Charleston base hosts children's deployment event

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Children with parents and relatives at Charleston's joint Air Force and Navy installation are getting a chance to participate in a mock military deployment and tour a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

Joint Base Charleston spokesman Thomas Kistler says Saturday's event includes briefings for the children on their mission.

The children get packets containing travel orders, personnel records, passports and dog tags. They get travel orders stamped, health screenings and hear from a military attorney and a chaplain.

While waiting in line, the children also get a chance to have their faces painted and meet "Sparky" the fire dog and "McGruff" the crime dog. After viewing the equipment their parents take with them on deployment, they will tour the Air Force C-17.

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