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Southwest Daily News - Sulphur, LA
  • Fort Polk spouses test mettle at Jane Wayne event

  • The 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, hosted this event so spouses could get acquainted with each other and get a working knowledge of their soldiers' jobs.
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  • FORT POLK — Grenades were thrown and bullets flew through the air, but it was not soldiers on the attack — it was their spouses during an event called Jane Wayne, Nov. 15.
    The 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, hosted this event so spouses could get acquainted with each other and get a working knowledge of their soldiers' jobs.
    To begin the day-long event, spouses went to the firing range where they received training on the M9 handgun, M320 grenade launcher, M500 shotguns, M4 carbine and hand grenades.
    "At the range I got to shoot all kinds of guns," said Daniela Ruano, spouse of Spc. Brian Ruano, Company F, 2nd Battalion. "My favorite gun was the M4."
    One of the soldiers said he was not expecting his wife to be up to the challenges presented at the event.
    "I'm very proud of my wife," Brian Ruano said. "When she was shooting the M9, she surprised me. I did not realize how good a shot she was with that weapon. It was kind of scary that she had such accuracy with the M9."
    The spouses were then put on the back of several light medium tactical vehicles and transported to the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer building for vehicle rollover training.
    "I'm jealous because he always gets to do cool stuff at work," said Monica Lehman-Croft, spouse of Pfc. Louis Croft, Company B, 2nd Battalion. "My husband has been really excited about this Jane Wayne event so he could show me some of the things that he gets to do at work. It's nice to know what he is doing."
    The third and final event of the day was held at Fort Polk's air assault obstacle course. The couples competed as a team for this timed event. For safety reasons, most of the obstacle course was closed to the spouses. The teams were allowed to participate in five events.
    The Ruanos ran the fastest time of the day.
    "Today was awesome," said Yashira Rojas, wife of Spc. Gadiel Rosario, Company F, 2nd Battalion. "I think we wives can better appreciate what our husbands do now that we have an idea of what they go through. The Meals Ready to Eat aren't bad, but I would never want to eat them every day for three weeks. Today was fun but I know that his job is not always fun.
    " The responsibilities are huge and I do appreciate what he is doing because I know that he is doing this for his family and he is also doing this for his country," she said.

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