Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Expanding Fort Bliss

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Expanding Fort Bliss

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THE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth, Texas, District, along with five other Corps districts and the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Texas, have undertaken one of the Corps' largest military construction programs--the $2.6 billion Fort Bliss Expansion Program.

It will provide facilities for Soldiers and units relocating to Fort Bliss as part of the Army's transformation initiative.

Because Fort Bliss is on the brink of a population explosion, driven by the changing needs of the Army, the Corps is planning, developing and building what will amount to a small city for approximately 19,000 Soldiers returning to Fort Bliss from overseas installations.

Most of the growth can be attributed to the restationing of the 1st Armored Division from Germany. The division headquarters, four brigade combat teams and a combat aviation brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, will call Fort Bliss home within the next five years. The Soldiers will also bring with them some 27,000 family members.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey J. Dorko, commander of the USACE's Southwestern Division, said the expansion includes some 300 buildings, 15 ranges, 46,000 linear feet of water lines, 22,000 linear feet of sewer lines and 1.5 million linear feet of electrical lines.

Work places, housing and community facilities will include headquarters and administrative space, dining facilities, aircraft hangars, arms rooms, unit storage facilities and barracks. When the expansion program is complete the post will more than double in size, officials said. …

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