MOAA members receive Bliss updates
Sgt. Valerie Lopez,
Headquarters, 1st AD Public Affairs:
Officers, both active and retired, as well as officers in training attended the Military Officers Association of America luncheon at the Golden Tee Underwood Golf Complex at Fort Bliss, Oct. 13.
As an association of military officers, MOAA is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization that speaks for and represents the interests of military officers and their families.
Col. Forrest Smith, the chief of staff for Joint Task Force North and president of the MOAA, El Paso chapter, said the association also serves the retiree community.
“We have a luncheon every two months,” said Smith. “The commanding general is speaking today because he represents Soldiers, families and El Paso citizens. As the commander of Fort Bliss he has important things to say to the retiree community.”
As an air defense officer, Smith has been assigned to Fort Bliss numerous times since 1985 and has seen its growth.
“The most important thing that we are doing at Fort Bliss is preparing Soldiers and units for combat,” said Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard, the commanding general of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. “We have become the largest mobilization and de-mobilization station in the nation.”
During the lunch Pittard spoke on the subjects of training, the recent and future 1st Armored Division deployments, the quality of life, the housing and medical facilities being built and renewable energy goals of the post.
Pittard also addressed any questions the attendees had on national budget challenges and the future of Fort Bliss.
“Fort Bliss has seen large growth,” said Pittard. “We try to take care of Soldiers and families with state of the art and world class facilities.”
“Right now Fort Bliss is the largest installation with the best training, the best living scenario, and possibly the most desired location in the country,” said Smith.
To learn more, visit http://elpasomoaa.org.
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