Happy 19th Birthday BOSS!
Pfc. Giovanna Fernandez jumps for joy after winning a game of bowling during the Oct. 29 BOSS birthday celebration at Yongsan Lanes, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

<strong>YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea</strong> - Soldiers recently celebrated the 19th anniversary of an Army program designed to make life better for single and unaccompanied troops.

The Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers program is officially 19-years-old. Nearly 150 Yongsan Soldiers gathered for a BOSS birthday celebration Oct. 29 at Moyer Community Activity Center and later, Yongsan Lanes.

"This is a great way to celebrate and give something back to the Soldiers," said Staff Sgt. Machell White-Broderick, USAG-Yongsan BOSS coordinator.

Between USAG-Yongsan and K-16 Air Base there are about 7,000 single and unaccompanied Soldiers. Many Soldiers in attendance said they find BOSS to be "invaluable and are fortunate to see the program continue forward another year."

"It must have been a lonesome experience for Soldiers before the BOSS program was created," said Pvt. Robert Forrest, a 14th Military Police Detachment BOSS representative.

Forrest said when he arrived in Korea, he didn't know anybody.
"It wasn't until someone introduced me to me to BOSS that I started meeting people," he said. "It's a fantastic program."

"I've never had so much fun on a work day before," said Pfc. Giovanna Fernandez, 501st Military Intelligence Brigade BOSS representative.

White-Broderick pointed out the meaning of the birthday celebration.

"Boss sponsors so many programs every year," she said. "BOSS does everything from hosting recreational activities to providing backpacks for Soldiers."

White-Broderick said the BOSS birthday was significant.

"It's that one day a year that helps us to recognize all of the good things that come in-between," she said.

BOSS Soldiers spent about three hours bowling after eating cake and food.

For information, visit the <a href="http://www.armymwr.com/portal/recreation/single/">Army BOSS program online</a>.

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