22 September 2016
Fort Detrick Places Third in BOSSfit Competition
Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
A team Fort Detrick’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program recently received word that they placed third in the Army-wide 2016 BOSSfit Competition.

The two month competition included 69 BOSS teams, each comprised of 10 Soldiers, and was based on the average number of steps taken daily by the team. Fort Detrick averaged 1,554,735 steps securing third place and receiving an $8,000 award to use towards the BOSS program.

Fort Detrick’s BOSS President Sgt. William Collins said this year was a little easier than last year for the team.
“I wanted everyone to make sure we exceeded the maximum 40,000 steps a day. We did that the first week. One soldier, Spc. Joseph Stuart, walked over 100,000 steps in in one day. He set the standard and let us know that it is possible to get what we wanted,” said Collins.

Due to the Soldiers schedules of schooling and travelling for the job, there were a lot of moving parts and obstacles in July and August to overcome for the Soldiers. Once everyone returned they put on their sneakers, jelled together and pushed through to get back in the race.

Sgt. Michael Spirko said it was a total team effort. “Sgt. Collins checked in with everyone each day to make sure their steps were up and they had time to go out and do it. Each night we uploaded our daily steps onto BOSS fit app.”

Teams were given the opportunity to gain additional points outside of walking such as posting a video about selected topics. Fort Detrick BOSS posted a video on the BOSS Facebook Page about alcohol use titled, “Don’t be that guy.”

The team will be formally recognized for the efforts at the 2016 BOSS Conference in Orlando, Florida.
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