• Spc. Randall Hendricks, an artillery mechanic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, shows Elias Pratt, 5, how to fire a machine gun on a simulated range during a family fun day on Fort Hood,

    Spc. Randall Hendricks, an artillery mechanic...

    Spc. Randall Hendricks, an artillery mechanic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, shows Elias Pratt, 5, how to fire a machine gun on a simulated range during a family fun day on Fort Hood,

  • Sgt. Deon Lee, a medic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, applies a bandage to Robert MacDonald Jr., 5, son of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert MacDonald, a target acquisition platoon leader

    Sgt. Deon Lee, a medic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd...

    Sgt. Deon Lee, a medic with 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, applies a bandage to Robert MacDonald Jr., 5, son of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert MacDonald, a target acquisition platoon leader

  • FORT HOOD, Texas- Brady Vanpelt (2nd from left), the son of a Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, kicks a soccer ball while on a simulated patrol during a family fun day April 28 on

    FORT HOOD, Texas- Brady Vanpelt (2nd from...

    FORT HOOD, Texas- Brady Vanpelt (2nd from left), the son of a Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, kicks a soccer ball while on a simulated patrol during a family fun day April 28 on

FORT HOOD, Texas- It's hard to imagine what a spouse or parent is doing during a deployment. What is their day to day life like, what do the towns they patrol look like and how do they defend themselves are all questions a family member might wonder.

For the families of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, their family fun day April 28 was a chance to answer some of these questions as they explored the daily lives of their Soldiers.

Soldiers and their families took part in a patrol through a simulated Iraqi town, fired live machine guns at a range, mounted a simulated military vehicle and practiced shooting an assortment of military weapons at a simulated range.

For Leslie Tyree, wife of Staff Sgt. Richard Tyree, the day was a chance for her and her twin five-year old boys to experience what it's like to be Soldiers for a day.

"They've never gotten to see this before," she said about her boys. "Now they're old enough that they can understand and be able to see what their dad goes through."

"This was a chance to let them see a little bit of the environment...some of the things we do," said Richard. "This gives them a little taste of my normal day."

"We've been married 10 years and I've never gotten to see any of this before," said Leslie.

Besides getting to see what their Soldier does, Richard felt there was another important aspect to the day.

"This gives me and the boys something to talk about while I'm gone," he said. "When they ask 'what are you doing, daddy,' I can say to them that I'm doing the same things we did in the field [on family day]."

Although his sons said they enjoyed hanging out with dad, what they really loved were the "big boy" toys they got to play with.

"The guns were our favorite part of the day," they said happily. "We want to come back and do it again."

Although nothing takes away the stress of a deployment, knowing what your loved one is doing from day to day can help family members understand what their Soldier is going through and gives them a new memory to share.

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