As a result of the work and thousands of hours volunteers gave toward bettering the lives of Soldiers and the community, the Fort Benning Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program won the 2010 Best BOSS Team Award in the medium installation category.
The award is based on three pillars — recreation and leisure, which deals with monthly events for single Soldiers, community service and improving the quality of life of Soldiers.
Fort Benning was chosen because of the activities, projects and events the program contributed to over the course of the year based on the pillars of BOSS.
One project, commissary awareness, involved games, shopping sprees, and sale items requested by single Soldiers. BOSS Soldiers were also active in the local community through volunteering.
Spc. Carla McCloud, BOSS president, praised Soldiers and volunteers.
“Their participation does count for something,” she said. “The program wouldn’t be possible without their time and help.”
McCloud said she became involved with BOSS because it was an opportunity to meet other Soldiers and volunteer.
Like McCloud, former BOSS president Staff Sgt. Zkmain Sanchez is a regular participant in BOSS. Sanchez said she has participated in BOSS since 1999.
“It was an avenue for me to be able to go out and do more in the community and learn about the community that I serve in,” she said.
Sanchez said the BOSS program is a great way to learn about what’s going on in the city a Soldier may be stationed in.
While deployed in Iraq, Sanchez said she helped create a BOSS program there to increase Soldier morale. She said BOSS really did affect the lives of Soldiers.
“I think that’s excellent because they have an outstanding program that caters to the needs of the Soldier as far as the quality of life and bettering Soldiers and lifting morale,” she said.
BOSS gathers volunteers for events or spreads the word about projects such as the donation of socks to the homeless. Soldiers participating with BOSS also volunteer every year at The Open Door shelter. Past events for Soldiers include film nights and a ski trip.
Sanchez said she encouraged Soldiers to join or at least learn more about the program, and considered it to be a good influence on Soldiers’ lives.
Although BOSS is designed for single and unaccompanied Soldiers, it is open to all Soldiers on Fort Benning.