Fort Bliss wants El Paso to better market itself


FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - The leaders of a West Texas Army post want El Paso's help in combatting a negative perception that's preventing them from luring top military talent.

A spokesman for Fort Bliss, Major Joe Buccino, says there's a belief among members of the Army that El Paso is a boring, crime-ridden city 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.

Major General 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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