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Air Force chooses Fort Bliss for training consolidation

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 11:25pm

Fort Bliss was chosen as the top site to consolidate Air Force security training and could potentially brining in thousands of airmen to train in El Paso by years end.

The Air Force evaluated three other military installations and found that Fort Bliss had the available resources to potentially have up to 10,000 airmen training on post consolidating six different sites currently being used.

"Fort Bliss is positioned as a premier training area and a premier installation for the future of the United States military," said Maj Joe Buccino.

Buccino said the airmen would be training anywhere between 10 to 60 days depending on their mission and where they will be deploying.

Some of the training would be on-base security which would consist of guarding gates and making sure the base is not compromised.

They would also be doing area security with heavy weapons training similar to the conditions they could experience in combat zones.

Toward the end of the training, the airmen would be housed at downtown hotels so they can experience the city before they deploy.

Fort Bliss anticipates it will help drive the local economy with more people eating at restaurants and spending money in the city.

It's hard to say how many airmen would be on post training at any given time but there would be a steady rotation throughout the year.

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