Over 30 women arrived on base Friday to get a glimpse into their husbands' jobs. The wives donned flight suits and got do things like experience the flight simulator building and create their own call signs. Instructors say military spouses must continually provide support for their families, and this is a nice way for the navy to give back.
"To pick up your home and relocate it to any part of the world at any moment at any time and to be flexible, and if you can give a spouse a taste of why they're doing that, it makes all the difference," said Sheree Krause, the VT-9 Spouses Club president.
One unique opportunity the wives get is to see the aircraft touch-and-go along the runway. Many of the spouses say this is their favorite part.
Amanda Lefere's husband is one of the pilots flying. She says while it makes her nervous, having the opportunity to see her husband fly is an eye-opening experience.
"It puts us in their shoes a little bit because they leave the house every day and come do flights, and we don't know what they're doing. So we come here and get to see what they actually are doing," Lefere said.
The instructors say this is a tradition they hope will continue to grow. And the military spouses who attended say they're excited to come back.
"It made me so much more appreciative of what these aviators do every day, just how dangerous it really is and just how proud I am as a spouse to be a very small part of it," Krause said.