More troops for Fort Bliss
From the NPT Inbox:
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TROOPS FOR FORT BLISS, CONVERSION OF HEAVY BRIGADE TO STRYKER STATUS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) released the following statement on today’s announcement by the Department of Defense to convert Fort Bliss’ 1st Armored Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) to a Stryker BCT when the unit returns from Iraq. The conversion to the new Stryker vehicle will take two years, and this new status will result in an additional 300 – 400 troops for the base.
“Today’s announcement is further validation of the years of hard work by Fort Bliss leadership and the El Paso community. As the post continues its unprecedented transformation and expansion, this announcement is indicative of the Pentagon’s confidence in Fort Bliss and the El Paso community’s ability to accommodate additional troops. The conversion of 1st Brigade to a Stryker BCT further enhances Fort Bliss’ strategic value to America’s national security.”
“Local support for the Army’s mission at Fort Bliss has been critical to the base’s success, and the Army’s decision to locate this new unit, along with other flagship programs, in El Paso bodes well for the continued expansion of the installation. Our strong support for Fort Bliss has benefited the base and the men and women who serve there. “
“Since I was elected to Congress, one of my top priorities has been to preserve and expand Fort Bliss. As the recent economic downturn has demonstrated, the growth of the post has helped stabilize our local economy during one of the greatest economic recessions in our nation’s history. As one of the largest employers in El Paso, Fort Bliss, with its continued growth, will bring new jobs and opportunities for our community in the years ahead.”