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‘Close the gap’ at vow renewal ceremony, workshop

One of the hallmarks of Carlisle Barracks is that it allows servicemembers and their family’s time to reconnect, spend time together and take advantage of the many programs and opportunities in the community.

The relationship between spouses is one of the most important in their lives, according to Chap. (Col.) Jerry Sieg, Garrison Chaplain. An upcoming renewal of vows workshop and ceremony will provide an opportunity for servicemembers and their spouses to reconnect, discuss important issues and gain valuable skills before they depart the post for their next assignment.

“This assignment allows you to take a knee, reflect on what’s important in your life and gain a new perspective so when you move on, you are moving on as a solid family unit,” said Sieg. “This event will allow you to renew your commitment to each other.”

The non-denominational event will take part in two sessions, a preparation session and couples dinner at the LVCC on Friday, April 28, 6-9 p.m. and a renewal of vows ceremony at the chapel Friday, May 19 5:45-7 p.m. Childcare will be provided for both events and is open to all married couples.

The idea for the event came about after an Army War College International Fellow and his spouse renewed their vows at a ceremony earlier this academic year, said Chap. (Lt. Col) David Bowlus, a student in the class of ’17.

“Several of the fellows and members of his seminar came out to the event, which was very inspiring to see,” said Bowlus, who also officiated the ceremony. “The response for similar ceremonies was overwhelming and we wanted to create an opportunity for more couples to take part.”

Bowlus said that recent by remarks by Gen. Dan Allyn, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, about the importance of “closing the gap” with your family with the time that the students have remaining here at the Army War College.

‘We all understand how busy our lives will be when we leave here so it’s important we take the time to strengthen our marriages while we are here,” he said. During the inutal session, couples will learn about the details of the vow renewal ceremony, have a “Marriage 401” session that will discuss their “next lap” together as a couple, and sessions on discussing lingering issues and forgiveness and updated views of spouses.

To register for the event visit (CAC required) https://internal.carlisle.army.mil/sites/chapel/CAR/Lists/ROV_REGISTRATION/overview.aspx

Registration are required by April 20. For more information contact the Chapel at (717) 245-4205/3318.