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Elementary and high school students at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, got a glimpse during a daylong event Wednesday of some of the equipment and training their military parents use.

During the program, students “Army Kid Strong” T-shirts — in keeping with the Army advertising slogan — went around in groups to different stations manned by soldiers, who explained how things worked. Older children, and some parents, were strapped into gearand sent flying off the base’s jump tower.

Those of all ages got to look through night-vision goggles, sample food from Meals, Ready to Eat, could get behind the wheel of a big truck and visit a dozen other stations. There were also student concerts at the school, mission briefings in the base theater and a military working dog demonstration on the football field.

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