Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley, Garrison Commander:
Yesterday we bid farewell to our Fort Bliss Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip D. Pandy. Command Sgt. Maj. Pandy has served the Fort Bliss Garrison faithfully and superbly for two years. He has been invaluable as a member of the command team and I have found myself relying on his expert guidance and advice time and again.
During his time at Garrison, I have come to know Command Sgt. Maj. Pandy as a superb leader, and a warm, compassionate Soldier. He guided Fort Bliss through the significant challenges we faced during a period of explosive growth and profound change.
He is going on to serve as the Command Sergeant Major for the Pacific Region Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and all of us at Garrison wish him the very best. His hard work and dedication are largely responsible for transforming Fort Bliss into the “Installation of Choice” that it is today.
Being the installation of choice for the Army, Fort Bliss continues to grow and extend the range of services we offer to our Team Bliss family. Beginning this Saturday, we will offer our community members the chance to compete in the Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics was first held more than 50 years ago and has since grown to include hundreds of countries and thousands of participants world-wide. Its purpose is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
On the surface, the Special Olympics give wonderful physical fitness opportunities to those who might not focus on them otherwise. Beyond that, the Special Olympics give the participants a dramatic boost in their self-image, drastically improving their ability to function in social settings.
According to a 1995 Yale University study, those with special needs participating in the Special Olympics develop closer friendships, are able to live more independently, participate in their community and hold a job. The longer they participate in the games, the more marked the improvement in these areas of their lives.
This Saturday will be the first day of practice for the participants. They will be grouped according to age, gender and ability for different track and field events. Coached by volunteers from both Team Bliss and Special Olympics Area 19, all Fort Bliss athletes will be able to participate in one track, one field, and one relay event. The competition will be in May and is open to the public.
Interested participants will then be eligible to compete in the chapter games held Memorial Day weekend in Arlington, Texas.
The Special Olympics are an incredible event and will strengthen the bonds of our community. I encourage all of Team Bliss to support these athletes.
Stay safe and have a great week.
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