Bliss Happenings February 8, 2018

Bliss Briefs: (El Paso, Texas, Feb. 8, 2018) 

Scouting for Food: Join the Boy Scouts of America in helping the less fortunate by donating nonperishable food items. Place food items in a bag by your front door by 8 a.m. Saturday. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Crews from Fort Bliss will collect your donations. We will also be taking collections at the Fort Bliss Commissary from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. People can leave donations as well at the Fort Bliss Boy Scout Hut, Bldg. 452 Pershing Road. All donations will go to the Fort Bliss Junior Enlisted Center. Contact Scoutmaster Bob Sellers at 472-6790 or the Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council at 772-2292.

Fort Bliss tickets: This is a public notice from the Fort Bliss Special Assistant United States Attorney’s office. If you 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 568-0761 to resolve your outstanding tickets.

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 from 1-4:20 p.m. Feb. 15, for unit functions, and will be closed all day on the day of no scheduled activities Feb. 16, and the federal holiday of Feb. 19.

ID cards and DEERS: Due to system software upgrades, the Fort Bliss ID Cards and DEERS Office, Bldg. 1741, will be limited to appointments only on Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23. To schedule an appointment visit: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil. You may renew your ID card up to 90 days prior to expiration. Urgent requirements on a walk-in basis will be handled on a case-by-case basis. 569-6036

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 Monday 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.

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

DHR training holidays: The Directorate of Human Resources will have reduced operations Feb. 16 and will be closed Feb. 19. Normal operations will resume Feb. 20. 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.

Black History Month: The 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade will host a Black History Month observance from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center. The observance will celebrate the contributions black Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality. 744-5140

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

German Spring Bazaar: Buy handmade gifts for Easter at the German Spring Bazaar from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10 at 3300 Carter Road, Bldg. 747. Enjoy bratwurst, waffles and German cakes and pastries, as well as German beer, coffee and soft drinks. All proceeds go to the Aid for the Needy charity, which helps people on both sides of the border. 201-5939 or 201-5980

VBS volunteers: Vacation Bible School is right around the corner, July 9-13, and organizers are looking for adult team leaders to help with crafts, decorations, recreation, teaching, worship rally and meals and snacks. 568-4334 or www.ftblissvbs.com

FirstLight ATMs: FirstLight Federal Credit Union has conducted a cost analysis of the credit union’s ATM fleet and has decided to remove the ATMs located 20226 Eagle Way and 3191 Coe Ave. by April 30.

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

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.

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 WBAMC, 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

Hiring Fair: Fort Bliss will have one of its semiannual hiring fairs 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

Yappy Hour: Have a friendly pup? Head to the Sam Adams Pub patio with your four-legged friends and enjoy toys, drinks and treats. It’ll be a nice time by the fire from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 15. There will be food and drinks available for purchase. This month’s theme is “My Fuzzy Valentine.” Bring your furry friend costume-ready for a chance to win a prize for best dressed. 568-6814

Bunco: Have fun at the Bunco Bliss event from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22 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

Rustic Door Signs: Join Art & Hobby Shop from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 as they create two rustic home décor signs with a favorite quote or picture in either paint or decoupage made with ready to finish reclaimed wood. The cost is $25 the workshop, it includes supplies. Must pre-register and can be done at 820 Marshall Road. Open to DOD ID cardholders ages 15 and older, 15-17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 568-5563

Right Arm Night: Enjoy a relaxing evening at Right Arm Night from 4-9 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Pershing Pub. The event will include free appetizers and drink specials. 781-6809

A Warrior’s Call: Join us at the Warrior Zone for A Warrior’s Call, a free open mic talent night held every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. through Feb. 22. Participate for a chance to win $25 gift card each Thursday night. There’s one entry for each performance and a maximum of two entries per night for the drawing. Sign-ups are held at the front desk any time. You must provide your own CD, USB or cellphone and amplifier if required. Open to the public, ages 18 and older. 588-8247

Resiliency through Art: The Art & Hobby Shop is opening its studio doors so people have the freedom to create their own art, pottery, photography and more. Cost: $25 per person, including two hours to use most supplies in multiple artistic mediums and instructors to help along the way. Stop by Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and take advantage of this time to create. Open to DOD ID cardholders and guests. Ages 15 and older are welcome. Ages 15-17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. 568-5563

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. 741-3000

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

Go Youth

EPISD transfers: Parents and students who want to go to an El Paso Independent School District school but do not live in the district’s boundaries can apply now to start the transfer process for the 2018-19 school year. For more information, call 230-2080 or email sps@episd.org.

Tell Me a Story: Sgt. 1st Class Laura Ziccari, noncommissioned officer in charge of the Fort Bliss Veterinary Clinic, will read “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Reese at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Kelly Park Community Center, 1991 Marshall Road. Sponsored by the Military Child Education Coalition’s Tell Me a Story: Making Connections and Finding Support through Literature. Geared toward children 4-12. Each family will enjoy the story, hands-on activities, a snack and will go home with a copy of the book. Free. Go to http://tmassignin.questionpro.com/ and enter “ELP” for the workshop code. (254) 953-1923

Super Heroes Activity Day: Come dressed up as your favorite super hero from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Mickelsen Community Library. This event is fun filled with crafts, a story, snacks, photo opportunity and activities for ages 10 and younger. Registration is required; space is limited to 16. Free. 568-6156

Special Olympics: Team Bliss Special Olympics seeks track and field athletes 8 and older. Practices begin Feb. 24 and are from 9-10:30 a.m. Athletes must complete enrollment and medical release forms at sotx.org/about/areas/area19. To register, contact the Fort Bliss Exceptional Family Member Program at 569-4227, ext. 5, or call the School Liaison Office at 568-2784.

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

Community

Microsoft training: El Paso Community College is offering free Microsoft training to active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses. The 14-week course will lead to certifications in many areas. Daycare, transportation and job placement assistance is available to eligible participants. 831-7785

Korean War Veterans: Korean War Veterans Assoc. Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez (MoH) Chapter 249 will host their annual Sweetheart Dutch Treat Luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday at Luby’s, 3601 N. Mesa St. by the University of Texas at El Paso. 330-6199

MOAA: The El Paso Chapter Military Officers Association of America will meet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Gen. 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 Monday to El Paso Chapter MOAA, Attn. Treasurer, P.O. Box 6144, Fort Bliss, TX 79906-0144. Online reservation is available. 533-5111

Junior Woman’s Club: The Junior Woman’s Club of El Paso will hold a general meeting at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Woman’s Club clubhouse, 1400 N. Mesa (parking is across the street). Members will discuss their upcoming Spring Swing golf tournament planned for April 27 at Painted Dunes. All women 21 years and older are welcome. Call Teresa at 274-1141 or Pema at 892-4507, or email t.chavira@aol.com.

Military Order of the World Wars: The Military Order of the World Wars, El Paso Chapter, will host its Annual ROTC Recognition Luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Great American Steakburger, 701 S. Mesa Hills Dr. The University of Texas at El Paso and each high school ROTC unit in El Paso County and nearby Gadsden County, N.M., are invited to send one staff member and two cadets. Send school name, contact individual, email address and attendance status to theattache@aol.com as soon as possible. 755-4038

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club: The club will meet at noon Feb. 20 for lunch at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, East Fort Bliss. Patricia B. Kiddney, Six Guns and Shady Ladies member, will speak. Wives and widows of retired officers from any branch of service are invited. Cost: $18 and reservations are required by noon Feb. 16. 759-9728

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

Estate planning: The Johanson Estate Planning Seminar is from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 23 in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, El Paso. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 21. 533-4020 or epcf.org/estate

Garden club: The Park Foothills Garden Club will hold a new member meet and greet from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Great American Land and Cattle Company, 7600 Alabama St. Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. RSVP at 799-2748 or morelandpeg@gmail.com.

Discover El Paso: Discover El Paso Association will hold a luncheon meeting from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the State Line restaurant, 1222 Sunland Park Dr., El Paso. Cost: $23 per person in advance. Call 598-6376 for reservations no later than Wednesday.

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. 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.

Military Group Scholarship: The Plano, Texas, Military Business Resource Group is offering a $5,000 scholarship to a student who exemplifies academic excellence and commitment to strong values. TXMilitaryScholarship@capitalone.com or (469) 418-0117

Neon Desert: The Neon Desert Music Festival is May 26-27, Memorial Day weekend, in downtown El Paso. Early-bird weekend passes are on sale at www.neondesert.com. Early bird general admission weekend tickets are $99, while J&K VIP tickets are $275 and J&K Platinum VIP tickets cost $550.

Valentine’s Day: The Fort Bliss Exchange is helping Soldiers share the love on Valentine’s Day with candy and gifts at the main store and Express, as well as fresh flowers for less at shopmyexchange.com. For more information, call the Fort Bliss Exchange at 562-7200.

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