Military News + Fort Bliss

VA chief announces restructuring; El Paso congressman weighs in

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced Monday a massive restructuring of the department in the wake of a scandal that left more than a hundred thousand veterans waiting for health care.

Veterans Day: Closures and events

El Paso and the Borderland will celebrate the nation's Veterans on Tuesday with several events throughout the area along with closures for several schools and government offices.  

Fort Bliss identified as Ebola monitoring site for military returning from West Africa

Fort Bliss has been identified as one of five military installations that will host a 21-day controlled monitoring area for all military service members returning from Operation United Assistance, the effort against Ebola in West Africa.

REPORT: President Obama to double US military forces in Iraq

President Barack Obama is sending up 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would bring the total number of American troops there to 2,900.

Ex-SEAL says he fired final Bin Laden shot

Former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill said in an interview with The Washington Post that he was the one who fired the final shot to kill Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashes, killing 2

Two crewmen aboard an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter died when it crashed Thursday night, according to Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg.

Veterans Day: Area restaurants honor Veterans with free giveaways

Veteran's Day is held annually on November 11 to honor and celebrate the service of all military Veterans. The holiday was created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 as Armistice Day and was later declared an annual holiday by U.S.

Fort Bliss to host annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday

Fort Bliss will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 7.  The ceremony honors veterans of the past, present and those still serving.

Fort Hood marks five years since unimaginable tragedy

It has been five years since a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas left thirteen people dead and more than thirty injured. To date, the shooting caused the most casualties ever suffered on an American Military base.

Suspect admits to drinking nine beers before allegedly killing Fort Bliss solider

The Fort Bliss solider killed in a car accident early Saturday morning has been identified as 21-year-old Isaac James Houston.

Soldiers return home from deployment

Hundreds of Fort Bliss soldiers returned home late Sunday night from a 12-month deployment in the Middle East.

Fort Bliss Garrison Commander relieved of duties

The Fort Bliss Garrison Commander has been relieved of command following an investigation for alleged misconduct effective immediately.

Fort Bliss soldiers receive top military honors for bravery during 9-month deployment to Afghanistan

More than a dozen Fort Bliss soldiers were awarded medals for their bravery while on a nine month deployment in Afghanistan. The soldiers are part of the 2-5 Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

Mandatory Ebola quarantine approved for returning military personnel

A mandatory three week quarantine has been set for all military personnel serving in the Ebola-stricken areas of West Africa. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signed the order Wednesday morning.

Soldiers from Fort Bliss deploy for Ebola mission

Dozens of troops from Fort Bliss are now on their way to Africa to battle Ebola. On Saturday, the first four of seven flights took off from Biggs Army Airfield, headed to West Africa.