Bliss Happenings January 4, 2018

Bliss Briefs: (El Paso, Texas, Jan. 4, 2018) 

Fort Bliss tickets: This is a public notice from the Fort Bliss Special Assistant United States Attorney’s office. If you have received a Central Violation Bureau/traffic ticket after Jan. 1, 2016, be aware the Fort Bliss SAUSA office is stepping up enforcement of outstanding tickets for this period.  Call our office at 568-0761 to resolve your outstanding tickets.

Tricare changes: William Beaumont Army Medical Center will hold briefings about changes to Tricare from 8-10 a.m. Jan. 18 and 31, Feb. 1, 12 and 27 and March 12 and 28 in the hospital’s clinical assembly room, 5005 N. Piedras St., El Paso. Get a username and password for DS logon at https://dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement/. Check to make sure your information is correct on DEERS at www.tricare.mil/deers. Sign up for Tricare benefits updates at www.tricare.mil/about. Find out about Tricare changes at www.tricare.mil/changes.

MLK Day observance: Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Brian Matthews.

DHR training holidays: The Directorate of Human Resources will have reduced operations Jan. 12 and will be closed Jan. 15. Normal operations will resume Jan. 16. 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.

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

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. There are four sessions to complete the program and each session is one hour and a half long.

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

Changing stations: When changing stations, see In/Out Processing for permanent change of station clearing papers 10 business days before your PCS leave starts. Clearing papers are issued Monday-Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m. at In/Out Processing, Bldg. 505, Room 133A. Be in duty uniform with ID card and bring a copy of the following: completed installation PAC slip (see your S1 or levy brief packet for a copy); PCS orders; DA 31 (signed with control number); DD 93 (digitally signed) PSDR units only; SGLV (digitally signed), PSDR units only; and DA 137-1 unit clearance record. PSDR units include 1st AD, all BCTs, 1st AD STB, 1st AD CAB, 11th Bde., 204th MI, 212th FA, 31st CSH, 86th Sig. and 93rd MP. 568-2482, 568-2728, 568-3145, 568-6120, 568-7714 or 569-7348, 7369

FMWR

Texas Hold ‘em: There will be Texas Hold ‘em poker tournaments Wednesdays, Jan. 10 and 24 from 6-10 p.m. at the Warrior Zone. Winners will receive gift cards; first place: $75, second place: $50 and third place: $25. First and second place winners will move on to the championships Feb. 7. Cost: $15 and open to the public. Registration recommended. 741-3000

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

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). Come enjoy weekly drink specials and free snacks. 568-6272

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. It is open to DOD ID cardholders only. 568-7280

Warrior Zone: The Warrior Zone, 21171 Medic Ave., is open. The brand-new, state-of-the-art entertainment facility is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday; and from 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. There’s lots to do with a fully stocked bar, six pool tables, two mini-bowling lanes, Alienware, PlayStation/Xbox gaming center, outdoor basketball, sand volleyball and more. It’s open to the public 18 and older. 741-3000

Go Youth

MYC Bake-A-Treat: Bake a treat that’s sweet to eat and find a friend that neat to meet. Bake-A-Treat is open to sixth-12th graders from 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Milam Youth Center. CYS registration is required. 568-7879

Nerf Gun Wars: Can you save your team and be the last one standing? Join Replica Youth Center from 6 -10 p.m. Jan. 13 for three-on-three Nerf Gun Wars. It is open to youth in sixth-12th grades. CYS and event registration is required. There will be obstacles laid throughout the gym, and it’s free. 568-3523

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

School Age Book Club: The School Age Book Club is designated for children ages 7-12. A staff member will read for part of the time and the children will read aloud as well from 4-5 p.m. every Wednesday at Mickelsen Library. Activities and projects are completed at home, returned and shared at subsequent meetings. Occasional refreshments are provided as well. 568-6156

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. All students must be enrolled with CYS Services Parent Central. 568-4374. Class registration opens from the 20th of the month prior to the seventh of the month in which you are enrolling. www.bliss.armymwr.com or 568-5544

Story Time: Stop by the Mickelsen Library every Tuesday from 10:15-11 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m. as children ages 2-5 listen to stories read aloud. There will also be crafts, activities and refreshments available. Start children on the road to literacy. 568-6156

Paws for Reading: Do you have a school-age child who struggles with reading? Visit the Mickelsen Community Library from 4-5 p.m. every Wednesday of the month and join Paws for Reading. It is a free program for children ages 6-12, where they have an opportunity to read to a certified therapy dog to help improve their reading skills and build self-confidence. Parents must register for a time slot (15 minutes or more) on the children’s side of the library. Registration will occur the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. 568-6156

Babysitting Course: The SKIESUnlimited Babysitting Course 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. The course is open to children ages 12 and older. Cost: $10. Registration is required and can be done at SKIESUnlimited. Must be registered with Parent Central. 568-5544

Community

Voter registration certificates: The El Paso County Elections Department sent out new voter registration certificates in December 2017. If you are a registered voter in El Paso County and did not receive a new certificate, call 546-2154 so officials can verify or update your information. Voters can also visit www.epcountyvotes.com or download the El Paso County Elections smart app through the Apple Store or Google Play to verify voter registration information.

Commission meeting: The International Boundary and Water Commission’s Upper Rio Grande Citizens Form is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the USIBWC Headquarters, 4171 N. Mesa St., The Commons, Bldg. C, El Paso. The agenda will address the Doniphan Drive corridor plan, the Border West Expressway and the project to conserve water and energy while creating habitat. Contact 832-4106 or lori.kuczmanski@ibwc.gov.

American Legion commander: Denise Rohan, commander of the national, two-million-member American Legion, is visiting El Paso and will hold a meet and greet at 5 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Paso Del Norte Post 58, 4724 Vulcan Ave., El Paso. Open to the public. 549-0861

Discover El Paso: Discover El Paso Association will hold a luncheon meeting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 111 University in West El Paso. Cost: $23 per person. Call 598-6376 for reservations no later than Jan. 18. A no-show will still require payment for the meal.

Provost Gun Show: A Provost Gun Show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 27 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28 at El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama St., El Paso. Cost: $6 general admission; free for children younger than 12 (parent must accompany those under 18); $5 active duty military. Features new, used and antique firearms and much more. 241-1761

Exchange sweepstakes: From Dec. 29 to Jan. 22, Exchange shoppers worldwide can enter the Mars and Wrigley Big Game Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of three big-screen TVs. Authorized shoppers 18 and up may enter at ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2g4dqtp.

Military Winterfest: The Angel Fire (N.M.) Military Winterfest is Feb. 22-24 and will highlight skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a family expo. Dana Bowman, a retired U.S. Army Golden Knight and double amputee, will dazzle audiences with his American Flag Jump Feb. 24. MilitaryWinterfest.com and Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest

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 website at https://www.ocsalumni.org for information updates or (813) 917-4309.

Socorro Veterans: Veterans in Socorro, Texas, are raising money for a memorial to honor veterans who have served from World War I to the present. Nonprofit ID is #81-3106278. Send contributions to Socorro Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 290901, Socorro, TX, 79929. 588-0413