Thoughts while working out in the gym
Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard,
1st AD and Fort Bliss Commanding General:
President Obama to Visit Fort Bliss
This Friday, President Obama will make his third visit in two years to Fort Bliss and El Paso to speak with our Soldiers and Families. This visit is a great chance to highlight our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians, as well as the training and deployment capabilities here at Fort Bliss. We are very excited at the incredible opportunity this visit brings. Our Soldiers represent the Nation’s pride and honor. This Friday, with the eyes of America on Fort Bliss, we will show the entire world what great Soldiers, Families, Civilians, and facilities we have.
President Obama will mark the second anniversary of his announcement of the cessation of combat operations. He will hold a private round-table meeting with some of our Soldiers and Families who have sought help in our behavioral health system. The president will also address our Soldiers and Families in a public gathering. We are gearing up for this event and will make sure that President Obama feels at home here at Fort Bliss – America’s premier military installation.
Labor Day Safety
We hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Labor Day is traditionally a time to honor the economic and social contributions of the American workforce. It’s also considered by many to be the symbolic end of the summer season – and the beginning of school and football season! Let’s celebrate life this weekend – and stay safe!
Historically, vehicle and water-related accidents account for tragedies during this holiday. Stay aware of risks and make good choices. Leaders, brief your Soldiers on common safety risks before the holiday and identify “high-risk” behavior. Reinforce safety awareness for motor vehicle/motorcycle operations. Battle buddies, talk to each other and stay in touch. Reach out and seek help. Seeking help, just like calling for fire support in combat, is a strength. If you need help, call a battle buddy, call your unit, or call our 24-hour chaplain at 915-637-4265 or Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647.
No more preventable Soldier deaths! Let’s celebrate this extended time off without loss of life or serious injuries.
Karmin will perform live at Freedom Crossing tonight (Thursday)! This marks the end of the summer’s Let Freedom Sing Concert Series. The concert begins at 7 pm outside The Grand movie theatre at Freedom Crossing. The public is invited and it’s free for everyone!
We thank Freedom Crossing for a great line-up of free concerts all summer-long and look forward to the next series. Meanwhile, you can always find great entertainment every Friday Night by the Fire. Local bands perform every Friday night beginning at 7pm. The fire is located between Shamrock’s Irish Pub and The Grand.
End-of-Summer Bash for Single Parents/Children
Single Parents – here’s a great event for you! Better Opportunities for Single Parents (BOSP) will kick off an End-of-Summer Bash at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Biggs Park on East Fort Bliss. The free party goes until 4 p.m. and it’s open to Fort Bliss’ single parents and their children: active-duty, Reserve, National Guard, DA/DoD civilians, veterans and retirees are welcome. Enjoy a barbecue, kickball games and more. Advance reservations are required. Reserve your family’s spot by calling (915) 569-5500 before Sept. 5.
Are you tough enough to claim the “Strongman” title? The Fort Bliss Strongman Competition is just around the corner. The event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Soto Fitness Center. The contest includes the tire flip, farmer walk, log press and a truck pull. Each person must compete in all four events. Registration is free and open to active-duty only. There are three divisions: men’s lightweight, men’s heavyweight and women’s. Register is open through Sept. 16 at Soto Fitness Center. For more information, call (915) 744-5201.
Well, back to the pool, the track, and the roads.
I’m trying to train for the Iron Soldier Sprint Triathlon! It’s less than a month out – Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. at Replica Aquatics Center. It’s actually our third Fort Bliss triathlon in a little over a year! We will continue with our Armed Forces Day triathlon in the spring, and now – our Iron Soldier Sprint Triathlon in the fall.
The race will consist of a 400M swim, a 17.2 mile bicycle route, and a 5K run. Registration is open – go to www.active.com or you can visit Soto or Stout Fitness Centers to register in person. The race is free for active duty, $45 all others, and $65 for teams. For more information, call 744-5790.
Be combat ready, be fit, be resilient, and be Iron Strong!
Iron Soldiers – A Bias for Action!
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