BOSS offers outlet for single and unaccompanied Soldiers

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Gene Kuroiwa (left), a Special Olympics-Hawaii athlete, poses with Sgt. Mark Williams, BOSS representative, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, at a recent bowling event at the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center. (Spc. Jordan Bierce | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Gene Kuroiwa (left), a Special Olympics-Hawaii athlete, poses with Sgt. Mark Williams, BOSS representative, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, at a recent bowling event at the Schofield Barracks Bowling Center. (Spc. Jordan Bierce | 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Capt. Stephen Robinson
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Single Soldiers help improve quality of life, volunteer in community while in program

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Single and unaccompanied Soldiers in 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, who are looking for volunteer opportunities or on-post activities can find both through the unit’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, or BOSS.

The BOSS program is a morale, welfare and recreation program, that assists single Soldiers in identifying and planning recreational and leisure activities. Activities are offered at the beach, outer islands and off-post entertainment venues. Activities, including parties, are held at the BOSS Lounge located at the Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks. The Lounge offers a big screen TV and table games. BOSS also gets discounts and free passes to shows and sporting events. Meetings are held bimonthly at Tropics.

The brigade’s BOSS gets involved with the local community. Past events include participating in the annual NFL Pro Bowl, March of Dimes and Special Olympics. These events provide an opportunity for single Soldiers to participate and contribute to their respective communities and give the individual Soldier a sense of responsibility and involvement.

BOSS is vital to overall mission accomplishment and serves as a unified voice for single Soldiers.

Sgt. Mark Williams, the 130th Eng. Bde.’s BOSS representative, encourages Soldiers to learn more about their unit, the installation program and the community.

“Informing Soldiers about BOSS-related events on a weekly basis ensures we are ready to assist in events like helping volunteer for the Special Olympics of Hawaii Bowling Competition,” Williams said.

BOSS also makes recommendations that can improve the 130th Eng. Bde.’s quality of life for its 1,000-plus single and unaccompanied Soldiers. Quality of life issues directly or indirectly influence or enhance Soldiers’ morale, living environment or personal growth and development.

Dining facilities, education, fitness centers, Soldiers’ living quarters, medical and dental care, the commissary and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service are among the quality of life issues that BOSS has addressed. These issues are then directed to the appropriate command or staff agency for resolution and are resolved at the lowest level.

To learn more about your unit’s BOSS program, visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com, click on “Rec and Leisure,” then “BOSS”; or call 655-1130.

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Category: Community, Community Relations, Single Soldiers

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