Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter County, SC
Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Shaw Air Force Base is working hard to help children with parents on-base understand deployment.
Dubbed "Operation: Take Flight," the Team Shaw children will visit the Deployment Processing Center on the airbase Thursday afternoon.
Planned for Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 7:00pm, the Base has a full schedule of activities and learning opportunities for the children.
USAF Tech. Sgt. Evan Singleton, Shaw Airman and Family Readiness Center lead said "It helps the children understand what their parents do when they deploy, from start to finish. The program also decreases the negative connotation associated with the word 'deployment,' and increases the sense of security for the children because they they get to see what mom and dad go through."
The children will get to do many of the same tasks as their parents, even eating "MREs" or Meals Ready to Eat, and some of the school-aged children will be outfitted with kid-sized uniforms, or even their parents uniforms.
Following all the steps for deployment, the children will go through the deployment processing line, be briefed on a mission, and deploy to their "assignment" locations, make-believe of course.
At their deployed locations, Team Shaw will join the children to create a learning experience to help them get an understanding of all the different careers in the Air Force and U.S. Army.
For some of the children, they will have the opportunity to see the 20th Civil Engineer Squadron's explosive ordinance disposal team bring out their vehicles, bomb suits, and bomb disposal robots.
For other children, the 20th Security Forces Squadron will be out in full force, bringing their ambulances and a fire truck for the kids.
The Third Army/Army Central Command will also bring one of their Hummers for the children.
The Base is anticipating upwards of 250 children of the Team Shaw family to participate.