The city of El Paso has many days without rain and has long been called “Sun City.” El Paso is just across the border from the Mexican city of Juarez, and Fort Bliss is located in El Paso County. A recent (2000s?) untrademarked slogan combining all three elements of El Paso culture is: “Sun, Salsa and Soldiers.”
Wikipedia: El Paso, Texas
El Paso is the seat of El Paso County in the U.S. state of Texas and part of the American Southwest. According to the 2006 U.S. Census population estimates, the city had a population of 609,415. It is the sixth-largest city in Texas and the 21st-largest city in the United States, as well as the 7th fastest growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006. Its metropolitan area covers all of El Paso County. The metropolitan area has a population of 736,310.
It stands on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte), across the border from Ciudad Juárez.
El Paso is part of the Greater Ciudad Juarez Metropolitan Area with a population of 2,049,648, with Juarez accounting for 2/3 of the Metro population.
El Paso is home to the University of Texas at El Paso (founded in 1914 as The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy). Fort Bliss, a major United States Army installation, lies to the east and northeast of the city, extending north up to the White Sands Missile Range. The Franklin Mountains extend into El Paso from the north and nearly divide the city into two sections, with downtown connecting the two sections at the south end of the mountain range.
Wikipedia: Fort Bliss
Fort Bliss is a United States Army post in El Paso County, Texas, United States. The Fort is named for Lieutenant Colonel William Wallace Smith Bliss, a son-in-law of Zachary Taylor. In 1955, Bliss’s remains were re-interred at Fort Bliss National Cemetery on post. Part of the fort is a census-designated place (CDP); it had a population of 8,264 at the 2000 census.
Fort Bliss, a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) installation, consists of approximately 1.12 million acres (4,500 km²) of land which extend across Texas and New Mexico, which makes Fort Bliss comparable in size to the state of Rhode Island. Fort Bliss also includes McGregor Range and Doña Ana Range–North Training Areas in New Mexico, and the South Training Areas in Texas. Fort Bliss is the largest installation in TRADOC ( 1.1 million acres (4,500 km²)), and within the Army is second only to White Sands Missile Range, which is adjacent to Fort Bliss. Unsurprisingly, at 550 square miles, Fort Bliss is the largest Maneuver Area in the Army and three times the size of the National Training Center. Fort Bliss also provides the largest contiguous tract of virtually unrestricted airspace in the Continental United States (1500 Square Miles).
Since World War II, the primary mission of Fort Bliss has been air defense artillery. Currently, Fort Bliss is tasked with the maintenance of several U.S. Patriot Missile Batteries and the training of soldiers to operate them. Fort Bliss has been the home of several U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Brigades, and specializes in the training of soldiers within ADA regiments. This will change in the coming years as a result of BRAC 2005, which will transform Fort Bliss from an Air Defense Artillery post to a Heavy Armor Training post by moving the Air Defense Artillery School and the ADA brigades currently stationed at Fort Bliss to Fort Sill. The ADA Brigades will be replaced by the incoming U.S. 1st Armored Division, elements of which will arrive at Fort Bliss intermittently between 2008 and 2011.
El Paso—Home of Fort Bliss—that’s shorthand for Sun, Salsa and Soldiers!
Military.com - Reunion Information
Date: May 01, 2007 - Jan 01, 2013
Place: El Paso
City: El Paso
Person to Contact: Catherine Countiss
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Comments: WE WANT YOU! Report to El Paso, Texas where three states, two nations and Ft Bliss come together as one big family. We understand sun, salsa and soldiers! Let the El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau assist you in hosting your next reunion. Our mission is to provide a Texas-sized experience for your next event. We offer a wide variety of FREE meeting planning services that include planning site visits, assistance with hotel accommodations and publicity materials. As your local contact, we offer a wealth of suggestions and ideas, coordination of RFPs for any number of hotels and venues, and detailed information on area attractions, entertainment, local transportation and cuisine in order to set the stage for a remarkable and memorable reunion. The El Paso Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to give your reunion the flavor and flair of the great Southwest!
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Oh kill me now. Elp never saw fit to do this b4, why start now? Billboard seen on Mesa St 2day,"Home of salsa, sun and soldiers”
09:45 PM June 16, 2008 from txt
el paso daily photo blog by chacal la chaise
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
ANYWAY, the Times’ history blog should, in general, be required reading for anyone moving here—the land of “Sun, Salsa, and Soldiers”—as the city now proclaims itself.
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