FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - This West Texas Army post wants El Paso's help in combatting a negative perception that's deterring top military talent from seeking an assignment here.
Fort Bliss spokesman Maj. Joe Buccino says there's a belief among members of the Army that El Paso is a boring, crime-ridden town with failing schools. He said these characterizations are not true, but Fort Bliss wants to see the schools and the city better advertise their benefits so that soldiers and officers pick the post as their destination of choice.
Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland will address the perception Thursday in his State of the Military address, an annual speech in which Fort Bliss' commanding officer updates the community on the state of the post and future plans.
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