2017-10-06 / Front Page

There’s a new ‘BOSS’ in town

Laura Levering
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Sgt. Zabreena Bradley, Fort Gordon’s Better Opportunities for Single Service members president, looks forward to implementing new ideas during her tenure. The Montgomery, Alabama, native took on as president Sept. 1. Bradley said she would like to more participation in the program’s meetings, which occur every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the BOSS Headquarters. 
Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Sgt. Zabreena Bradley, Fort Gordon’s Better Opportunities for Single Service members president, looks forward to implementing new ideas during her tenure. The Montgomery, Alabama, native took on as president Sept. 1. Bradley said she would like to more participation in the program’s meetings, which occur every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the BOSS Headquarters. Laura Levering / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office There is a new boss in town and she’s taking one program new heights.

Sgt. Zabreena Bradley took over as president of Fort Gordon’s Better Opportunities for Single Service members on Sept 1. She was asked to fill the role by Command Sgt. Maj. Charlie Bryant Jr., Fort Gordon Garrison command sergeant major and BOSS senior enlisted advisor.

“I was nervous at first, but I decided yes,” Bradley said.

In the short time she has been president, Bradley is already implementing new ideas to include recognizing a BOSS Unit Representative of the Month. She has been proactive in reaching out to community leaders to connect service members with volunteer opportunities and is actively planning the program’s next big trip.

“She’s a go-getter,” Bryant said. “She has come in running to reset the BOSS program to get it on a path to just do great things.”

Bradley said the program is having a positive impact on her in ways she did not expect. She used to consider herself quiet and reserved, and being president has thrusted her outside of her shell.

“I didn’t think that I would love planning events, but I love being the coordinator and being able to put my ideas in,” Bradley said. “It’s just fun.”

And she wants more service members to contribute their ideas. BOSS thrives on participation. Bradley relies on single service members and BOSS representatives from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy. Without them, the program would not succeed.

“All of them come up with different ideas of what they want to do,” Bradley said. “We can’t do everything because of time constraint and money, but we try to accommodate.”

BOSS leaders work to ensure something is planned – whether big or small – for service members every weekend.

“These Soldiers are working 12-hour shifts and we’re really trying to give them an avenue when they’re off duty to have something positive and fun to do,” Bryant said.

A recent spring trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, was a huge success and helped pave the way for planning another big trip for Spring 2018.

Bryant said the next BOSS meeting will likely determine the next trip’s location.

“These are the meetings where we’re making all the plans for future events, and if you don’t show up, you’re missing out,” Bryant said.

During the week, service members are always welcome to drop by BOSS Headquarters where they can shoot pool, watch TV or movies, play video games, or simply hang out.

“It’s a place where you can come and voice what you like – your ideas – and you don’t have to feel like somebody’s going to criticize you,” Bradley said. “Come relax, be yourself, and maybe make new friends.”

Bradley, a Montgomery, Alabama, native has been stationed at Fort Gordon since January 2016. She has a 14-year-old son, 11-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old twin sons. For leisure, she enjoys reading, singing in the church choir with her daughter, volunteering at the local animal shelter, and doing yardwork.

The BOSS Headquarters is in Building 36708 on O’Club Drive, behind the Courtyard. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Meetings are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

For the latest on upcoming events, stop by the BOSS Headquarters or visit www.facebook.com/fortgordonboss.

Coming up

Fort Gordon’s Better Opportunities for Single Service members is hosting 2017 BOSS ComiCon Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at BOSS Headquarters. Leah Williams, self-published author and writer for Marvel Comics, will be present. There will be panels, video-game tournaments, gaming and more. The event is free and open to all military ID cardholders. For more information, call (706) 791-5902.

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