Chaplain (Maj.) Casteel
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Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall has a new Family Life Program that provides pastoral counseling and consultation to Families and leaders on the base.

Army Chaplain (Maj.) Bryant Casteel is JBM-HH's new family life chaplain, and he is excited about ensuring that people on base have religious-based counseling and support. His desire is for all people to have and sustain healthy relationships.

The family life chaplain's primary mission is to train unit chaplains in pastoral counseling skills and to provide master's level pastoral counseling for individuals, couples, Families and leaders.

"The main goal of our Family Life programs is to provide couple and individual training that will help the entire family system," Casteel said.

Casteel received his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas A&M University-Central in Fort Hood, Texas.

One of the main focuses of the Family Life Program is to offer preventative training that will provide tools to the JBM-HH community so that they can develop healthy relationships that can thrive even under the myriad pressures of military life.

Casteel has several events planned over the next few months that were created with the specific intent to promote this mission and grow the individual.

The first event the Family Life Program will host is Date Night.

"The date night is a training for couples that aims to build connection and encourage protection of the things that matter most in the relationship," explained Castell.

There will also be a quarterly personal development workshop. This workshop will provide training on multiple topics intended to help individuals grow on all levels.

Casteel has events planned for singles as well. The first scheduled singles event, entitled "The Gift of Singleness."

"(This is a training session that will) help singles to maximize this important time of their lives and focus on personal growth and development," said Casteel.

The training includes a vital preventative care portion, which will provide individuals with skills that will help them in all of their future relationships.

These events represent just a portion of the many beneficial programs that Casteel plans to offer through the Family Life Program.

"I am excited to be a part of a JBM-HH community and to provide professional pastoral counseling and training that will help grow individuals and strengthen their relationships," Casteel said

Each event is free, but an RSVP is required.

• May 3: Date Night at Patton Hall from 7-9 p.m. (child care provided)

• May 8: Personal Development Workshop at Memorial Chapel 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. This will be an all-day event where breakfast and lunch are provided.

• July 12: The Gift of Singleness from 6-8 p.m. at Spates Community Center.

For more information about Casteel's programs, call (703) 489-2647 or email him at