BOSS program offers recreation, life expertise for Troopers – Fort Carson Mountaineer

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FORT CARSON, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Anthony Zuniga, a signals support systems specialist with U.S. Army Garrison Fort Carson, falls while snowboarding down a steep slope during his ski and snowboard trip at Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs. During his time at the ski resort, Zuniga helped other beginner snowboarders who were on the journey. (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

By Sgt. Kelsey Simmons

4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Bureau

FORT CARSON, Colo. – Sgt. Yeabsira Deneke, a combat medic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, snowboards down the slope in high winds during the Wolf Creek Ski and Snowboard Tour March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs . Deneke fought his way through the strong wind and drove safely down the slope. (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

FORT CARSON, CO — At many US Army installations, individual Soldiers with the rank of Staff Sergeant are designated to remain in barracks. Some spend their weekends playing video games without leaving their room. Soldiers can participate in enriching events organized by the Better Opportunities for Singles Soldiers (BOSS) program to combat this sedentary lifestyle and make life more ambitious and fulfilling.

BOSS is an Army-wide program designed to improve individual soldier morale and welfare, increase loyalty, and maintain combat readiness.

“The BOSS program is designed to support the overall quality of life of individual Soldiers and to help maintain and improve Soldier readiness,” said Gia Gillotte-Taylor, Fort Carson BOSS Program Administrator. “It does this by offering a wide variety of events, activities and courses across all pillars of the program.”

The four pillars of the BOSS program are Recreational Activities, Community Service, Life Skills and Quality of Life.

“The program aims to build character through various initiatives,” said PFC Emil Smochina, program secretary of Fort Carson BOSS. “Through the voice of our soldiers, we are seamlessly changing the dynamics of how the army functions as a whole.”

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc.  Scyrrus Corregidor, an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, falls while skiing during his ski and snowboard trip at Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Through the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Individual Soldier Opportunity programs, 20 Ivy Soldiers were able to participate in skiing and snowboarding and received free lessons.  (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor, an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, falls while skiing during his ski and snowboard trip at Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Through the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Individual Soldier Opportunity programs, 20 Ivy Soldiers were able to participate in skiing and snowboarding and received free lessons. (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

In coordination with other installers such as the Outdoor Recreation Center or the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, BOSS hosts several activities each month for Soldiers to experience.

Recent Fort Carson BOSS events have included community service activities such as volunteering at the local zoo or Habitat for Humanity, life skills courses covering auto skills, cooking and healthy relationships; and recreational activities such as holiday parties and local sports games and snowboard trips.

“BOSS offers a wide range of experience and support for Soldiers new to the Army or to the facility,” said Gillotte-Taylor. “The program helps get soldiers out of barracks and introduce them to new or recurring activities and people. Camaraderie and new friendships are the takeaways of BOSS Events.”

Joshua Scott, a leader at the Fort Carson Outdoor Recreation Center, said he believes solidarity among soldiers is a key part of the Army’s success. The BOSS program plays an important role in building cohesive teams and friendships.

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Ivy Soldiers pose for a photo while taking a break from skiing and snowboarding during their ski and snowboard trip at Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022, Pagosa Springs.  Through the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs, Soldiers received a full weekend of instruction in life skills, housing, hot springs, and transportation to Wolf Creek Ski Area.  (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Ivy Soldiers pose for a photo while taking a break from skiing and snowboarding during their ski and snowboard trip at Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022, Pagosa Springs. Through the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs, Soldiers received a full weekend of instruction in life skills, housing, hot springs, and transportation to Wolf Creek Ski Area. (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

“Trusting your combat partner while engaging in an activity like ice climbing where your life is literally in their hands can change a person’s perspective on what friendship and camaraderie really is,” Scott said.

Gillotte-Taylor also believes the program supports single soldiers during difficult times and discourages harmful behavior.

“When I first came into the army, I wasn’t in the best of shape,” Scott said. “Getting outside, getting out and doing things with friends and having fun outdoors has been absolutely paramount to my mental health.

I’ve seen other soldiers’ attitudes and perspectives on life change just because they got out there and did things that are relaxing and therapeutic.”

Contact a brigade BOSS representative at your respective facility if you are interested in seeing the calendar of upcoming events and signing up for a fun time with future lifelong friends. Fort Carson Soldiers can also visit the Fort Carson Hub for more information.

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Staff Sgt. Anthony Zuniga, a signals support systems specialist with the U.S. Army's Fort Carson Garrison, slides down a steep slope during his ski and snowboard trip to Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado down.  Zuniga is the Honorary President of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, where he was named Sergeant in Charge during this event.  (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Staff Sgt. Anthony Zuniga, a signals support systems specialist with the U.S. Army’s Fort Carson Garrison, slides down a steep slope during his ski and snowboard trip to Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado down. Zuniga is the Honorary President of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, where he was named Sergeant in Charge during this event. (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc.  Ruby Torres, a public affairs specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, slides down a steep slope during her ski and snowboard trip to Wolf Creek ski area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs.  Wolf Creek ski area is famous for receiving more average annual snowfall than any other resort in Colorado, at about 430 inches per year.  (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc. Ruby Torres, a public affairs specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, slides down a steep slope during her ski and snowboard trip to Wolf Creek ski area March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek ski area is famous for receiving more average annual snowfall than any other resort in Colorado, at about 430 inches per year. (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc.  Scyrrus Corregidor, an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, falls while attempting a beginner's slope during his ski and snowboard trip March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs.  Through the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs, a little less than two dozen Ivy soldiers received a free night's stay at a hotel and a pass to the local hot springs.  (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor, an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, falls while attempting a beginner’s slope during his ski and snowboard trip March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs. Through the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers programs, a little less than two dozen Ivy soldiers received a free night’s stay at a hotel and a pass to the local hot springs. (Photo by Pfc. Joshua Zayas)

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Ivy Soldiers pose in front of Wolf Creek Ski Area during their ski and snowboard trip March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Through the Army's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Individual Soldier Opportunity programs, 20 Ivy Soldiers were able to participate in skiing and snowboarding and received free lessons.  (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)

FORT CARSON, Colorado – Ivy Soldiers pose in front of Wolf Creek Ski Area during their ski and snowboard trip March 19, 2022 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Through the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and Individual Soldier Opportunity programs, 20 Ivy Soldiers were able to participate in skiing and snowboarding and received free lessons. (Photo by Spc. Scyrrus Corregidor)