Warrior soldiers participate in BOSS talent show
October 27, 2009
CAMP STANLEY, Republic of Korea - Warrior Country Soldiers displayed hidden skills and abilities during the Camp Stanley Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers Talent Show Oct. 16 at Reggie's Club.
Despite the event being rescheduled due to field exercises, which also resulted in a late start to the show itself, the event turned out to be a success having Reggie's filled with Soldiers from all over Warrior Country.
"All of our Soldiers have talents. We just wanted to showcase what it is they can do so we invited all of the units within Camp Stanley and Area 1 to come out and have fun," said Spc. Jasmine Edwards, Camp Stanley BOSS president.
The judges for the event, Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender, USAG-RC command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Bobby Williams, 304th Signal Battalion battalion command sergeant major, 1st Sgt. Carol Hymes, 2nd Infantry Division Warrior Readiness Center first sergeant, and Edwards, provided feedback and comments to the Soldiers on their performances and stage presence for the evening.
The judge's panel remained positive and supportive to the Soldiers competing by applauding them for their efforts to come out and sing, dance or perform comedic acts for the talent show. The judges also kept in consideration that some of the competitors singing were not able to finish their performances because of technical difficulties with the microphones, and reassured them that they would not hold it against them when deciding the winner for the competition.
"It was very difficult deciding on the winner because I was just looking for entertainment, and I am tough person to please," Edwards said.
Most of the competition did a variety of singing and dancing. The judges; however, gave praise to Staff Sgt. Brett Thomas, C Company 304th Signal Battalion, for his stand up comedy performance. Thomas, who came to the performance in uniform, told a story using a monkey puppet as a form of ventriloquism, He had members of the audience out of their seats and gather around Thomas on the floor seated around him for a closer look.
Although Thomas' performance lasted over 5 minutes with nonstop laughter he fell short of first place, and was named the runner up of the evening with a $50 certificate to any Army and Air Force Exchange Services.
Spc. Joshua Similien, 629 Medical Company food service specialist, danced a variety of different styles such as hip hop and break dancing.
"Michael Jackson was the one who inspired me to dance," Similien said. "I have been dancing since I was 5 years old. It just felt right to give tribute to the one who made me even want to dance in the first place. I think the BOSS program is fantastic, and I enjoyed coming out for tonight's performance.
After Similien was awarded his $100 AAFES gift certificate for first place, Williams also gave certificates to the Camp Stanley BOSS members for making the event possible and thanking them for their help in past events as well.
"It took a little over a month of preparation to get this event together and make it as successful as it was tonight," Edwards said. "The BOSS council and members and the chain of command did a great job volunteering and helping with the coordination of the talent show."