Red Cloud BOSS sweeps forum competitions
February 9, 2010
USAG RED CLOUD, Republic of Korea - Better Opportunities for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers on U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud Garrison earned first place for Best Installation BOSS organization, Best Event, which was awarded for delivering the best BOSS activity for Soldiers in Korea to participate in.
The Red Cloud program also took top honors in every sporting competition, except basketball, during the Korean-wide BOSS Forum held Jan. 26 on Camp Carroll in Daegu.
"We combined our efforts with USAG Casey, Hovey, Castle and Stanley to win the sporting events," said Sgt. Gerardo Moreno, Area I BOSS coordinator. "We took first place in volleyball, sumo wrestling and dodge ball."
The BOSS Forum in Korea is but a step toward a worldwide forum in the United States.
"The annual BOSS Forum is an event we use to prepare ourselves for the (stateside competition)," said Jay Underwood, USAG Red Cloud Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation specialist. "The Department of the Army worldwide BOSS conference will be held in Orlando, Fla. later this year."
Preparing for a BOSS forum takes planning and time. Moreno and Underwood gathered BOSS officials on every installation in the Red Cloud and Casey areas to plot strategy and put into motion ideas about which competitive events to highlight, and how to assemble a static display of installation BOSS programs. The static display calls for the three pillars of BOSS: leisure and recreation, community service, and well being.
"We did a miniature audit with all the installation BOSS councils," Moreno said. "We looked at all their continuity books to mae sure all documentations were up to date, made sure they didn't post anything past February 2010, and made sure all council members had their appointment orders. Also, we scheduled transportation and lodging to Daegu."
Many took part in preparing for the event.
"We would like to say 'thank you' to (USAG Red Cloud) Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Lavender; (USAG Casey Command) Sgt. Maj. Nadal Saaed; Young Ae Black, Red Cloud Community Activity Center director; and Paek Young ki, Area I FMWR transportation specialist, service division," Moreno said.
"All of these people took a lot of personal time to come in and help us on the weekends to prepare our videos."
"When we have such events, we video them to (build) presentations for the BOSS Forum," Underwood said. "These videos were the material we were judged from for the Best Installation competition."
Area I BOSS has raised more than $14,000 over the past year, spending about the same amount in programs for Soldiers, Underwood said.
BOSS supports the overall quality of single and unaccompanied Soldiers' lives by identifying well-being issues and concerns, and by recommending improvements through the chain of command.
BOSS encourages and assists single Soldiers in identifying and planning for recreational and leisure activities. Additionally, it gives single Soldiers the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their respective communities.