Army Installations Strain to Handle Swelling Populations
At Fort Bliss, where the post’s population has tripled to 27,000 soldiers and is estimated to peak at 30,600 by 2014, evidence of the tremendous effort to prepare for the surge can be seen all over the installation.
One of the most noticeable improvements is Freedom Crossing, a lifestyle center featuring a post exchange, commissary, restaurants and a 10-screen movie theater. Final construction stemming from BRAC growth coming to Fort Bliss was completed earlier this year, but more housing units, child and youth service centers, and other quality-of-life facilities still are on the way.
The main challenges the post is dealing with are improving access points and roads to its host El Paso, Texas, and overcrowded schools. Read the story in Army Times to see how seven other Army installations are coping with the arrival of new missions from BRAC and the return of forces deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.