Warrior Zone opens for Soldiers, family members 18 and up

Soldiers spend time socializing and enjoying food during the launch party of the new Warrior Zone here Friday. Photos by Kelsey L. Miller, 1st BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs.

Soldiers spend time socializing and enjoying food during the launch party of the new Warrior Zone here Friday. Photos by Kelsey L. Miller, 1st BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs.

By Sgt. Kelsey L. Miller, 1st BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs:

(El Paso, Texas, Oct. 26, 2017)

There is an area of Fort Bliss commonly known as Far East Bliss that houses the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and Division Artillery, 1st AD. Until recently, entertainment opportunities for the Soldiers in this particular area were minimal. That all changed after the Warrior Zone launch party took place Friday.

The Warrior Zone is a newly renovated entertainment spot for Soldiers and family members 18 and older. The facility offers various things to do, and caters to the individual interests of Soldiers.

“We have 16 PlayStation 4 gaming systems and 16 Xbox Ones,” said Yoerg Robeson, manager of the Warrior Zone. “We also have 32 Alienware computers for surfing the internet, gaming or doing mandatory training. We have 16 business computers that are all Common Access Card enabled, and they are all hooked up to ‘go-print’ for printing. We have a two-lane mini bowling area and a theater room with bean bags, recliners and free popcorn.”

Soldiers check out the new mini bowling lanes during the Warrior Zone launch party here Friday.

Not only is the facility stocked with computers to fulfill all computing needs, there are poker tables for tournaments, and pool tables for as little as $1 a game. The facility can be used for business needs as well and provides a private conference room with a projector.

For those who need a quick pick-me-up, the Warrior Zone provides a full coffee bar with several flavoring options.

“Starbucks came and trained our employees on how to make their recipes,” said Melinda McWeeny, food service business manager, Warrior Zone. “All of the coffee recipes we make are from Starbucks.”

For those who enjoy the outside scene, the Warrior Zone has two outside patios with big screen TVs and music. The main patio has a barbeque station, a fire pit and a kegerator. Either patio can be reserved for special parties through MWR catering, McWeeny said.

“We want to give Soldiers something to do besides sitting around their room or going off-post and risk getting in trouble,” Robeson said. “If you live over here in the barracks, you can walk over here, have a couple beers and not be driving around in your car.”

The Warrior Zone has a full menu that includes items such as flat bread pizzas, sliders and a variety of salads, just to name a few. There is also a full bar stocked with a variety of beer and the option to request mixed beverages.

“The food and beverage attendants, bartenders and the cooks have been learning the recipes and preparing the recipes just as if we were open,” McWeeny said. “They’ve been working really hard every day, so that when we open, everyone will have a great experience.”

“It’s awesome working here with my coworkers,” said Keshia Rivera, a bartender at the Warrior Zone. “It’s a fun place. I think it’s an environment the Soldiers will enjoy.”

“All of the employees here have great energy,” said Faith Goodwin, a food and beverage attendant. “They are always energetic and willing to help out the customer. I know this will be a great place.”

The Warrior Zone, 21171 Medic Ave., is open Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until midnight. It is closed Mondays.