Putting first things first on strong bonds in 2021

Masen, Ohio – “Family is the most important organization in the world.”
-Dr. Stephen R. Covey

The Kentucky National Guard hosts soldiers and their families for the 2021 strong bonds event from August 13-15 at the Great Wolf Lodge.

According to Captain Greg Graderson, who organized this year’s event, Strong Bonds is a program implemented by the Army to improve communication skills in building, maintaining and maintaining relationships in the military community.

“Studies show that healthy marriages and strong family ties can help build strength and reduce stress that could jeopardize military and airborne readiness,” said Grandeerson, a state assistant pastor.

Strong bonds have changed over the years to improve the learning environment. A.D. It was built in 1999 under the auspices of the Army Chaplin Corporation. Strong bonding arrangements are held annually, based on budget availability, and in collaboration with various agencies that support local returns and curriculum delivery.

For many years, strong bonds provided this training to single soldiers or soldiers and spouses. This year, Graderson took the initiative to reunite the entire family.

“Last year I became a priest with the 206th engineer,” says Graderson. After talking to many of our soldiers, I was able to see the training and skills gaps that could help our men and women in that deployment, so I thought the seven-course curriculum as a whole would be very appropriate.

The seven experiences he cites are from the self-help book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effects Families” by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, which is the basis for this year’s material.

Seven Practices Learned During the Study –
1. Be vigilant
2. Start the end mentally
3. Prioritize
4. Think Win-Win
5. Seek first to understand, then seek to understand
6. Sync
7. Cut the saw

The seven practices were taught by a group of priests, former priests, and their spouses. Retired Lt. Col. Dr. Dallas Craser and his wife, Ralen, from Kentucky, Rev. Grandeerson (Major), Joshua Stein, (1st lieutenant), Cody Zimmerman, (1st night), and Paul Kaufman, and his wife, Sarah.

Staff S. When he heard about the family’s curriculum, he was eager to bring his wife and son.

Wellingham: “My wife, Holly, and I were introduced to a strong bond program. The program we attended was a great experience, but it focused only on relationships. As we learned that this year’s event would allow our son to participate, I liked the idea of ​​getting the whole family involved.

With all the members participating in the event, Willingham now has more than 7 Habits devices to keep their families connected.

“One of my favorite things to learn as a group was to prioritize,” said Willingham. As I focus on my family’s priorities, our home becomes more connected, and I know that we spend time on the things that matter most in our lives.

Learning to Prioritize The third of the seven lessons learned over the weekend comes from “Putting First Things First.” Strong bond teachers played a video to show the concept.

In the video, many people talk about important priorities, such as family, education, and careers, if they interfere with many important daily activities, such as spending too much time on social media. In the video, two actors use a large pool of stones of different sizes as a large tool. When small rocks are first placed in the bucket, there is not enough space for large rocks. However, if the larger rocks are first placed in the bucket, smaller, smaller stones will fall to the side of the bucket instead.

Willingham said the metaphor was clear to him – by focusing on his priorities and putting them in a bucket (in life) he would first ensure the quality of those priorities.

Learning this skill will also help you to deploy soldiers who may have little time to prepare your family before you leave.

One soldier said that the incident caused mold to stop on the way he and his wife talked to each other. He said the remaining few days together are more valuable than ever, and learning strong communication techniques that bring them closer has played a big role in making the family positive and productive. He then expressed his gratitude for the unique training opportunities and experience he enjoyed while spending time with family at the lodge.

According to Graderson, the Kentucky Guard has a number of training courses that are tailored to the individual soldiers, spouses or families.

Kentucky Priests also teach the Speed ​​of Faith and the Defense and Communication Education Program (PREP 8.0) at similar events.

“Next year, I want to make a series of arrangements to ensure that single soldiers, families and marriages are separated,” Grandeerson said. “Not every soldier fits into a category, so changing a“ strong bond ”program provides communication tools that improve healthy experiences at all levels of communication.

Date taken: 08.30.2021
Date posted 08.30.2021 13:04
History ID: 404165
Place Kay, USA

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