News: Fall in ladies!! Spouses experience a day in their Marines’ shoes
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 20 spouses of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 experienced first-hand some of the tasks their Marines perform each day during the squadron’s Jane Wayne Day at Foxtrot taxiway, March 15.
The day is intended to give these 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing spouses a chance to learn about various aspects of the Marine Corps and a unit’s specific mission.
“This is a good event for spouses to get out and see what their husbands do on a daily basis,” said Sgt. Peter A. Suguitan, a squad leader for the event and an imagery analyst with VMU-2. “Events like this help the spouses understand.”
After meeting their squad leaders, the spouses ventured out to the flightline where they witnessed a take-off and recovery of a RQ-7B Shadow, seeing what it takes to navigate and control the aircraft.
“My husband comes home every day telling me about his day,” said spouse Kari L. Cardona. “After today, I will be able to have a little more in-depth conversation with him about what he does.”
Cardona added the best part was the opportunity to learn about the shadow.
Moving on from the flightline, the spouses got a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program demonstration before visiting the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Training building where they fired multiple weapon systems.
“It was exciting and something new to some of us,” said Cardona. “Firing the weapons was great.”
Cardona said she enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun learning about the various tasks her husband and his squadron are required to complete.
“With us deploying soon, the commanding officer said to get the spouses out here and learn about the squadron,” said Jeannette M. Young, the family readiness officer for VMU-2.
It shined a different light for the spouses before they see off their Marines for a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, said Young.
“I hope the spouses took home a greater sense of pride in their Marines,” she said. “I truly believe they will be a little more at ease knowing their Marines know how to do their job and how to do it safely while on deployment.”