The community at Fort Bliss welcomed back a familiar face at the State of the Military Address today. Major General Patrick Matlock has only been here for 40 days, but he already told us his plans for the next two years.
“Back here in El Paso we’re continually have units training in our training areas and we build readiness so we’re prepared to go wherever our country asks us to go,” Matlock shared.
Matlock says recent improvements on post have Fort Bliss in “great shape.” He’s also noticed a stronger community and stronger economy which he believes will be a post of choice for troops.
“They love the training area, they love the ranges, they love the freedom to fly in the air that we have as part of the post and there’s other kinds of advantages that we have,” Matlock said.
In looking ahead, Matlock wants to make sure he and his soldiers are prepared to execute whatever missions are asked of them.
“These are going to be two terrific years to train and build readiness, and you’ll see that level of activity on the post increase over the next couple of years by design,” Matlock explained.
Matlock tells KTSM it’s great to be back home in El Paso after being gone for four years. He’s expected to be in command for the next two years.