FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The 555th Engineer Brigade will give military kids a “taste” of what their moms and dads will experience during their deployment Aug. 14-15.
The brigade will host a two-day deployment camp to provide unit family members ages 6-12 a simulation of deployed military life ‚Äì complete with MOSs, MREs, FOBs, and other Army acronyms.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 555th Eng. Bde., will deploy later this year, so deployment camp activities are designed to provide children the opportunity to learn about the Army and gain an understanding of the training and deployments that children’s parents will experience.
During the two-day event, children will participate in a mock enlistment ceremony; learn the basics of marching, military customs and courtesies, and the history of the 555th Eng. Bde.
On Thursday morning, participants will say goodbye to their loved ones, board a bus, and deploy to a Forward Operating Base (FOB) training area on Fort Lewis, much like their parents will do overseas in the coming months. While there, the children will get to tour the FOB and see a variety of buildings that support deployed units, learn about Middle Eastern culture, and participate in team building activities. After eating Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), they will learn about the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) they are assigned.
The children will go home Thursday evening for “R&R” leave, and return again on Friday morning for the second day of their tour.
At the conclusion of the two-day event the parents will attend the welcome home ceremony for their children and share in a pizza party.