Special Forces retreat teaches families resilience during deployment

Strong Bonds

7th Special Forces Group soldiers and family members participate in a beach obstacle course as part of a Strong Bonds program held Valentine’s Day weekend at the Sandestin Resort.

CAPT. THOMAS CIESLAK / Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 03:38 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When 1st Lt. Brent Wadas is next deployed overseas with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), his mind will be totally focused on his mission.

Wadas said he, his wife and two daughters strengthened their family dynamics during a recent Special Forces "Strong Bonds" program, freeing the soldier to concentrate on his job.

Each member of the family is now better equipped to remain strong and loving when Wadas is deployed, and better prepared to resume their relationships when he transitions home, he said.

Part of the Crestview family's strength comes from newly learned skills in interpreting each other's "love language."

The Feb. 14-17 retreat, conducted by 7th Special Forces chaplain Capt. Todd Ramey at Sandestin Resort, centered on Dr. Gary Chapman's "Love Languages" books. Twenty soldiers and their families participated.

"The curriculum and teaching we were using was geared toward relationships between spouses and building relationships between families," Ramey said.

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