by Maj. Angelic Ramirez
Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs
10/22/2015 - LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. -- The
Airmen and Family Readiness Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base will
host the annual Kids Understanding Deployment Operations event at the
Fort MacArthur parade grounds Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. in San Pedro, Calif.
The annual event provides military children and teens of families
stationed at the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo,
Calif., the opportunity to experience the deployment process similar to
what their parent(s) go through before heading overseas.
KUDOS is open to children and teens ages 5 to 15 and must be accompanied
by an adult. It is open to children of military, Department of Defense
and Contractor employees, according to Tech. Sgt. Melvin Morena, 61st
Force Support Services and organizer of the event.
While the Airmen and Family Readiness Center offers many programs
available to help the service members and families during deployments,
KUDOS is specifically designed for children.
"The event will kick off with the children processing through a
deployment line; all real-world agencies will be on site to in-process
participants. They will receive their travel card, uniform (t-shirt),
mobility bag, required medication (skittles and simulated vaccinations)
and military orders," said Morena.
Once everybody has processed the deployment line they will be provided
an intelligence brief and welcomed by the commander. Participants are
broken into groups and led by military members to different stations to
learn hands-on military skillsets that include self-aid, buddy care and
self-defense techniques. An obstacle course and real world military
exhibits will be available with guided instruction and demonstration.
The junior deployers can taste a variety of the Meals, Ready to Eat,
apply camo face paint and don mission orientated protective posture, or
The event will conclude with a small ceremony honoring each participant
who will be given a KUDOS dog tag and a welcome home ceremony at the
parade field where family and friends can cheer on participants and
greet them with welcome home signs.
"It is a one-of a kind event that educates, builds team work, and
challenges you both physically and mentally. More importantly, we make
the process fun! Fall in for a day in our boots!" said Morena.
For more information or to register for KUDOS, call (310) 653-5428.