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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

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Cherry Point, North Carolina
Racing, flying, shooting: Jane Wayne guest tap into warrior spirit

By Cpl. Glen E. Santy | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | May 31, 2012

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Ashley Nartins, a military spouse, flies the KC-130J flight simulator as a part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Jane Wayne day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, May 23. Approximately 30 women showed up for the event and participated in different stations where they looked at Marine Corps issue night vision goggles, flew the KC-130J simualtor and learned Marine Corps Martial Arts Program moves throughout the day.

Ashley Nartins, a military spouse, flies the KC-130J flight simulator as a part of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Jane Wayne day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, May 23. Approximately 30 women showed up for the event and participated in different stations where they looked at Marine Corps issue night vision goggles, flew the KC-130J simualtor and learned Marine Corps Martial Arts Program moves throughout the day. (Photo by Cpl. Glen E. Santy)


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Marine spouses watch as Lance Cpl. Frank Galinis demonstrates how to operate the .50 Caliber machinegun druing the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Jane Wayne day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, May 23. Approximately 30 women showed up for the event and participated in different stations where they looked at Marine Corps issue night vision goggles, flew the KC-130J simualtor and learned Marine Corps Martial Arts Program moves throughout the day.

Marine spouses watch as Lance Cpl. Frank Galinis demonstrates how to operate the .50 Caliber machinegun druing the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 Jane Wayne day aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, May 23. Approximately 30 women showed up for the event and participated in different stations where they looked at Marine Corps issue night vision goggles, flew the KC-130J simualtor and learned Marine Corps Martial Arts Program moves throughout the day. (Photo by Cpl. Glen E. Santy)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- More than 25 military spouses of Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 spent the day racing, shooting and flying in a squadron event designed to bridge the communication gap that commonly occurs between military and civilian couples.

The spouses were separated into five groups and sent to six different stations throughout Cherry Point. They flew the KC-103J simulator, spent some time in the dark with military issue night vision goggles, raced through an inflatable obstacle course, learned self defense with Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructors, shot some bad guys at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer and ended the day at the air traffic control tower.

“This has definitely helped me figure out what my husband is talking about now,” said McKenzie Apodaca, wife of Capt. Daniel Apodaca, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing command general aide-de-camp with VMGR-252. “Today has really put me in touch with my warrior spirit.”

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