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Location: Located in El Paso, TX, Fort Bliss is home to the 1st Armored Division. We are the largest FORSCOM installation in the Army. Bliss is comprised of other commands: MEDCOM, JTF-NORTH, the Largest TRADOC footprint on an FORSCOM installation, USAR, and other elements. Fort Bliss has the largest Army training area at 965K acres. One of two active joint MOB stations in DoD, currently the largest MOB platform.Fort Bliss is comprised of approximately 1.1 million acres of land in Texas and New México. The Main Cantonment Area of Fort Bliss is located adjacent to El Paso, Texas.

El Paso is the 19th largest city in the U.S. and surrounds Fort Bliss. Fort Bliss is partnered with 10 Independent School Districts.

BRAC Status: Realign Fort Bliss, TX, by relocating air defense artillery units to Fort Sill and relocating 1st Armored Division and various echelons above division units from Germany and Korea to Fort Bliss, TX. Net gain of 11,501.

Cost of Living: Lower than the average for all major U.S. cities.

Base Operator: 915-568-2121, or DSN 312-978-2121.


  • 22,838 Active Duty
  • 2,143 Reservist
  • 41,811 Family Members
  • 12,084 Civilians
  • 32,531 Retirees
  • 38,100 Family Members Retirees
  • Total Population Supported 166,635

Area Population:  El Paso: 827,718

Child Care: Five Child Development Centers on Fort Bliss offer weekly and hourly child care; before/after school care for kindergarten children; Four before/after school care for first through fifth-grade children; Two Middle-School and Teen Centers for Sixth thru twelfth-grade preschool programs and a kindergarten class. To register contact Parent Central Bldg 1743 Victory Road, Phone 915-568-4374 or 915-568-4646. Family Care Centers (FCC) FCC approved homes, 915-568-4198.

Schools: Four elementary schools and one high school on post run by El Paso Independent School District. Personnel living off post should be aware that there are also nine other school districts in the El Paso area. El Paso, Socorro, Ysleta, Canutillo, San Elizario, Clint, Anthony, Fabens, and Tornillo. Where you reside designates the school your children will attend. El Paso School District is the largest district and the one with the most Military students in attendance. The School Liasion office can answer any questions you might have at 915-568-2784.

Youth Services: Youthplex- (915) 568-4374 on main post and the Replica Youth Center, 5037 Sheridan Road (915) 978-3523, houses the Middle School and Teen (MS&T) programs. Game room with billiards, foosball, video and board games, computer lab, music room, lounge with big screen TV, a video library, teen patio and playground, arts and crafts activities, and a skateboard park. Also, full use of the gym for a variety of activities. Milam Youth Activity Center (915) 744-2449 location 10960 Haan Road, East Bliss.

Army Community Service: ACS 915-569-4ACS (4227) Main Building, 2494 Ricker Road; Family Resilience Center 915-569-5500, 250 Club Road.

Housing: Fort Bliss Family Homes privatized housing with over 4,000 housing units in nineteen neighborhoods. Available for all ranks. Call 1-866-771-4323, Hours of operation 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm or visit the Family Housing Office website.

Employment: El Paso's three large school districts are among the largest employers in the area. Unemployment Rate 5.7% December 2014. Median Household Income $40,345.

Post Services:

  • MWR Facilities Recreation at Ft. Bliss includes bowling, library, auto hobby, recreation facilities, theater, golf, gym, tennis, swimming and outdoor activities.
  • Commissaries: very large size commissary, 915-568-6688
  • Exchange System: large exchange, 2 mini-malls, and 6 shoppettes, 915-562-7200. Hours 9am-9pm.
  • Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss: The heart of the growing Fort Bliss community, Freedom Crossing is the first of its kind shopping center in the world. In addition to shops and restaurants, Freedom Crossing features a 10-screen, stadium seating, first run movie theatre, The Grand Theatre.
  • Financial Institutions on post: FirstLight Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, and Armed Forces Bank.

Medical Services: William Beaumont Army Medical Center, 364-bed medical center. Information desk: 915-742-2121; appointment line: 915-742-2273; patient assistance. In addition, health care is provided at the Soldier Family Medical Clinic, 915-742-3042; and on east Bliss Soldier Family Care Center or Hugo V. Mendoza Clinic, Bldg 11335; 915-742-1147. This clinic is located on East Fort Bliss on SSG Sims Blvd., next to the new Dental Clinic. Take SGM Blvd. and turn left onto SSG Sims Blvd. the building is located on your left.

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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