‘Devil’ Brigade Soldier focuses on helping others
Pfc. Artiana Black, intelligence analyst, HHC, 1st ABCT, left, serves food to single Soldiers during the BOSS barbecue in the barracks Aug. 17 at Fort Riley. Photo by: Spc. Takita Black, 1ST ABCT.
Story by: Staff Sgt. Bernhard Lashleyleidner
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Pfc. Artiana Black, intelligence analyst, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, has a passion for helping her fellow Soldiers and the community.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers recently sponsored a barbecue and block party, according to Sgt. James Blackmon, BOSS president, and Black, along with another Soldier, led the event's planning.
"They organized everything, from how many volunteers would be needed to run the event, what type of sporting events would be played, the time and location that each event would take place, as well as the type of food that should be served," he said.
The only thing the rest of the team had to do was grill the food and ensure everything ran on schedule, Blackmon said.
"I wanted to volunteer with an organization that has a direct impact on the quality of life for single Soldiers living in the barracks, which is why I volunteer with BOSS," Black said. "They offer volunteer events that benefit single Soldiers, as well as community-based events."
Black's desire to give back to the community started when she was in high school, she said. Her father, Randolph Scott, youth program director, Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, impressed upon her the importance of volunteering.
In her junior and senior years of high school, Black said, she contributed more than 2,500 volunteer hours, with 75 percent of them earned during the summer months.
"She is a do-it-yourself kind of person and a great motivator," Blackmon said. "That is what good leaders do."
Bringing friends to volunteer at events gets them out of the barracks and enables them to have a good time helping others, Black said.
"There is more to life than the little area that we live in," she said.
Black is a good mentor and definitely on point with the division's pillars, said 1st Sgt. Tony Reese, HHC, 1st ABCT.
"I try to get other Soldiers to not sit in their barrack rooms, but to get out and be a part of something bigger than themselves by volunteering," Reese said.