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Shaw children will experience what it is like to process to deploy in Operation Take-Flight at the deployment processing center here Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

"This is an opportunity to experience what mom and dad goes through," said Master Sgt. Brian Melton, Shaw Airman and Family Readiness Center. "It gives our military children something they can relate to when they see their parents get ready for deployment."

The children get to do many of the same things as their parents, even eating "Meals, Ready-to-Eat," which will be "Lunchables." Some of the school- age children will also be wearing kid size uniforms or their parent's uniforms. They will go through the deployment processing line, get a mission brief and deploy to a make-believe location.

At the deployed location, Team Shaw will join together to give the children a learning experience about different careers in the Air Force. The explosive ordnance disposal team will bring out their vehicles, bomb suits and robots. The 20th Security Forces Squadron will also be out in full force, along with ambulances and a fire truck for the children. The Airmen will wear combat gear, and the children will be able to see weapons on display.

The kids will return from the deployment with a homecoming at the DPC where they will receive a certificate of completion.
Organizers expect more than 200 children to participate in the event.
Media invited! Please R.S.V.P. no later than 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Meet at the visitor's center by 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Senior Airman Alexandria Mosness at 803-895-2019 or