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Nathan Smith, 4, right, chases Eli Strader, 5, through a tunnel at The Children's Museum. Retreat Offers Single Parents Quality Time with their Children
[3/21/2011]

Sergeant William Smith plays many roles in his life, but he considers being a father the most important. It is also the most challenging.
A father and son get in touch with nature - and with each other - at the Strong Bonds family retreat in Garmisch, Germany.  Retreat Means Relationship Refresher for Army Africa Families
[3/21/2011]

Enjoying an afternoon of snow and sun, laughing children and smiling adults scatter along the sledding slop, whizzing down the hill or watching others go by in Garmisch, Germany. On a recent weekend 22 U.S. Army Africa couples and their 42 children went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort for a Strong Bonds marriage retreat.
Cresilda Paulino enjoys breakfast with husband Master Sgt. Manuel Paulino, 3/69 Armor, along with daughter Natalie, on day two of the Strong Bonds Marriage Retreat at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa, Feb. 26. Strong Bonds Builds Better Marriages
[3/21/2011]

On Feb. 25, Soldiers and Family Members of 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment and 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, gathered at Fort Stewart's Main Post Chapel for the first part of the three-day Strong Bonds Marriage Retreat, sponsored by the Army Chaplains Corps.
The Army is committed to helping its families work on their relationships. Through modules such as the Chaplain Corps-sponsored Strong Bonds program, Army couples are offered tools and tips to help with the tough times or further strengthen already strong marriages and relationships. Retreat Provides Relationship Refresh for III Corps Couples
[3/21/2011]

Around Valentine's Day, love is in the air. There is no time like now to strengthen existing relationships and build on those that are foundering.
Big Bear Lake Mayor Liz Harris meets with Soldiers and their Families from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Robinhood Resort, Nov 23. Strong Bonds Help Make 11th ACR Army Strong
[12/16/2010]

Navigating through the tricky waters of love can be difficult for anyone and it is often harder for Soldiers because of the nature of Army life. To help build and strengthen the relationships of their Soldiers, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment held a marriage retreat for the Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 11th ACR at the Robinhood Resort at Big Bear Lake, Calif., Nov. 22-24.
Nineteen Soldiers and their family members attended a 120th Inf. Bde. Strong Bonds event in Austin over the weekend. The program’s goal is to build resilient families capable of withstanding the challenges of military life. 120th Inf Bde Families Build Strong Marriages at Retreat
[12/15/2010]

The goal of ‘Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage,’ is to teach couples what’s good about each other. We don’t always want to change the person, but instead, recognize what your spouse’s passions are and build them up. This program helps couples gain insight into their personalities and teaches them how to tap into their spouse’s personality.
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. FRG Leaders Hear Message of Spiritual Resiliency, 'Strong Bonds'
[12/15/2010]

U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Family Readiness Group leaders attended the third and final Family Forum session Oct. 27 at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army National Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, and Shelly Hansen practice 'Strong Bonds' Fortify 25th CAB Couples' Marital Bond
[12/11/2010]

More than 30 couples from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) attended an Army Strong Bonds Retreat (SBR) located at the Hale Koa, in Honolulu, Nov. 17-19.
Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, reads a love poem to his wife back home in Fort Benning, Ga., during an internet communications event held at Contingency Operating Site Kalsu, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2010. The 3rd HBCT has held several events and relationship-building classes to help its deployed Soldiers and their spouses strengthen their marriages. Helping Deployed Soldiers Maintain Bonds
[5/17/2010]

The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is helping married Soldiers improve their relationships with their spouses during their current mission in Iraq.
Capt. Jared Corsi, 926th Engineer Brigade and his wife, Katherine during the 81st Regional Support Command's Army Strong Bonds Retreat at Hilton Head, S.C., 20 Feb. 2010. 412th Theater Engineer Command Soldiers Build Strong Bonds at Hilton Head, S.C., Resort
[3/16/2010]

The Army Strong Bonds retreat is a no brainer, you are being paid to attend, you are staying at a beautiful resort, and you are receiving world class instruction on communication, intimacy, and conflict management skills.
Any military Family will tell you that sending a service member to war is not easy.  And as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, military divorces are steadily rising.  One couple's advice?  Use the resources that are out there, including Strong Bonds marriage retreats. Government Offers Help to Stem Rise in Military Divorces
[3/16/2010]

Any military Family will tell you that sending a service member to war is not easy. And as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drag on, military divorces are steadily rising. One couple's advice? Use the resources that are out there, including Strong Bonds marriage retreats.
Between kids, keeping house and work schedules, there isn't a lot of family time. Sprinkle in deployments and military cou­ples don't have much time for each other.  The military has recognized the importance of family and has adopted the Army Strong Bonds program that includes marriage enrichment retreats. Army Program Helps Build Marriage, Family Bonds
[3/16/2010]

Between kids, keeping house and work schedules, there isn't a lot of Family time. Sprinkle in deployments and military couples don't have much time for each other. The military has recognized the importance of Family and has adopted the Army Strong Bonds program that includes marriage enrichment retreats.
Sgt. Brian Pauley, a food service noncommissioned officer with the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and Charleston, W. Va., native, and wife Sarah, an Oak Hill W.Va, native, work together on a communication exercise during the 3d ESC's Strong Bonds retreat which was held Nov. 6-8 at Louisville's Galt House Hotels and Suites.  The Strong Bonds retreat was organized and implemented by the 3d ESC chaplain's office and offered ways to increase individual Soldier and Family readiness and resiliency through relationship education and skills training. 'Sustainers' Host Strong Bonds Event
[1/7/2010]

Members of Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and 233rd Transportation Company attended a Strong Bonds retreat Nov. 6-8, 2009 at Louisville's Galt House Hotel & Suites.
Chaplain (Maj.) James Smith speaks to a group during the 171st Infantry Brigade Strong Bonds retreat in Charleston, S.C. in July 2009. Strong Bonds: Two-Day Retreat Draws Couples Close
[1/6/2010]

The Strong Bonds program is a unit-based program sponsored by the Army Chief of Chaplains. The purpose of such retreats is to create stronger Families, which in turn, create stronger Soldiers.
Spc. Jonathan Pacheco, his wife Jennifer, and child Brook, relax at the Lakeway Resort and Spa, nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, courtesy of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division chaplain team. The brigade dedicated August 2009 as their redeployment-reintegration marriage retreat emphasis month. 'Long Knives' Strengthen Marriages After Deployment
[1/6/2010]

Fort Hood's 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division chaplains provided Soldiers the opportunity to stay at a luxurious five-star resort, consisting of two swimming pools, a work-out center, and free dining. The Families also received free onsite daycare for their small children while enjoying the facility at the Strong Bonds event.
Beautiful beaches, shopping, and seminars delighted more than 200 Soldiers of the 189th Infantry Brigade and their Families. Brigade Chaplain, Lt. Col. Philip Futoran, hosted a Soldiers Build 'Strong Bonds'
[1/6/2010]

Beautiful beaches, shopping, and seminars delighted more than 200 Soldiers of the 189th Infantry Brigade and their Families. Brigade Chaplain, Lt. Col. Philip Futoran, hosted a "Strong Bonds," marriage and single Soldiers' seminar Sept. 25 to 27, 2009 at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Chaplain (Col.) Bradford Fipps, a U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Chaplain, and Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Michael Strohm, assigned to the Army Office of the Chief of Chaplains, partner and speak to FORSCOM Family Readiness Group leaders about how Soldiers and Families can build stronger relationships through the Strong Bonds curriculum. Chaplain-Led Program Reinforces Relationships
[1/6/2010]

Strong Bonds is a commander-initiated but chaplain-led-program designed to help strengthen relationships through skill-training for singles, couples, Families and deployment cycle support. All sub-programs aligned under this curriculum are focused on sustaining life-long relations and building up the future force.