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FORT SILL, Okla._More than 100 Army spouses showed up at Fort Sill's confidence course for the 214 Fires Brigade “Spouse’s Day of Duty.”

They got a chance to show off their own skills and also learn a little about what their significant other does for work. With teams formed, faces painted and uniforms picked out the spouses toughed it out on obstacle courses, a road march and an electronic shooting simulator.

They're running, they’re jumping and they are definitely sweating, it's all to see what their spouse does in the Army in their day to day job. Joana Ross and her Army husband, Captain Kyle Ross, just had a baby six months ago but early this morning she had to say bye and go do some macho Army stuff.

"My husband is watching her and this is not really how I imagined my first baby free day but hey, it's whatever," said Ross.

It wasn't totally baby free as Lyla and Joana's husband decided to come out and see her conquer the last event of the day, the obstacle course.

"I think she is having a great time. She loves it. Might have a future soldier here, I don't know," said Capt. Ross.

The “Spouse’s Day of Duty” had spouses jumping, crawling, road marching, and conquering their fear of heights all to find out more about what their spouse does at work.

"It's pretty cool because, I mean, he talks to me about what he does at work but it’s all kind of a foreign concept to me and I don't always know what he does, said Ross. “When people ask me I don't always know what to say. So, it’s cool to be able to come out here and see what he gets to do sometimes"

214 Fires Brigade Commander, Colonel Andy Preston, says events like this strengthen the relationship between the U.S. Army and Army spouses.

"We have a saying in the Army that the strength of our nation is our Army and the strength of our Army is our soldiers but we must never forget that the strength of our soldiers is their family," said Col. Preston.

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