By Airman 1st Class Stephen Musal , Public Affairs
/ Published April 24, 2007
GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
On Saturday, the Vance Deployment Center was packed with a rough and ready crowd, prepared to deploy anywhere in the world. Clad in camoflague, they paid rapt attention as Col. Richard Ayres, 17th Training Wing commander, briefed them on their next move.
"We're going to take you out to a big C-130 and fly you to the other side of the world!" the commander said, all smiles as he addressed the 54 children participating in the second annual Operation KIDS event at Goodfellow.
From Vance, the kids left for Camp Liberty in the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academys high bay, where they were given pre-deployment training and had their faces painted.
They then boarded a C-130 at the fire school, were given a flight briefing and finally ended up at Discovery Air Base at Goodfellows Camp Sentinel exercise area.
At Discovery AB, the children were treated to a Marine Corps-led obstacle course, demonstrations by the Office of Special Investigations and the 17th Security Forces Squadron, lessons on local venomous wildlife and a moulage demonstration by the 17th Medical Group and much, much more.
"It was really fun," said nine-year-old Morgan Thrush, daughter of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Stan Thrush. "It really helped me understand what my dad went through when he deployed."