Pressley plans at least two morale events every month, usually more. Events include softball or ping-pong tournaments, volleyball, game nights, and movie nights.
Pressley said that she tries to come up with different activities to keep things fresh. One recent event was the “Bust a Gut” competition, an eating contest where soldiers ate hot dogs or hard boiled eggs and won prizes based on who ate the most in a timed competition.
“People donate goods and gift packages, and these usually go to the chaplain’s assistant, so we can use these gifts as prizes for the events to make it more fun for everyone. Some of the gifts have included video game systems, CDs and DVDs as well as all kinds of games,” said Pressley.
More than 150 people from the United States have “adopted” Pressley’s battalion and sent gifts.
“Someone donated a karaoke machine and a popcorn machine, so one time we had karaoke and popcorn night,” said Pressley. “That was very popular.”
Pressley, who comes from a military family, said providing morale events for deployed soldiers is fulfilling.
“Being a BOSS representative is very rewarding, you get to see people enjoy doing things they like to do. It’s amazing to work together, to see what you can accomplish.”