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A group of senior leaders within 5th Signal Command left the confines of their duty stations and traveled with their families to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, located in the mountainous region of Bavaria, to participate in a Strong Bonds family retreat. Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led Army program designed to increase individual Soldier and family member readiness through relationship education and skills training. Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat or "get away" provides a fun, safe, and secure environment in which to address the impact of relocations, deployments, and military lifestyle stressors. This particular Strong Bonds retreat focused on educating senior leaders and their families. 5th Signal Command Chaplain (Col.) Carleton W. Birch, believes training senior leaders is a very important aspect of the program.