BOSS offers experiences of a lifetime all year

| August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Soldier in the BOSS program skydives over Oahu. BOSS is committed to upholding three pillars: quality of life, community service through volunteer opportunities, and recreation and leisure.

A Soldier in the BOSS program skydives over Oahu. BOSS is committed to upholding three pillars: quality of life, community service through volunteer opportunities, and recreation and leisure.


Christine Cabalo

Staff Writer
Soldiers who want to live like a boss are representing their units and becoming active members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.

The program strives to help Soldiers lead a healthy lifestyle by focusing on three pillars: quality of life, community service through volunteer opportunities, and recreation and leisure.

Sgt. Maj. Lisa Piette-Edwards, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, speaks to several Soldiers about the opportunities for personal and professional development available through the BOSS program.

Sgt. Maj. Lisa Piette-Edwards, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, speaks to several Soldiers about the opportunities for personal and professional development available through the BOSS program.

The group meets monthly at its office inside the Tropics Recreation Center to plan events and gather feedback.

“Soldiers get to have a chance to say what matters,” said Sgt. MylynRose Cruz, BOSS president at U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “We want to know how you’re living. The command cares and wants to know about what the facilities are like and how services are doing.
They want to know, at the lowest and highest level, what the resources are like for Soldiers. There should be a standard, so these resources are up to condition.”

Cruz became president in April at USAG-HI but has been involved in the BOSS program for the last six years. Through BOSS, Cruz said she’s found an outlet to explore her interests and provide needed help to others.

Photo courtesy of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers  HONOLULU ÑÊSoldiers search for trash around the Kalihi neighborhood during a BOSS beautification volunteer event. Soldiers in the program complete community service projects as well as professional development classes like how to manage personal finances.

HONOLULU — Soldiers search for trash around the Kalihi neighborhood during a BOSS beautification volunteer event. Soldiers in the program complete community service projects as well as professional development classes like how to manage personal finances. (Boss photo)

Photo courtesy of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers)

“Soldiers want to be able to give back to the community who gives us so much,” Cruz said. “We want to be able to give time and energy back to our Army community and  the community we’re living in. With BOSS, you can mentor to the children of fallen Soldiers, clean up with Habitat for Humanity or volunteer at other nonprofits like the Institute of Human Services or our local pet kennels.”

Cruz said she values the time she spends getting out to the local community, learning more about the local history and the Army’s partnership in preserving it. The group recently donated toiletries and other needed items to the homeless through IHS and helped beautify the Kalihi neighborhood during a July 30 cleanup.

The experience allowed several Soldiers, including Spc. Maria Theresa Dano, vice-present of BOSS at USAG-HI, to do something that improves the lives of everyone in the community.

Dano said the BOSS program provides a venue for her to have a direct positive impact on others.

“(The volunteer activities) provide me a greater appreciation of what I have and what I am capable of at the moment,” she said. “I have been very blessed and it is only right to share whatever I can – may it be my time, talent or assistance.”

As an active member, Cruz said the program provided some of the most life-changing opportunities for her. Through BOSS, Cruz mentored a child of a fallen Soldier and traveled with them to a national conference. She still keeps in touch and said she feels so many other Soldiers can benefit from the program.

The BOSS program provides her personal and professional development with resume building and other life skills. These are skills Soldiers can use if they eventually leave active service.

Both Dano and Cruz said BOSS is also a way for the junior ranks, as a large group, to voice their concerns and share ideas about making USAG-HI better. The two said it helps the senior enlisted make the right decisions to improve the quality of life for their units.

Cruz said, ever since becoming part of the program, she’s seen how even the smallest of actions have had long-lasting positive effects with help from BOSS members. The group has also expanded into telling the BOSS story through videos and has posted them online through Facebook about important topics like financial fitness.

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program offers various activities on and off post.

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program offers various activities on and off post.

“The Army does have rules and regs, but don’t let that lose your passion and drive,” she said. “Don’t feel like because you’re in the Army you can’t do what you’re passionate about. You can do it through BOSS.” http://www.himwr.com/recreation-and-leisure/boss

Become a BOSS
For more information about the program, visit www.himwr.com/recreation-and-leisure/boss or call 655-1130

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