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BOSS celebrates 20 years;
McCoy personnel attend conference

Graphic: BOSS new logo

The Armywide Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Training Forum was held at the National Conference Center at Lansdowne, Va.

BOSS celebrated its 20th anniversary with the Commander of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) cutting a cake to start off the forum and set the tone.

Among the highlights was the introduction of the new BOSS logo.

The Department of the Army has selected BOSS as the medium to promote “I. A.M. STRONG,” which is the program to “Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment.” BOSS programs, throughout the year, hold events to distribute information on the program to Soldiers. In addition to the I. A.M. STRONG program, the Fort McCoy BOSS program will concentrate on supporting the three pillars of BOSS: Quality of Life, Community Service, and Recreation and Leisure events.

The program also got some good ideas from the forum, such as volunteering at a local Veterans Affairs Medical Center along with various types of recreation and leisure events for Soldiers.

The forum hosted breakout sessions that covered topics such as, “Army Safety;” “So You Think you Can Lead;” “Adding Creativity and Innovation to your Events;” “Why be Ordinary When You Can Be Remarkable;” “How to Motivate your Team;” “An Unplugged Session with the Dating Doctor;” “Got Issues? Let’s talk AFAP (Army Family Action Plan);” to name a few. More than 200 senior military advisers, BOSS presidents and MWR BOSS advisers attended the live forum.

The forum provided a host of guest speakers to include Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston. Other guest speakers included, Lt. Gen. Robert Wilson, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management and Commanding General of the US Army Installation Management Command, located at the Pentagon; Brig. Gen. Al Aycock, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Installation Management Command; and Brig. Gen. Reuben D. Jones, Commanding General of the FMWRC.

Part of the forum was the competition that each BOSS Program competed in: Best Installation/Best Event, Static Display/Continuity Book and Best BOSS Photo Contest, which each installation competed in their respective installation size category.

The forum allowed each BOSS organization to interact with their counterparts from around the world to see what kind of things they were doing to help the Soldiers’ quality of life, community services and recreational and leisure.

For more information about the BOSS program in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-6588.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.)


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