FORT BRAGG, N.C. (June 22, 2012) -- When some Army spouses were gasping for breath at this year's "Soldier for a Day," June 14, Emily Damboise was doing something far different.

"I'm asking for more (exercise)," said Damboise, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dan Damboise, who is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

At morning physical training, Damboise seemed to enjoy the scissor kicks and push ups. She said it gave her a glimpse into her husband's daily life.

"It's great to get a feeling of what it's like to be on their side," she said.

Soldier for a Day, is coordinated by Army Community Service to give spouses access to some of the daily activities that Soldiers encounter.

It is billed as a day to get dirty and sweaty and it's definitely not a day for the physically shy.
Typically a back-to-back, two-day Military Spouse Day Conference that exposes spouses to crafts on day one and to physical training on day two. This year's conference had to be further divided into two months.

Originally planned for early May, renovations to the jump tower dictated that the spouses visit Fort Bragg, May 10, for crafts and return, June 14 for PT, the obstacle course and engagement skills training.

Nearly 40 spouses were divided into six platoons for those activities, said Cathy Mansfield, volunteer coordinator, ACS.

For Jennie Castle, whose husband Dan is a sergeant with the 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, being a Soldier for a day was something that helped to give her some perspective about her husband's responsibilities as a Soldier.

"I think it's honorable that he does it (serves), and he's a good Soldier," said the Michigan native. "This helps me appreciate when he comes home after a rough day."

Kendra Stewart said she wanted to return to the conference this year after having participated last year.

"I enjoyed it. I feel like anybody can do it. It doesn't have to be the most fit person. They (trainers) adapt to what each person can do," said the wife of 1st Sgt. William Stewart, 3rd Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

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