By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Margie Rodriguez, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia. (December 07, 2015) – Members attached to SEAL Team TEN (ST-10) attended the Naval Special Warfare Resilience Program’s (NSWRP) resiliency retreat held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland Dec. 4-6.
The retreat hosted several workshops addressing the topics of stress management, sleep strategies, parenting skills and finances to support participants as they develop their individual and family resilience.
“This retreat had some pretty entertaining speakers for its seminars,” said Gunner’s Mate Second Class Petty Officer Joseph Graham, an ordinance representative attached to ST-10. “They presented participants with several tools not only Sailors with dependents can use, but also single Sailors, like myself, can apply to everyday life.”
Participants learned how to manage stress by making life and work more effective and fun through the “Do it well, Make it Fun,” seminar and how to apply that knowledge to improve relationships. Parents also learned about proactive parenting with the “Intentional Parenting: Auto Pilot is for Planes” and the participants continued on with their children in an interactive session where parents used communication and collaboration to assist with team-building skills. Finally, members attended the “Strategically Fit!” seminar, which highlighted goal setting, training techniques and nutrition.
“To me, the whole point of these seminars is to change everyone’s perspective,” said Ron Culberson, speaker for the “Do it well, Make it fun.” workshop. “This is important because if you do this in life and work, you can improve relationships with others through empathy, clarity and even humor.”
The resiliency retreat also provided service members with time to relax and enjoy the National Harbor, as well as explore the Washington D.C. area.
“It’s great there are events like these, “ said Yeoman Second Class Petty Officer Dominic Shorter, member attached to ST-10. “It allowed my kids to be social and have fun with other kids. It also gave me a good little break and I’m happy I was able to enjoy this time with my family.”
The NSWRP is designed to provide service members and their families the opportunity to strengthen their pre and post deployment experience by promoting resilience, celebrating accomplishments and providing a venue to connect with family and friends.