• Marinel Burdine, wife of Staff Sgt. Gary Burdine of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), tackled the rappel tower during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. The event allowed military spouses the opportunity to tackle obstacles and experience some of the physical demands Soldiers face during training. Burdine (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin).

    Sustainer spouses participate in No Ordinary Spouse Day

    Marinel Burdine, wife of Staff Sgt. Gary Burdine of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), tackled the rappel tower during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. The event allowed military spouses the opportunity to tackle obstacles and...

  • Karen Wheeler, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wheeler of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), completes an obstacle during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. The event allowed military spouses the opportunity to tackle obstacles and experience some of the physical demands Soldiers face during training. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin).

    Sustainer spouses participate in No Ordinary Spouse Day

    Karen Wheeler, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wheeler of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), completes an obstacle during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. The event allowed military spouses the opportunity to tackle obstacles and...

  • Staff Sgt. Terriance Hamilton of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), helps a spouse disconnect from the rappel tower during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. Hamilton was one of several 3d ESC Soldiers to volunteer during the event. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Sustainer spouses participate in No Ordinary Spouse Day

    Staff Sgt. Terriance Hamilton of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), helps a spouse disconnect from the rappel tower during Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouse Day on April 12. Hamilton was one of several 3d ESC Soldiers to volunteer during the...

FORT KNOX, Ky. (Apr. 12, 2013) Some spouses may work with or around Soldiers. Some may have an idea of the daily stressors and rigors involved with being a Soldier. But until the time came to rappel down a 50-foot wall, many of the spouses participating in Fort Knox's No Ordinary Spouses Day had no clue of what it felt like to be in their Soldier's boots.

Representing the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) in the event was Marinel Burdine and Karen Wheeler. During the event these spouses participated in the Engagement Skills Trainer, Obstacle Course and Rappel Tower.

Those participating admitted that they didn't exactly know what to expect at first, but was able to complete the events as scheduled.

"This event was the first of this kind for me," said Marinel Burdine, the wife of the 3d ESC's Staff Sgt. Gary Burdine. "It was fun to be able to experience a little of what my husband went through during training."

Burdine said that even though she considered the rappel tower to be her favorite event for the day, she really enjoyed the Engagement Skills Trainer, which tested her marksmanship skills.

"I think I would have enjoyed this (EST) more if I had really known what I was doing," said Burdine jokingly. "Maybe I'd do better if I went through again."

For the Soldiers in attendance, watching their spouses complete the obstacles and events was a rewarding experience. According to Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Wheeler, the experience was especially rewarding.

"I was so proud of Karen. And to have our Son here cheering her on, was special," said Wheeler. "To see her go through the obstacles we trained on during basic training was really amazing. I think she now has a better appreciation of what we do."

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