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Jane Wayne Day shows spouses Marine life for a day

Marine spouses were given the opportunity to experience a taste of their loved one’s job during Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s annual Jane Wayne Day, March 13.

The spouses had the full “Marine experience” by learning some techniques from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, climbing the rope of the obstacle course, firing numerous weapon systems, participating in the combat fitness test and several other activities.

“It pushes you to your max,” said Mercedes Sanchez, H&S Bn Marine spouse, after completing the CFT. “I would’ve quit if the Marines didn’t encourage me to keep going. After today, I truly have a greater appreciation for what my husband and all Marines do.”

Before participating in any of the activities, the participants were given a thorough safety brief and a period of instruction about the event.

“We taught the spouses weapon safety rules and proper shooting fundamentals,” said Sgt. Raymond De la Cruz, H&S Bn marksmanship instructor. “It’s important to teach them the right and safe way to do things, just like we teach Marines. The spouses that never fired an assault rifle before were really motivated and had a blast,” he said.

For an H&S Bn spouse like Aneshea Yee, participating in the Jane Wayne Day was not only a good way to make friends and develop an appreciation for what her spouse does, but it was also practice.

“I’m leaving for boot camp in a few weeks, so this was a taste of what I’ll be doing for three months,” said Yee. “Climbing the rope on the obstacle course was the best part, because I got half way up and I wanted to quit, but the encouragement from the Marines helped me make it to the top. Having the commanding officer, the FRO and all the Marines come out and show their support meant a lot. Although the battalion is big it is still very much a family,” she said.

After being a Marine for a day, the spouses had a greater appreciation for their loved one and what it takes to be a Marine.

“We wanted to give the spouses a look at what their Marines do,” said Rebecca Gamboa, H&S Bn Family Readiness Officer. “The biggest thing I’ve heard from the spouses, is they thought their husbands were kidding when he complained about being tired from work, now spouses know they really are worn out.”

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