By Mr. Kevin B Jackson (IMCOM)October 7, 2010
CAMP STANLEY, South Korea - With summer fading fast and the traditional Korean holiday Chuseok past, the Better Opportunity for Single and Unaccompanied Soldiers chapter threw a block party Sept. 24 on the softball field for servicemembers living in southwest Uijeongbu.
Just three days after record rainfall in Seoul and during a spectacularly sunny and warm early fall afternoon, BOSS pulled out all the stops to leave Soldiers with a memorable End of Summer Bash - as it was billed. Among the events were a dunking booth, four-on-four half court basketball, soccer, a tug of war, golf chipping, a barbecue ribs cook-off, children\'s games and much more.
"We're divided by unit and don't often get to meet others on post," said Spc. Destiny Doppler, Camp Stanley's BOSS vice president and a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 304th Signal Battalion Soldier. "We have a lot of new Soldiers so it is a great way to meet other people and create friendships. We just wanted them to see there is more than just their unit out here."
The Camp Stanley consolidated dining facility also did its part to make it a special event by serving lunch on the field. They cooked up barbecued chicken, ribs, hamburgers and hot dogs and provided all the usual trimmings for the picnic atmosphere.
On the fields of strife, the 61st Maintenance Company defeated the 560th Medical Company in the tug of war and HHC, 304th Signal Bn. defeated the 61st Maintenance Company in four-on-four basketball.
While not as boisterous, the rib cook-off quietly waged by nine contestants on the far end of the field was for installation bragging rights. Each entry was evaluated by four judges according to its taste, texture, tenderness and creativity. When the smoke had cleared, Sgt. 1st Class Walter Simmons, HHC, 304th Signal Battalion, had claimed first prize and walked away with new barbecue cooking utensils, a meat thermometer, apron and a certificate acknowledging his winning ribs.
While he enjoyed the friendly competition, don't expect him to divulge his family's secret any time soon.
"The secret is in the rub before you start cooking and then the special sauce," he said about the friendly competition. "I can't elaborate on the special sauce because it has my daddy's blood on it."