advocate General’s Office will also provide presentations. Several other organizations will be on hand to provide information and WBAMC will conduct a mini health fair. 569-6233

Legal office closure: The Fort Bliss Legal Assistance and Claims Offices, located on the first floor of Bldg. 113 on Pershing Road, will be closed Oct. 6 during the day of no scheduled activities, and Oct. 9 during the federal holiday, and will be closed from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 for a unit function.

DHR training holiday: The Directorate of Human Resources will have a Columbus Day training holiday and will have reduced operations Oct. 6; will be closed Oct. 9; and will open for normal operations Oct. 10. The points of contact are: Military Personnel Division at 568-3302; ASAP at 744-5192, 744-5148 or 744-5149; the Administrative Services Division at 569-5817; the Education Center at 568-6682 or 568-6831; the SFL-TAP at 568-7165, 568-7396, 568-4210, 568-7996 or 568-3870. For emergencies during closure, call 568-3093.

Parent workshops: William Beaumont Army Medical Center Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Services is presenting a series of parent workshops. “Stopping Bullying Children with Special Needs,” is from 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Powell Elementary School, 4750 Ellerthorpe Ave.; “Intervention for Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Abuse” is from 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 8 at the Family Readiness Center, 250 Club Road; and “Healthy Coping Strategies for Parents during the Holidays,” is from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at the FRC. Contact Lashonda Bogan, outreach coordinator, at lashonda.d.bogan.civ@mail.mil or 742-5023 to RSVP or ask questions.

Trick-or-Treating on post: Fort Bliss residents should enjoy a safe, fun night and celebrate Halloween right here on post. Halloween trick-or-treating takes place from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. The speed limit for all residential areas will be 5 mph during trick-or-treating hours and motorists should anticipate some road closures in housing areas from 5:30-8 p.m.

Deployed Spouse Support Group: A support group for spouses of deployed Soldiers is from 10 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the installation chaplain’s office at 448 Pershing Road. Build friendships, discuss relevant topics and receive encouragement during the deployment. For more information, contact Hannah Nielsen at 261-3282.

ICE comments: Use your voice and tell us how we are doing. Fort Bliss has an outlet available so you can let us know how we are doing. That outlet is the Interactive Customer Evaluation program and it is available online at http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=site&site_id=435. This is a tool we use to help us improve the services provided to you. It can be used for negative and positive comments. You can remain anonymous or you can list your contact information. Listing your contact information allows us to provide you feedback on your questions. So be sure to use your voice and let us know how we are doing. Good or bad, we appreciate your input.

Stop smoking: If you are ready to quit smoking, call the Fort Bliss Tobacco Cessation Program at 742-1343 to enroll in classes. The classes are at the Soldier Family Care Center and Mendoza Clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. This class is free to DOD civilian employees of William Beaumont Army Medical Center, active-duty personnel and their spouses and retirees who are Tricare beneficiaries.

Fire Marshal Training: Fire marshal training is from 9-10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Bldg. 11240, Staff Sgt. Sims St. No appointment necessary. Open to all Fort Bliss employees, military or civilian. 744-8194 or 744-8195

Veterinary Treatment Facility: The Fort Bliss Veterinary Treatment Facility offers appointments Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pet owners can schedule wellness exams, microchip implantation, heartworm tests, nail trims, recheck exams, inoculations against rabies, distemper (parvo) and Bordetella, sick calls and feline leukemia tests. The facility is located at Bldg. 6077 Carter Road, past Desert Strike Lanes. 742-2266

FMWR

Bunco Bliss: It’s time to play Bunco Bliss. Come by and play at the Pershing Pub from 6-8 p.m. today and enjoy snacks, prizes and drinks. Reservations are recommended, tickets are $15. It’s open to the public, ages 18 and older. 781-6809

TSP, the New Blended Retirement: Are you ready to make a decision for your financial future? BRS or Legacy System? Learn to understand the components, rules and timeline of the Blended Retirement system. Class will be held at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Massacre on Marshall Road: Get ready for the fright of your life. The Massacre on Marshall Road Haunted House is back with a vengeance, and looking for willing souls to enter the abyss of ultimate terror. Let’s see if you’re up for the challenge. Warning, this is not recommended for the faint of heart. Cost: $5. It will be open every Friday and Saturday starting Oct. 6 through Oct. 28 from 6-10 p.m. The last day will be on Halloween night, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m.-midnight. Children are not recommended to attend, but it is at the parents’ discretion. 588-8247

Debt Management: Wouldn’t it be nice to take control of your debt rather than debtors control you? Discover tools to take control of your debt now. Class will be held at Army Community Service building, 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Credit Repair: Have you recently reviewed your credit score? Thinking about buying a car or home in the near future but not sure how your credit is postured to get you the best terms? Then it’s time to take a Credit Repair Class at Army Community Service building, 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 11. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Spouse Information Exchange: Spouses, learn what Fort Bliss has to offer at the Spouse Information Exchange from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Family Resilience Center, 250 Club Road. Topics include school, housing, medical, local attractions and more. Registration is required. To register visit www.bliss.armymwr.com; search “Info. Exchange.” 569-5500

Paint N’ Pour: The Library After Hours presents: Paint N’ Pour, a social painting class. Get together with friends and come paint an acrylic masterpiece in a staff-led class from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mickelsen Community Library. This month’s theme is “Hilltop Haunt.” Cost: $20, including supplies, instruction and one glass of wine. 568-1902

Right Arm Night: Fort Bliss, are you ready for free appetizers and great drink specials? If so, stop by the Pershing Pub from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 13 during Right Arm Night. This is a great event to unwind after a long week. 781-6809

Prep Your Home for Rent or Sale: Come to Army Community Service and listen to someone who knows on how to manage property. Class is at ACS, Bldg. 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss, from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 17. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Banking & Money Management: Did you know that all banking institutions are not all equal? Discover how to find the right bank for you. Learn to protect your money. Discover unique military banking benefits. Class will be held at ACS building, 2494 Ricker Road from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 18. //bliss.armymwr.com

Planning and Budgeting: Struggling to find a way to balance your expenses with your income? Don’t let your finances run your life. It’s time to set up a budget you can live with and build a plan to financial freedom. Class will be held at Army Community Service building, 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 20. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Post-wide Yard Sale: The Post-wide Yard Sale is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Fort Bliss post housing. This is open to all military housing, no permit is required. Shopping for this event is open to the public, license and insurance required to enter post. Sales opportunity at Old Fort Bliss Replica for DOD ID card holders not living in military housing. Participants must bring their own table to display personal items only. Commercial sellers are not allowed to participate. To reserve a spot, call 588-8482. 568-2554

Brushstrokes: Join Mickelsen Community Library from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 21 for their social art class. This month’s theme for the club is “Halloween Hill.” The class is open to DOD ID cardholders ages 10 and older. Cost: $15 which includes all supplies as well as instruction. 568-6156

Car Buying, the Smart Way: Are you interested to discover top-10 car dealer tricks and how to avoid them? Learn best time to buy a car. Discover all auto finance options. Identify what are the costs to consider as a part as a car ownership. Review Internet tools and resource guides. Class will be held at ACS building, 2494 Ricker Road from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 25. https://bliss.armymwr.com

TSP the New Blended Retirement: Are you ready to make a decision for your financial future? BRS or Legacy System? Learn to understand the components, rules, and timeline of the Blended Retirement system (BRS). Discover how matching contributions work. Be aware of tools, references, factsheets and resource guides. Class will be held at Army Community Service building, 2494 Ricker Road on West Fort Bliss from 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Go to https://bliss.armymwr.com to sign up today. Free child-care voucher for attending class; call your preferred CDC for reservations.

Intro to Pyrography: Join Mickelsen Community Library from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 28 in the MakerSpace room for Intro to Pyrography (wood burning). Participants will learn new techniques using various wood burning tools, express themselves through creating wood burning, and gain familiarity with the art form. A small practice piece of wood and a designated craft item(s) will be provided to each attendee. This month’s piece will be a napkin holder. The fee is $5 cash, payable to the library. Registration is required. 568-6156

Auto Crafts Safety Orientation: The Auto Craft Center offers safety orientation classes every Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. This is a mandatory safety orientation for use of the facility for automotive do-it-yourself projects. Open to DOD ID cardholders only. 568-7280

Pershing Pub: The Pershing Pub is a great place to gather at the end of a long week. Open every Friday at 4 p.m. (except training holidays). Enjoy weekly drink specials and free snacks. 568-6272

Unit Book Kits: Are you part of a unit going into the field or deploying soon? If so, you can stop by the Mickelsen Community Library and pick up book kits for free. The kits contain a selection of popular fiction and nonfiction paperback items. 568-1902

Go Youth

Replica Youth Center Rock Climbing: RYC students will learn how to rock climbing and rope safety, team building and self-confidence as they grow both physically and mentally. It’s free and it will be held at the Soldier Activity Center every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be done at Replica Youth Center; space is limited to 10 students. 568-3523

High Tea: You are cordially invited to high tea at the Mickelsen Community Library from noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 14. We’ll get dressed up and have some tea. Oh what fun this party will be! Join Mickelsen for delicious tea, a story, music, photo opportunity and crafts. Cakes, tea sandwiches, delicate desserts and scones will be served. The party will be fun and educational with an opportunity to sneak in a lesson about table manners. This event is for children ages 4-12 years old and their parents/caregivers. 568-6156

Military Child of the Year: Operation Homefront is accepting 2018 Military Child of the Year nominations through Dec. 4. All awards will be presented at a recognition gala April 19, 2018, in the nation’s capital. 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of the Military Child of the Year awards, with 42 military children honored since 2008. For details, visit www.militarychildoftheyear.org.

Fort Bliss Youth Bowling League: Do your children love to bowl? Sign them up for the Fort Bliss Youth Bowling league at Desert Strike Lanes. The league will be at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at DSL. This is a sanctioned USBC Youth League. Cost: $10 for membership, $10 per week. 568-6272

Paws for Reading: Do you have a school-aged child who struggles with reading? Come to the Mickelsen Community Library from 4-5 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month and join Paws for Reading. Children will have the opportunity to read to a certified therapy dog to improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Parents must register for a time slot (roughly 15 minutes, or more if slots are available) on the children’s side of the library. Registration will occur the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum of four slots. Parents must remain at the library during the program. Free. 568-6156

Child Range Orientation: This is a one-hour firearm safety course required for children ages 6-17 to accompany parents or guardians on Rod and Gun Club live-fire ranges, and it will take place at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. It is open to the public. Free. 568-5426

SKIESUnlimited: SKIESUnlimited offers a variety of fun and educational programs geared for children of all ages and talent levels. Music classes such as piano, voice, guitar and drums are available. SKIES also has a variety of art, sports, driver’s training, and babysitting courses just to name a few. www.bliss.armymwr.com or 568-5544/ 568-4374

Babysitting Course: The SKIESUnlimited babysitting curriculum is designed to help middle school and teenage youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, caring, trustworthy and competent babysitter. Students will receive first aid and CPR training on a Saturday. They will learn about child development, nutrition and the business of babysitting. Cost: $10. 568-5544

Community

Cruces Fun Hunt: Remember scavenger hunts when you were a kid? Now, you and your team of friends can take part in the city’s biggest scavenger hunt starting Saturday, Oct. 7. Teams of up to eight compete to assemble items or complete tasks from a list of about 250 objectives within 24 hours and compete to win prizes sponsored by local businesses. A portion of the proceeds from this third-annual Las Cruces Fun Hunt will benefit the ACTion Program for Animals. 575-522-1232 or www.LasCrucesFunHunt.com

Old Glory Flag: Members of Team Red, White and Blue are carrying a single flag across the country, and Team RWB El Paso will hold a kickoff rally where the Old Glory Flag will be presented to the team from Team RWB Albuquerque at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Old Glory Memorial, 9500 Gateway North. At 6 a.m. Oct. 12, members of Team RWB El Paso will start carrying the flag from San Jacinto Plaza. Team members plan to carry it 130 miles over two days by running and biking, ending at Van Horn, Texas. 383-6339 or www.oldgloryrelay.org

‘The Addams Family’: Tickets are on sale for the University of Texas at El Paso Dinner Theatre’s production of “The Addams Family,” from Oct. 13-29. Everybody’s favorite weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in this production that is spooky, but appropriate for all ages. www.utep.edu/udt or 747-6060

Dia de la Hispanidad Gala: The ninth annual Dia de la Hispanidad Gala Dinner is at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Coronado Country Club. Billed as an “international foodie’s paradise,” the dinner will also feature La Emi Arte Flamenco and other entertainment. Cost: $150 for nonmembers and $125 for members. Tickets available at www.border-heritage.com. 274-9563

Moonlight Tour: The Fort Selden Historic Site, childhood home of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in Radium Springs, N.M., will host a moonlight tour from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13. The tour will include ghost stories and legends of New Mexico by a cozy fire. Meet historical figures as you tour the ruins. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Cost: $5 for adults; kids free. Tickets sold at the door; cash or check only. (575) 526-8911

Spooktacular: The Junior Woman’s Club of El Paso’s 27th Annual Spooktacular is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 14 at the El Paso County Coliseum. As El Paso’s largest indoor Halloween carnival, the one-day-only Spooktacular provides a safe and fun environment for families while raising funds for charities within the El Paso community. Cost: $4 for children, $5 for adults; children 2 and under are free. Advanced purchase $3 tickets are available from club members.

Fall bazaar: The United Methodist Women of St. Paul’s UMC will hold their Annual Fall Bazaar Nov. 10-11 at the church, 7000 Edgemere Blvd. Interested vendors can come by for an application or call 772-2734 to have one mailed.

2018 Army OCS Alumni Association Reunion: The U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association 2018 Reunion is March 25-29, 2018, in Columbus, Ga. The association represents all Army officers commissioned through any OCS, regardless of previous locations or branch affiliation. The reunion will be conducted at the Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Avenue, Columbus, Ga., 31901. 1-706-324-1800. Refer to the OCS web site at https://www.ocsalumni.org for information updates or contact Nancy Ionoff, (813) 917-4309.

Tactical and Tech Day: The Fort Bliss Tactical and Tech Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. To fill out a technology suggestion form, visit http://www.ncsi.com/docs/technology-suggestion-form.pdf. To see a list of exhibiting companies or register, visit www.federalevents.com/fortbliss.