During the event, children will enter the Deployment Control Center and go through an educational yet fun, mock processing line.
"This year we want to give the kids a fun time, while still learning a little bit about what their parents go through when deploying," said Master Sgt. Stephen Perez, 7th Force Support Squadron. "Everyone goes through the DCC just like we would for a real deployment. After completing the processing line, the children will leave and go to the C-130 and B-1 displays."
Operation Dyess Kids is taking place during Comprehensive Airman Fitness week as a family activity to foster family resilience. The CAF theme this quarter is physical resilience, with the goal of understanding how the link between physical fitness and mental fitness improve performance, leadership and health. To achieve that goal, individuals identify and apply tools to effectively manage physical and mental energy levels.
At Operation Dyess Kids, children will also learn about resiliency by testing their skills on the inflatable obstacle course, provided by the Dyess Youth Center.
"Going up the ladder to reach the top of the obstacle course is full of twists and turns, and coming down might be bumpy and challenging," said Diane Areskog, Youth Center director. "Life is the same way, and you have to be resilient to make it through."
Completing all of the stations and reaching the reintegration and food area where the Dyess First Sergeants will be preparing free meals takes about 60 minutes. Parents are asked to allow enough time for children to make it through all the stations before closing time.
If you are looking to have a fun family outing, come join everyone at Operation Dyess Kids. No registration is required, there is no cost and families can show up any time during the operating hours.