Bliss Happenings January 25, 2018

Bliss Briefs: (El Paso, Texas, Jan. 25, 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.

Tax Center opening: The Fort Bliss Tax Center is open at 122 Slater Road, Fort Bliss. Call 568-1040 to schedule an appointment.

POWC: The Fort Bliss Protestant Women of the Chapel is holding Bible studies from 9-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the 1st Armored Division Chapel, 11272 Biggs St., and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Religious Activities Center, 449 Doniphan Road. Free child care is provided. (270) 863-1499 or on Facebook at Fort Bliss PWOC

Legal office closure: The Fort Bliss Legal Assistance and Claims Offices, located on the first floor of Bldg. 113 on Pershing Road, will close at 3 p.m. Feb. 7, and from 1-4:20 p.m. Feb. 15, for unit functions, and will be closed all day on the days of no scheduled activities of Feb. 5 and Feb. 16, and the federal holiday of Feb. 19.

Tricare changes: William Beaumont Army Medical Center will hold briefings about changes to Tricare from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, and 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.

National Prayer Breakfast: The Fort Bliss National Prayer Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199 Sgt. Churchill St., Fort Bliss. The guest speaker will be Chaplain (Col.) Jonathan E. Shaw. Contact your unit ministry team for tickets. (757) 602-4768

Religious education: Fort Bliss will hold religious education teacher training for all teachers and prospective teachers serving at chapels here from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the 1st Armored Division Chapel, 11272 Biggs St. RSVP by Feb. 12 to Dr. Rick Mendoza at 568-4334 or rick.mendoza.civ@mail.mil or Michael McCarthy at 569-5721 or michael.t.mccarthy.civ@mail.mil.

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

Bunco: Have fun at Bunco Bliss event from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the Pershing Pub. Cost: $15 and it’s open to the public, ages 18 and older. The theme is Winter Wonderland. Reservations recommended. 781-6809

Right Arm Night: Enjoy a relaxing evening at Right Arm Night from 4-9 p.m. Friday at the Pershing Pub. The event will include free appetizers and drink specials. 781-6809

Super Bowl Party: Don’t have plans for the Super Bowl this year? Don’t worry, Warrior Zone has you covered with food, drinks, games and giveaways. The party starts at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Warrior Zone. The facility and event are open to the public, ages 18 and older. 741-3000

Hiring Fair: Fort Bliss will have one of its semiannual Hiring Fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Centennial Club. The free event is open to all active duty, family members, retirees and other military ID cardholders. 569-5838

Bingo: Play Bingo Bliss every Wednesday and Saturday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and early bird starts at 5:30 p.m. at Metro Bingo Bar in the Centennial Club. Paper packets are $15 each, or two for $25 or three for $35. If you purchase a three for $10 early bird games before 5:15 p.m., you’ll get one free player of the day paper any Wednesday. Saturday is super fun bingo, paper packets are $20 each, or two for $35 or three for $45. Prices vary for electronic game. It is open to DOD ID and their guests, ages 18 and older. 744-8427

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. This is a place of leisure after a hard day’s work. Grab a bite to eat at the full-service snack bar. 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

Winter Reading Program: Enjoy some fun reading this winter through Wednesday. Readers can track minutes and books read online to earn prizes and a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card. It’s free and open to DOD ID cardholders ages 4-17. 568-6156

Harry Potter Book Night: Come one, come all to the annual Harry Potter Book Night from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Mickelsen Community Library. Celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful book series with a night of giveaways, refreshments and awards for best costume. Free. 568-6156

MYC Bake-A-Treat: Bake a treat that’s sweet to eat and find a friend who is 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

Replica Youth Center Rock Climbing: RYC students will learn how to rock climb and use ropes safely, building self-confidence as they grow physically and mentally. It’s free at the Soldier Activity Center every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be done at the RYC. Space is limited to 10. 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

Winter Reading Program: Stop by the Mickelsen Community 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

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

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. Call 568-4374 to set up an appointment. 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

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. Maximum of four slots. Parents must remain at the library during the program. 568-6156

Community

County Historical Commission: The El Paso County Historical Commission is looking for qualified applicants to fill four vacancies on the commission. They are looking for people who have an expertise or interest in historical architectural preservation, historical research and building and maintaining social media pages. Meetings are generally held on the second Monday of every month at the El Paso County Courthouse. The application is due Feb. 1. Find the application at www.epcounty.com/boards/boardapplication.htm.

Watoto Children’s Choir: The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, will perform at the Healing Place Church, 5312 Rio Bravo, Suite 21, Santa Teresa, N.M., at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1201 Hawkins Blvd., El Paso, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Free and open to the public.

MOAA: The El Paso Chapter Military Officers Association of America will meet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 10 at the General George Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe Ave., El Paso, for a membership meeting and luncheon. Guest speaker: Judge Angie Barill, 346th State District Court Judge. Cost: $20 per person and reservations are required by Feb. 5 to El Paso Chapter MOAA, Attn. Treasure, P.O. Box 6144, Fort Bliss, TX 79906-0144. Online reservation is available. 533-5111

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

Discover El Paso: Discover El Paso Association will hold a luncheon meeting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Underwood Golf Complex, 3200 Coe Ave., El Paso. Cost: $23 per person in advance. Call 598-6376 for reservations no later than Feb. 14.

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 association encourages mini class reunions during the event. There will be a hospitality room with OCS memorabilia and book signings by noted authors such as Ralph Peters. The reunion will include a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, reception and formal dinner including the presentation of the Patterson Award. There is an optional tour to the Little Whitehouse and Warm Springs. There will also be demonstrations and briefings at Fort Benning highlighting developments related to the OCS program. The reunion is 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.

Garden club: The Park Foothills Garden Club would like to increase its membership, so members encourage anyone interested in gardening, landscape and flower design to contact them at parkfoothillsgardenclub@gmail.com.

Book loans for veterans: Are you a veteran? Are you registered at El Paso Community College this spring and receiving GI Bill benefits? You are eligible to take part in the Veteran’s Book Loan Program. Visit the EPCC Veteran Resource Center at the Valle Verde Student Services Center, room S-139 or call 831-2398 for more information.

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

Microsoft training: El Paso Community College is offering free Microsoft training to veterans and military spouses. The 15-week course will lead to certifications in many areas. Daycare, transportation and job placement assistance is available to eligible participants. 831-7785