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Operation JET approaching

By | July 23, 2010

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The sons and daughters of Joint Base San Antonio servicemembers will have the opportunity to "deploy" Aug. 13 to Camp Independence, a mock deployment base on Lackland's Training Annex to get a glimpse at a common part of military life.

In its fifth year, Operation JET, or Junior Expeditionary Team, gives children ages 7 and up the opportunity to experience the deployment process first hand.

According to 2nd Lt. Rachel Lanehart, a readiness officer with the 802nd Force Support Squadron, Operation JET teaches children about the deployment process and gives them a glimpse into what their parents experience once they are deployed.

The lieutenant said the children will engage in a mobility line and mission briefing at Arnold Hall before "deploying" to Camp Independence. Upon arrival at Camp Independence, attendees will negotiate the tactical course and visit multiple displays and demonstrations provided by multiple units throughout the base.

Operation JET is Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating children will receive dog tags, a T-shirt, hat and other freebies. Registration is ongoing at the Airman and Family Readiness Center until Aug. 6.

The first 250 children to sign up will be accepted, and there is no charge for the program. For more information, call the AFRC at 671-3722.