FORT STEWART, Ga. - If you have recently returned from deployment, welcome home!

I've deployed many times and I know personally that even the best relationships are put under extra pressure during and after deployment. This is a perfect time to put relationships on the front page of the newspaper - to talk about what makes relationships sound and secure.

John Donne, famous 17th century minister and poet wrote, "No man is an island, entire of itself..." (Donne, John. The Works of John Donne. vol III. Henry Alford, ed. London: John W. Parker, 1839. 574-5). Donne wanted to communicate the essential nature of relationships. We are all interconnected. You are one part of the whole and the whole is part of you.

Relationships are all around us. They are a core part of who we are. How well we handle these relationships is super important. I've always been concerned about how we treat others. Too many problems develop for ourselves and for others when we don't do relationships correctly. You are far too important for me not to say something to you about relationships.

I've asked for the opportunity to begin sharing tools that will help you have more and better "Sound Relationships." In the coming months, I want to offer you some of the best relationship advice there is.

Please know that you and your Families are more than important to us and to me. Relationships are as important as air to all of us. We need one another. Let's learn together how to do relationships better as we examine over the coming months what exactly makes a relationship SOUND.