Bliss Comes out ahead in Personnel Cuts
Since implementation of the 2005 BRAC round began, Fort Bliss clearly has been one of the Army’s fastest growing posts, the beneficiary of billions of dollars in military construction and tens of thousands of new soldiers.
Still, it was a little surprising to hear Fort Bliss’ commander declare the installation “the future of the Army” after the post was asked to make the fewest cuts among the service’s largest installations in carrying out last week’s announcement that the Army would be cutting 8,700 civilian positions. Bliss will need to eliminate only 192 civilian positions, while other large posts will suffer the loss of between 150 and 450 positions.
“In some ways this was a pleasant surprise because the cuts were not as high as expected,” Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard told El Paso Inc.
To be sure, Bliss is continuing to grow. It will see 3,000 new houses, a medical center and is slated to be the home of the Army’s modernization effort, according to the story.