Fort Bliss


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Fort Bliss,

U.S. army post, 1,122,500 acres (454,300 hectares), W Tex., E of El Paso; est. 1849 and named for Col. William Bliss, Gen. Zachary Taylor's adjutant in the Mexican War. Originally strategically located near the only ice-free pass through the Rocky Mts., it guarded the U.S.-Mexican border and protected West-bound gold seekers from hostile Native Americans; task forces against CochiseCochise
, c.1815–1874, chief of the Chiricahua group of Apache in Arizona. He was friendly with the whites until 1861, when some of his relatives were hanged by U.S. soldiers for a crime they did not commit. Afterward he waged relentless war against the U.S.
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 and GeronimoGeronimo
, c.1829–1909, leader of a Chiricahua group of the Apaches, b. Arizona. As a youth he participated in the forays of Cochise, Victorio, and other Apache leaders.
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 were based there. The fort's location has changed several times as a result of flooding; its present site, on a mesa, was established in 1890. In 1916, post commander Gen. John J. Pershing led an unsuccessful expedition into Mexico to catch the bandit Francisco (Pancho) VillaVilla, Francisco
, c.1877–1923, Mexican revolutionary, nicknamed Pancho Villa.
His real name was Doroteo Arango.

When Villa came of age, he declared his freedom from the peonage of his parents and became notorious as a bandit in Chihuahua and Durango.
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. Fort Bliss is now the Army Air Defense Center, training missilemen, artillerymen, and air-defense units.
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The new 1,132,000-square-foot medical facility will replace the existing William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, Texas.
By the time his child recovered, Martin had been out of the war zone for more than 30 days, so he had to re-train at Fort Bliss.
military is ending, Hagel came to Fort Bliss to speak Thursday at the Army Sergeants Major Academy, the professional military education program for noncommissioned officers and enlisted soldiers, and to take a trip down memory lane at an Army post that traces its roots to the Indian wars of the mid-19th century.
The number of children from military families being placed at the crisis center began increasing two and half years ago, but the number of English-speaking foster families in the area has not kept pace with the non-Hispanic population growth at Fort Bliss, Velarde said.
The Fort Bliss SMCC is intended to serve as the one-stop shop for the sustainment of rear operations using the principles of mission command found in Army Doctrine Publication 6-0, Mission Command.
Fort Bliss, one of the largest military installations in the world, recently acquired more than 260 weapons cabinets from Tactical Weapons Solutions, a division of NOS.
Some of the country s largest defense contractors are eyeing El Paso as the transformation of Fort Bliss edges toward completion.
Separating E1 Paso from the pack, Fort Bliss is in the midst of an expansion that is directly bringing about 15,000 jobs to the metro and indirectly is creating spin-off support positions.
Army at Fort Bliss in Texas from 1953 to 1955 in an anti-aircraft training battalion.
The 3d Battalion, 43d Air Defense Artillery Regiment, at Fort Bliss, Texas, received an award in the large unit category.
To a certain degree we've been insulated from the rest of the country, and part of that is the government investing $5 billion in infrastructure at Fort Bliss and the growth of Fort Bliss," said Dan Olivas, president of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors.
Gates, Fort Bliss Officers' Club, Fort Bliss, TX, Thursday, May 01, 2008

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