Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
As we embark on another busy week, we also have things to remember – Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the redirected plane in Pennsylvania.
In honor of this National Day of Service, Fort Bliss held a ceremony honoring those who served, at Memorial Parade Field Tuesday afternoon. The events of 9/11 marked a sad stitch in our nation’s history, and those of us who lived through it will never forget. Subsequently, let us continue to educate our children about this day, especially to the remembrance of those who have lost their lives in service, those who were seriously injured and the many here who continue to serve in the wars surrounding this act of terrorism.
In support of our military, Sesame Street has paired with the USO to bring another tour to Fort Bliss. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for military families is back with a new show and an additional cast member. “Katie” is a military child on Sesame Street who is moving to a new place. The show runs Tuesday at 6 p.m., and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. All showings are at Stout Physical Fitness Center at West Fort Bliss.
Admission to this mini-show is free for military families and their children; however, tickets are required. Tickets for either evening show can be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis at Parent Central Services at 1743 Victory Ave. or at the ITR kiosk in Freedom Crossing from now until sell-out.
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for military families is part of the Sesame Workshop’s bilingual, multimedia outreach initiative “Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment.” Since its launch in 2006, Talk, Listen, Connect has expanded to include “Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes” and “Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve,” along with the Sesame Street/USO family tour, two PBS primetime specials, and Sesame Rooms, a program to bring toys and furniture to military spaces.
On another note, I am happy to announce that we now have an alternate mode of transportation around the installation and connecting us to El Paso. The Sun Metro city bus has added Route 31 Fort Bliss/Eastside connector to their daily scheduled bus routes. The new route provides service from the East Side Transit Terminal (near Cielo Vista Mall) to Fort Bliss Monday through Saturday servicing Freedom Crossing, the Commissary, the Soldier Family Care Center, Sgt. Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center and the airport.
Stops on the new route include the PX/Freedom Crossing, Haan Road and Carrington Street, the intersection of Luke Street and Carswell Court, the intersection at Luke and Bergstrom streets, Sgt. Maj. Boulevard and Scott Street, and the dental clinic at Bldg. 11334. Also included are stops at Soto Physical Fitness Center, Eagle Way and Minue Drive at Bldg. 20205, Ansbach Way at Bldg. 20350, another stop on Ansbach at Bldg. 20405, and lastly, Mt. Porchia and Coldwar streets at Bldg. 20626. Please keep in mind that we need as much participation as we can get in this – if there is not enough, the route will be cancelled. So, let’s make this stay a regular part of the many services Fort Bliss offers.
Also, if you haven’t attended one yet, be sure to catch the tail end of Balfour Beatty Communities’ series of town hall meetings at the Kelly Park Community Center and Soldier Hall. The meetings are informative in nature and are purposed with discussing and answering questions regarding the Live Army Green Program. The last of these is today at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Park Community Center on Marshall Road.
For more information on the Sesame Street tour, the new bus route, the BBC town hall meetings, or to voice your concerns, see me on Facebook at “Tell it to COL D.”
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