Named after Colonel William Wallace Smith Bliss, the son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor, Fort Bliss was started as a small border post. Fort Bliss was established with the purpose of maintaining order and law in newly gained US Southwest. From 1902 to 1910, the army began increasing the number of troops at the fort, eventually switching from an infantry station to the biggest cavalry post in the U.S. The 1st Cavalry Division was activated at Fort Bliss in 1921. In 1943, Fort became mainly an artillery training post, with an emphasis on anti-aircraft gunnery. Today Fort Bliss stands as one of the largest US military posts
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