Fort Bliss Headlines
- Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget
- Former German Club manager plans to open new spot, organize another Oktoberfest
- Pilot program on Fort Bliss geared to help military kids work through unique challenges facing them
- Borderland trauma patients could help save lives thousands of miles away
- Financial protection for Fort Bliss soldiers starts with prevention
- Army makes alterations after budget cuts
- Report: Closing commissary a possible cost-saving measure
- Army colonel wants to put unattractive women on Army advertisements
- KFOX14 goes undercover: Marriage for hire, soldiers seeking brides
- Fort Bliss family named 'National Volunteer Family of the Year'
- El Paso families will not be able to Adopt-A-Soldier for Thanksgiving
- Fort Bliss ranks 2nd on 'America's Top 10 Military Boom Towns' list
- El Paso veterans: Give our cemetery its grass back
- Local furloughed workers speak out against government shutdown, Congress
- Fort Bliss feeling effects of government shutdown
- Fort Bliss couple at the heart of changing military
- Fort Bliss Responds to Navy Yard Shooting
- Report: Radiation in bunker 7 times above normal
- Cartels recruiting soldiers
- Fort Bliss soldier accused of participating in immigrant smuggling ring
- APNewsBreak: Defense furloughs cut from 11 to 6
- Fort Bliss' commanding general talks about what plagues the city, post
- Fort Bliss wants El Paso to better market itself
- Fort Bliss: Preliminary test results show no immediate threat from contaminated bunker
- Radiation experts: No immediate danger at Fort Bliss
- Fort Bliss investigating possible radioactive materials on post
Army makes alterations after budget cuts
Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 09:37 PM MST
By: Gina Benitez
FORT BLISS, Texas -- It's been almost nine months since automatic spending cuts took effect.
Military installations across the country were affected.
For the Army, the cuts meant less training or pushing training back until a deployment came close.
"You might have to re-look at, well how do I still accomplish maintaining that I'm combat, mission-readiness, while doing it based on the budget that I have? I don't think we've really scaled back, I just think you need to look at your priorities and how you get your soldiers trained," said Lt. Col. Lee Peters, Fort Bliss spokesperson.
The Army has focused its training on soldiers set to deploy -- those who will see hostile environments soonest.
Fort Bliss has a simulator training complex -- one it believes is excellent.
"One of the things we try to do is maximize that capability that allows you to get on a simulator and basically drive a tank, drive a Bradley, drive a vehicle, maneuver two or three different tanks," Peters said.
And it's just one of the things altered to cut costs.
"It doesn't replace actually being in a tank and actually going across Fort Bliss terrain but it does give you that capability to train all your team or crew at the appropriate level that you need to," Peters said.
Peters said the main thing is that soldiers are trained on their weapons.
"Then based off time, allocations and resources, then you will continue to go up higher," Peters said.
But Bliss is doing its best to make sure a lack of funds doesn't mean a lack of combat readiness.
"Within that absence, that's when leaders step up and basically train their soldiers on how to be good, strong soldiers, based off what our manuals say, based of what our drill ceremonies say, based off what our regulations say," Peters said.