NEWS | May 3, 2019

Bulldog Family Builds Stronger Bond during Deployment

By Sgt. Alon Humphrey

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- Military life can present many challenges for married Soldiers. Separation due to training, deployments and temporary duty assignments has the potential to cause friction in a marriage.

"This deployment has been a rough one, coming soon after a previous tour," said Patricia Jason, native of Sarasota, Florida, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team "Bulldog," 1st Armored Division (Rotational) family member. "Having the opportunity to see my husband, get a better understanding of his day to day, and take a vacation to a place we thought we'd never go is amazing."

The 3rd ABCT, 1st AD (Rotational) command team gave family members a rare opportunity to visit their Soldier while deployed to help strengthen family ties.

"We're at an armistice state where permanent party Soldiers can have their family command-sponsored to South Korea," said Col. Marc Cloutier, Marlborough, Connecticut native, Commander, 3rd ABCT, 1st AD. "It's the first time we're in a non-combat zone deployment, so it's a great opportunity for families to participate if possible."

Maj. Marc Jason, Sarasota, Florida native, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor "Death Dealers," 3rd ABCT, 1st AD, operations manager, took full advantage of the chance to see loved ones during his nine-month rotation to maximize capabilities on the peninsula.

"This is a very unique opportunity that I am extremely grateful for," said Maj. Jason, 3rd ABCT. "This opportunity is not offered to most Soldiers while deployed."

The evolution of technology allows service members and families to stay connected no matter the location.

"Facetime helps," said Maj. Jason. "Compared to my first deployment in 2005 where the only option available was a satellite phone in the middle of the desert."
The Jason family knows of the programs available for military families to make deployments more bearable. However, Patricia found a different avenue to remain resilient through the rough times.

"The best part of this life is the relationships I've created since marrying my husband," said Patricia. "I've made great friends who I lean on when I need support."

The Bulldog Brigade will return to their loved ones this summer completing their nine-month rotation in support of the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK U.S. Combined Division.