CREDO Japan holds couples' retreat in Guam

by James A. Nilo, Program Support Contractor

Naval Base Guam, Japan; January 27, 2015:  Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation, Commander, Navy Region Japan (CREDO Japan) based in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan recently conducted a Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) in the island.

The event was attended by 10 couples coming from various commands in Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.  It was held at Pacific Star Resort & Spa on January 21-23, 2015 and in active partnership with Naval Base Guam Chapel.

CDR Myung (Dan) Kim, Senior Chaplain and Director of CREDO Japan, was the lead facilitator and convenor at the retreat.  “This is our second time being here in the island and our third retreat in Guam since CREDO Japan’s establishment over a year ago” said Kim.  “We are always excited to bring our valuable programs to our service members stationed here and help improve resiliency and overall morale,” he added.

The participants were treated to a 2-night resort lodging, all the meals and refreshments, and important tools to help improve communication, partnership, and understanding of personalities.  Some of these tools include DISC Personality Assessment, Five Love Languages, a candlelight Romantic Dinner, and an Amazing Race Team Building course designed to help spouses work on their team work.  All of these are free of charge with funding coming from Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC).

This year, CREDO Japan hopes to reach out to all the Sea Services personnel and their dependents in naval installations all over Japan to include Korea, Singapore, Diego Garcia, and Guam by offering over 50 Marriage Enrichment, Personal Resiliency, Family Enrichment retreats, and suicide intervention (ASIST) workshops.

Kim and his team will return to Guam for a Personal Resiliency Retreat (PRR) geared towards young, single service members E-5 and below.  It will be held at the same resort on March 10-12, 2015.

To learn more about the programs and services offered by CREDO Japan, call DSN (315) 243-8865, send an e-mail to, or visit

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