Readiness is not just for Airmen

Readiness is not just for Airmen

Julia Velez dons a helmet with assistance from Staff Sgt. Zachary Moody, 49th Security Forces Squadron police services, during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018. Operation K.I.D. is an annual event that teaches military youth the processes of deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Readiness is not just for Airmen

Madison Pflug inspects jars of animal and bug species during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018. The displays taught children about the risks bugs and animals may create during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Readiness is not just for Airmen

Sparky the Fire Dog high-fives a child next to a 49th Civil Engineer Squadron display during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018. Operation K.I.D. gave children the opportunity to interact and wear protective gear during their mock deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Readiness is not just for Airmen

Vishal Budhu and Senior Airman Jalon Scott, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protector, activate the sirens on a fire truck during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018. Approximately 200 children gathered into groups and navigated around various interactive displays designed to teach them about deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Readiness is not just for Airmen

Team Holloman youth gather around a 49th Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot demonstration during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018. This annual event gives children an understanding of what it is like for their loved ones preparing for deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

The Airman and Family Readiness Center, 635th Materiel Maintenance Group and Holloman’s Youth Programs rallied for Operation Kids Investigating Deployment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 2, 2018.

Event coordinators understand how important it is to properly train Airmen prior to deployment, and decided to take things a step further by training a younger audience.

“The goal of Operation K.I.D. is to show our military children what it’s like in a mock deployment setting,” said LaurieAnn Goodier, 49th Force Support Squadron school liaison officer. “Being able to take them out here and get a little taste of that is really important.”

Volunteers accomplished this operation by placing each of the approximately 200 children into groups based on age, and then moving them around to various interactive displays. Each display was set up and manned by units from Holloman.

“The event has morphed into something bigger than it has been in previous years,” said Goodier. “We have a great relationship with Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources Base and the other supporting agencies. They always get excited to come out and do this for the kids.”

Supporting agencies were not the only ones that were thrilled to attend the event. Nine-year-old Madison Logan claimed her favorite part of the experience was winning a dance battle against Sparky the Fire Dog, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department mascot.

“I learned that the Air Force is important in defending our country," Logan said. “I think my parents will be proud of me because I learned a lot today.”

Logan’s experience fell right into the intent for Operation K.I.D., being an educative and fun mock deployment experience while supporting Holloman’s mission.

“Being young, the children can’t always picture what it’s like when their parents deploy,” Goodier said. “I think this helps alleviate some fears the children may have when their parents are deployed.”