KUDOS teaches children about deployment

Staff Sgt. Courtney Nameth, 436th Airlift Wing administrative support, paints the face of a child participating in Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Nameth and other volunteers helped paint the faces of children on each of the nine chalks that simulated the deployment process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Staff Sgt. Courtney Nameth, 436th Airlift Wing administrative support, paints the face of a child participating in Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Nameth and other volunteers helped paint the faces of children on each of the nine chalks that simulated the deployment process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Airman 1st Class Marnie Wickman, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management, helps a child with chemical gear during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. During KUDOs, children were able to try on different pieces of equipment and learn about the deployment process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Airman 1st Class Marnie Wickman, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management, helps a child with chemical gear during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. During KUDOs, children were able to try on different pieces of equipment and learn about the deployment process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Leah Porreca, a child with the Youth Center, races to the finish line on a ball during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event sends kids through a simulated deployment processing line, obstacle course and other educational stations to give them a perspective on how military members prepare and process to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Leah Porreca, a child with the Youth Center, races to the finish line on a ball during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The event sends kids through a simulated deployment processing line, obstacle course and other educational stations to give them a perspective on how military members prepare and process to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A chalk of children were welcomed “home” after learning about deployments during the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. More than 250 children took part in the event, increasing the number of military children educated on deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A chalk of children were welcomed “home” after learning about deployments during the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. More than 250 children took part in the event, increasing the number of military children educated on deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Children learn about the equipment the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal uses while participating in Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 12th annual KUDOS was an event to give children a better understanding of what their parents go through during all phases of military deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Children learn about the equipment the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal uses while participating in Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 12th annual KUDOS was an event to give children a better understanding of what their parents go through during all phases of military deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Col. Corey Simmons, 436th Airlift Wing vice commander, briefs a chalk of children during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The briefing was done at the beginning of each chalk and was not only given by the vice wing commander but also by intel, public health and a few other organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Col. Corey Simmons, 436th Airlift Wing vice commander, briefs a chalk of children during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. The briefing was done at the beginning of each chalk and was not only given by the vice wing commander but also by intel, public health and a few other organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Gunner Conn, talks with 2nd Lt. Katherine Vaughn, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs officer, during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children were given “deployment” back packs and were taught about the different parts of deployment their parents go through.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

Gunner Conn, talks with 2nd Lt. Katherine Vaughn, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs officer, during Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children were given “deployment” back packs and were taught about the different parts of deployment their parents go through. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A child dressed in a gas mask and body armor checks his seal during the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Gear was brought out by various base organizations to help children understand what their parents might experience during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

A child dressed in a gas mask and body armor checks his seal during the Kids Understanding Deployment Operations Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Gear was brought out by various base organizations to help children understand what their parents might experience during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Gearing up for deployment is a scary uncertain time, where a lot is going on. Training and other appointments take up most of your time. With so much going on, it is difficult to find time to explain a complex concept, such as deployments, to your children.

The 12th annual Kids Understanding Deployment Operations, which took place Aug. 3, 2017, at the Youth Center here, was created to give children a better understanding of what their parents go through during all phases of military deployments. More than 250 children attended to learn about deployments.

“This event is extremely important,” said Master Sgt. Jason McNabb, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight superintendent. “Every one of the children have parents who have deployed or will deploy in a very near future, and this event really helps them understand what we go through over the course of our preparation.”

This year’s event is slightly different because of the open house. Teachers Understanding Deployment Operations was not included like years before. The event would have been canceled, but due to its importance, it would still provide an important experience for military dependents.

“The program is put together so the children understand deployment, because a lot of them are afraid of them and they do not understand what deployments involve,” said Roxanne Lee, Dover AFB Youth Center director. “This is a way for families, not just children, to come out and see what everyone goes through. It is meant to be a fun event, not a scary event.”

Lt. Col. Arnold Mosley, 436th Force Support Squadron commander, gave mission briefs for chalks on what and why they were preparing for their deployments. He wished they had this when his children were growing up.

“When my children were younger this event would have been great for them to have gone to,” said Mosley. “It would have helped them have a better understanding of what their parents did for deployments.”

The event was supported by volunteers from many agencies, including intel, public health and the logistics readiness squadron. Many of the same agencies would likely aid in a service member’s deploying.

“We have about eight or nine different units volunteer to help,” said McNabb. “Everybody who has a stake in someone deploying, help put the event on.”