Fort Bliss

Base Name: Fort Bliss, TX

Base City: El Paso, TX

Base Operator Phone Number: (915) 568-2121

Family Readiness Center/Fleet & Family Services:

-          Address:  Bldg. 2494 on Ricker Road

-          Phone Number:  (915) 569-4227

-          Website: http://www.blissmwr.com/acs/

 

Cost of Living:

-          BAH: Starting at $ 900  for E-1 without dependents or $ 1200 with dependents

 

Housing:

-          Housing Office

o   Amount of on base houses available: over 3,000

o   Phone Number: 915-564-0795 

o   Address: 1991 Marshall Road, Fort Bliss, TX 79906

o   Website: http://www.ftblissfamilyhousing.com/  

o   Off-base/privatized housing

-          AHRN:  http://www.ahrn.com/fortbliss.php  

-          Lodging:

o   Address: 11340 Barksdale St, Fort Bliss, TX 79906

o   Phone Number:  915-565-7777

o   Website: http://www.ihg.com/armyhotels/hotels/us/en/fort-bliss/mfblc/hoteldetail  

Schools/Daycare:

-          Child Development Center: Main CDC

o   Address: 1730 Haan Rd.

o   Phone Number: 568-5689

o   For info on the other CDCs visit Website: http://blissmwr.com/cds/  

Military Certified Providers off-base? yes, more info: 915-568-4198

-          Elementary: Logan Elementary

§  Address: 3200 Ellerthorpe, Fort Bliss

§  Phone: 915-231-2740

§  Website: http://blissmwr.com/sts/

§  For info on the other Elementary Schools visit:  http://www.ftblissfamilyhousing.com/resident-resources/area-resources/schools-childcare/

-          Middle: Bassett Middle School

§  Address: 4400 Elm, Fort Bliss 

§  Phone Number: 915-231-2260

§  Website: http://blissmwr.com/sts/

o   Ross Middle School

§  Address: 6101 Hughey, Fort Bliss 

§  Phone Number: 915-887-3060

Website: http://blissmwr.com/sts/

-          High School: Chapin High School

§  Address:  7000 Dyer St, El Paso, TX

§  Phone Number: 915-832-6730

§  Website:  http://blissmwr.com/sts/

o   Austin High School

§  Address:  5500 Memphis St, El Paso, TX

§  Phone Number: 915-562-7611

§  Website:  http://blissmwr.com/sts/

 

Medical Services:

-          Tricare region (West, Central, North, South): West

-          Address: 5005 N Piedras St, El Paso, TX 79920

-          Phone Number:  915-742-2121 

o   Apt Line: 915-569-2273

o   Info: 915-742-2121

o   Tricare: 866-284-3743

-          Website: http://www.wbamc.amedd.army.mil/  

-          Hospital on base (or clinics only): Hospital

Things to do:

-          Water Park/Parks: 

o   Fort Bliss Community Pool

§  Address: 253 Club Rd

§  Phone:  915-568-6925

§  For more info on base pools visit Website: http://blissmwr.com/pools/  

-          Gym/Fitness Center: Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center

§  Address: Bldg 20751 Constitution Ave

§  Phone: 915-744-5788

§  For more info on the Fitness Centers visit Website: http://blissmwr.com/gyms/

-          Base Vet Clinic:

o    Address: Bldg 6077 Carter Rd

o   Phone: 915-742-2266

o   Website: http://www.blissmwr.com/veterinary/

-          Outdoor Rec:

o   Address: Bldg. 20732 Constitution Avenue on East Fort Bliss

o   Phone: (915) 783-7549

o   Website: http://www.blissmwr.com/SouthwestAdventure/

-          RV/Camping Facilities and/or storage rental: Available Contact ODR

 

-          On-base bowling alley: Fort Bliss Bowling Center

§  Address: Bldg 2949, Fort Bliss

§  Phone: 915-568-6272

§  Website: http://www.blissmwr.com/bowling/

-          Movies: off base only

-          Library: Mickelson Library

o   Address: Bldg 2E Sheridan Rd.

o   Phone: 915-568-6156

o   Website: http://blissmwr.com/library/

-          Golf Course:  Underwood Golf Complex

§  Address: 3200 Coe Ave, Bldg 3193

§  Phone: 915-568-1059

§  Website: http://blissmwr.com/golf/

-          Hobby Shop: None

-          Auto shop:  Auto Crafts Shop

o   Address: Bldg 820, Marshall Rd.

o   Phone:   915-568-7280

o   Website:  http://blissmwr.com/autocrafts/  

 

-          Local Attractions:

o   Adventure Zone: Go Carts, Golf, Arcade, 251 E. Redd Rd, El Paso, TX 79932, 915-585-9663,  http://www.adventurezoneelpaso.com/

 

o   El Paso Zoo, 4001 East Paisano Dr., El Paso, TX 79905, 915-521-1850,  http://www.elpasozoo.org/

 

o   Socorro Aquatic Center: 1300 Joe Battle, El Paso, TX 79936, 915-937-0551.

 

For more visit:  http://visitelpaso.com/visitors

 

-          ITT office information: Information, Tickets & Tours

o   Address: Bldg 20732, Constitution Ave, East Fort Bliss

o   Phone Number:  915-744-1522

o   Website: http://blissmwr.com/itr/  

 

 

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05/08/2012
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We just found out this week that we are headed for Fort Bliss. We have 1 child (4years old) and looking for a good area (school) for her. She will be in Kindergarten in fall of 2013. Can anyone tell me any gated communities out there. I am not sure of housing yet on post and the waiting list. For those of you who live off post are most of your neighbors military. I am still looking for that military feel even if not on post. That's important to me since my husband will be deploying. Any help is greatly appreciated. 

 




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Hello I'm moving to fort bliss during the summer. I have a daughter in honors classes in high school and 2 more kids in elementary school.  I was wondering what are the best high schools and elementary schools in the area. What districts should I try to find a house in for those schools?  And I just got on the post housing waitlist 60 days out. What is the average wait for a 3-4 bedroom house on post?  Any help to steer me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.




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Erica G. asks: Hello I'm about to move to Fort Bliss in El Paso TX. I was wondering where the best places to live are off base. This is my first PCS with my husband and I'm really nervous about moving there in June.




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Kelli O. asks: Can anyone help me with some questions about Fort Bliss please??




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My husband and I are PCSing to Fort Bliss at the end of April and it is our first one. All I know is that he will be in the 11th ADA Brigade. I've heard about the long wait lists for post housing so we have been looking on AHRN for a house off post but we will only have one car for awhile so we are wanting something close to his work. Can anyone tell me what zip codes would be close to his brigade that are nice areas?? Thanks so much!!




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Heather M. asks: We are pcsing to Fort Bliss in February .. My daughter will be 6 months old then. Looking for information about the base .. Pros and Cons of on base housing .. Good housing off base to look at .. Any kind of information will help. Thanks!




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Amy L. asks: Can anyone tell how the housing is for Fort Hood Texas and Fort Bliss? We are PCSing there some time before march of next year is there a long waiting list for housing and how are the school any info would be helpful!




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23/01/2012
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Ashley A. asks: Hi ladies! We will be at Bliss in February! We are pcs'ing from Korea! We've been looking at apartments and houses but we're torn between what side of town is "best"! Some say Northeast and then others have told us West...Also looking for opinions on good apartments that accept pets! We have two dogs a shihtzu and an english bulldog! We'd prefer a house if possible but will settle for a nice apartment :) Also we'll more than likely need a hotel for about a week or so when we get there...Any hotels near post that are nice with good prices? All of your info is appreciated! :)

 

Jessica D. says: Welcome to Ft Bliss :) We used to live on the west side and it was REALLY nice with such an awesome view but it was pretty far from post. It would take him about 45 min to get to work and since he also used the motorcycle to save gas it was horrible to have him coming home almost every day with his stories about almost getting hit/cut off because traffic was terrible since they have the 8 to 5 schedule. So we moved to the east side and even though our apt isn't as great as our old one the neighborhood is very safe. The neighbors watch out for each other and its only 10 min for him to get to work plus he usually gets to come home for lunch :D So I recommend the east side NE is also very close to post and depending what neighborhood hood you choose it can be very nice as well. Good luck!

 

Marie S. says: Welcome Ashlie! When you first arrive you will have to stay in lodging while youre looking for a house or apartment. My husband and I have been here for a month and are still in lodging since he hasnt been given his 10 days off to get settled. The Welcome Center shuttle will pick you up from the airport and also take you to the hotels on post until youre able to book a room so no worries about not finding a temporary place to stay(:

 

Aldina R. says: East side for sure. We lived on west and ne but didn't like neither one that much.

 

Kristen C. says: I recommend living on the East side some parts of the Northeast are ghettoish and more run down the east is fairly new and I love it over here. We are moving from 79936 zip code to 79938 (both east) because we just bought a house on this side

 

Alie M. says: The east side is really nice. we live in 79938 also and we love it. a lot of the area is brand new construction and there are tons of houses for rent! Apartments out here are outrageously priced. We pay more for our apartment then we would for a regular 3 bd house

 

Tiffany M. says: I love it here and have lived here twice!  The west is way too far.  East is good but it depends in what unit he is going to.

 

Kelsey B. says:  Check out www.ahrn.com for houses!!!  El Paso has like 8000 zip codes lol. Utilities are expensive in El Paso. Make sure whatever you do DON'T get a place with a swamp cooler! Refrigerated air is a must or you'll melt on the 100°+ summer days. I'd say plan for about $200 /month for utilities + cable/internet. Your electric will most likely be super expensive in the summer. Rent for houses is definitely way cheaper than apartments.

 

Nicole H. says:  Eastside 79936.  Try Las Mansiones or Castijella.

 

Nikki S. says:  Are you looking to buy or rent? We bought and pay 700/month for our mortgage.. Granted our home was a foreclosure but it only needs cosmetic stuff done with it. Beautiful quiet neighborhood within walking distance of an elementary school.. Area code 79934...

 

 




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Lived there for a year for the Academy....there were things I love and things I hated....it takes time and it takes patience just like every single other move.....there are adjustments.  Advise to all spouses....join the armywives.com forum.....you will find an enormous amount of information from spouses who have been there and done that just like you who can fill you in on what to expect when where and how just about anywhere in the world.  Young spouses and fiances will find this an invaluable asset to them...just don't go into it with the attitude of "I know what I know " because you will get eaten alive.

I've been doing this for 25 years longer then alot of spouses have been alive....I have a daughter in the army....and my husband is still active duty....we know what we know because we have been there done that gotten raked over the coals screwed over and can give you the advise we give because of it...so join it or cinchouse and get the answers you dont know so that you dont run into the issues you are facing moving to a new duty station wondering the if's and the why's.....because the housing has its rules for reasons period! that is why.....I have had to live off post before because there WAS NO HOUSING AT ALL.....had to buy a house sell it 355 days later because we had to move yet again....don't use the word UNFAIR....because nothing about the miltiary is ever fair get over it and move on....this is your life live it its wonderful if you let it be.

by the way I loved El Paso moved there from Germany CULTURE SHOCK was not the word for how I felt but I made the best of the time I had there like I do in all the 14 places I have lived in 25 years....because complaining GETS YOU NO WHERE.....except a life of regret....and living on the base to do everything....that to me is JAIL!




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YES! There is.

 




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is ther a/c in fort bliss




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Ive been at fort stewart for 6 years. I just found out we are moving to fort bliss. The wait list is over 2 months to move in. They should have planned for familys to move and why should we live in a hotel room till the time being. Its like the hired non military dont care for soldiers. I tried getting branch to delete my orders there but they said they need ncos there so i had to go. The employees forgot they work for us we dont work for them. So i kinda rased a little hell with housing and guess what we will have a place in 2-3 weeks strange huh. But i herd there are no a/cs there whats up with that




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We moved to Fort Bliss in March of 2010.  This is our first Duty Station.  As far as the installation itself it is great.  It has grown leaps and bounds since we first moved here.  Freedom Crossing has everything you need and continues to add things.  I delivered my youngest a month after we moved here at William Beaumont and since it was a VBAC I was a little nervous however in my opinion it was a great experience.  Everything went smoothly and I was monitored very carefully in case I needed an emergency c-section.  Honestly I am happy with the installation.  They just opened the new commissary in June.  They are opening another hospital over on East Bliss (Biggs).  They continue to add housing (which is very much needed).  El Paso itself I'm not thrilled with.  It's not BAD.  There is pretty much anything you need or want here.  Restaurants shopping etc...  It doesn't help that I hate the desert and I'd rather live in a smaller city/town.  LOL  If you like the desert maybe you wouldn't mind it here.  I miss green and true seasons.  The area right around the installation isn't great but it's kind of in the middle of the city and from what I hear they are working on cleaning it up.  A new Walmart is being built just outside the Post and right down the street from the off-Post Housing so I think that will be nice.  Overall I cannot wait to get out of here and I'm kind of disappointed with this as a first duty station HOWEVER I cannot complain too much about the actual installation.  It has more to do with the area and the unit.




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Leanna says:
July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Does anyone know if you HAVE to be married to live off base? Me and my fiance are moving there sept!


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Brandi D says:
May 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm

flipcam Giveaway entry:
Fort Bliss, El Paso,TX, the post has a lot to offer and is continuing to grow. The new PX/ Lifestyle center is the first of it?「どィび「s kind on any military installation and is beautiful! You could easily do most if not all of your shopping, eating, and other entertainment without leaving post. The ACS, CYS, and MWR on Ft Bliss is also the best I?「どィび「ve seen on any post. There is always something free or low cost going on to keep everyone in the family busy. I will hate to leave all that Fort Bliss has to offer behind when we PCS.

http://freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com/ this is the website for Freedom Crossing.


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Brenda says:
April 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

I am planning on moving to Ft. Bliss by end of August 2011. I have two kids which will be attending school (4 and 9). Any tips in regards to moving, housing, etc?「どィャカ will be greatly and really appreciated. This is the first time that I am moving and I have lived at the same town for over 13 years, so I am sort of nervous about all of this. Thank you!!


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Susanna says:
April 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

From the Facebook discussion boards:

You can check here for Farmer?「どィび「s Markets:
http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets/Default.aspx
There?「どィび「s also Sun Harvest on Mesa (my daughter was a special diet and it was the only place I used to be able to find some of the things I needed for her) or Nature?「どィび「s Pantry in Alamogordo, NM has some neat things. Albertson?「どィび「s and even Wal-mart has a decent selection of organic and natural items, though, but it is not WHole Food?「どィび「s or Trader Joe?「どィび「s.



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Erin says:
January 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Do not go to the zoo it is a waste of time. Try adventure zone or wet and wild during the summer months. Also make sure you go to New Mexico and see white sands and elephant butte. hope this helps.


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Jessica says:
January 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Well moved to Ft Bliss at the end of Aug 2010. It was hard to found a home?「どィャカ we lived on the base hotel for two weeks. School had already started so kids didnt start school until the middle of Sep. noone could give me a stright answer if this hurt them cuz there going in late. FYI there doing great in school. Housing was no help?「どィャカ they would just tell me to get on the waiting list and there was nothing they could do. Ok we have three children! Will we found out that ppl were station at the same time we were?「どィャカ are a married couple with no kids and they get a two bed room on post! Really! My youngest which was around one at the time?「どィャカ they told me she couldnt share a room with my nine yr old or she couldnt share a room with me. We needed a four bedroom house. Housing had three bedroom avaiable but we didnt ?「どィ?qualify?「どィャ. Anyway?「どィャカ we finally found a house and we are happy here. We have met awesome ppl here and love the PX. Once you set settled in your home?「どィャカ everything will fall in place. GOOD LUCK, TAKE A DEEP BREATH & RELAX! Everything will fall into place.


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Pat Clark says:
January 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

PCS?「どィび「ed to Ft Bliss December 2010. The on base housing wait list is 12 months. The 801 housing (off base in different neiborhoods throughout El Paso) wait list is at least 6 months. So we took housing at White Sands Missile Range, just 45 mins north. They tried to get us to find a local privately owned rental on AHURN. But having 2 young boys we didn?「どィび「t feel comfortable picking a home from over the internet without knowing the area. Also, the amount of BAH would not be enough to cover the cost of most rentals and would not have covered utilities too. So we would have had to put at least a few hundred dollars out of our pockets for it. Then we would be stuck in a 1 year lease that would affect us taking base housing when it is available. WSMR is much smaller then Ft Bliss, but for now the kids are happy in the school, which is only a few blocks from any home on base. WSMR may not have as much as Bliss, but it?「どィび「s a nice small community and they have plenty of housing available right away.


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Jami Conrad says:
November 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

headed to el paso the end of dec:)


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jennifer badr says:
November 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Moving there soon!


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