Bliss is a diverse post that has a
rich history of service to our nation.
We pride ourselves on the many training
and recreational opportunities available
to soldiers and families.
established in 1848 to protect American
settlers from Indians and marauding
bandits, Fort Bliss is one of the Army’s
oldest posts. Over its distinguished
history, it has been an infantry post
and a Calvary post. Today it is the home
of Air Defense Artillery and other
most famous Soldier, Brigadier General
(later General of the Armies) John J.
Pershing, served here in 1914-1916 just
prior to leading the US Expeditionary
Force World War I. Another famous
general Lieutenant (later general)
George Patton served on General
Pershing’s staff at Fort Bliss.
Defense School at Fort bliss is
Responsible for air defense artillery
training of US soldiers and various
allied nation soldiers. It is also the
home of several of the Army’s premier
war fighting units32nd, 11th, 35th, 31st
and 108th Air Defense Artillery brigade
and 978th Military Police Company.
plays a vital role in the largest
American city on a US international
border. It contributes over $1 billion
annually to the El Paso regional economy
and routinely participates in a variety
of community concerts given by the 62nd
Army Band. The bond between Fort Bliss
and El Paso has existed since the first
soldiers arrived here in 1849 and
remains strong today.
and Biggs Army Airfield is host
to annual events such as concerts, Amigo
Airshow and Race for the Cure.
million acres, the post is larger than
the state of Rhode Island and can
accommodate every weapon system in the
Army, Excellent ranges and training
areas, coupled with the third longest
run way in the nation make Fort Bliss a
premier facility for training,
mobilizing and deploying combat forces.
With the 25-year renewal of McGregor
Range, soldiers on Fort Bliss and DoD
wide will have an opportunity to
continue their weapons testing and field
training exercises for many years to
southeast suburb of Ysleta, which
is the oldest settlement in Texas,
you’ll find one of the oldest Spanish
missions in North America (859-9848).
priests and the Tigua Indians who
were driven out of the New Mexico in
1860 during Pueblo Revolt built it. Next
to it is Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and
Cultural Center, which in includes a
small museum that deals with the Tigua
history and has displays of pottery,
clothing and jewelry. There are also
gift shops and a café, Cacique, which
means “chief.” There are traditional
bread-baking demonstrations and the
fresh bread, baked in hornos, is for
sale. The pueblo is open from 8 to 4 pm
Wednesday - Sunday, and admission is
free. Dance performances take place on
Saturday and Sunday at 11 - 1 pm and 3
pm. At the end of performances, the
public is invited to participate in a
round dance, an Indian friendship dance.
Cultural Center is the reservation,
which is a residential adobe community
for the Tigua. Visitors are allowed to
walk around, but are asked to bear in
mind that these are private homes. If
you plan to visit you may want to
arrange your trip to coincide with the
major celebration - the Feast of St.
Anthony in June.
stop, Chapel San Elizario, is
nearby on Socorro Road. The structure is
on the site of the original mission,
which was destroyed by the river. Rather
than being built for the Indians it was
intended as a fortified mission, or
presidio, for the soldiers of the day.
Chamizal National Park is a joint
park between the US and Mexico, located
at the south end of the Cordova Bridge,
celebrating the cultural and historical
connection between Juarez and El Paso.
This monument features informal gardens
including replicas of several famous
Mexican sites – Uxmal, Chichen Itza and
spanning about 300 acres commemorates a
treaty between the 2 nations involving a
border dispute at the Rio Grande. On the
El Paso side, there is a small museum
that tells the story of the Chamizal.
The Los Paisanos art gallery change
exhibits every 2 months. Performances
are given almost weekly at the museum’s
theater. Some of the bigger attractions
are the Border Folk Festival in
September and the Siglo de Oro Drama
Festival in March. Although the hike is
a long one, if you’re up to it, explore
the many acres of grassy land on the
Mexican side as well as the museum,
located at 800 S. San Marcial.