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MALS-13 Spouses Meet the Challenge at Jane Wayne Day

27 Feb 2014 | Cpl. Brendan King Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - A Jane Wayne Day is a unit event offering spouses the opportunity to experience what Marines go through physically and mentally during their training.

This family-oriented exercise gives Marines a chance to enjoy more time with their spouses while presenting them with a challenge they are not likely to forget.

On Friday, Marine Aviation and Logistics Squadron 13 held their own Jane Wayne Day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and proudly showed what their families are made of.

Even though the rain was pounding down and half the yard was mud, the spouses began the morning by completing a combat fitness test, including an 880-yard movement-to-contact run, ammo can lifts, and a very messy maneuver under fire.

As the day wore on, and the rain kept coming, the spouses moved on to the daunting obstacle course. With Marines overseeing the obstacles, each spouse bravely tackled the challenge, and eventually finished with only a few bumps and bruises.

“Jane Wayne Day is for the spouses to get experience of what the Marines go through physically and mentally,” said GySgt. Lizbeth Fogleman, an individual material readiness list asset manager for MALS-13 and a native of Los Angeles, Calif. “Today was the perfect day for that because it was raining, that one time a year in Yuma, so it worked out perfect.”

The final event was a spouse-on-spouse paint ball match where the couples would battle each other for bragging rights.

The day ended with the family members eating Meals, Ready-to-Eat, or MREs, with their Marines and receiving a motivational appreciation speech from Sgt. Maj. Lonny Solari, the sergeant major of MALS-13.

“We love seeing the families come out here and give them a taste of what we do,” said Solari, a native of Baton Rouge, La. “Jane Wayne Day is great and fun. It’s our way of showing our loved ones what we do for them, because in the end, it’s them we’re fighting for.”

The spouses experienced more of what it takes to be a Marine than just the physical exhaustion; they also felt the camaraderie. Many of them were already part of the key volunteer network, but had never gotten together to have fun and meet one another.

“Participating in this has changed a large perspective of how my husband and his peers work in any condition and I have a lot more respect for what they do,” said Mallory Sue Ramirez, a military spouse and native of Joplin, Mo. “The rain, shine, sleet, snow, and the physical fitness attribute - it just takes a lot of heart to be a Marine, and I respect that now a lot more than I probably ever have.”

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