By Ms. Joyce Costello (IMCOM)August 28, 2009
CAMP DARBY, Italy - Camp Darby's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program was recognized as having one of the best events in the Army during the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation BOSS Forum in Landsdowne, Va.
"We took second place for extra small garrison category for 'Best Event' for the work our Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors did during the garrison Easter Spring Fling event," said U.S. Army Garrison Livorno Command Sgt. Maj. Felix Rodriguez.
Staff Sgt. Brett Patterson, Camp Darby BOSS President, had to decide between all of the recreational trips BOSS made during the year and various volunteer programs that BOSS completed to help out within the community.
"In the end we decided to submit the work we did volunteering at the community-wide Spring Fling and Easter egg hunt," said Patterson. "Not only did we fill over 2,000 eggs and cooked over 400 hot dogs for American military members, their families, our local national workforce and Italian guests, but this was also a chance for our single servicemembers to really feel part of the community and connect during the holidays."
Rodriguez added that receiving this Department of Army level award impacts Camp Darby's BOSS program in a positive way by recognizing the hard work and dedication of single servicemembers here, which motivates them to continue their supporting of the entire community.
"Additionally, Camp Darby's BOSS program is a good platform for single servicemembers to voice their issues and recommend improvements," said Rodriquez. "We encourage single servicemembers to learn about recreational events, quality of life improvements and community service opportunities that the Camp Darby BOSS program offers."
Camp Darby had won first place for Best Event and Best Installation in the Army in Europe competition a few months before the worldwide service competition.