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Marine spouses kayak in the Neuse River during Spouses Outdoor Exploration Day at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., May 30, 2014. The event was hosted by Marine and Family Program's Marine Corps Family Team Building department. More than 50 spouses participated in the event. MCFTB is a program that provides educational resources and services to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of service members and their families.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts

Fresh air, fresh outlook at Outdoor Exploration Day

5 Jun 2014 | Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts

Maintaining a military lifestyle is sometimes stressful and a little overwhelming, but with the help of Marine Corps Family Team Building, military spouses got a day off to explore nature during a Spouses Outdoor Exploration Day May 30 at Ordnance Point Park here.

MCFTB is a department under Cherry Point Marine and Family Programs that provides Marines and their families with resources to aid in the development of personal growth and readiness for challenges associated with the Marine Corps.

More than 50 spouses came to participate in the different activities available to them. Some of the events included kayaking, paddle boarding and yoga.

"What I liked about the exploration day was that I was able to do things that I have never done before," said Valerie Howell, a military spouse from Cherry Point. "I got to do yoga, and the paddle boards were awesome. I think I could have been on the paddle boards all day."

Amy Zier, the readiness and deployment support trainer with MCFTB stated MCFTB wants to encourage spouses to try new things, and experience new ways to stay healthy, reduce stress, escape from daily grind learn a new hobby and gain self-confidence.

Zier prides herself in offering these services to the residents of Cherry Point. She said she loves seeing all the spouses come together and having a good time.

“In my role as the readiness and deployment support program trainer for MCFTB Cherry Point, my goal is to offer workshops and special events that empower and educate as well as provide opportunities for fun and networking before, during and after deployments.”

The spouses who attended the outdoor exploration day laughed, experienced new things and made new friends.

"This was my first time attending the outdoor exploration day and I most definitely would attend again," said Howell. "I think an event like this gives spouses an opportunity to get out and meet other people and to step out of their comfort zone and try something new."

MCFTB worked hard to provide the military spouses with a unique experience and the spouses recognized their efforts.

"I think the Marine Corps Family Team Building did a fantastic job at this event," said Howell. "It was very relaxing and exciting and I absolutely would recommend this event to other spouses."

For more information on programs and resources offered by Marine and Family Program's Marine Corps Family Team Building contact their office at (252) 466-4401 or visit

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point