The Fort Hood Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, or BOSS, hosted its annual Single Soldiers Fest at the Lone Star Conference Center Friday.
The event was originally scheduled to take place at Hood Stadium, but due to inclement weather, it was moved indoors.
BOSS is a program that advocates for single Soldiers by hosting events that are catered solely to them. Friday’s event consisted of many different games, like corn hole and musical chairs, as well as the opportunity to win door prizes. Participants also had the chance to try their hand in many challenges and activities for team building. Food and drinks were also available.
The BOSS program holds three core components: quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service. Hosting these events is a great way for the program to cater to these three pillars whilst providing single Soldiers with the opportunity to unwind in a fun and safe environment.
“I think it is important to have these events on post for single Soldiers because sometimes it may seem like everybody takes precedence over single Soldiers, but events like this are theirs. It gives them a sense of belonging and ultimately covers our mission of boosting the morale, quality of life and retention of single Soldiers,” Spc. Sherard Shurn, BOSS president, said.
The BOSS program provides a support outlet for single Soldiers and offers them the opportunity to become more active in the Fort Hood community through community service projects. BOSS also allows for peer-to-peer support and leadership as well as provides a platform for commanders to hear the voice of the single Soldiers pertaining to quality of life issues.
“In my opinion, the most important work BOSS does is adhere to single Soldiers,” Shurn said. “There are many parts of BOSS that impact the community and much more, but when it comes to single Soldiers, this is their second home and I would never take that away from them.”
Through attending BOSS events, senior leaders have the opportunity to better get to know their Soldiers in a fun and relaxing environment as well as build camaraderie.
“My favorite part of the fest was seeing CSMs (command sergeants major) and first sergeants be able to support this event and have fun with their Soldiers,” Shurn said. “It shows that they are giving their best effort to get to know their Soldiers as well as showing them that they can be more than just a leader.”