Operation KID familiarizes youth with deployments

A group of children take turns wearing the bite suit with help from the 49th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog team with during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EOD unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

A group of children take turns wearing the bite suit with help from the 49th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog team with during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EOD unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

Staff Sgt. Evan Dieckhoff, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, holds a plastic mock artillery projectile to a student during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parents go through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, have a mission brief, paint their faces, try on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EOD unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

Staff Sgt. Evan Dieckhoff, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, holds a plastic mock artillery projectile to a student during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parents go through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, have a mission brief, paint their faces, try on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EOD unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

A group of children look at equipment from the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EODl unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

A group of children look at equipment from the 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s EODl unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

Colonel Joseph Moehlmann, the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group commander, briefs a group of children during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

Colonel Joseph Moehlmann, the 635th Materiel Maintenance Group commander, briefs a group of children during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 3, 2017. Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parent goes through prior to a deployment. Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, a mission brief, painted their faces, tried on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Jonsgaard)

Holloman Air Force Base --

The Airman and Family Readiness Center, 635th Materiel Maintenance Group and Holloman’s Youth Programs teamed up Feb. 3, 2017, for the Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

“Deployment is a family event,” said Master Sgt. Kimmy Middleton, the 49th Wing Airman and Family Readiness Center readiness non-commission officer. “It’s not just the deployer going off to fight down range. The kids are also affected a lot. We found that the more the children understand about what their parents are going through, the more they’re excited about how their parent is fighting for freedom. It makes it easier for them to deal with the challenges of the separation, and then they have a bigger picture idea of what the Air Force does.”

Operation KID is an annual event allowing children of military members to acquire a better understanding of what their parents go through prior to a deployment.

“This event helps the children visualize what their parents might experience during a deployment -- where they’re sleeping, what they’re eating, and what they might be doing with their time during the day,” said LaurieAnn Goodier, the 49th Force Support Squadron school liaison officer. “The children know how their parent is supporting the mission over there.”

Military children were given a walk around the Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources compound to see a mock deployment site, have a mission brief, paint their faces, try on Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, and learn about different equipment including the opportunity to see a robot demonstration from Holloman’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.

“We at BEAR base set up a mini-deployed site, and we had them come out and look at all the shelters -- what you would see if you were deployed,” said Staff Sgt. Daisy Aleman, a 635th MMG logistics planner. “They are getting a feel for what it is to be deployed.”