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December 11, 2009

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BOSS program offers activities
to serve Fort McCoy personnel

Under the leadership of the Fort McCoy Installation BOSS team, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program at Fort McCoy continues to generate new energy and establish itself as a viable program for the population of Fort McCoy.

For many years BOSS has been largely absent on Fort McCoy, and, like other installations it is due in part to a lack of understanding about what the program is all about. BOSS is more than just a program for single Soldiers. On Fort McCoy the BOSS program is open to Single Soldiers, Single Department of the Army civilians, and geographical bachelors of both groups.

The Fort McCoy BOSS program operates through funding provided by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) to provide quality recreational and community opportunities that many single members are not aware of or do not have the means to plan.

Photo: People board the bus to the Mall of America Dec. 5. The trip was sponsored by BOSS. (Photo by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)
People board the bus to the Mall of America Dec. 5. The trip was sponsored by BOSS. (Photo by Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)

The program is based upon the three pillars of Quality of Life/Well Being, Recreation and Leisure Activities, and Community Service.

With each monthly meeting the BOSS committee grows in membership, and the energy generated for the program resulted in an annual calendar of events for Fiscal Year 2010, with an ambitious activity schedule.

BOSS recently accomplished two community service events, including the cleanup of a 2.5-mile stretch of State Highway 21 under the auspices of the “Adopt the Highway” program of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The other event was a Veterans Clothes Drive.

The veterans clothing drive asked for donations of winter clothes to support the population of needy veterans in the area, and BOSS worked with Veterans Affairs (VA) to distribute the clothing. Other events included a DFMWR holiday shopping trip to the Mall of America Dec. 5, with BOSS sponsoring the trip for eligible members, Santa’s Story Time at the Child Development Center, a Big Buck Contest for the 2009 Gun-Deer Season on post, and a VA Hospital visit.

Events on the horizon are partnering with the Fitness Center Program Team to establish an outdoor ice skating rink this winter, a Host a Soldier for the Holidays program, a Tropical Theme Night at the Fitness Center pool, a sky diving trip, a Block Party, a chartered fishing trip and sponsoring the Patriot Warrior Riders.

BOSS holds monthly meetings every third Wednesday at building 100 in conference room A, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Anyone may attend the planning committee meetings even if they are not eligible to receive BOSS benefits.

For more information about the BOSS program, call 608-388-6588.

(Story submitted by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.)

 

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