New president recharges BOSS

Christine June
415th Base Support Battalion

***image1***Sgt. Joel L. Abelson is eager to get started as the new president of the 415th Base Support Battalion’s Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers.

“I’m stoked. I’m ready to rock,” said Sergeant Abelson, 24, who was reassigned from the Medical Transition Detachment on Kleber Kaserne to the 415th BSB to serve as the BOSS president for a year. “I had so much positive feedback in that room today that I’m just really excited for this next year.”

The positive feedback came from his first meeting as president with BOSS unit representatives April 7 on Pulaski Barracks.

“I’m real excited about this new president because he seems so motivated,” said Kali K. Raffelson, counter intelligence agent and BOSS representative for the 66th Military Intelligence. “I really think the Soldiers are going to get back into the program and start doing a lot more trips and volunteering in the community.”

Founded in 1989, BOSS is a three-pillared organization that helps single and unaccompanied Soldiers with recreation and leisure, community service and well-being issues. The BOSS program in most Army communities stands for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, but the name was changed locally to “servicemembers” around 1997 because of the unique KMC demographics.
“BOSS is just an awesome way for single Soldiers and Airmen to get involved in their communities and units,” said Sergeant Abelson, who has been in the Army for almost four years. “We all get together as a group and work hard, but then, we have a good time and we play hard. It’s a great thing to get involved in.”

A great foundation and a lot of ideas for trips, fundraising and volunteering for this year’s BOSS program was set down and discussed in his first meeting with the BOSS representative said Sergeant Abelson.

One of these ideas was for the BOSS program to adopt the road running parallel to Daenner Kaserne and have volunteers pick up trash alongside the road every month. The BOSS representatives also made plans for a trip to Spain during the Memorial Day weekend.

BOSS meetings are held 1:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month in Room 203, Wing C, Bldg. 2925 on Pulaski Barracks.

“I don’t plan on having these meetings here for very long, because I plan on having a lot more representatives and people coming to these meetings so we will outgrow this room,” said Sergeant Abelson.

For details on the BOSS program, call Sergeant Abelson at 483-8289.