Program to help kids understand deployment

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, MO (AP) - Air Force officials want to give some military children a feel for what their parents go through when it's time to deploy.

About 100 youngsters will participate in Saturday's "Operation Spirit" at Whiteman Air Force Base in central Missouri.

The program is aimed at helping kids understand what happens when their parents are sent overseas.

Participants will be briefed on their mission, watch a re-enlistment ceremony and get a uniform and dog tags. They'll also get the chance to put on flak vests and chemical gear.

Master Sgt. Karen Simpson of the 509th Force Support Squadron says military children "make the biggest sacrifice when their parents deploy." She said the event will give them some idea of the sacrifice their parents are making.

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