Rebecca Higgins had heard her husband talk about training at the 369th Signal Battalion's Forward Operating Base, and she'd even driven past there once. What went on there, she said, remained a mystery.
On Saturday the mystery was solved. She and about 20 other spouses and family members took part in Jane Wayne Day at Fort Gordon.
"It's been fascinating," Mrs. Higgins said.
During the day, spouses learned to fire a machine gun, watched a hand-to-hand combat demonstration and went through a mock ambush while patrolling the site.
"We want to give them a feel for what their husband or wife is training for," said Lt. Col. Ralph Higgins, the 369th Signal Battalion commander. "This place has been operational seven days a week since January."
Mrs. Higgins, who introduced the idea of the Jane Wayne Day to her husband, said she was glad she participated.
"It makes you appreciate what they do every day," she said.
Betty Beam had traveled from Maryland to spend time with her son, 1st Sgt. Ellsworth Beam, and decided to take part in the event.
"I think it's good to see what the guys are eating and the feel of having a gun in my hand," she said.
Beam's 85-year-old mother, Audrey Lee, watched the events.
"I enjoyed coming out here. I wished I could participate more," she said.
Officials with the 369th said they received some positive feedback from the spouses and might consider trying it again if there is an interest.
"We'll probably look into it after the winter," Lt. Col. Higgins said.
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