Singles in 8th MPs build ‘Strong Bonds’

| February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
2nd Lt. Cody Greene and 2nd Lt. Brett Brown, both from 71st Chemical Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, take personality tests during the Single Soldier Resiliency Training held at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Friday.

2nd Lt. Cody Greene and 2nd Lt. Brett Brown, both from 71st Chemical Co., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, take personality tests during the Single Soldier Resiliency Training held at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Friday.

Story and Photo by
Maj. Shea A. Asis
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

WAIKIKI — Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company and 71st Chemical Co., 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated in Single Soldier Resiliency Training, at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, here, Jan. 28-30.

The Strong Bonds Single Soldier program helps single Soldiers establish relationship goals and gain essential skills to help them make good choices prior to picking a partner for life.

“Single Soldiers are looking for their lifemate, and the resiliency training gives them those skills to make an informed decision and helps them in a lasting relationship,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Peter Muller, 8th MP Bde.

The event started with a breakfast at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. After breakfast, Soldiers moved to a conference room where Muller set the tone for the retreat.

After formal introductions, the group participated in an ice-breaking event.

“This is my second single Soldier retreat, and the ice breaking event is always something to look forward to. I always learn something new about my fellow Soldiers,” said Capt. Ronald Holman, long range planning officer, 8th MP Bde.

The formal classes went over basic principles of relationship building and ways to identify if the person that a Soldier is dating is “the one.”

To put things into perspective, the group used the Relationship Attachment Model as a physical way of seeing a current or future relationship in terms of five basic principles: know, trust, rely, commit and touch.

“I believe the RAM model is good because it helps you judge your relationship and where it should go,” Holman said.

The day concluded with a group dinner at the hotel, where Soldiers created new friendships and were able to enjoy the Waikiki nightlife.

On the second day, Soldiers got into the heart of the training and identified characteristics that attract a mate. With open discussion and skits, everyone was able to interact freely.

“I was able to put into play the type of person that I’m not attracted to, and it made me clearly see why I’m not attracted to that type of person,” said Sgt. 1st Class Judith Atkinson, Equal Opportunity advisor, 8th MP Bde.

At the conclusion of the three-day training, Soldiers took a personality test to see how to respect and view other people’s personalities.

“It’s a good tool for you to understand who you are, and — if, as they say, ‘opposites attract,’ then — it’s a tool you are able to use to find that opposite person,” Atkinson said.

As the Soldiers departed the hotel, Muller said he hoped that some of the participants use what they learned and apply it to their current or future relationships. Muller’s already working on the next event and hopes more Soldiers come, as he believes the training works.

“If we can get some preventive work on the front end, (then) we don’t need so much on the back end, and people are at least marrying compatible, healthy (and) committed individuals,” Muller said.

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