Eagle 7 sends
Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, division command sergeant major, speaks to Soldiers on initiatives and opportunities for single Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.

I would like to take a few moments of your time to talk about an issue that is very important to Maj. Gen. McConville and myself -- initiatives and opportunities for single Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.

The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program was created in 1989 to specifically address and support the overall quality of life for single and unaccompanied Soldiers. Single Soldiers currently make up over 35 percent of the Army as a whole and often have different needs and concerns than Soldiers who are married. More importantly, BOSS provides an avenue for single Soldiers to bring forth these unique issues and take part in activities with other single Soldiers that they live and work with. It is an organization that's sole function is to advocate specifically for this segment of our Screaming Eagle population.

For all of our leaders out there, if you don't know who your unit BOSS representative is, find out, and let your Soldiers know what challenging programs and activities are available. For all of you single Soldiers out there who think there is nothing to do after you get off work and on the weekends, I challenge you to explore what's out there. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take!

Another great source of information about activities and opportunities is the Fort Campbell Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) site at: http://www.fortcampbellmwr.com/. From here you can get the latest information on trips, services, events and opportunities that will catch your interest. You can also find discounts for major attractions that are close enough to be visited in one day or over a normal weekend. The MWR Leisure Travel Services is linked to that same site under the Travel and Lodging tab and is physically located in the PX.

It is not my intent to simply post a list of current activities and tell you that you should choose one. Frankly, that list would be too large to include here and wouldn't really accomplish what I want you to take away from this. Let Maj. Gen. McConville and I know what we can do to better serve you. If you have a question for me, please click on the "Ask the DCSM" link at: http://goo.gl/zZUOw. It is completely confidential, unless you are asking for assistance, and there are absolutely no repercussions for using this link. I will read your messages and respond.

Finally, our challenge to you is to get active, get involved, and make a difference! You will feel better, meet other Soldiers like yourself, and make the most of your experience here in the 101st and on Fort Campbell by taking advantage of what is available to you. DO NOT be a "barracks rat!" By physically and mentally challenging yourself you will not only have lots of fun while meeting fellow Soldiers who share similar interests, but you will also build that personal resiliency and adaptability that will enhance your readiness when downrange.

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