Children receive a peek at the deployment process

Spangdahlem Elementary School children try on deployment equipment during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. Over the course of three days, different grades of elementary students experienced a mock deployment to better understand what their parents do before a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

Spangdahlem Elementary School children try on deployment equipment during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. Over the course of three days, different grades of elementary students experienced a mock deployment to better understand what their parents do before a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brook Hamilton, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team member, shows children from Spangdahlem Elementary School an EOD robot during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event helped children better understand a deployment and included a pre-deployment brief, individual protective equipment station and multiple static displays for children to learn about. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brook Hamilton, 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team member, shows children from Spangdahlem Elementary School an EOD robot during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event helped children better understand a deployment and included a pre-deployment brief, individual protective equipment station and multiple static displays for children to learn about. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

A Spangdahlem Elementary School student climbs into a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron construction vehicle during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event taught children the process of how their parents prepare to deploy for real-world operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

A Spangdahlem Elementary School student climbs into a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron construction vehicle during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event taught children the process of how their parents prepare to deploy for real-world operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

Students from Spangdahlem Elementary School explore an armored vehicle during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The deployment line featured several sections to inform children about deploying, including a pre-deployment brief, a look at deployment gear, mock immunizations, static vehicle displays and a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

Students from Spangdahlem Elementary School explore an armored vehicle during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The deployment line featured several sections to inform children about deploying, including a pre-deployment brief, a look at deployment gear, mock immunizations, static vehicle displays and a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Hamby, 52nd Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, speaks to Spangdahlem Elementary School students during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event was a three-day simulated deployment line for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and consisted of a mock pre-deployment brief, a look at individual protective equipment, mock immunizations, static vehicle displays and a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Hamby, 52nd Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, speaks to Spangdahlem Elementary School students during Children’s Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22, 2017. The event was a three-day simulated deployment line for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and consisted of a mock pre-deployment brief, a look at individual protective equipment, mock immunizations, static vehicle displays and a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Approximately 575 students from Spangdahlem Elementary School attended Children's Deployment Days at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 22-24, 2017.

The event was a three-day simulated deployment line for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It consisted of a mock pre-deployment brief about flying to Batman’s Gotham City, an individual protective equipment station, simulated immunizations, static vehicle displays and a tour of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

“Our main goal was to make sure the kids have fun,” said 2nd Lt. Pascal Won, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron deployments officer in charge and event coordinator. “We also wanted it to be educational; to show them what their parents experience before a deployment.”

The first stop for the children was the C-17 Globemaster, a cargo aircraft with a wingspan of approximately 170 feet that can carry a payload of nearly 165,000 pounds.

“I got to climb in an airplane,” said Maielyn Ross, 6, Spangdahlem Elementary School kindergartener and daughter of Tech. Sgt. Morris Ross, 52nd Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of airfield management. “It was really, really big.”

At another section, 52nd LRS Airmen dressed in protective equipment and laid out more on a table for children to interact with.

"The individual protective equipment was a fun learning activity for the kids," Won said. "It was a very hands-on experience where they could pick up the equipment and see what protects mom and dad."

Along with the pre-deployment activities, booths from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Spangdahlem Red Cross, United Service Organizations and chaplain’s office were set up with child-friendly handouts and goodies for the students.

“We’re very grateful for everyone who contributed to the kid’s deployment line and had a hand in this event,” Won said. “Everyone who participated interacted well with the kids to make sure they had fun and I’m very pleased with the outcome.”