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Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Staff Sgt. Montana Warmack, 353rd Special Operations Group air transportation rigger from Kadena Air Base, Japan, places water inside a practice bundle to be used for a Low-Cost Low-Altitude training drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. Demonstrating and executing LCLA with regional partners improves airlift capabilities among allies, particularly when it comes to both humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Tech. Sgt. Jason Golden, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight rigger, stacks plywood used in bundle drops during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 7, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. By creating the bundles, the flight provided the mission with the means of expanding the existing capabilities to provide tactical airlift in accordance with national strategic objectives and in collaboration with our partners. Having continuous engagements such as Operation Christmas Drop reinforce shared values and norms, and builds and deepens partnerships across the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

1st Lt. Jodie Hasebe, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight commander, tapes together boxes used for bundle drops in the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 7, 2017, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The supplies within the bundles include items such as educational material, clothing and food. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Staff Sgt. Tomas Jefferson, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight production supervisor, tightens a water proof bag inside a card board box to keep supplies dry to be used for the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. The aircrews airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. These islands are some of the most remote locations on the globe spanning a distance nearly as broad as the continental US. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Cardboard boxes sit in a warehouse as Airmen from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight cut plywood to create bundles at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. The Airmen will build 10 practice bundles and 140 supply bundles to be used to deliver food, clothes and educational material throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau during Operation Christmas Drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Tech. Sgt. Jason Golden, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight rigger, drills holes into boards to place on bundles at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. The holes drilled into the boards are used to keep the bundles secure as they are airdropped out the back of C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules during Operation Chrismas Drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

A drill sits on wood that will be used for bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. Over the course of 12 days, members of OCD provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands, impacting about 20,000 people covering 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

Master Sgt. Sim Edgar Malinao, Kadena Air Base, Japan, 353rd Special Operations Group aerial delivery superintendent, places the top part of a bundle next to a cardboard box at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. Members from the 353rd SOG joined the LRS team to provide experience they gained from being stationed at Kadena and to help make the training event more successful. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017

1st Lt. Jodie Hasebe, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight commander, pushes a dunneg to be used as a platform to hold bundles that will be used for the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. OCD is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airlift training operation and will provide nearly 25 tons of critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands this year impacting about 20,000 people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Operation Christmas Drop 2017
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1st Lt. Jodie Hasebe, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight commander, left, and Airman 1st Class Kristopher Wrentmore, 374 LRS CMF rigger, carry a dunneg to be used as a platform to hold bundles that will be used for the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. This is not only good training for aircrews, but exceptional training for cargo riggers as well. At Yokota Air Base, the riggers only get to work with simulated loads made from concrete blocks, sandbags and barrels of water; during Operation Christmas Drop, they pack and rig everything from fishing lures to farming tools. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Airman 1st Class Dominic Pacheco, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight rigger, cuts top boards for bundles at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. The Airmen will build 10 practice bundles and 140 supply bundles to be used to deliver food, clothes and educational material throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau during Operation Christmas Drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Once a year islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau will see bundles parachute out the back of multiple planes to provide them with essential supplies that are necessary for their daily lives. The bundles include items such as educational material, clothing and food, but before delivery, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure they are built safely and up to standard.


Airmen from Yokota’s 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight and the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, started building 10 practice bundles and 140 supply bundles for the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 7, 2017. The bundles are prepared to be dropped out of multiple C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules from the U.S. Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) to the 56 different islands over the next ten days.


“It’s feels great and is really nice to know that the supplies that we are putting into the bundles are truly going to those in need,” said Senior Airman John Marcum, 374th LRS CMF rigger. “There is a lot of training that goes into everything, so once we learn how to do everything it all builds up to this and being a veteran (third year at OCD) it’s really nice to show others how to accomplish our tasks more efficiently.”

The group began the bundle building process by cutting the wood into the proper size and length, then set up the boxes so the bundles could be ready to be airdropped. The final step in the build, is securing the parachutes so that the bundles can be safely delivered to the islands.

Members from the 353rd SOG joined the LRS team to provide experience they gained from being stationed at Andersen and performing these tasks for previous OCD events to help make the training event more successful.

“With Christmas Drop being as big as it’s important for us to train with and learn from Yokota Airmen as we perform costal humanitarian airlift drops to help us become more proficient at it to provide our coworkers with these methods as a new capability for us to possibly use it in the future,” Master Sgt. Sim Edgar Malinao, Kadena Air Base, Japan, 353rd Special Operations Group aerial delivery superintendent. “I’ve hosted the bundle building in the past, so I feel like we are adding to their capabilities and getting through our process more quickly because we have the skillset that they are looking for.”

By creating the bundles, the flight provides the mission with the means of expanding the existing capabilities to provide tactical airlift in accordance with national strategic objectives within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region while helping complete Coast Humanitarian Air Drop training.

 “Doing this is really exciting because a lot of what we do at our home station is just training, so when we get to come down here and apply those skills is super fulfilling because we can see the joy of the islanders as they receive their bundles,” Senior Airman Cassandra Cobb, 374th LRS CMF rigger.

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