Operation Behind The Wall: Raising money for single Soldiers
by Pfc. Crystal D. Eldridge
13th SC(E) Public Affairs
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers representatives and civilian sponsors throughout the Fort Hood-Killeen area hosted a fashion show at Club Kascade in Killeen Friday to raise money for single Soldiers.
Spc. Wilgeens Rosenberg, BOSS rep for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), coordinated support for the event with the help of Dewayne Williams, a local civilian who acted as director, coordinator, choreographer and promoter of the show.
"Fashion and entertainment is pretty much wrapped into one egg roll," said Williams, who is a model and whose primary career is in music, "so I decided to coordinate and be the man behind the soul."
Operation Behind the Wall, as it came to be known, began as a relatively simple idea for a fundraiser for the BOSS program. Soon, however, local citizens became aware of the event and participation escalated. Before long, businesses, models and musicians throughout the community came forward to offer their support, said Rosenberg and Williams.
"Getting the sponsors is easy," Williams said. "We came together and God blessed us with a great show."
Everyone who worked in the show - from models to coordinators - did so on a volunteer basis, Rosenberg said. Models ranged from amateurs and Soldiers to professionals from local venues. Musical performances were provided by Deadly When Exposed Records.
"I just went along with it, had lots of fun, just went with the flow," said Pfc. Jacobi Montgomery, who works in the G2 office of the 13th SC(E) and modeled in the show. "The music and the crowd pumped me up, so I liked it."
"It's a good thing. It's for the single Soldiers out there," said Sgt. Michael Duncan of the 64th Corps Support Group, 13th SC(E).
"My BOSS representative and my first sergeant (informed me about the show) at formation so I just decided that it would be good to come out and support the single Soldiers," Duncan added.
Duncan modeled formal wear, swimwear and casual wear during the show. He has modeled before, but never in Texas, he said.
"It's a little different, but it's good still," he added. "When the crowd likes it, I love it."
"It was a nice turnout," said Sgt. Caroline Jacobs, command secretary for Special Troops Battalion, 13th SC(E).
Jacobs models for websites and print publications as well as runway modeling and decided to volunteer after Rosenberg, who works closely with Jacobs, told her about the event.
"It went extremely well," Williams added. "We had great participation from the community. Also the models and the artists that I had in the show did a great job. Sponsors - we appreciate all the sponsors. It was just a great show."
Pfc. Jacobi Montgomery, of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), models casual wear during Operation Behind the Wall at Club Kascade in Killeen Friday. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Adryen Wallace)