CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- On March 27, single and geographically separated U.S. military personnel, residing in the USAG Benelux area, were invited to learn more about the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, or BOSS, program on Chièvres Air Base, Belgium. "Participants can be of any rank and any branch of service," said Benelux MWR BOSS Advisor Shawna Morton. There was also a BOSS fair in Schinnen on March 16, and there will be another one in Brussels on March 29.

The mission of the BOSS program is to enhance the morale and welfare of single Soldiers, increase retention and sustain combat readiness. Soldiers can talk about quality of life issues, obtain volunteer hours and help with service projects they are passionate about. BOSS also sponsors a variety of fun activities. "They went to SnowWorld (in The Netherlands), and they did escape rooms in Brussels for team building opportunities," Morton said.

Army Pfc. Maria McClain arrived in Belgium in December 2017. She plans to participate in BOSS events. "I would like to travel and volunteer. I like to meet new people," she said.

Army Spc. Tahle Teabout, a military policemen in Chièvres, was also interested in some activities such as the Normandy trip. "There are always posting information," he said. "It's a good way to know other people that are around the community."

People who are interested in the program can participate in the monthly BOSS meetings held every fourth Thursday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ACS conference room at SHAPE, in Schinnen and Brussels. If you have questions, email usarmy.benelux.id-europe.mbx.boss-program@mail.mil.