First duty station: Fort Bliss, Texas!!!

First duty station: Fort Bliss, Texas!!!

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    First duty station: Fort Bliss, Texas!!!

    I graduated Thursday from OSUT at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Now I am at Fort Bliss in processing! Anyone know what there is to do at Fort Bliss and in El Paso?! Thanks in advance!!
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    There is lots to do across the border.
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    Time to change your signature line Spencer!

    Congrats on your first posting.

    As far as El Paso goes, I've been through the airport a few times but not much "boots on the ground" time.

    These may be of interest to you and I'm sure you'll get some more local input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    There is lots to do across the border.
    My in-laws live in Las Cruces NM and El Paso is the airport we use when visiting them.

    Last time we were there with lots of time to kill I suggested we cross over for a couple of hours. Mr & Mrs GB in-law suggested against such a crossing due to safety concerns.

    Again, I defer to the locals with more intel on the subject.
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    I would stay away from crossing that border for awhile because of the drug cartels. Unless you take your platoon with you.

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    Nothing to add on El Paso but Congrats on graduating and your first post.
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    Congratulations!! Get with your NCOIC and ask him/her to give you some guidance on where to go and what to do.
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    You will be introduced to plenty of stuff and must see's in the area soldiers who are already there. When I was in, it was almost a game of pride to show a your buds what you have discovered in the area.
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    I was at Bliss in 1991. Back then, worst we had to worry about was getting your car stolen and driven across the border. NO WAY would I venture into Juarez nowadays.

    The desert around El Paso can be beautiful. As far as the city itself, I can't really help you there...been too long!

    Best of luck, and give your body some time to acclimate to the altitude. First time I ran there, I was literally sucking wind.
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    Drink a lot of water - altitude and dryness. Come summer you'll see why it's called Ft. "Bliss".


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    A decent initial duty station. Mine was FT Drum, talk about shock for a young Texan. One thing I will tell you that is an absolute is stay away from the border. DO NOT go to Juarez unless you are accompanied by tanks.
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    If you have the funds you might invest in 2 wheel transportation,I live in Edinburg Tx and we ride year round down here,there is a town called Zapate Tx its about 1 1/2 hour trip to the southeast,they have a restaurant that has some of the best chicken fried steaks I have ever eaten,we head there at least once every couple months,Falcon Lake is close by,stay on the US side for fishing and don't go boating on it due to several fishermen being robbed by armed thugs and a high profile murder.Around San Antonio you run into the "hill" country,Marble Falls is a great town and IIRC you can rent canoes etc. for water fun.You can get a Tx resident CHL at 18 if you are active duty
    Like everyone else said stay out of Mexico and if you imbibe any alcohol do not get intoxicated to the point you may become a victim.
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    I'm willing to bet that he won't be allowed to go into Mexico. Your in-briefing should cover the list of "off-limits" establishments, and I'm fairly certain Mexico won't be allowed.
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    welcome to Texas SpencerB...i am glad you are here & thank you for serving our country !!!

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    The first thing we were told upon arriving at Ft. Bliss in 1975 was: Stay away from Dyer Street.
    We used to go over to Juarez (where I got my first tattoo), but I would even consider going near the border now.


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