BOSS awards, conference cap busy year for single Soldiers 090902

BOSS awards, conference cap busy year for single Soldiers 090902
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PHOTO CAPTION: Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Albert Davidson of U.S. Army Garrison Ft. Hunter Liggett, Calif., joined his fellow BOSS representatives recently to help restore the Lincoln Cottage at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Arlington, Va. Sgt Zkmain Sanchez of U.S. Army Garrison Ft. Benning, Ga is seen cleaning the window. (Photo by Sgt. Danielle M. Colson, DA BOSS Representative)

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BOSS awards, conference cap busy year for single Soldiers 090902

By Rob McIlvaine
FMWRC Public Affairs

BOSS teams of Soldiers and Army civilians from around the world converged at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va., during the second week of August to gain the skills to enhance team dynamics and the tools to better facilitate the execution of Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs at their garrisons.

“Our main objective here is to have the BOSS triad teams – the command sergeant majors, the BOSS presidents, and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation advisors – come together for training opportunities, networking and sharing of ideas,” said Robert Lattanzi, BOSS program manager.

The BOSS program focuses on quality of life, recreation and leisure, and community service opportunities for single Soldiers. During this conference, team members attended nearly 50 educational seminars on marketing, budgeting and leadership.

“We’ve come a long way,” FMWRC commander Brig. Gen. Reuben D. Jones said about the 20 years the BOSS program has been in existence. “And we’ve got to set the table for the next decade … with your creativity, your innovation and your dedication to keep BOSS in front of leaders.”

Included in this year’s training forum was a competition for Best Installation & Static Display/Continuity Book, Best Event, and Best Photo Contest. Categories were grouped by single Soldier permanent party population: extra large, large, medium, small and extra small installations. Monetary awards were ,000 for First Place and 0 for Second Place.

The Best Installation Award was given to the garrison which exemplified the three core components of BOSS: Quality of Life, Recreation and Leisure, and Community Service. Each submission included a video presentation of activities during the past year demonstrating what made their installation’s BOSS Program unique and how members contributed. The submission also included a Static Display Board and Continuity Book, which is the “go-to” book on how to ensure continuity during the constant changeover of BOSS presidents.

“We have a need for permanent slots for BOSS presidents at 47 installations to ensure the BOSS program runs smoothly. These new positions if authorized, hopefully soon, will be two-year commitments,” Sgt. Danielle M. Colson, DA BOSS representative, said. The new two-year positions are one of the changes initiated through the Army Family Covenant.

The Best Event Award, judged solely on a three-minute video presentation, needed to clearly demonstrate what made their event unique such as creativity, benefit to participants, community involvement and costs.

The Best BOSS Photo Contest Award was given to the best photo which included the three core components of BOSS. It could not be the same photo used in the Best Installation/Event or Display Board. Monetary awards of 0 were given for first place winner and 0 for runner-up, regardless of installation size.

The awards, categorized by installation size:

BEST EVENT

X-SMALL

First Place – U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Germany

Second Place – Camp Darby, Italy

SMALL

First Place – Ft. Rucker, Ala.

Second Place – Ft. Hamilton, N.Y.

MEDIUM

First Place – Ft. Lee, Va.

Second Place – Camp Red Cloud, Korea

LARGE

First Place – U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany

Second Place – Ft. Stewart, Ga.

X-LARGE

First Place – Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Second Place – U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii

BEST INSTALLATION

X-SMALL

First Place – U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen

Second Place – U.S. Army Garrison West Point, N.Y.

SMALL

First Place – Ft. Rucker, Ala.

Second Place – Camp Stanley, Korea

MEDIUM

First Place – Camp Red Cloud, Korea

Second Place – U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Korea

LARGE

First Place – Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Second Place – U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, Germany

X-LARGE

First Place – Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Second Place – U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii

PHOTO CONTEST

First Place – U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey, Calif.

Second Place – Ft. Knox, Ky.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Feltus Edwards Award for MWR Excellence
Silvia Joiner – U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Germany

President of the Year Award
Staff Sgt. Edmond Perez – Ft. Sam Houston, Texas

Julius Gates Senior Military Advisor of the Year Award
Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt – Ft. Hood, Texas

(C. Todd Lopez of Army News Service contributed to this article)

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