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Spiritual Resiliency

People with spiritual resiliency have a better chance of enduring the pitfalls throughout life and using those experiences to improve their lives.


The Army Chaplain Corps is organized to provide the most responsive religious support and ministerial presence. Religious support includes providing those aspects of religious education, clergy counsel and reassuring presence, authentic worship, and faith group expression.




For informations about the Army Chaplain:


Chaplain Maj. Mark Phillips


Phone: (615) 517-0988


Email:  mark.d.phillips48.mil@mail.mil


Cpt. Colby Tippens describes his personal experience with practicing resiliency.

Strong Bonds Events


Facilitator: CH Mark Phillips

Curriculum: "Laughing Your Way To A Better Marriage"


To register for an event sponsored by your unit, go to www.strongbonds.org

 and click "Find an Event." This will guide you through locating your unit's event.


 Once you have located the event, you will be prompted to login  (if you already have an account on Strong Bonds) or register (if you do not  have an existing Strong Bonds account).


Point of Contact for Strong Bonds is Chaplain (MAJ) Mark Phillips at (615) 313-0746.

Partners in Care


"Partners In Care" is an initiative of the Tennessee National Guard Chaplain's Office. The purpose of this initiative is to coordinate support for Tennessee National Guard members and families through partner-ships with local faith communities. All faith communities are welcome to participate as"Partners In Care" congregations. Participating congregations agree to provide the TNG with a current list of supportive services offered, as well as a congregational point of contact for coordination and communication of information, referrals, and support. We currently have Partners in Care congregations located in West, East, Southeast and Middle Tennessee who offer services that include counseling, child care, basic household and auto repairs, lawn care, home cooked meals, child and teen mentoring, reunion support, single parent deployment support, emergency food, clothing and housing support, transportation, parenting classes and financial support. (This list is not exhaustive and availability varies by congregations)


For referrals to a Partners in Care congregation or to determine a supporting network in your city or county contact Chaplain MAJ Mark Phillips at 615-313-0746.

Military Marriage Mentors


Marriage mentoring offers practical support to couples as they face the inherent stresses of military life and new stages in marriage. This program encourages both older veteran and active-duty couples to communicate with younger couples. Instead of a “marriage counseling” type of mentoring, this program simply uses a successful, healthy couple as a role model. They share their experience through their stories. The wealth of resources in healthy military marriages can be mobilized to help strengthen younger married members.


The program is designed with flexibility to meet the demands of military schedules and deployments. Mentoring can occur in small groups or one-to-one couple meetings over a twelve-week or twelve-month format. Couples develop a friendship over guided conversations about marriage. They share their wisdom gained through experiences. Their stories surface marriage strengths, joys, memories, differences, challenges, and problem-solving skills.


Contact the Joint Public Affairs Office at:  615-313-0633




In Tennessee, if you or another Servicemember you know is in crisis, call (855) 435-7492 for assistance 24 hours a day,  7 days a week.


If this is a sexual assault issue, contact:



M-F 0700-1700hrs


Safe Helpline

(877) 995-5247

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