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Pace Hall gets new look with Pershing Pub opening
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:21am
Fort Bliss, TX — The smell of fresh paint in the air, complimented by the gloss of the wood trim and the appeal of a new building was present in the open conversations inside the newly renovated facility.
Members of the Fort Bliss and El Paso community attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 8 for the opening of Pershing Pub at Pace Hall.
Installation leadership felt that the Fort Bliss community was in need of a place to gather and relax on a regular basis.
“This is great. It’s a place for leaders to let down their hair,” said Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commander of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. “It’s something that has been missing in our culture here at Fort Bliss for a while.”
Following the ceremony, Pershing Pub hosted Right Arm Night, which was established to promote camaraderie and esprit de corps. The pub was opened for Soldiers to build that camaraderie and relax with peers, family and friends.
“It’s open to everyone,” said Col. Brant V. Dayley, Garrison Commander of Fort Bliss. “It’s a club, we just simply call it a leaders club.”
The pub offers a variety of amenities, including: comfortable chairs, flat-screen TVs, and a selection of food and beverages.
Pace Hall was originally built in the 1930s and was later named for 1st Lt. Herbert Edward Pace Jr., of the Coast Artillery Corps, who was killed in action April 28, 1942, in the Philippine Islands.
“Pace Hall was built as a distinguished visitors quarters after World War I, so it’s an old building,” said Dayley. “This building has always been a hotel or guesthouse.”
Pershing Pub is located at Bldg. 243 Club Road at West Fort Bliss. Regular business hours are Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., and the pub also can be rented out for special events and meetings.
For more information, call 568-6272 or visit the MWR website at www.blissmwr.com.