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Schriever’s single officers connect, build resilience at retreat

Airmen discuss their findings after performing a personality self-assessment during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The event encouraged Airmen to engage in one-on-one discussions about single life as a military member, modern dating and marriage, and provided an opportunity for single CGOs to get away for a weekend of self-discovery, camaraderie and fun. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Airmen discuss their findings after performing a personality self-assessment during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The event encouraged Airmen to engage in one-on-one discussions about single life as a military member, modern dating and marriage, and provided an opportunity for single CGOs to get away for a weekend of self-discovery, camaraderie and fun. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Capt. Jordan Huggins, 50th Space Wing chaplain, addresses Airmen during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. During the retreat, single CGOs discussed being single military members, trends in modern dating and marriage, and the importance of knowing themselves before committing to a romantic relationship. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Capt. Jordan Huggins, 50th Space Wing chaplain, addresses Airmen during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. During the retreat, single CGOs discussed being single military members, trends in modern dating and marriage, and the importance of knowing themselves before committing to a romantic relationship. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Second Lt. Tyler Gorman, 2nd Space Operations Squadron GPS payload engineer, participates in a conversation ball activity during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The 50th Space Wing chaplain’s office hosted the retreat for single CGOs to disconnect from day-to-day stressors, connect with each other, build on morale and strengthen resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Second Lt. Tyler Gorman, 2nd Space Operations Squadron GPS payload engineer, participates in a conversation ball activity during the single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The 50th Space Wing chaplain’s office hosted the retreat for single CGOs to disconnect from day-to-day stressors, connect with each other, build on morale and strengthen resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Capt. Jordan Huggins, 50th Space Wing chaplain, explains the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator during the chaplain’s office-hosted single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The RHETI is a map for personal growth that identifies ways of relating to and perceiving the world, accurately describing why individuals think, feel and behave in particular ways based upon core motivations. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

Capt. Jordan Huggins, 50th Space Wing chaplain, explains the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator during the chaplain’s office-hosted single company grade officer resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9, 2019. The RHETI is a map for personal growth that identifies ways of relating to and perceiving the world, accurately describing why individuals think, feel and behave in particular ways based upon core motivations. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Idalí Beltré Acevedo)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. --

The 50th Space Wing chaplain’s office hosted a single company grade officer’s resiliency retreat, “Single and Secure,” for Schriever Airmen at Breckenridge, Colorado, Aug. 9-11. 

During the retreat, Airmen discussed modern day dating and marriage and learned about their own personality traits by completing self-assessments based on the Myers-Briggs and the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator tests.

The single CGOs also explored Breckenridge together and built on newly formed friendships.

Capt. Jordan Huggins, 50th Space Wing chaplain, highlighted the sense of loneliness single Airmen can feel and explained how the retreat can help.

“We try to provide an opportunity for people to blow off some steam,” he said. “We give them a place to stay, connect and build relationships, and give them ample time to take advantage of the outdoor activities available at Breckenridge.”

Huggins emphasized even though this retreat is offered by the chaplain corps, no particular religion was highlighted or emphasized to keep the lessons practical and neutral.

“It’s through the chaplain corps so there is an element of faith we try to build into it, but we try to develop the curriculum so it’s applicable to all faiths or lack thereof.”

For Huggins, this retreat not only helped build morale and resiliency but also enriched the spirit and personal well-being of Airmen.

“Studies show the more connected you are socially, the happier and more productive at work you tend to be and that’s part of the reason why we are here,” he said.

For 2nd Lt. Eries Thompson, 4th Space Operations Squadron satellite operator, the retreat was a chance to gain a new perspective on being a single military member.

“I enjoyed meeting new people and building new connections,” she said. “Everyone had a different perception or experience I could relate to or something I could maybe apply to my personal life.”  

First Lt. Richard Wright, 22nd Space Operations Squadron crew commander, said the retreat helped him build his resiliency and morale.

“The self-care portion of it was like a reset button,” he said. “I felt reassured about the path I am  on and looking forward.”

Wright highlighted how the chaplain’s office has helped him in the past.

“The Schriever chaplain corps is an incredible group. I love to work with them and I know I can stop by any time. I feel reassured when I go and talk to them,” he said. “They have helped me find some solutions to issues I have had and I appreciate all the work that they put in for us.”

Huggins offered advice for Schriever’s single CGOs.

“Put yourself out there, be willing to be vulnerable, get to know people,” he said. “Be willing to say, ‘I need connections, I need a network, I need friends who can help me along in this journey we call life.’”

For further information about upcoming chaplain’s office events, call 567-3705.

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