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Operation Christmas Drop begins at Andersen AFB

Military and civilian leaders push a box onto a C-130 Hercules during the 2016 Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This year the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force work together to continue the tradition of air dropping tools, food, clothing and toys throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Military and civilian leaders push a box onto a C-130 Hercules during the 2016 Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This year the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force work together to continue the tradition of air dropping tools, food, clothing and toys throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

A wrapped Christmas box sits in a C-130 Hercules Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This year marks 65 years of Operation Christmas Drop which provides joint airlift training opportunities for both peace and wartime efforts.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

A wrapped Christmas box sits in a C-130 Hercules Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This year marks 65 years of Operation Christmas Drop which provides joint airlift training opportunities for both peace and wartime efforts.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, speaks at the 2016 Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This is the second year of Operation Christmas Drop where aircrews from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force come together to train airlift capabilities for peace and wartime. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

Col. Kenneth Moss, 374th Airlift Wing commander, speaks at the 2016 Operation Christmas Drop Push Ceremony Dec. 6, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. This is the second year of Operation Christmas Drop where aircrews from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force come together to train airlift capabilities for peace and wartime. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo)

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Military members from the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy, with international support from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force are joining forces to airdrop and deliver donated toys, clothes, food items and other necessities to remote islands across the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2016.

The annual training mission officially kicked off during a ceremony Dec. 6 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, where military leaders across the island pushed the first pallet of donated goods into a C-130 Hercules.

 “I’m proud that Andersen is hosting Operation Christmas Drop,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander. “I am happy to welcome our partners from Australia and Japan, it is wonderful to have you with us this holiday season.”

C-130s from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Royal Australian Air Force, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force will be flying over the Pacific to airdrop goods to the islanders. More than 45 airmen are participating from both the RAAF and the JASDF.

Sixty-five years in the running, Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation. The tradition began during the Christmas season in 1952 when a B-29 Superfortress aircrew saw islanders waving at them from the island of Kapingamarangi, 3,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. In the spirit of Christmas the aircrew dropped a bundle of supplies attached to a parachute to the islanders below, giving the operation its name. This year brings together three nations, three corporate sponsors and three U.S. military branches. Today, air drop operations include more than 50 islands and thousands of people.

“It feels great to give back no matter what background you come from,” Capt. Aaron Bowens, 734th Air Mobility Squadron, Operation Christmas Drop organizer. “It’s also a great training opportunity because everything we do now for the drops is useful in the real world.”

More than 11 months of planning and preparing went into Christmas drop, said Bowens. The Operation Christmas Drop volunteers at Andersen AFB and Yokota AB raised more than $52,000 from fundraisers and collected more than $20,000 in donated goods to aid in the humanitarian mission.

Military and civilian volunteers loaded 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of clothes, rice, fishhooks and other necessities into large-capacity boxes, before Airmen weighed and secured the boxes in preparation for delivery.

Twenty-two sorties are scheduled to be flown, covering more than 50 islands, where 140 boxes of donated goods will be dropped.

Even though military cargo aircraft are much louder than Santa’s sleigh, they are just as ready to bring joy to the island families.

 

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