During the annual State of the Military address, the commanding general of Fort Bliss reassured the residents of El Paso they are still welcome at the installation despite new procedures for visitors to gain access to the post.
“We still want you to visit; we want you to come here,” Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty told about 500 military, civilian and business leaders Wednesday at the event sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. “This will be a slight inconvenience.”
On Sunday, officials will open five visitor control centers to help improve access to the post. Visitors will be required to obtain a visitors pass, which will be good for up to 30 days. The visitor pass requirement is the latest in a series of recent moves needed to bring Fort Bliss into compliance with DOD regulations for gate access, reported the El Paso Times.
Twitty, who also commands the 1st Armored Division, praised the people of El Paso for giving the installation’s soldiers “more respect, dignity and love” than any other Army community.
“This is the only installation in the Army that’s plopped down in the middle of a city,” said Twitty. “And I will tell you, we’re so fortunate, because this is the best city in the world and I’m not just saying that. I’ve been to a bunch of installations.”