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Photo Caption: FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Pvt. Jocelyne Rodriguez, Medical Department Activity, right, bests fellow MEDDAC Soldier Pfc. Samantha Ruiz at the bungee run at Single Soldier Day, sponsored by Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Aug. 22.

August 28, 2014
By
Crystal Ross (Fort Carson)
Source: www.army.mil

FORT CARSON, Colo. -- A little rain didn't stop more than 300 people from enjoying both the indoor and outdoor activities at Single Soldier Day, an event sponsored by Fort Carson Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, Aug. 22.

"It went great. I look forward to doing it again next year," said Sgt. Zachary Huitt, BOSS president.

"I had a Soldier who just got here from a different installation. He said he'd never seen anything like it before, and he thought it was amazing. He was really excited about it."

The annual event is a chance for single Soldiers to have some time off during the duty day to relax and enjoy themselves.

"We don't give enough back to single Soldiers," said Huitt. "People enjoyed that it was during the work day."

He added that BOSS events (he tries to schedule at least six different activities per month) go a long way toward prevention of unsafe behaviors, including drunk driving and suicide. BOSS gives single Soldiers a chance to connect with each other as well as to take part in volunteer activities or recreational opportunities both on and off post.

Sgt. Brittany Durham, BOSS representative, 588th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said events such as Single Soldier Day are "awesome" but don't get enough attention. She encourages leaders to get the word out to their units about BOSS activities to help their single Soldiers make more connections.

This year's Single Soldier Day saw half of the parking lot of The Hub taken over by inflatable entertainments like King of the Mountain, a boxing ring, Twister, a bungee run and a giant water slide.