Mock deployment for children

A child performs push-ups with a Marine during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS volunteers gave children a perspective on what its like to be on a military deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child performs push-ups with a Marine during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS volunteers gave children a perspective on what its like to be on a military deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child runs through tires as part of 17th Security Forces Squadron training during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron used multiple stations to train the youths for their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

A child runs through tires as part of 17th Security Forces Squadron training during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron used multiple stations to train the youths for their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Cecilia Diaz, 17th Medical Group Family Advocacy outreach manager, paints a child’s face to look like an injury during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016.  Other events at Camp Sentinel included a Marine obstacle course, and paintball shooting and grenade throwing with the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Cecilia Diaz, 17th Medical Group Family Advocacy outreach manager, paints a child’s face to look like an injury during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Other events at Camp Sentinel included a Marine obstacle course, and paintball shooting and grenade throwing with the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Cecilia Diaz, 17th Medical Group Family Advocacy outreach manager, paints a child’s arm to look like an injury during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The wound painting technique is called moulage and is used for the purpose of training emergency response teams and other medical and military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Cecilia Diaz, 17th Medical Group Family Advocacy outreach manager, paints a child’s arm to look like an injury during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The wound painting technique is called moulage and is used for the purpose of training emergency response teams and other medical and military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, questions children before they go on a mock deployment during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the Vance Deployment Center, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS is an annual event designed to introduce military children to deployment operations that their parents may experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, questions children before they go on a mock deployment during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the Vance Deployment Center, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS is an annual event designed to introduce military children to deployment operations that their parents may experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard Broadnax III, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, assists a child with entry control techniques during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron trained the youths for their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Richard Broadnax III, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, assists a child with entry control techniques during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron trained the youths for their deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Joy, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, ensures Senior Airman Gage Reece, 17th SFS patrolman, follows directions from Senior Airman Hailey Slenk, 17th SFS MWD handler, during a demonstration as part of Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The MWD section demonstrated techniques used both stateside and abroad to handle suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Joy, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, ensures Senior Airman Gage Reece, 17th SFS patrolman, follows directions from Senior Airman Hailey Slenk, 17th SFS MWD handler, during a demonstration as part of Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron Lodge, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The MWD section demonstrated techniques used both stateside and abroad to handle suspects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Laura R. McFarlane/Released)

Children and their parents go through a mock deployment line during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the Vance Deployment Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The children involved in the event received free supplies like camouflage shirts and fake Common Access Cards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

Children and their parents go through a mock deployment line during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the Vance Deployment Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The children involved in the event received free supplies like camouflage shirts and fake Common Access Cards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child swings a dummy baton at a padded Airman during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron gave the children mock pre-deployment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child swings a dummy baton at a padded Airman during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at the 17th Force Support Squadron on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. The 17th Security Forces Squadron gave the children mock pre-deployment training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

A child, wearing face-paint, fires a paint-ball gun during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS volunteers taught the children how to aim and fire paint-ball guns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)
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A child, wearing face-paint, fires a paint-ball gun during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services at Camp Sentinel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 1, 2016. Operation KIDS volunteers taught the children how to aim and fire paint-ball guns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randall Moose/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Approximately 80 children answered the call to duty during Operation Kids Investigating Deployment Services Oct. 1.

Operation KIDS is an annual event designed to introduce military children to deployment operations that their parents may experience.

This year, the event expanded to include kids from the surrounding community who are interested in joining the military or just learning more about the military experience, according to Tech. Sgt. Nathanael L. Meagher, 17th Force Support Squadron readiness NCO.

The day included a mobility line at the Vance Deployment Center, pre-deployment training with the 17th Security Forces Squadron, a Marine obstacle course at the Camp Sentinel training village, paintball shooting and grenade throwing with the Army, and fake combat wounds for the children.

Meagher took charge of Operation KIDS about three years ago and worked to get the other services involved.

“Since a lot of our deployments nowadays are joint and we’re with the Army and Marines, it allows them to get a better understanding of the groups we work with,” said Meagher.

This also provides a multiservice experience for children looking to join a branch different than their parent. One such child is an Air Force dependent looking to join the Army.

“Well, my dad’s in the military and I’d like to be in the military when I grow up,” he said. “Army. I just like the things they do in the Army better than they do in the Air Force.”

After the field experience, the children returned to the Vance Deployment Center for inprocessing and certificates.