SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AP) -- About 250 children of Army and Air Force men and women are getting a chance to see what it's like for their parents during a military deployment.
Air force spokesman Tech. Sgt. Evan Singleton says Thursday's event takes place at Shaw Air Force Base outside Sumter.
Singleton says the event helps the children understand what their parents go through.
The children are treated to a "meals-ready-to-eat" made for kids. They get to go through a deployment processing line, get instructions about their upcoming "mission," and deploy to a make-believe location.
At the deployment site, the children are shown displays about military careers from military police, fire departments, and a bomb disposal unit.
The children get a certificate of achievement at their unit's homecoming celebration.