REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama -- U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command team members got an opportunity to show their children what they do in defense of the nation.

USASMDC/ARSTRAT employees at its Redstone Arsenal headquarters participated in the command's "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" April 27.

Approximately 50 children participated in the event and saw a different side of their parents they may not get to witness at home.

Those in attendance viewed the new command video, learned summer safety tips, participated in an SMDC Simulation Center computer assembly challenge, viewed demonstrations set up at the command's Concepts Analysis Laboratory, or CAL, tent and participated in team building activities at an obstacle course.

"I got to come to work and hang out with my dad," said Aslan Taylor, son of Bobby Taylor, SMDC Safety manager. "My sisters were here last year and they are going to be jealous. I enjoyed the obstacle course, cake and seeing what my dad does.

"I love coming to work with dad," he added. "He is super cool but I am more handsome than he is."

Under the CAL tent, there was a small satellite demonstration; a Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar, or C-RAM, demonstration; a 3-D printer demonstration; and other scientific demonstrations.

After visiting the CAL, the parents then took their children to their personal work areas and offices and further explained what they do on a daily basis.

"Today was good," said Meredith McBride, daughter of Marshall McBride, SMDC Future Warfare Center general engineer. "I learned how to put a computer together and how they build things using a 3-D printer.

"I have never been here and it was very interesting," she added. "I recommend that other kids go and see where their parents work because it is very educational and it is really cool to see what our parents do."