Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
Every so often, it’s helpful to remember the ongoing mission that keeps our Army posts running and striving to improve. That’s what I’d like to do with this week’s “Update” column.
Fort Bliss Garrison Command is a unique organization responsible for providing support services to ensure the well-being of Team Bliss. As the slogan read beneath this paper’s banner, “The Future is Here!” and all of us will play a major role in that future by helping to create a regional training facility, stabilize and grow the mobilization mission and complete the Net Zero vision. These efforts are part of a unified plan for Fort Bliss through fiscal 2020.
New facilities are being constructed in support of Fort Bliss’ mission all the time including a Soldier activity center, new hospital, indoor aquatics facility and facilities for military dog training, electronics maintenance and unmanned aerial vehicles.
On post, housing availability will significantly increase by 2016. Many units are already under construction with an increase from a little more than 3,000 to more than 5,000 homes. Many of these constructions are homes for Soldiers from privates to staff sergeants.
On the environmental front, we are constructing what will be called “Solar City,” which will supply electricity for all homes on the installation. The goal is to be the largest Net Zero community in the world, with energy, waste and water conservation and renewable resources. While protecting the environment is crucial for the sake of ensuring the happiness of our children’s children, energy independence is also a vital step in ensuring garrison security.
To move toward the future, we must all be on the same team. In all my years of service, you are the most creative, talented, innovative and hardworking group I have ever been associated with. I am honored to be the leader of the garrison team. I would also like to highlight two of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to work with, Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip D. Pandy, the garrison command sergeant major, and Mark Cauthers, Garrison Command deputy director. Without these two dynamos to keep me focused, informed and advised, I could not hope for us to reach any of the goals we have for the future.
As always, I encourage you to give me feedback at my Facebook page “Tell it to COL D.” This week, Melissa Curnow Yerman gave a positive shout-out to the SPC Hugo V. Mendoza Soldier Family Care Center: “Hello, we just moved here about a month ago and had our first experience at the Mendoza Clinic. I am happy to report that we had a great experience. Every person we encountered was so helpful and polite! We had to go to a few different areas in the clinic so we got to experience the pharmacy, radiation, pediatric, and medical records all in one day. The facility is clean and everyone there is great. Thank you!!!!”
As always, best service – first choice!
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