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FT. KNOX, Ky. (WDRB) --With her name stuck to her camo jacket with duct tape, Alyson Core prepares for an intense day her husband, Andrew, has only told her stories about before.
He's over in Afghanistan on his second tour.
"My husband is my best friend in the entire world. With him not home, it's kind of like you're missing that extra part," Core said.
As you can imagine, each day she's without him seems to go by in slow motion, unless it's a day like she experienced recently. Core and her fellow military spouses decided to live a day in the boots of the men they chose to spend the rest of their lives with.
"Getting to go do things like this really helps to boost our morale, and to help us feel better," Core explained.
They rappelled down 50 foot walls, climbed through holes, balanced on boards, and completed teamwork exercises. Make no mistake the training is intense, but it's still not quite what their husbands have seen.
"It's a small fraction, but it's still large enough to understand what their soldiers have been through," said 1st Lt. Christopher Packard from the US Army.
More than anything, hearing the stories and seeing the pictures, will be a bright spot for people like Andrew, and other men who could certainly use a little love from home base.
"This is really a big, supportive thing for us to do for them," Core said.
72 women participated in the training exercises this year.The army says they'll do it again next year as long as there's continued interest.