The activities center around skiing, fly fishing, dog sled and snow mobile rides and dude ranch happenings which are supported by contributors and venues throughout Montana, “The Last Best Place”: The numbers after each of the following venues represents the years having been held. Whitefish Mountain Resort (4); Ruby Springs Lodge (4); Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge (7); and the Bar W Ranch (2). These respites enable the families to get together and if you will, 'reunite'. Last winter Whitefish Ski event was the largest to date. Soldiers & family (29 total) from members of the 1st, 10th, 7th, Special Forces Groups; 2/75th Rangers; 4/160 Aviation and USASOC. The unit mix units draws attention to their interaction in deployment overseas and so it should in respites.


The Bar W retreat is offered by the generosity of the owners.  This retreat is a week long and provides a great time for all involved.  This is truly a life changing event as we have been told that by the participants.  During this week soldiers and their families learn how to ride horse, go on trail rides, visit a wildlife park, chuckwagon dinner, fly fishing, and many more things that are offered by the Bar W in the great state of Montana.