EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
Recently, 13 Airmen had the opportunity to go to Birch Hill on Fort Wainwright, Alaska to enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding at a reduced cost thanks to coordination between Fort Wainwright’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and Eielson Dormitory Management.
BOSS is an Army initiative which helps improve the morale and welfare of single Soldiers and will now invite single Airmen from Eielson to join them for their events.
By combining forces and including both branches of service in the events, BOSS is better able to serve Soldiers and Airmen by increasing participation; which helps increase the number of events that can be held.
“Part of the reason we looked at bringing in other military installations was to increase participation numbers,” said U.S. Army Sergeant Ashley Morris, the Fort Wainwright BOSS president. “The other part is that when it comes to recreation, we have more resources than other locations. Because of this, we’re able to provide more opportunities.”
Even though BOSS events are now open to both Airmen and Soldiers, it can be tough to spread the word to everyone who may be interested in attending.
“The biggest difficulty is notifying all eligible Airmen,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Calida Malone, the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman dormitory leader. “It’s hard to break the stigma that these events are only for Airmen in the dorms, but they’re really for all single and unaccompanied Airmen, regardless of rank and age.”
Through these events, both single Airmen and Soldiers alike will find the opportunity to build camaraderie between the two branches.
“When it comes to Soldiers or Airmen, there are grey areas as far as what we know about each other’s branches,” said Morris. “When they’re able to meet face-to-face and talk to each other, they realize they’re not too different from one another.”
In addition to building networks across branches, these events will give Airmen the opportunity to get out and have fun.
“At the end of the day, leadership wants their Soldiers or Airmen to get out and experience Alaska and enjoy themselves,” said Morris. “These initiatives help Airmen and Soldiers keep their morale high and improve their quality of life.”
For more information on events hosted by BOSS, visit wainwright.armymwr.com/pacific/wainwright