The Fort Irwin BOSS program is re-launching and members believe it is going to be better than ever. BOSS stands for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and focuses on ensuring Soldiers with no families are active and engaged in activities and the military community.
The program has welcomed a new president, Spc. Justin L. Thomas. Thomas said he’s has always been social — the kind of guy who chats with new people, gets outside to enjoy the outdoors and looks for new adventures around every corner.
He said his latest adventure as BOSS President, has been the most rewarding. He is able to share his love of new experiences and helping his community, with his fellow soldiers.
In February, BOSS volunteered in their first event since their re-launch, partnering with the MWR’s Sports, Fitness and Aquatics group for the Dirty Hearts Powder Run. They setup along the 2K and 5K, splashing participants with colored powder.
The run paved a path to help the program meet one of its goals for the new year– to double their volunteer base. Thomas and the BOSS team have many more goals for this year, but first they are planning to streamline the communication to the units to let soldiers know about upcoming events.
During the first weekend in March, BOSS members will be able to enjoy the “Welcome Home Troops” NASCAR event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at no charge.
On March 16, the group will be volunteering at the Spring Into Fitness run at The Box gym. Make sure to get out your leg warmers and scrunches for this one because it’s an 80’s-themed run.
The BOSS program not only volunteers within the community, they get to get off post and enjoy some pretty amazing activities. Not only did they go to the Price is Right game show at the end of February, but Spc. Thomas is also working on planning trips to Venice Beach, Knott’s Berry Farm and maybe even a beach clean-up on the coast.
Thomas took on his leadership position a month ago and said he’s had outstanding support from Garrison’s Command Sgt. Maj. Edwards. Edwards has been able to help the program get in contact with many volunteer organizations off post. With different contacts and resources available to him, Edwards has been an essential part of the re-vamp of the Fort Irwin BOSS Program.