Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
It may not seem remarkable that it rose above 90 degrees Fahrenheit in El Paso this weekend – it is the Sun City after all. What is remarkable, however, is that El Paso gets this gorgeous, clement weather even as we officially enter the fall season, as we did this Saturday.
El Paso is a wonderful city, and, even as we enter the colder part of the year, we still have terrific weather to explore our host city. If you are looking for fun things for you and your family to do, please turn to the “Off-Duty” portion of this newspaper’s “Community” section.
I’d like to pass along a compliment posted to my Facebook page, “Tell it to COL D,” which cites the actions of the military police to ensure cars at Fort Bliss, when parallel parked on the street, are parked according to the flow of traffic. Brandy writes: “I want to give a huge thank you to the MPs for having people face the correct way on the street! It makes things look more uniform and nice and it made my morning to go outside and see them enforcing it!! Thank you! (and that is a sincere thank you):-D”
Not only is this a safety issue, but parking this way, as Brandy said, is also an aesthetic issue. This brings up an excellent point. The military police at Fort Bliss not only do an excellent job enforcing criminal and traffic laws, they are a big part of why Fort Bliss is the terrific place it is to work and live. They are reliable in both small and large emergencies; they are also reliable with their keen eye for detail.
While it is the military police’s duty to see that Fort Bliss is one of the best places to live in the Army, all of us – Soldiers, family members and civilians – should feel a commensurate amount of civic pride. For the most part, I am proud of this aspect of life at Fort Bliss. I see it every time a Soldier chases down a stray piece of litter blowing in the wind. I see it every time a spouse takes pride in their yard at their on-post housing. I see it every time a civilian stops during the playing of retreat at the end of the work day to render honors.
Pride in community extends further than Fort Bliss’ appearance. I am consistently pleased with the helpful attitude Team Bliss members have adopted toward the Army family, even on my own Facebook page. Often, when a question is addressed either to me or just generally, someone will step in and help out as best they can to deliver a satisfactory answer. Not only have you made my job considerably easier, but you have established a bond of community that I could not be more proud to see.
Keep up the great work, Team Bliss! Best Service – First Choice!
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