NEW BERN, N.C.- --
Away from the stressfull day-to-day work enviroment, Marines and Sailors
gathered with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing chaplains for a Single Marine and Sailor
Personal Growth Retreat in New Bern, Jan. 29-30.
More than 70 single Marines and Sailors participated in the event, which
was created to build emotional and spiritual resiliancy. It is the first time in years that a retreat has been held solely for
single service members which included: interactive classes to improve skills such
as communication, self-awareness, reflection and other lessons to promote
According to Lance Cpl. Renona Gay, a heavy equipment operator with
Marine Wing Support Squadron 274, the seminar made her reflect on her outlook
as an individual and as a Marine. The lessons were broken down to teach skills
used on a daily basis and improvethe positive impact that those skills would
make on their lives.
“It is easy to get caught up in negative things like the stresses of
work, ” said Gay. “Being away with other service members
and having the ability to reflect on yourself is a new experience and it gives
you motivation to be a better version of yourself. ”
The skills the seminar taught were centered around the struggles single
service members would face in their personal and professional lives. The mental
readiness of Marines is crucial to their ability to perform and deploy at a
“Lets say we have a Marine who might have lost their focus along the way,
” said Lt. Kyron Bell, a staff chaplain with Marine Aircraft Group 14. “It does
not necessarily mean that he won‘t be an asset anymore. How do we refocus that?
We save the Marine by helping them by reestablishing their self reliance and
lifting their spirit, so they can get back into the fight. This seminar is for
both those people who have lost their way, and those just looking to improve
already good things. ”
2nd MAW chaplains have
structured courses for Marines and Sailors as part of the Chaplains Religious
Enrichment and Development Program . Although the seminar was held for single
service members, CREDO has been hosting marrige retreats for married service
members throughout 2nd MAW.