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Team Mildenhall kids experience mock deployment line

A child receives a teddy bear and a stamp for her paper while in-processing during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The third annual Operation Together and Ready, helped the families of Team Mildenhall  learn what Airman go through to prepare for a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

A child receives a teddy bear and a stamp for her paper while in-processing during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The third annual Operation Together and Ready, helped the families of Team Mildenhall learn what Airman go through to prepare for a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Senior Airman Tori Watts, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, helps a child try on night-vision goggles during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children were able to understand how Forward Arming and Refuling Point Airmen perform their job at night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Senior Airman Tori Watts, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, helps a child try on night-vision goggles during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children were able to understand how Forward Arming and Refuling Point Airmen perform their job at night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

From the left: Staff Sgt. Camron Quaranto, 100th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his partner Karo perform a bite demonstration with Tech. Sgt. Melissa Burns, 100th SFS MWD kennel master, during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. After the demonstration the children toured a KC-135 Stratanker, a CV-22 Osprey and an MC-130J Commando II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

From the left: Staff Sgt. Camron Quaranto, 100th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his partner Karo perform a bite demonstration with Tech. Sgt. Melissa Burns, 100th SFS MWD kennel master, during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. After the demonstration the children toured a KC-135 Stratanker, a CV-22 Osprey and an MC-130J Commando II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Capt. James Huff, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, takes some children on a walk-around tour of a KC-135 Stratotanker during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children had the chance to take a close up look at the entire aircraft with the pilot explaining the different components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Capt. James Huff, 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, takes some children on a walk-around tour of a KC-135 Stratotanker during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children had the chance to take a close up look at the entire aircraft with the pilot explaining the different components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Children wait in line for their turn to tour a KC-135 Stratotanker during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children were able to tour a KC-135 Stratotanker, a CV-22 Osprey and an MC-130J Commando II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Children wait in line for their turn to tour a KC-135 Stratotanker during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. The children were able to tour a KC-135 Stratotanker, a CV-22 Osprey and an MC-130J Commando II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Chief Master Sgt. Kathi Glascock, 100th Air Refueling Wing command chief, and Col. Troy Pananon, 100th ARW commander, speak to children at the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. Pananon and Glascock took turns speaking to the children and getting them ready to begin their day of deployment activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Chief Master Sgt. Kathi Glascock, 100th Air Refueling Wing command chief, and Col. Troy Pananon, 100th ARW commander, speak to children at the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. Pananon and Glascock took turns speaking to the children and getting them ready to begin their day of deployment activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Master Sgt. Jeremiah Bybee, 100th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, presents a coin to a child during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. All of the children present received a coin from one of the wing’s first sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

Master Sgt. Jeremiah Bybee, 100th Comptroller Squadron first sergeant, presents a coin to a child during the ‘kids deployment line’ at RAF Mildenhall, England, Aug. 9, 2019. All of the children present received a coin from one of the wing’s first sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Cooper)

RAF MILDENHALL, England --

The 100th Air Refueling Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted a ‘kids deployment line’ here Aug. 9, 2019.

The third annual Operation Together and Ready, helped families of Team Mildenhall  learn what life is like when an Airman is deployed.

Activities began with the children learning a few customs and courtesies in preparation of a briefing by the 100th ARW commander and command chief. Next, they went through the pre-deployment phase where children received breifings and stamps from various offices such as legal, finance, medical and the chaplain.  

Afterward, the kids received their deployment gear and watched a demonstration of the military working dogs by the 100th Security Forces Squadron.

After lunch, they were divided up into groups to get some hands-on experience with Security Forces, Logistics, the Fire Department and Fuels. They also got to tour a KC-135 Stratotanker, a CV-22 Osprey and a MC-130J Commando II.  

This event was more than just a fun afternoon for the families of Airmen.

“You can’t do a deployment alone, you need your family to support you and when they understand whats involved in the process they can support you better,” said Master Sgt. Carlos Castro, AFRC Readiness NCO. “By helping familes understand what we do on a day-to-day basis and building those relationships we all become more resilient, which is our goal.”

To close out the event Chief Master Sgt. Kathi Glascock, 100th ARW command chief, commended the children for doing well on their deployment. Finally, the first sergeants from the wing awarded each child a coin to commemorate their experience.