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RAF MILDENHALL — As a great scholar once said, a marriage is a lot like a lithium ion battery — you gotta charge it up every once in a while.

OK, it may not have been put exactly like that, but military community members in the United Kingdom will have a chance to re-energize their marital bonds next month at the Romance and Reintegration Military Marriage Conference.

Scheduled for March 2-4 at the Cambridge Crowne Plaza, the annual symposium aimed at bolstering military members’ relationships will feature slightly expanded free time for couples to be together other than during lectures, said Amy Back, conference registrar.

Now in its ninth year, the marriage conference is a mix of talks covering topics such as “factors that can destroy intimacy in marriage,” and free time when couples are encouraged to explore Cambridge and enjoy meals out together, according to a release.

Sponsored by the RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall chapels, the conference is taught from an Evangelical Protestant perspective, but couples from any religious background are welcome, Back said.

“I let [people] know up front you are going to hear references to the Bible. … However, it’s not being shoved at you or crammed down your throat,” she said.

The conference has room for about 100 couples, and buses to Cambridge leave Lakenheath and Mildenhall at 4:30 p.m. March 2, returning at 1 p.m. March 4. The cost is dependent on rank, starting at $150 for E-1 to E-6 or the civilian equivalent, rising to $250 for O-4 and up. Cost includes lodging and a breakfast buffet.

Those interested in registering should contact Back at or by phone 01638-53-2831 or 07766-97-4921.


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