Fort Bliss shares historic holiday tour of homes

Angie Dickinson, wife of Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, commanding general, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, decorates her home in anticipation of the Christmas season and Fort Bliss 2013 Holiday Tour of Homes, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Like many of the decorations in their home, the snowshoes on display have been in the Dickinson family for generations. Brig. Gen. Dickinson first wore them at age 10. Photo by Mark Porter, 32nd AAMDC Public Affairs.

Angie Dickinson, wife of Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, commanding general, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, decorates her home in anticipation of the Christmas season and Fort Bliss 2013 Holiday Tour of Homes, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. today. Like many of the decorations in their home, the snowshoes on display have been in the Dickinson family for generations. Brig. Gen. Dickinson first wore them at age 10. Photo by Mark Porter, 32nd AAMDC Public Affairs.

By Mark Porter, 32nd AAMDC Public Affairs:

Santa won’t be the only visitor coming to houses on Fort Bliss this holiday season, as some senior leaders will open their homes to the community as part of the 2013 Holiday Tour of Homes.

Sponsored by the Ft. Bliss Officer and Civilian Spouses’ Association, the tour will take place today. The tour begins at Pershing Pub inside Pace Hall, Bldg. 243 Club Rd. on West Ft. Bliss. The Welcome Reception will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the tour is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Angie Dickinson, wife of Brig. Gen. James Dickinson, commanding general, 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command, said they are including their home in the tour as a way to connect with the El Paso and Fort Bliss communities.

“These historic homes are part of the local community and we are really just stewards of them during our time at Fort Bliss,” Angie said. “It is a privilege to live on post and in these quarters. We are so appreciative of the opportunity to live here, care for the home and share the quarters with our Fort Bliss families and the El Paso Community.”

This is the sixth assignment to Fort Bliss for the Dickinsons, and they have opened their home as part of the tour in the past. Though the tour has not always been in December, Angie said having it at this time of year makes for a more personal experience.

With decorations collected throughout their military career, as well as some going back to childhood, Angie feels the Dickinson’s home at Christmas is a reflection of who they are and what is important to them.

“The decorations we put up are personal to our family and many have special meaning to us because they are attached to a personal experience, as we have been fortunate to have been stationed all over the world,” she said. “By opening our home to others, it gives us the opportunity to share our Army family with yours.”

Admission to the tour is $20 per person. Tickets are available at www.fortblissocsa.org. There is a $1 processing fee. Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the event and will also be available for purchase at the event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Officer and Civilian Spouses’ Association’s Community Giving and Scholarship funds. In 2012-2013, the OCSA awarded $80,000 in grants, including $45,000 in College Merit Scholarships and $35,000 in Community Giving Grants to non-profit organizations in the Fort Bliss and El Paso communities.

A government issued ID card is required to enter Fort Bliss. Public entrances are at Cassidy gate or Buffalo Soldier (Robert E. Lee) gate. For information, call 588-0716.

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