Soldiers volunteer at local dog kennel during holiday leave

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Many of our soldiers at Fort Wainwright are on leave for the holidays, with quite a few staying back in Alaska for their time off. The owner of Pounding Paws Mushing Corky Brzycki was in the U.S. Army for 22 years and now he's giving back helping single soldiers experience the last frontier. He has partnered with the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program, also known as BOSS, at Fort Wainwright to give soldiers the opportunity to experience Alaska as well as help them earn their Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

"We try to show them what the Alaskan life is like, the only thing they know about Alaska is the discovery channel. We try to show them that that is all scripted, this is real,” Brzycki said.

For many, it's an Alaskan experience but Brzycki also teaches the volunteers life skills as well.

"Some people come out here, they don't know how to run a four-wheeler, they've never run a chain saw, they've never been around dogs but they want to come out here volunteer their time and see what it’s like,” he added.

Sergeant Logan Haga is the Fort Wainwright BOSS President. He said that volunteering is a great way to get the single soldiers out of the barracks.

“It’s a way to try and get the single soldiers out of the barracks, try and experience new things in Alaska that they wouldn't have a chance to see anywhere else in the world,” Haga said.

And while there are 32 dogs to care for at the kennel, there's still time for some fun. Brzycki has owned and operated his kennel for five years and has been in partnership with BOSS for one year. Encouraging our soldiers to give back and spend some time getting love from a sled dog, BOSS is open to those single soldiers wanting an adventure this winter.

For those that would like to volunteer at Pounding Paws Mushing, contact Corky at 910-578-3692.

Soldiers Against Drunk Driving (SADD) is also looking for volunteers to drive during MWR’s New Year's Eve event on December 31, 2018. Volunteers are needed to help drive participants home from this event. The
event will run from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. when regular SADD hours begin. Service Members can call 907-353-4145 for a free ride home with SADD. These rides are not limited to those that are drinking. All service members and dependents can call for a ride home as long as they have their Military ID.

The USO will also be open every day during this period. They will also be holding a New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball.