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JEAN OFFUTT
Fort Bliss Public Affairs Officer
The commanding general of Installation Management Command vis-ited Fort Bliss April 15 and had a lot tosay about Soldiers and families, qualityof life and transformation.“I am delighted to be here,” said Lt.Gen. Robert Wilson. “I love comingback to Fort Bliss – or ‘Team Bliss,’asthey call it – to see the Soldiers, civil-ians and their families.”Wilson went on to talk aboutSoldiers’incredible contributions to“the greatest change the Army has gonethrough since WWII.”“We are reshaping our Army, movingone-third of our Army around theUnited States, returning Soldiers andfamily members from overseas, grow-ing the Army by 74,000 (by 2013), andconverting the Army to a modular forcewhile at war, so it is an incredible feat.”Wilson said today’s servicemembersare “the greatest Soldiers, the best-trained Soldiers in the world.” He alsorecognized the civilians and communi-ties supporting Soldiers and their fami-lies in this endeavor.“Fort Bliss is at the center of change,” he said. “As I look at FortBliss and the Greater White SandsMissile Range complex, there is a syn-ergy of activity and change. The amountof military construction going on isincredible – you see cranes everywhere, you see transformation in frontof you, and there is a tremendousamount of effort to make sure we get itright for Soldiers and families.”In a comment regarding facilities,Wilson talked about the entire inventoryof facilities and ongoing transformationof improving Fort Bliss facilities tomeet Army standards, and said the
Commentary..................2News.............................3Spotlight......................22Timeline.......................34Homefront...................39Healthbeat ...................50Off Duty.......................56Go Youth .....................63Sports..........................64
CONTENTSWEEKENDOUTLOOK 
FORT BLISSBAGHDAD, IRAQ
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SaturdaySundayFriday
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Adopt-a-Highway
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Tell me a story
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Post-wide Yard Sale
Saturday • 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Biggs, Beaumont, LoganHeights,Hayes, and 801 housing
www.bliss.army.mil Published for the Fort Bliss/El Paso,Texas Community April 24,2008
®
DIETER JESTER
Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, commanding general of Installation ManagementCommand, discusses ongoing base transformation projects during an April15 visit to Fort Bliss.
MAJ. DEANNABAGUE
Training prepares 102nd Cav. for mobilization
Sgt. Joseph Genovese, front, and Pfc. Neftali Maldonado, both from B Troop, 102nd Cavalry Battalion, 50thIBCT, practice tactics on movement through urban terrain at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn. For more on thisstory, see Page 5.
See
IMCOM
, Page 3
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Commandants
discussNCOES transformation -Page 6
Patch
ceremony officiates50thIBCT - Page 8
Bliss
event promisesprosperous future endeavors- Page 14
Youth
fishing tournament‘lures’ 300-plus anglers -Page 41
IMCOM commander visits
Three-star general discusses base growth,family readiness
 
WILSON A. RIVERA
Monitor Staff 
Yes, I ride a motorcycle – a bike, scooter,cruiser,sportbike or whatever you wish to callit. No matter what words you use to describeit, it is a simple machine on two wheels.There’snothing like feeling hot windblowing on your face on a desert highwayduring the night of a full moon. The closest Icould probably come to explaining the feelingisthat it is like being the passenger of a carand sticking your head out the window.Motorcycles are cheap to buy and providethe thrill of speed you get from an expensivesports car.So, when you have a young Soldiercraving that thrill, it is feasible for them tobuy a bike.More and more Soldiers and civilians arelooking into alternate means of transportationnow that gas prices are reaching $4 a gallon.Motorcycle dealerships don’t require abuyer to demonstrate proof of a motorcycle-endorsed driver’slicense in order to sell one,so if you have the cash, you get the ride.And it’s not always young Soldiers. OlderSoldiers throughout their military careers maywish to become a road warrior after years of regulation and authority. They buy the leather jackets and matching helmets to go with thebike they purchased as a pre-retirement gift.Whenever the “motorcycle” topic comesup, the first thought that comes to mind is themotorcyclist becoming an organ donor.Youngor old, time and experience benefit the riderin the long run.After riding more than 40,000 miles forfive years, I still don’t consider myself anexpert. Somewhat experienced, maybe. I’veridden with many mentors and learned frommistakes others have made, like hitting dirt onthe road or forgetting to put the kickstanddown.You can learn a lot from friends andmentors who have been riding for a long time.Learning to avoid an accident can mean thedifference between a hospital stop and amonth-long stay or even worse.Think when considering buying that bike. Istarted off on a used bike to make sure Iwanted to dish out the cash. From riding asportbike to buying the cruiser I’ve had myeye on over the years, I believe mentoring iswhat helped me most of all, before buying alarger-engine bike.Traveling to places like Truth orConsequences, N.M., Austin and Washingtonstate, I decided that the 1,700cc bike wasperfect for me. I understood its power, too. Aslight twist of the throttle would propel me 10mph faster in seconds than any of theprevious bikes I’d ridden.Take the advice, find a mentor, hear theirstories and learn about motorcycles beforebuying one. With more experience andknowledge, could we have less accidents andfatalities? I think so.Beginning 5 a.m. Monday,Fort Bliss will re-implementthe 100 percent identificationrequirement at all accesscontrol points. This action isintended to enhance the safetyand security of Fort Bliss andalso to prepare the installationfor future technology improvements at theaccess control points.This change requires all vehicle occupants topresent a valid form of government- or state-issued photo identification to access theinstallation. Drivers in possession of a military-affiliated identification will no longer beauthorized to vouch for other vehicle occupants.Minors under the age of 18 are not requiredto provide identification, as long as they areaccompanied by an adult and are not operatingthe vehicle. All other existing access controlrequirements remain unchanged and in effect.Although there is no anticipation that thisrequirement will significantly impact wait timesat access control points, it is advised that yougive yourself additional time during yourcommute if you are accessing the installationduring high-volume times.Maj. Gen. Howard B. BrombergFort Bliss Commanding General
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The Monitor • April 24, 2008
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The Monitor 
is an unofficial publication authorized by AR 360-1 and printed each Thursday in the interest of the Fort Blissand El Paso, Texas communities. It is the only publication allowed to be distributed on Fort Bliss property.
The Monitor 
is published by the Commanding General of Fort Bliss through The Laven Group, LLC, 1420 Geronimo, Bldg.E, El Paso, Tx. 79925 (915) 772-0934, fax; 772-1594 ads@lavenpublishing.com, www.lavenpublishing.com. Online versionat
www.fbmonitor.com
.The contents of
The Monitor 
are not necessarily the views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department ofDefense, the U.S. Army, or The Laven Group, LLC.The appearance of advertising in
The Monitor 
does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised. Anyarticle or service advertised in
The Monitor 
will be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to any non-merit factor of consumers. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, advertisingfrom that source will be discontinued until the violation is corrected.
The Monitor 
has a circulation of 20,000 copies. Editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Officeof Fort Bliss, Bldg. 15, (915) 568-4088 or fax (915) 568-3749.Items submitted for publication in
The Monitor 
should be sent to
The Monitor 
, Fort Bliss, Texas 79916, by noon on Fridaybefore issue. All submissions become Army property and should be typed, double-spaced with the author’s name, signature,and mailing address. Photos should have information attached describing photo and have photographer’s full name. Theeditor reserves the right to reject or edit all submissions or advertising that do not conform to
The Monitor’s 
 journalistic standards.All photos are U.S. Army unless otherwise designated.
The Monitor’s 
classified ad page is a free service reserved for active duty personnel, military retirees, military familymembers and DAC’s only. Because there is no fee, the only advertisements permitted to be published on this page are adsthat
cannot be considered commercial ventures. Ads must be written on the standard form published from time to time, orlocated
at Bldg. 15. As classified ads are personal in nature,
The Monitor 
cannot publish ads received through “Shotgun” mail or
byfax.
The Monitor 
is a registered trademark in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued Jan. 12, 1988, #1472244.Publisher/Commanding General.....................................................................................................Maj. Gen. Howard B. BrombergGarrison Commander...........................................................................................................................................Col. Robert T. BurnsPublic Affairs Officer..............................................................................................................................................................Jean OffuttManaging Editor...............................................................................................................................................................Jim GonzalesEditor....................................................................................................................................................................................Dustin PerryHomefront Editor...............................................................................................................................................................Virginia RezaPhotography/Off Duty Editor......................................................................................................................................Wilson A. RiveraStaff Writer.......................................................................................................................................................................Daniela Vestal32nd AAMDC.........................................................................................................................................................Spc. Rachael Estes.......................................................................................................................................................................Spc. Cassandra Villezcas31st ADABde..................................................................................................................................................1st Lt. Rodney Johnson11th ADABde............................................................................................................................................Sgt. Jonathan Montgomery4th BCT, 1st AD.............................................................................................................................................Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sipp.............................................................................................................................................................................Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor...................................................................................................................................................................................Spc. Bradley ClarkWBAMC.....................................................................................................................................................................Clarence Davis IIIUSASMA..........................................................................................................................................................Master Sgt. Eric PilgrimJTF-North.................................................................................................................................................................Armando CarrascoSubmit articles to monitor@conus.army.mil.
Advice taken: 
Experience, mentorship can preventmotorcycle accidents from happening
Web sites of interest
The Monitor
www.fbmonitor.com
Fort Bliss
www.bliss.army.mil
William Beaumont Army Medical Center
www.wbamc.amedd.army.mil
Department of the Army
www.army.mil
Department of Defense
www.defenselink.mil
DoD news about the war on terrorism
www.defendamerica.mil
Defense Finance Accounting Service
www.dod.mil/dfas
Army Knowledge Online
www.us.army.mil
Civilian Personnel Online
www.cpol.army.mil
Thrift Savings Plan
www.tsp.gov
Base Realignment and Closure
(BRAC)www.defenselink.mil/brac
Fort Bliss MWR
www.blissmwr.com
Armed Forces Vacation Club
www.afvclub.comwww.army.mil/growthearmy
Do observe and report:
Unusual or suspicious activity orsuspected surveillance.Unusual questions or requests forinformation relating to capabilities,limitations or operational information.Unusual vehicles operating in or aroundthe installation.Unusual phone calls, messages or e-mails.Unusual contacts on or off post.Unusual aerial activity near or around theinstallation.Any possible compromise of sensitiveinformation.
Do not:
Discuss any aspect of military operationsor planning.Talk about military capabilities orlimitations.Discuss force protection measures,capabilities or posture.Disclose any information related to unitdeployments.Report all suspicious activity by calling568-2115 or 568-2116.
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UnitUnit Strength% of BlissPopulation% of Total DWIDWIs11th BDE366524%15.00%95/1 AD11528%15.00%931st BDE176212%6.67%44/1 AD418327%36.67%226th BDE159110%13.33%8Garrison12218%5.00%3USASMA5634%3.33%2WBAMC10967%5.00%3TOTALS1523360
2008 DWIs by brigade/unit
 
News 
The Monitor • April 24, 2008
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SGT. JONATHAN MONTGOMERY
11th ADA Public Affairs
After 20 years of marriage, BlancaVillarreal was left to roam the streetswith nothing. “Just my babies and myluck,” she said. Her husband, who hada history of domestic violence, choseto abandon his family withoutremorse, leaving them penniless withnowhere to go.“I wanted revenge,” said Blanca, amother of three. “I had a lot of angerin me. It’s very sad (what happened). Inever thought I’d be in this situation.”In order to alleviate her hardship,Blanca moved in with her brother, wholived in Reno, Nev. But when he relo-cated to Mexico, she and her childrenwere again left to a life on the street.Immigration services eventuallybecame involved, offering to refer theGrass Valley, Calif., native to an ElPaso relief center for abused womencalled Dame la Mano.Since arriving at the communityoutreach establishment four monthsago, Blanca has since focused herefforts on landing a job in daycare,getting her own place, and starting anew life.“They opened their doors for me,”she said. “They help a lot of women.I’m grateful for that.”Dame la Mano – Spanish for “GiveMe Your Hand” – remains a nonprofitorganization funded by local business-es, churches of all denominations andprivate individuals.Formed in 1997 as means to helphomeless women, the organization hassince provided support to more than15,000 women and their children inthe community. On average, theyassist 1,600 women each year arrivingfrom New York to Guatemala.“We took (Blanca) in because webelieved in her,” said Rosa Cabrera,director of Dame la Mano, whoseorganization’s domestic violencecounseling and career planning assis-tance has put Blanca on the pathtoward self-sufficiency, independenceand a set of work skills necessary toprevent homelessness.Oftentimes, the relief centerreceives women, including militaryveterans, suffering from bad situationsstemming from broken homes, post-traumatic stress disorder, prostitution,drugs and domestic battery.In the past, local police, hospitalsand immigration services havereleased custody of these women toDame la Mano so they can get help forthese types of troubles.The 14 women and 35 children whocurrently reside at Dame la Mano aregoing to school and working to learn anew skill. Each resident is required towork, go to school or do volunteerwork for 20 hours per week.The organization also providesemergency shelter, medical care andbaby items to expectant mothers, alongwith free pregnancy tests.“This (place) keeps you grounded,”said 1st Sgt. Jonathan Cruz, first ser-geant of ABattery, 4th Air DefenseArtillery Regiment, Terminal HighAltitude Area Defense, which is anupcoming unit with a scheduled acti-vation ceremony next month. “Itmakes you thankful for what you haveinstead of being mad and jealous of what you don’t have.”Cruz, along with 1st Lt. MarieLouis-Jean, 4th THAAD executiveofficer, delivered paint buckets andcleaning supplies to Dame la ManoFriday during a visit to the women’srelief center.“They operate on the kindness of the community,” said Louis-Jean. “Thewomen receive counseling to figureout how to place their self in a betterposition so they don’t repeat history.”
DANIELA VESTAL
Monitor Staff 
The 13th annual EnvironmentalQuality Awards were held Tuesday atthe Fort Bliss Air Defense ArtilleryMuseum and Study Center.Twenty-three people and organiza-tions were honored and recognized fortheir contributions in helping FortBliss meet its environmental obliga-tions, which are unique in that theymust meet not only Federal standards,but those of Texas and New Mexico aswell.Due to the hard work and dedica-tion of the Directorate of PublicWorks’Environmental Division andthe environmental quality awardees,Bliss has 100 percent compliance withall applicable laws and enjoys anexcellent reputation with state and fed-eral regulators, said Col. John Rossi,Fort Bliss chief of staff.One of the awardees, Staff Sgt.Crispen W. Hanson, motor sergeant,Headquarters and HeadquartersBattery, 11th Air Defense Artillery,32nd Air and Missile DefenseCommand, won the RecyclingAdvocate award.He set up a recycling programwhere Soldiers in his unit could turn inand sort their recyclables and all themoney made would go into the unitfund. It took about two months to edu-cate and get the Soldiers used to thepractice and now, four months into theventure, the unit has made approxi-mately $250.Eleven top awards and 12 honor-able mentions were also given out.“Each individual honored is a trail-blazer in saving the environment for asecure future,” Rossi said. “I thank (them) for all of (their) efforts in sav-ing the environment.”
IMCOM
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Office of the Secretary of Defense and Congress “haveboth been very supportive inproviding us the funds that wehave asked for.“And you can never haveenough, you can never buildquick enough, but we are cer-tainly satisfied with thePresident’s budget as well asthe commitment the Americanpeople have made to us.” hesaid.Wilson pointed out thatwhen Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey andSecretary of the Army PeteGeren assumed their currentpositions, the U.S. had been atwar for more than five yearsand Soldiers were on theirsecond and third deployments.“Families had invested inthis too, and they are feelingstressed and we need to con-tinue to provide the right sup-port for them,” he said. “Thereare many working coupleswith young children who needcare … and so the Army lead-ership made a commitment toour families by launching the(Army) Family CovenantCampaign last October at theannual AUSAconference.”On the topic of communitysupport, Wilson said, “Wehave strong communitiesthroughout the country, but Ican tell that the El Paso andsurrounding communities aresome of the best I have seen.“I was here from 1994 to1996, and I see a big changein community involvement insupport through schools,through assisting spouses with jobs education, and healthcare,” he said. “It is an incred-ible experience.”Wilson said the recent hir-ing of family readiness sup-port assistants – full-timeemployees funded andresourced for all deployablebattalions – have been a greatstress reliever and readinesstool for the family readinessgroups throughout the Army,particularly here.“One thing General Caseysaid when he came on boardwas that family programswere great, but they weren’tfully resourced and there is nostandard across the Army,” hesaid. “So he and SecretaryGeren made a deliberate deci-sion to fund these down tobattalion level and throughoutthe Army. Wilson concludedby thanking Fort BlissSoldiers, civilians, familymembers and the community“for what they do for ourcountry and what they do forour Army.”“It really helps the Soldierfocus on what they are doing,knowing that the families arewell taken care of and lovedby the people around them.”
SGT. JONATHAN MONTGOMERY
First Lt. Marie Louis-Jean, left, executive officer of A Battery, 4th AirDefense Artillery Regiment, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, and RosaCabrera, director of Dame la Mano, discuss the organization’s mission ofhelping homeless women in crisis during a Friday visit.
SGT. JONATHAN MONTGOMERY
Cpl. Nicholas Crawford, 11th ADABrigade command section, picksup leaf trimmings in front of theunit’s headquarters during a postclean-up effort Tuesday.
Bliss awards environmental advocates
El Paso Relief Center provideshope to abused women

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