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Andersen AFB to host 66th Annual Operation Christmas Drop

Operation Christmas Drop volunteers pack boxes Dec. 3, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Over 200 volunteers packed clothes, rice, fish hooks, school supplies and more to be dropped over 50 islands throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexa Henderson/Released)

Operation Christmas Drop volunteers pack boxes Dec. 3, 2016, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Over 200 volunteers packed clothes, rice, fish hooks, school supplies and more to be dropped over 50 islands throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Alexa Henderson/Released)

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)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

The 66th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop is set to take to the Pacific skies here Dec. 11.

The Department of Defense’s longest recurring humanitarian mission is a long-standing annual tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and toys to more than 50 remote islands in the South-Eastern Pacific, including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

During the weeklong international charity effort, Pacific Air Forces airpower ambassadors from Andersen AFB, Guam, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii and Yokota Air Base, Japan, will work with their partners of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force to execute low-cost, low-altitude training air drops. The aerial delivery will serve as valuable interoperability training for the partner nations while delivering various donations provided by private donors, charitable organizations and the University of Guam.

This year’s event will mark the first time the C-130J Super Hercules will be flown during the operation. The new aircraft model, which is to supplant the C-130H Hercules, will allow aircrews to expedite cargo across an area covering more than 1.8 million square miles.

The rich history of Operation Christmas Drop started in 1952 when locals on the island of Kapingamarangi waved at the aircrew of a passing WB-50 Superfortress, prompting the crew to gather, pack and parachute goods to the islanders.

Nearly seven decades and more than 1 million pounds of charitable goods later, the 2017 missions are set to carry on this tradition of international goodwill.

For more information and news on Operation Christmas Drop, please visit http://www.andersen.af.mil/ocd/.

Imagery is also available for download from  https://www.dvidshub.net/search?q=operation+christmas+drop&view=grid

Please direct any questions to the 36th Wing Public Affairs office at (671) 366-4202 or via 36wg.pa2@us.af.mil.

 

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