FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion held a resiliency convention for Soldiers and their Family Members on March 23 at the Best Western Carriage House, Watertown, with more than 120 personnel taking advantage of the training.

The convention started with Soldiers and their Families sitting down together and enjoying a breakfast, followed by a service provided by Chaplain (Capt.) James T. Highhouse, chaplain for 548th CSSB.
After the service, attendees chose between talking about the emotional cycle of deployments or a class on making effective decisions.

The second session offered a discussion on conflict resolution or a discussion on life strategies. The third session was on communication and assertiveness, and the final session of the day was on parent and child communication.

"The ultimate goal is for Families to be able to deal with all the things a military Family goes through," said Maj. Ronnie Anderson, 548th CSSB executive officer.

"I think family resiliency is the mental, spiritual, emotional toughness and dealing with adversary and bouncing back," Anderson said.

"This event has a lot of good tools, such as coping, and there is always something to learn," said Anita Yanas, spouse of Spc. Jamie Yanas, a truck driver with 57th Transportation Company.

Representatives from organizations such as Army Community Service, Army One Source and the American Red Cross were present at the convention to talk to Soldiers and their Families about assistance they provide.

"You go through (a lot of things) when your spouse is deployed," Anita Yanas said. "When attending these classes, you realize ... you're not alone and there are tools out there to help you."

Having all these organizations participate shows they want to help Soldiers and Family Members, she added.

"The battalion's long-term plan is (conducting) this type of training quarterly and making each event different each time," Anderson said.

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