Single Soldiers with the Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) participated in a workshop March 24 at Camp Rockfish in Parkton, North Carolina.

The four hour workshop, hosted by the 1st TSC STB Chaplain’s Office, was an opportunity for Soldiers to learn about how to make better choices when choosing a partner in their relationships.

“We learn a lot of reading, writing and arithmetic growing up, but we often do not learn relationship rules,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua Ziegler, battalion chaplain. “It’s important for us to be able to learn rules to attract the right person and pursue the right person in a healthy dating relationship.”

The workshop began with a puzzle game to introduce the topic of how people often times approach dating blindly with no rules or no concept of what they are looking at, said Ziegler.

The Soldiers also participated in an activity where they had to place words in priority by which was most important or which would come first.

Spc. Jonavere Jefferson, logistical specialist with the Support Operations Materiel Management Branch, 1st TSC, never attended a Strong Bonds workshop and learned a lot about how to create a strong commitment during this session.

“I learned what a healthy relationship should look like versus someone being used,” said Jefferson.

The training also included an open discussion led by Ziegler and his wife, Jamie, who is also a certified Strong Bonds trainer.

“Soldiers’ relationships are very important,” said Ziegler. “When Soldiers are educated they can make better choices.”

The Special Troops Battalion Unit Ministry Team hosts the Strong Bonds retreats for single Soldiers and married couples.

For more information on Strong Bonds, contact your unit chaplain or visit www.strongbonds.org.