News: MWSS-272 spouses participate in Jane Wayne Day
Story by Lance Cpl. Manuel Estrada
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - Spouses and extended family members of Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 participated in a Jane Wayne Day, March 23.
A Jane Wayne Day gives family members the chance to see what their service member does while in the military, said Megan McGann, MWSS-272 family readiness officer.
Lt. Col. Patrick R. Hittle, MWSS-272 commanding officer, welcomed the 30 family members and thanked them for taking time out of their schedules to experience the military life.
After gearing up in a shirt saying ‘I survived Jane Wayne Day,’ the families loaded onto a bus and went to a range to fire weapons.
Participants first fired 30 rounds from an M4 service rifle.
Melissa Huber said this is the first time she shot a rifle, and she was excited to see how it felt.
After all the rounds were fired, the family members were given the opportunity to fire the M203 40mm grenade launcher, which attaches to the underside of the rifle’s barrel.
The family members each fired three M713 training rounds. Sgt. James Kratky, MWSS-272 range operations non-commissioned officer in charge, also calls them ‘Cheeto puffs of doom.’ They are filled with an orange chalk and when they hit a surface the round explodes and covers the surrounding area with orange chalk.
Huber said she liked the M203 better because she could see where the round went and where it impacted.
The Jane Wayne participants then loaded back on to the bus and returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River where they enjoyed lunch. The family members did not bring their own lunches, instead MWSS-272 supplied them with a large selection of Meals Ready to Eat.
The first thing you could hear from the family members was “I don’t want the veggie omelet.” Not many of the family members liked how the MRE tasted. One person said the only time she would eat another MRE would be if the world ended.
After lunch, the families were separated into three groups to enjoy the different activities MWSS-272 had set up for them.
The first event set up was the combat fitness test. Cpl. Tony Diaz, MWSS-272 training clerk, told the family members the CFT is setup exactly like the one their service members go through.
The family members that went through the course, all of them finished covered in sweat, and some said that they never wanted to do the course ever again.
The second event for the families was a tour of a few vehicles the squadron uses. It included the MAC 50 crane, mine resistant ambush protected vehicle and a Humvee, among other vehicles.
Then the families made their way to the indoor simulated marksmanship trainer. The ISMT is a simulated firing range that allows the person using the ISMT the look feel of using a weapon in real life while electronically tracking movement and breathing.
Inside the IMST, the families shot the M4 service rifle, M240G medium machinegun, M249 squad automatic weapon, and the M2 Browning machine gun.
The families then finished the day with a hearty game of tug-of-war.
The commanding officer then gave the all family members a certificate for completing the day. Now the families can go home and tell their service members they were the Marine for the day.