Written by Spc. Jacqueline Robinson
The 2-113th Infantry Battalion utilizes the Boss Lift event as a way to bridge the gap between Army National Guard soldiers and their civilian employees. As a part of the event soldiers are given the opportunity to invite their civilian bosses to observe a day in the life of a soldier. The event took place during August 2018 annual training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst, Nj.
The event began with the New Jersey Army National Guard picking up the civilian employers in a black hawk and flying them out to the soldier’s training site. At the training site lunch was provided and the bosses were given the opportunity to travel to several ranges to meet and talk with the soldiers that they employ about their responsibilities as a part of the 2-113th.
Balancing between civilian life and life in the Army National Guard can be difficult on a soldier, so taking the time to build a relationship between the National Guard and civilian employees is something that the 2-113th was happy to be a part of.
The day ended with a flight around the Statue of Liberty, landing along the Hudson River leaving the bosses with a view of New York City’s skyline.