FORT JACKSON, S.C. (March 27, 2014) -- The 165th Infantry Brigade conducted its first leadership marriage retreat last weekend in Beech Mountain, N.C. Eighteen families participated in the marriage retreat, which focused on maintaining a healthy marriage and family while serving in military leadership positions.The event was a Strong Bonds family enrichment retreat, funded by the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, which allowed families to take a break from the high-paced tempo of training at Fort Jackson and turn their attention inward on their families and marriages. Chaplain (Capt.) Colt Randles, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, led the retreat and worked with the couples through discussions and activities that focused on the seven habits of highly effective Army families.Participants from the 1-61st, 2-39th, 1-34th, and 3-34th were also provided the opportunity to spend quality time with their spouses and families by participating in several excursions in the Smoky Mountains, including skiing, mountain climbing on Grandfather Mountain, and exploration of the Linville Caverns.