EL PASO, Texas - Fort Bliss is El Paso and El Paso is Fort Bliss, a motto well known by members of the El Paso community.

Sgt. Ryan Soares, mortuary affairs specialist with 123rd Support Battalion "Iron Support", 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, received the El Paso County Commissioner's Award in El Paso, Texas, Oct. 7.

"It's an honor to receive this award from the county commissioner because I read in his biography that he's a veteran himself," said Soares.

Carl Robinson, commissioner of El Paso County Commission Precinct 4, also a U.S. Army veteran with 25 years of service, presented Sgt. Soares with a plaque and American Flag to recognize him for his hard work and achievements over the past year.

"Fort Bliss has been a part of our community for decades," said Robinson. "Soldiers at Fort Bliss have been outstanding, and provide many different resources in our community... mainly their presence."

Sgt. Soares stated what made the event even more memorable was being able to share this moment with his family.

"My wife has motivated me and supported me 100 percent," said Soares. "Everything I do is for my wife, my daughter, and my family."