|By Geneve N. Mankel, Public Affairs Staff
Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program will
undergo several changes in the upcoming year while continuing to support
the core components of the program — quality of life, recreation and
leisure, and community service.
BOSS members pick up litter along
State Highway 21 as part of the ‘Adopt a Highway’ program.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
The program is a function of and funded by the Directorate of Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
The BOSS events calendar for fiscal year (FY) 2011 has been finalized
and includes many activities and events that uphold program goals,
including litter clean ups, a Mall of America trip, a clothing drive,
sporting events and theme park trips.
The BOSS Center, building 1647, the site for BOSS meetings, will be
upgraded with paint and signage.
“When the facility is repainted, we hopefully will be turning it into a
place for our BOSS members to hang out, and really try to make it their
BOSS Center,” said Nicole Halverson, BOSS Family and MWR adviser.
The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 15. Starting Oct. 14 BOSS meetings
will be held the second Thursday of each month. Fort McCoy’s BOSS
program is open to single Soldiers and civilians and geographically
separated Soldiers and civilians.
BOSS events for
Oct. 6 — Adopt a Highway
Trash Pick Up
Oct. 15 — La Crosse Queen River Boat Cruise
November — Clothes/Food/Toy Drive; Giving Tree at AAFES;
Mall of America Trip
Dec. 2 — Christmas Tree Lighting
December — Snow Tubing
January — Winter Extravaganza; Ski Trip
February — Read Books to Children; Comedy Night
March — Easter Eggstravaganza
April — Adopt a Highway Trash Pick Up; Paintball Event
May 11 — Wellness Fair
May — Milwaukee Brewers Trip
June — Boys & Girls Club; Skydiving Trip
July — Adopt a Highway Trash Pick Up; Fireworks
August — Haunted Trails; Canoe Trip; BOSS Conference
September — Soldier Show; Dells High Adventure Trip
** All events are subject to change **
The BOSS council is comprised of the installation command sergeant
major (senior military adviser), a Family and MWR adviser, a BOSS
president (military) and single-Soldier representatives from
Staff Sgt. Millicent Sutters, Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
U.S. Army Garrison, has served as BOSS president since February 2010. A
new president will be elected for FY 11.
At meetings, issues regarding quality of life can be raised and the BOSS
council can direct those concerns to the appropriate organization for
resolution. Issues can include areas such as dining facilities,
education, recreation, fitness centers, Soldiers’ quarters, and medical
and dental care.
Recreation and leisure events and community service event planning and
coordination also are discussed at meetings.
“People do not necessarily have to be a BOSS member to attend meetings
and events because involvement at most functions is open to any
qualified Family and MWR user,” Halverson said. “Everyone is welcome to
In FY 11 BOSS will be in a different fund bracket, making it able to
plan better activities, Sutters said.
BOSS members also support various installation activities, such as the
Army Concert Tour, The Soldier Show, Winter Extravaganza, and the
For more information, visit the BOSS section of the Fort McCoy Family
and MWR website at
http://www.mccoymwr.com/ or call 608-388-3944.