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Wing Chaplains hold Singles Retreat

118 Wing members participate in first Singles Retreat.  (Tennessee Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Krista Hair/Released)

118 Wing members participate in first Singles Retreat. (Tennessee Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Krista Hair/Released)

118 Wing members participate in first Singles Retreat.  (Tennessee Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Krista Hair/Released)

118 Wing members participate in first Singles Retreat. (Tennessee Air National Guard photo by Staff Sergeant Krista Hair/Released)

Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville TN -- The 118th Wing held its first ever Singles Retreat. The retreat was facilitated by 118th Wing Chaplains for members of Berry Field Air National Guard Base on March 20-22, 2015 at an undisclosed location. The purpose of the event was to strengthen the way single Airmen encounter every day struggles.

The seminar included video based education and interactive exercises to encourage open conversation and discussions. Chaplain Mark Smith led the seminar providing a platform of encouraging participation and laughter. Chaplain Smith discussed the difference between a proactive and reactive person. He held a water bottle in one hand and a Pepsi bottle in the other then began to shake them aggressively.

"This is the difference between a reactive person and a proactive person while driving in heavy traffic," said Chaplain Smith.

The members sitting in the front of the room closest began to lean back awaiting a possible explosion. Chaplain Smith taught how it is a choice to react to the many constant hurtles airmen encounter daily.

"When you are reactive, there is no space between what is happening to you and how you respond," Chaplain Smith explained.

After the three day Couples Retreat attendees received a kit so they can continue their path as resilient Airmen.
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