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OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, sits next to a bundle on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between RAAF, U.S. and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Airmen as it lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 12 days, members of OCD provided 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, watches a bundle depart a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules and fall toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, pushes out a bundle as Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, looks on during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, left, and Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, both 37th Squadron loadmasters, prepare to release a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each participant the ability to drop bundles at a fast and efficient rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, left and Corporal Liz Knauer, 37th Squadron supply technician, watch as the parachute of a bundle opens up as it goes toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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 U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen with the Royal Australian Air Force sit on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides down toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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The parachute opens up as a bundle is pushed out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules to fly toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waves to people on a Micronesian island after delivering a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Every December, C-130 aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen AFB. From there, the crews airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, banks left over a Micronesian island to ensure a bundle safely landed on the island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, sits next to a bundle on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between RAAF, U.S. and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Airmen as it lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 12 days, members of OCD provided 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, watches a bundle depart a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules and fall toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, pushes out a bundle as Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, looks on during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, left, and Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, both 37th Squadron loadmasters, prepare to release a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each participant the ability to drop bundles at a fast and efficient rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, left and Corporal Liz Knauer, 37th Squadron supply technician, watch as the parachute of a bundle opens up as it goes toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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 U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen with the Royal Australian Air Force sit on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides down toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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The parachute opens up as a bundle is pushed out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules to fly toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waves to people on a Micronesian island after delivering a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Every December, C-130 aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen AFB. From there, the crews airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, banks left over a Micronesian island to ensure a bundle safely landed on the island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle sits near the ramp of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prior to being delivered to a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt. Omar Rigo, 37th Squadron pilot, flies a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Airmen 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. Akihiro Namme, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron pilot, flies over the Micronesian island of Pulusuk during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Namme flew over the island multiple times to ensure the aircrew could properly release and deliver the bundles to the islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Two bundles soar toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, left, and Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, look on after releasing two bundles from a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, left, and Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, tighten a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each Air Force’s ability to drop bundles at a faster rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, tightens a strap on a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, performs an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen from the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron perform an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, holds on to two bundles prior to pushing them out of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrew delivered four bundles to two different Micronesian islands during this training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A loadmaster with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron performs a harness inspection on a propeller of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. The harness allows the loadmasters to move throughout the back of the aircraft when the bay door is open to effectively deliver the bundles to the Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, guides in a cargo loader to place seven bundles onto a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD will airdrop 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, sits next to a bundle on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between RAAF, U.S. and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Airmen as it lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 12 days, members of OCD provided 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, watches a bundle depart a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules and fall toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, pushes out a bundle as Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, looks on during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, left, and Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, both 37th Squadron loadmasters, prepare to release a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each participant the ability to drop bundles at a fast and efficient rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, left and Corporal Liz Knauer, 37th Squadron supply technician, watch as the parachute of a bundle opens up as it goes toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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 U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen with the Royal Australian Air Force sit on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides down toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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The parachute opens up as a bundle is pushed out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules to fly toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waves to people on a Micronesian island after delivering a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Every December, C-130 aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen AFB. From there, the crews airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, banks left over a Micronesian island to ensure a bundle safely landed on the island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle sits near the ramp of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prior to being delivered to a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt. Omar Rigo, 37th Squadron pilot, flies a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Airmen 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. Akihiro Namme, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron pilot, flies over the Micronesian island of Pulusuk during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Namme flew over the island multiple times to ensure the aircrew could properly release and deliver the bundles to the islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Two bundles soar toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, left, and Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, look on after releasing two bundles from a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, left, and Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, tighten a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each Air Force’s ability to drop bundles at a faster rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, tightens a strap on a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, performs an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen from the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron perform an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, holds on to two bundles prior to pushing them out of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrew delivered four bundles to two different Micronesian islands during this training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A loadmaster with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron performs a harness inspection on a propeller of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. The harness allows the loadmasters to move throughout the back of the aircraft when the bay door is open to effectively deliver the bundles to the Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, guides in a cargo loader to place seven bundles onto a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD will airdrop 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A maintainer with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron inspects part of the bay door of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD is a training mission, which helps the 374th Airlift Wing along with partners, the Koku Jieitai and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A maintainer with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron cleans a cockpit window of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. The Koku Jieitai, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force flew multiple flights each day during OCD to deliver supplies to islanders throughout Micronesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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An Airman with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron performs a pre-flight inspection the right wing of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Kenji Wada, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron flight engineer, performs a pre-flight inspection on a propeller of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules prior to pushing a bundle out the back of the aircraft as the aircrew passes over a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Members from the 36th Airlift Squadron and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) go over the mission plan for their training sortie during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, talks to Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Lt. Masato Otsuka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron pilot, about the differences between the C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules while flying a training sortie during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop near Micronesian islands, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing along with partners, the Koku Jieitai and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules while passing a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waits to push out a bundle while passing a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each Air Force’s ability to drop bundles at a faster rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, holds on to the strap of a bundle while waiting to push a bundle out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop over a Micronesian island, Dec. 11, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, looks out the window of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules to looks throughout the surrounding airspace to ensure no other aircraft are in the vicinity as it flies towards Micronesian islands during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, 37th Squadron loadmaster, sits on bundles inside a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it flies toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Three bundles, which included food, supplies and educational material, were dropped by RAAF Airmen during this flight to multiple islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, sits next to a bundle on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between RAAF, U.S. and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Airmen as it lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 12 days, members of OCD provided 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, watches a bundle depart a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules and fall toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, pushes out a bundle as Leading Aircraftman Stephen Manila, 37th Squadron Avionics Technician, looks on during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, left, and Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, both 37th Squadron loadmasters, prepare to release a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each participant the ability to drop bundles at a fast and efficient rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, left and Corporal Liz Knauer, 37th Squadron supply technician, watch as the parachute of a bundle opens up as it goes toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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 U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen with the Royal Australian Air Force sit on the ramp of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it passes by a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle glides down toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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The parachute opens up as a bundle is pushed out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules to fly toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waves to people on a Micronesian island after delivering a bundle during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Every December, C-130 aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen AFB. From there, the crews airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, banks left over a Micronesian island to ensure a bundle safely landed on the island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A bundle sits near the ramp of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prior to being delivered to a Micronesian island during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lt. Omar Rigo, 37th Squadron pilot, flies a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 2017. Airmen 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. Akihiro Namme, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron pilot, flies over the Micronesian island of Pulusuk during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Namme flew over the island multiple times to ensure the aircrew could properly release and deliver the bundles to the islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Two bundles soar toward a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, left, and Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, look on after releasing two bundles from a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, left, and Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, both 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmasters, tighten a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each Air Force’s ability to drop bundles at a faster rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, tightens a strap on a bundle inside of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, performs an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen from the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron perform an in-flight inspection of the bundles during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Master Sgt. Noriaki Nakaoka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, holds on to two bundles prior to pushing them out of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 13, 2017. The aircrew delivered four bundles to two different Micronesian islands during this training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A loadmaster with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron performs a harness inspection on a propeller of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. The harness allows the loadmasters to move throughout the back of the aircraft when the bay door is open to effectively deliver the bundles to the Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Staff Sgt. Mayu Ito, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron loadmaster, guides in a cargo loader to place seven bundles onto a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. Members of OCD will airdrop 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A maintainer with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron inspects part of the bay door of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD is a training mission, which helps the 374th Airlift Wing along with partners, the Koku Jieitai and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A maintainer with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron cleans a cockpit window of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. The Koku Jieitai, Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Air Force flew multiple flights each day during OCD to deliver supplies to islanders throughout Micronesia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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An Airman with the 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron performs a pre-flight inspection the right wing of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Kenji Wada, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron flight engineer, performs a pre-flight inspection on a propeller of a Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 13, 2017. OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airman 1st Class Stephen Clark, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules prior to pushing a bundle out the back of the aircraft as the aircrew passes over a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. The aircrews airdropped 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Members from the 36th Airlift Squadron and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) go over the mission plan for their training sortie during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Maj. George Metros, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot, talks to Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) Lt. Masato Otsuka, 1st Tactical Air Wing 401st Squadron pilot, about the differences between the C-130J Super Hercules and C-130H Hercules while flying a training sortie during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop near Micronesian islands, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing along with partners, the Koku Jieitai and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation and recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, looks out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules while passing a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, waits to push out a bundle while passing a Micronesian island during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each Air Force’s ability to drop bundles at a faster rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Tech. Sgt. Ben Shest, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, holds on to the strap of a bundle while waiting to push a bundle out the back of a C-130J Super Hercules during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop over a Micronesian island, Dec. 11, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sgt. Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, looks out the window of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules to looks throughout the surrounding airspace to ensure no other aircraft are in the vicinity as it flies towards Micronesian islands during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Nicholas Stubbs-Race, 37th Squadron loadmaster, sits on bundles inside a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it flies toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Three bundles, which included food, supplies and educational material, were dropped by RAAF Airmen during this flight to multiple islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Liz Knauer, 37th Squadron supply technician, sits inside a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules as it flies toward Micronesian islands during the 66th Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Flight Sgt. Tim Broughill, 37th Squadron loadmaster, tightens straps to secure a bundle inside of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD volunteers built 120 bundles to provide about 20,000 islanders with food, educational material and other supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen load bundles onto a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prior to performing a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2017. Over the course of 10 days, the aircrews airdrop airdrop food, supplies and educational materials to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen load bundles onto a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules prior to performing a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2017. OCD is important because if a humanitarian aid or contingency operation in an unfamiliar area arises, the training and experience from this event improves each participant’s ability to drop bundles at a fast and efficient rate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Royal Australian Air Force Sergeant Karl Penny, 37th Squadron loadmaster, guides an Airman driving a cargo loader to the back of a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules prior to performing a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2017. Members of OCD built 120 bundles in order to provide essential supplies to people on 56 different Micronesian islands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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Airmen with the Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) perform preflight inspections on a C-130H Hercules prior to performing a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 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)

OCD unites Air Forces, strengthens operations
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A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) C-130H Hercules sit on the runway prior to taking off to perform a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 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)

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A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules is refueled prior to taking off to perform a training mission during the 66th Operations Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2017. The RAAF has brought their C-130J to OCD for the third straight year and are sharing procedures and lessons learned with the aircrews from Yokota Air Base, Japan who are operating their new C-130J’s here for the first time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

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Imagine living on one of the most remote islands in the world where the primary means of transportation on, off and around your home is by boat; and every December you see bundles drop from aircraft providing you with essential supplies to help with your daily life.

Those bundles come from U.S. Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and the Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self Defense Force) aircrews in the joint training environment of Operation Christmas Drop to ensure that 56 Micronesian islands receive the nearly 25 tons of critical supplies that will impact about 20,000 people this year.

The trio of Air Forces will cover 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area during the 66th annual OCD event, held at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, while providing various goods ranging from food to educational material and supplies inside the bundles.

“I am very blessed and proud to be able to serve in this capacity for Christmas Drop, learn the back story of this event and fortunate to lead it because we have brought a fantastic international team together,” Maj. Christopher Dolby, 36th Airlift Wing pilot and OCD mission commander. “This operation really goes to show that by standardizing and having the opportunity to do these missions that we can strengthen our allies throughout this region and continue to provide his capability to this region, and throughout the world.”

Completing this training during OCD enhances humanitarian assistance and disaster relief crisis response capabilities between the three nations and lays the foundation for regional cooperation expansion during real-world contingencies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

 

Each aircrew could fly up to 1,000 nautical miles to deliver bundles to the islanders during their missions.

 

It’s incredibly satisfying flying during this training operation as we deliver humanitarian aid to these remote islands and strengthen professional development as we fly,” said Flt. Lt. Omar Rigo, 37th Squadron C-130J pilot. “It’s also very important for us to foster close working relationships with both of our Christmas drop counterparts. We’ve been sharing a lot of knowledge on operating the aircraft and completing airdrops.

 

“We have also shared our knowledge of operating the J-model with Yokota personnel during this training event since we have been operating this aircraft for several years now.”

 

With this being the first year for many of the Yokota aircrews flying the J-model, the experience gained from last year’s training by several returning crew members training alongside each other this year has helped the 36 AS personnel become more efficient in operating the aircraft.

 

“Since we are flying the J-model for the first time during this mission, we are fortunate that Australia has flown the aircraft before,” Dolby said. “Some of us participated in this mission last year and were able to fly on their aircraft, which provided us with the knowledge we needed to help set up missions this year. The biggest challenge we’ve had in transitioning from the H-model to the J-model is the reduction in crew members, so we spent a lot of time working with our crew at our home station on different techniques and tactics on how to do dynamic delivery in the J-model.”

This is the third consecutive year the U.S. Air Force, our allies and international partners will train alongside each other while completing Low-Cost, Low-Altitude airdrop tactics and procedures training to provide the critical supplies to the various islands.

“I think this operation is a very important training for us because it strengthens ties between the three countries while this enhances the interoperability of our nations as we complete this training,”  Lt. Col. Katsunori Asanuma, 1st Tactical Airlift Wing 401st Squadron commander. “We can also gain a mutual understanding through this, which is great because when we work together in future scenarios we have to do everything with the same sense of value and we will already know how to work with one another.”

One of the pillars of U.S. defense strategic guidance is building partner capacity. With Yokota routinely conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises, like OCD, to meet that pillar, it helps Airmen to work alongside service members from various countries to be better prepared to work together if and when a disaster strikes.

“I hope everyone gained confidence, understanding and the knowledge of how to execute dynamic delivery and deliver coastal humanitarian airdrop, because there is always a bit of an uncertainty doing this,” Dolby said. “I want everyone who participated to leave proud of what we accomplished, and confident in their knowledge and experience we have gained from completing this training.”

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