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A retreat often associated with couples, Strong Bonds broadened to include those who are not in relationships with a program called Strong Bonds Alpha The unit-based and chaplain-led program assists commanders in building individual resiliency, resulting in a stronger unit, and a stronger Army
To maximize the training effect of Strong Bonds, it is usually conducted on an off-site "getaway" This provides a fun, safe and secure environment in which participants can address the impact of military lifestyle stressors
For the single Soldiers of the 1/34th BSTB, their getaway consisted of a two-and-a-half hour canoe trip down the Mississippi inside the boundaries of Camp Ripley
"The whole canoe trip was well planned," said Spc Jeff Fleishman of Alpha Co, 1/34th BSTB "It was really fun"
Immediately following the canoe trip, the Soldiers were bused to Camp Ripley's Education Center for the classroom portion of the event While eating their prepackaged military meals, the group was introduced to the various components that would make up the instruction
Though the discussion included heavy topics such as warning signs of difficult partners, how a family background affects relationships, attitudes and actions of conscience, self-awareness, and interaction between trust and reliance "It wasn't dry It was funny when it needed to be," added Fleishman
"If I would have had this class [in the past], had the book, and had the tools I think it would have given me a different perspective," Spc Rachel Clark reflected, a Signal Support Systems Specialist from the 1st ABCT headquarters "I thought both events were great It kept my attention"
Though this Strong Bonds Alpha event could only reach 30 Soldiers, there will certainly be more events to serve single Soldiers in the future The Chaplain Corps runs the Strong Bonds program which is supported by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an organization designed to help Service members and their families For information on how to participate in Strong Bonds events, see your unit chaplain or chaplain's assistant You can also learn more at wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg/strong-bonds-marriage-retreats
15 Aug 2013
Spc Linsey Williams
1st Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
Posted: 2017-04-28 12:38 PM MANKATO, Minn. - Commissioned leaders of the Minnesota National Guard convened for the 112th General Conference of the National Guard Association of Minnesota at the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn, Mankato, on April 22, 2017.
The annual gathering of association members - who serve as advocates for the needs of Soldiers, Airmen and their families - includes a business meeting, commanders march, formal dining event and transfer of responsibility to the chapter's new president.
The day's event began with a business meeting, which focused on the association's mission of educating and informing legislators on the issues facing the current and future role of the National Guard in serving Minnesota communities. The strategic planning meeting was attended by Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, his staff and unit commanders.
Posted: 2017-04-26 02:09 PM CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. - The Department of Defense announced that Camp Ripley was selected as the winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation.
The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
"The winners' efforts strengthen the Department of Defense's position as a resourceful environmental steward, both at home and abroad, and demonstrate our continued commitment to fulfilling mission needs through advanced environmental practices and technologies," stated James A. MacStravic, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
Posted: 2017-04-26 10:57 AM COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - Staff Sgt. Nicquie Neely has been working with victims of sexual assault for four years in the Minnesota National Guard and also volunteers as a victim advocate in the community. As a victim advocate, it's her job to believe and support victims through a difficult process that can often involve extensive medical care and legal proceedings.
"Ever since I joined the Guard and heard about the SHARP program and learned what a victim advocate was, I always wanted to be one," said Neely. "And then I learned that you had to be an E-6 to be in that position, so the minute I got promoted I asked my commander if I could go to the training."
Neely is a combat medic and the full-time training and administration NCO with Company C, 134th Brigade Support Battalion. In addition to military victim advocate training, Neely also attends regular training with the civilian organization she volunteers for - SOS Sexual Violence Services in Ramsey County.
Posted: 2017-04-24 10:43 AM Washington - Members of the Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (also known as the JCRC), to visit the Holocaust Museum, April 4, 2017, to honor the victims of the Holocaust. Also, traveling with this group were St. Paul and Minneapolis police officers along with students from various high schools around the state. For those in uniform that day, it was an opportunity to see, hear and experience the stories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.
"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."