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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Master Sgt. Robin Elliott, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron unit deployment manager, helps children don gas masks during their “deployment” to Cocheo Park during the Kids Understanding Deployments Operations event here Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. KUDOS simulated a deployment processing line for dependents to help them understand the deployment process their parents or guardians go through before deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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KUDOS enlightens tiny deployers

Posted 11/20/2012   Updated 11/20/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Lael Huss
30th Space Wing Public Affairs

11/20/2012 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Children, along with their parents or guardians, attended the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations event at Cocheo Park here, Nov. 17.

The event was organized to educate service members' children and family members about the processes leading to and during deployments.

"I thought it was really cool to see what my dad went through when he was getting deployed," said, Amaya Favreau daughter of Tech. Sgt. Timothy Favreau, a 1st Air and Space Test Squadron flight chief. "I thought [this event] was really fun. I think my favorite part had to be when we were over by the bombs and learned about those. It was the first time I'd tried on a gas mask and I've always wanted to try one."

The Airman and Family Readiness Center, responsible for family members' programs during deployments, planned this event for children to experience what happens when their mom or dad deploys overseas.

Tech. Sgt. Brittany Spoutz, Airman and Family Readiness Center readiness non-commissioned officer, the director for the KUDOS event said, "this event really raises awareness and gives the children and the family members of military service members the opportunity to experience just a little bit of what their parents go through during a deployment."

Approximately 50 volunteers donated their time to give the 52 children in attendance their own deployment experience, despite extenuating weather circumstances.

"This year's event went really well ," Spoutz said. "It was high-energy. The kids and the volunteers were all in high spirits, all in all it was a fantastic turn-out. Thank you to all the volunteers, parents and, of course, the children for showing up, even in the rain."

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