By Pfc. Mardicio Barrot (USAG Red Cloud)December 1, 2010
CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from across across the Korean peninsula spoke out passionately about what Better Opportunity for Single (and unaccompanied) Soldiers has to offer and can offer in the future during its annual conference at the Community Activity Center here Nov. 17.
More than 90 BOSS representatives and Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation advisors from across the peninsula participated in the conference that covered an array of topics ranging from sexual assault, alcohol and drug awareness, and financial management to how to improve BOSS programs.
The conference gave the representatives an opportunity to share ideas and information about their BOSS programs with others, including best practices and how to effectively promote BOSS events.
Equally important to the BOSS representatives was the chance to learn about organizations that are available to partner or assist with BOSS programs. The conferees were pleased with the event.
"This conference was really productive," said Pfc. Kala Rachal, who works in the Troop Medical Clinic on Red Cloud Garrison and is assigned to the 168th Multi-Functional Medical Battalion. "I love the fact that we had the opportunity to discuss how to make the BOSS program better, but we also got to speak passionately about issues that affect Soldiers on a daily basis."
For example, Rachal cited an intense discussion among the participants about alcohol and how it affects a Soldier\'s decision-making. The end result was a recommendation for more BOSS programs to give Soldiers something to do so they don't abuse alcohol when they get bored.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud command sergeant major, also felt the Soldiers' active participation in the conference made it productive and that will benefit BOSS programs across the peninsula.
"The Soldiers shared great ideas and had an opportunity to network with each other and share contact information," Saeed said. "The different areas also came up with some great event sharing ideas that all areas can join in together, like the annual Beach Blast and Han River cruise to name a few."
BOSS leaders in Korea have already earned a reputation across the Army for their excellent programs. "The Korea region BOSS program is one of the most successful programs in the Army worldwide," Saeed said.
Earlier this year at the Department of the Army BOSS Forum in Orlando, Fla., the Korea Region BOSS program was selected as the best overall Army-wide and the USAG Red Cloud and Area I program was selected as the best large installation program.