Military families experience deployment process

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Airmen and Family Readiness Center presents the Family Mobility Line 2007 scheduled Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the A&FRC, Bldg. 732.
The A&FRC organized this program to give families a chance to have a sense of pride and a better understanding of what military members go through when they deploy.
"We eliminated any distractions and solely focused on the mobility process," said Maryann Barry, community readiness consultant at the A&FRC.
The first part of the in-processing, the children will be formed up in flight formation and marched to the mobility center. They will receive individual mobility bags and briefings from intelligence, chaplain and medical representatives.
After "in-processing", families will be bused to a KC-135 Stratotanker static display where McConnell pilots will brief them on what to expect on the plane.
The family will also visit base "Camp McConnell" where they will meet with the "Camp McConnell" commander. Families will have the opportunity to interact with security forces, fire department, medical, services and A&FRC personnel.
During this time children will learn safety tips and how each group serves their mission at McConnell.
The fire department will educate the children on "Stop, Drop and Roll," said Barry.
A cultural tent will be constructed where children can view photographs from countries servicemembers deploy to.
After leaving "Camp McConnell", families will be bussed back to the A&FRC for a welcome home reunion. This is the finale of Family Mobility Line 2007. Returnees will be greeted with music, honor guard and waving flags.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and are encourage to wear an article(s) of the military uniform.
For more information about the event, call the A&FRC at 759-6020. People can register online at www.mcconnellfsc.com.