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A spouse lifts an ammunition can over head during Jane Wayne Day with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group at W.P.T. Hill Field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 9, 2011. During the event, spouses participated in a modified combat fitness test, fired rifles and learned basic Marine Corps Martial Arts Program moves. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado)

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Jane Wayne Day brings out rough, tough side of military spouses

9 Dec 2011 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Military spouses watch their husband or wife put on a uniform every day. They see their Marines wake up at 3:30 a.m. just to go to the rifle range. They witness their spouses’ dedication to physical fitness, but not often do they get to experience what it's like to be a Marine.

Until a Marine Corps tradition is upheld, the annual Jane Wayne Day.

Jane Wayne Day is an event that allows military spouses to participate in a series of events such as running a Combat Fitness Test and shooting the M-16 A4 service rifle.

Marines and sailors of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group brought their spouses to W.P.T. Hill Field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., to put them to the test Dec. 9.

The regiment isn’t the only unit getting military spouses dirty. Joining in on the fun was 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd MLG which had its own Jane Wayne Day just a week prior, Dec. 2.

Though they’re different units, the idea of the day was common, show the spouses what it is their Marine does on a regular basis.

The Marines walked their significant others through static displays of vehicles commonly used in the Corps, such as the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Armored Vehicle and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, or seven ton.

Some of the more physical events included a modified combat fitness test supervised by the regiment’s headquarters company, which included two of the three-part test, the ammunition can lift and maneuver under fire. Along with the CFT, the regiment had several qualified MCMAP instructors teach the spouses simple moves like the basic warrior stance and lead-hand punch.

Although some of the events may vary at different Jane Wayne Days, visiting the rifle range is a typical event and usually a highlight.

Both units took their spouses to the range to fire at targets with live ammunition. Spouses sported Kevlar helmets and flak jackets for safety as they tore into their individual targets they were allowed to keep afterward.

To plan such an event is no small task. 2nd Lt. Caitlin Powers, the event’s planner with operations section, CLR-27, received support from the whole unit to make the occasion a reality.

“We planned the whole event in six weeks, which was a lot shorter time than it should have been,” Powers said. “We got help from all the companies, and everyone pulled it together in that short period of time. The work we’ve all put in definitely paid off. The outcome was great.”

While 8th ESB’s Jane Wayne Day was a week prior, the battalion enjoyed the same success expressed Michelle Godfrey, the battalion’s family readiness officer.

“We’re extremely happy with the turn out,” she said. “This is the most people we’ve had for Jane Wayne Day, so I hope the spouses here can spread the word and get even more to come next time.”

Given the success of both Jane Wayne Days, there is a concrete foundation to build on for spouses to enjoy bigger and better displays, demonstrations and practical applications in the future. With Jane Wayne Day playing such a key role in keeping spouses aware and informed, it is certain this won’t be the last for either unit.


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