FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Benner Barracks Jan. 29, opening the new BOSS Zone, a recreational outlet for Soldiers living in the barracks.

After a brief speech by Col. Mary Garr, U.S. Army Garrison commander, she joined Sgt. Maj. Raymond Houston, garrison command sergeant major, Staff Sgt. Edmund Perez Jr., Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers president and Ben Paniagua, Morale, Welfare and Recreation adviser for the BOSS Program, to cut the ribbon opening the facility.

Soldiers in attendance entered the new BOSS Zone for the first time to view the changes to this once mostly barren room in the barracks. The Boss Zone is a product of accelerating changes in the BOSS Program spearheaded by Perez.

The BOSS Zone consists of several wall-mounted flat screen TVs, plush furniture in a theater-style setup on risers, brightly colored walls with a BOSS logo mural, wall deco, a movie library, Wii games, decorative plants and a pool table.

The BOSS President's office is also located in the BOSS Zone.

"I think it is totally awesome," said Spc. Sonya Orr from Company A, Brooke Army Medical Center.

"A lot of hard work went into it and I love it," she went on to say.

The BOSS Zone will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all Soldiers providing on-post recreation and leisure for off-duty time.

"I think it is so cool,' said Spc Phillip Niu, Company C, BAMC. "I will definitely be using this place."
The project was funded by MWR as part of its ongoing mission of taking care of the military community on Fort Sam Houston.