Former Ft. Bliss Commanding General Oblinger dies

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) - Retired Major General John B. Oblinger, the former Commanding General of Fort Bliss has died.

In 1979, he became the commanding general of Fort Bliss and commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School. He was Commanding General from 1979 to 1982.

He was a Vietnam Veteran and received the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States in the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Virginia, from 1983 to 1984.

Oblinger was a native of Cleves, Ohio and joined the Army in 1953. He and his wife Edy lived in Tucson and  El Paso after his retirement in 1984, until the couple ultimately moved to Colorado to be closer with his family in 2015.

During his time in El Paso, Oblinger served on many community organizations including the Sun Bowl Association, the local Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Association and the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The city also named a street in Northeast El Paso in his honor. 

He passed away early Tuesday morning in Colorado from an existing heart condition. Funeral Arrangements for Oblinger are pending.

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