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Former Fort Bliss Commanding Gen. John Oblinger Jr. dies

Retired Maj. Gen. and former Commanding Gen. of Fort Bliss John Oblinger died Dec. 26. Photo courtesy of the Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

Former Fort Bliss Commanding Gen. John Oblinger Jr. died Monday.

The retired major general suffered from a heart condition and Alzheimer’s, according to the Roy P. Benavidez-Robert Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association.

Oblinger, 85, started his run as the 78th commanding general of Fort Bliss in 1979. He was also the commandant of the U.S. Army Air Defense School.

The former commanding general retired in 1984 after serving his country for more than 30 years.

But his work was far from over.

The Vietnam veteran raised money for the military community and worked in banking.

He also served as a military analyst for local news outlets.

Retired soldier John Ceballos served under Oblinger’s command and spent time with him after retirement.

"He treated everyone with respect. We were just other veterans that he served with and he was just a gentleman. He was respected for his military service but he was just a gentleman and easy to get along with,” Ceballos said.

Ceballos said Oblinger died in Colorado, where he moved two years ago to be closer to his family.

Edy, Gen. Oblinger's wife told KFOX14 her husband will be buried at Fort Bliss.

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