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Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representatives work on a concept of operations on their original idea for a BOSS-sponsored event to brief Fort Drum’s brigade sergeants major. Representatives spent the day planning a BOSS-sponsored event that could improve Soldiers’ quality of life. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samuel Bonney)

10th Mountain Division troops focus on learning
to help fellow Soldiers during BOSS conference

Pfc. Samuel Bonney

27th Public Affairs Detachment

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (April 14, 2023) – Soldiers from 10th Mountain Division (LI) attended the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers annual conference April 11-13 on Fort Drum, New York. Soldiers representing units throughout Fort Drum came to the BOSS conference to better equip themselves to improve single Soldiers’ quality of life through fun and informative events.

The BOSS program was started to provide Soldiers with opportunities to meet with other Soldiers and to enjoy their time on the installation through social events and outdoor excursions.

The conference began with Fort Drum Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Shelly Jenkins speaking about the importance of the program. Participants spent the rest of the day learning about the services of Fort Drum’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the importance of the BOSS program, and the duties of BOSS representatives.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team representative, Spc. Revan Paris, loves the program and hopes attendees retain a lot of information from it.

“It doesn’t matter if your position is battalion rep, company or brigade,” Paris said. “I hope everyone is able to do something big or small to help out their fellow Soldiers.”

Over the next two days, representatives learned how to generate interesting and well-thought-out ideas for events the program can help to facilitate on the installation.

After everyone broke into groups, representatives came up with ideas on how they can help their fellow Soldiers through BOSS-sponsored events, not just in fun days but in classes or volunteer opportunities in which they can earn a certification or an award.

Cpl. Amber Shannon, HSC, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade BOSS representative, was happy about the knowledge she was gaining during the conference and the various events that strike Soldiers the most.

“I am very proud of what I have learned,” Shannon said. “It’s interesting to learn about the events that appeal to Soldiers and seeing them engaged in all the activities that are offered here.”

The conference ended with brigade representatives thanking all the attendees for their participation, adding that they look forward to next year.

“Thank you all for coming out this week,” Paris said. “Have a great rest of your week and climb to glory!”