18th MDSC helps couples build stronger relationships

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and  Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs

From left, Elizabeth and Maj. Mark Kurowski, communications officer, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command; and Master Sgt. Roberto Rosales, plans and operations noncommissioned officer, 18th Medical Deployment Support Command; and his wife, Marisela, enjoy a laugh together during the unit’s Strong Bonds couples retreat at the Waikiki beach Marriott resort, recently. FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers and spouses of the18th Medical Deployment Support Command participated in the unit’s second Strong Bonds marriage retreat at the Waikiki Beach Marriott resort, recently. 

Strong Bonds is a chaplain-led retreat to increase individual Soldier and family member readiness through relationship education and skills training.

“The family dynamic is part of comprehensive Soldier fitness,” said Col. Erin Edgar, commander, 18th MDSC. “The stronger you are in family dynamic, the more resilient you are.”

The Strong Bonds program focuses on dynamic risk factors and danger signs, including commitment, motivation, conflict management and communications, and helps couples deal with these risks.  

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Bill Sager, 18th MDSC, spent time with the group discussing standard risk factors in marriages that make couples unhappy and may likely lead to the marriage not working out. 

“Strong Bonds focuses on what matters, and it’s changeable,” Sager said. “We have to make the difference complimentary instead of conflicting.”

The group also watched a video titled “A Tale of Two Brains,” which describes many differences between the male and female brain, then discussed the similarities and personal experiences. 

The leaders of the command supported attendees with words of wisdom and encouragement, and they shared personal experiences from their own marriages. 

“If there is no discussion, no communication – nothing happens. There is just frustration build-up,” said Col. Michael McDonald, chief of staff, 18th MDSC. “Decisions and choices, not change, will determine a healthy relationship.” 


For more information on the strong bonds program, visit www.strongbonds.org.



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