Fort Rucker Soldiers, teens play paintball during BOSS event
May 28, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers members and Fort Rucker teenagers splatted each other a variety of bright colors during BOSS's 'Dodge the Paint' May 22.
This was the second paintball game BOSS hosted recently, according to President Jonathon Dunham. It was the first conducted at Fort Rucker since Outdoor Recreation contracted Dothan Survival Games to manage game fields at Lake Tholocco a year ago.
"(Paintball) appeals to us," Dunham said. "In the Army, we're around weapons all the time, so this is a chance to have fun with friends and 'shoot' at them."
BOSS Treasurer Jeremy Gorman said May 22 was his first attempt at paintball and he enjoyed the game.
"It gives you a rush. It's not as dangerous as a real weapon, but you still have power in your hands," he said.
BOSS strives to provide fun events for single Soldiers to give them safe, wholesome entertainment outlets, Gorman noted. Activities like paintball get young Soldiers out of their barracks and keep them from dabbling in less productive activities, he said.
Several local teenagers also participated, including military Family member Joel Winter.
"This is my first time playing," he said. "I just wanted to try something new. It's awesome."
Winter said the event was his birthday gift from his father and step-mother right before he turned14 Sunday.
BOSS hosts its next event, a car show, May 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Fest.
The organization also volunteers at the annual U.S. Army Soldier Show June 10-12 at the Post Theater. They collect tickets and run an I. A.M. STRONG booth, educating the public about sexual assault prevention.
BOSS members can participate in a cruise Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, that leaves from Jacksonville, Fla., and traveling to the Bahamas, for $250 per single Soldier.
BOSS holds its weekly meetings Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Bldg. 6813 and encourages those interested to attend.
For more information about BOSS events, call Dunham at 255-2677.