Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
At Fort Bliss, we have a unique support for our country and are always proud Americans. With the 2012 Summer Olympics underway, it is great to see how all of us are showing our patriotism in support for the Olympic athletes competing in London.
Friday marked the beginning of the Olympic Games with the extraordinary opening ceremony. Team Bliss was filled with the Olympic spirit and celebrated with its own torch run. Members of the Warrior Transition Battalion relayed the torch 10 miles from the footprint of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, at East Fort Bliss to the fireplace at Freedom Crossing to honor the Olympics.
I hope you all have the opportunity to watch the televised events and support Team USA and all of the athletes. This year, 16 Olympic athletes and four coaches are members of the U.S. military and are representing our country in London in six different sporting events: shooting, fencing, boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling, track and field and the modern pentathlon. Of these, the four coaches and 11 of the athletes are Soldiers. I encourage all of you to support our fellow Soldiers and the rest of Team USA as they compete through Aug. 12.
As the Socorro Independent School District’s schools started Monday and with El Paso Independent School District offering pre-registration Thursday, I wanted to once again thank those who participated in our Facebook town hall on education, and I hope it was beneficial to all. For those of you who may have missed it, a transcript can still be viewed on The Monitor website, which I provided a link to on my Facebook page. Although some questions were regarding individual cases of a child’s education, many of the responses will greatly benefit other parents.
As you prepare for the start of school, be sure to mark your calendars for the Sales Tax Holiday in Texas, better known as the Tax-Free Weekend. I also encourage you to take advantage of the Saturday School Physicals “Marathon” Events, this Saturday and Aug. 11. To schedule an appointment, call 742-2273.
Another update, the Pershing and the J.E.B. Stuart South gates will now be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The ID policy remains the same, and the new extended hours should be much more convenient for traveling to and from post.
Some good news: The Garrison Newsletter will be available online later this week. The newsletter includes articles that discuss what is going on in our garrison community, things to see and do and much more. It will go forward to Installation Management Command Central and IMCOM Headquarters, letting let them know about the great things we are doing here at Team Bliss. I will let you know when it is published and where you can see it. Also, the Bliss on Target focus for August is garrison activities. This will be published next week and can be watched on The Pentagon Channel (Time Warner Channel 20 or Digital 15-4).
And last but not least, your Facebook input helps me keep a focus on issues of concern, and I thank you for that. I try to get back to you with answers as soon as we can do the research. However, I have noticed many of you are just as helpful in responding to each other’s concerns. It is great to see how we can use this page as a real community forum.
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