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Family deployment line shows kids what it's like

by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
Thunderbolt staff writer
photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Robertson

Airman 1st Class Hogan Lee, 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, shows Reece Halpin, 7, from Tinker Elementary School, the proper way to put on a gas mask.

The first-ever deployment line for active duty spouses and children Wednesday started at the Base Theater, where kids were issued equipment, dog tags and important deployment information.

The Family Member Deployment Line was a learning experience and gives young dependents a better understanding of what their mom or dad does when they deploy, said Katy Thornton, director of the Family Support Center.

The Family Member Deployment Line was a learning experience and gives young dependents a better understanding of what their mom or dad does when they deploy, said Katy Thornton, director of the Family Support Center.

After the briefing, buses took "deploying" family members to Hangar 4 to see a KC-135 Stratotanker, a fire truck, 6th Security Forces Squadron dogs and other military displays until approximately 11 a.m.

The day was an excused absence for Hillsborough County students who wanted to attend.

 

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