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Vanessa Arreola lifts up Staff Sgt. Jessica Coit during the second annual Jayne and John Wayne Day hosted by Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 9, 2015. Family members toured their service member’s workspaces, participate in a portion of the Marines’ Combat Fitness Test and turned a few wrenches all to build relationships with the command, meet other families and build camaraderie with the unit. MALS-14 provides aviation logistics support, guidance, and direction to Marine Aircraft Group 14 squadrons including maintenance for aircraft and aeronautical components. Arreola is a spouse of Capt. Agustin Arreola, the MALS-14 operations officer. Coit is the substance abuse control officer with the squadron.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez

Families of MALS-14 Marines clock-in for fun

14 Oct 2015 | Lance Cpl. Jason Jimenez Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 families experienced first-hand what their Marine does on a daily basis to support the Marine Corps during a Jayne and John Wayne Day, Oct. 9.

The second annual event kicked-off with spouses and families touring the workspaces of their Marine in an effort to build relationships with the command, meet other families and build camaraderie within the unit.

“This is an opportunity for us to show spouses and family members what their Marine does and let them see some of the functions of MALS-14 up close,” said Gunnery Sgt. Juan J. Castro, operations chief with the squadron. “It also gives the Marines a break, while allowing their spouses and families to partake in Marine-related activities.”

According to Castro, there are many different working parts of MALS-14 and every one of those departments has a specific task to support the other squadrons across the air station.

“Being at work is business all the time, no real space for play,” said Castro. “It is good to have this event for the Marines to let loose with their families in a place that they spend the majority of their day.”

After being at the Marines’ individual workspaces, the families had the opportunity to participate in a movement under fire, which is a portion of the Marines’ annual Combat Fitness Test.

“Doing the CFT was great, even my children ran it,” said Vanessa Arreola, spouse of MALS-14 operations officer, Capt. Agustin Arreola. “The physical parts of Jayne and John Wayne Day were awesome. I liked being able to do some of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques with my husband.”

Families of the Marines received MCMAP demonstrations and were afforded the opportunity to test their martial arts prowess on a striking pad.

“The kids have been looking forward to it and they had so much fun,” said Arreola. “It can be really hard sometimes being far away the majority of the day and it is great to see what my Marine does every day.”

MALS-14 provides aviation logistics support, guidance, and direction to Marine Aircraft Group 14 squadrons including maintenance for aircraft and aeronautical components.

“With the squadron being as big as it is, we enjoy being able to gather everyone and we look forward to continuing the fun next year,” said Castro.


Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point