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Chaplain logoThe Chaplain Corps is here to provide religious support for any denomination, amongst many other services. Chaplains can provide confidential counseling and humanitarian support for individuals, couples and families for any circumstance. With access to many resources, they can help you find the help you may need or simply be a listening ear. Chaplains also head the Strong Bonds training events. Please see below for more information.


Strong Bonds                  

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COL Douglas Hedman is the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s state support chaplain and administrator for the Strong Bonds Program.

Strong Bonds, a relationship education and skills training initiative, is a unit-based, chaplain-led program that helps unit commanders build individual resiliency by strengthening the Army and Air Force family. The events are typically held from Friday night to midday Sunday at a resort setting, at no cost to the service member or family.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard also offers the Strong Bonds Program, with several events planned for couples, families and individuals through September.

To learn more please check back on this website frequently.


Army National Guard Strong Bonds

*Free childcare is provided at all events*

Date Event Location (Subject to Change) Registration Details
postponed Laugh Your Way (Married Couples Only) To Be Determined Registration
Postponed 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families To Be Determined Registration

Please contact CH (COL) Hedman with any additional questions about Strong Bonds events.


Air National Guard Events

Date Event (Click to Register) Location Staff
Postponed HOME RUN – Family, Couples, Individuals Green Bay, WI Friese
Postponed LINKS/PCIK – Outdoor Adventure Northern Wisconsin Friese
Postponed HOME RUN -Outdoor Adventure Northern Wisconsin Friese
JUL 15-17 GOT YOUR BACK – Family, Couples, individuals Wisconsin Dells, WI Friese
AUG 25-28 Got Your Back – Leadership Milwaukee, WI Friese
SEP 18-20 HOME RUN – Family Wisconsin Dells, WI Friese

Please contact Chaplain (LtCol) Friese to register or with any questions regarding Air National Guard Strong Bonds.


COL Douglas Hedman

COL Douglas Hedman

State Chaplain
Joint Force Headquarters
608-630-1660
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LTC Mark Brooks

32d Brigade
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SGT Stephanie Smithfostvedt

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