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Kate Steele laughs after firing at the enemy on a giant screen at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for Jane Wayne Day on Friday. Marines use the ISMT to train in a simulated environment that mimics a computer game.
Kate Steele laughs after firing at the enemy on a giant screen at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for Jane Wayne Day on Friday. Marines use the ISMT to train in a simulated environment that mimics a computer game. (Matt Orr / S&S)
Kate Steele laughs after firing at the enemy on a giant screen at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for Jane Wayne Day on Friday. Marines use the ISMT to train in a simulated environment that mimics a computer game.
Kate Steele laughs after firing at the enemy on a giant screen at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma for Jane Wayne Day on Friday. Marines use the ISMT to train in a simulated environment that mimics a computer game. (Matt Orr / S&S)
Spouses do some warm-up exercises before undergoing a few demonstrations in the Marine Corps Marital Arts Program as part of Jane Wayne Day.
Spouses do some warm-up exercises before undergoing a few demonstrations in the Marine Corps Marital Arts Program as part of Jane Wayne Day. (Matt Orr / S&S)
Marine Corps Martial Arts instructors teach spouses how to defend themselves.
Marine Corps Martial Arts instructors teach spouses how to defend themselves. (Matt Orr / S&S)
Marine spouses learn how to defend themselves during Jane Wayne Day.
Marine spouses learn how to defend themselves during Jane Wayne Day. (Matt Orr / S&S)
Capt. Courtney Slafter, CH-46 pilot, teaches Marine spouses about her job and the helicopter she flies during Jane Wayne Day. The spouses were allowed to board the helicopter and also sit in the pilot seats.
Capt. Courtney Slafter, CH-46 pilot, teaches Marine spouses about her job and the helicopter she flies during Jane Wayne Day. The spouses were allowed to board the helicopter and also sit in the pilot seats. (Matt Orr / S&S)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Okinawa — The drill instructor raced up and down the formation, stopping only to yell at the top of his lungs just inches from their faces. One looked so taken aback that the sergeant major had to come over to make sure she was all right.

This scene wasn’t on the hallowed grounds of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., with a group of recruits.

Rather, these were spouses getting a close-up view of what it’s like to be a Marine, during "Jane Wayne Day" on Friday at Futenma.

From calling cadence during a run to piloting a helicopter and firing a machine gun on simulators to trying on night-vision goggles, the 50 "Janes" got a little taste of their husbands’ jobs.

"Some things they are learning I hope they never have to use, like defending themselves in a knife fight," said Renee Lilley, family readiness officer for Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1, as she watched some of the women use rubber batons during a martial arts demonstration.

However, it was the "big guns" at the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer that seemed to be the most popular activity of the day.

"It was really cool to shoot such huge weapons. I shoot pistols with my father, and I never get the opportunity to shoot multiple-round weapons," said Kate Steele after firing a weapon that was nearly as long as she is tall. "It has been a really great day."

"This is a way for us to show the spouses that we really appreciate what they do," said Lt. Col. Raul Lianez, commanding officer of the squadron. "They have a job that is just as trying."

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