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67th annual Operation Christmas Drop kicks off in Pacific

36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters discuss low-cost, low-altitude bundle rigging procedures in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop at Yokota Air Base, Japan Nov, 16, 2018. 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 Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith)

36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters discuss low-cost, low-altitude bundle rigging procedures in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop at Yokota Air Base, Japan Nov, 16, 2018. 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 Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith)

Members of the 36th Airlift Squadron gather inside a C-130J Super Hercules to review low-cost, low-altitude bundle rigging procedures in preparation of Operation Christmas Drop at Yokota Air Base, Japan Nov, 16, 2018.The success of OCD means an expansion of existing capabilities to provide tactical airlift in accordance with national strategic objectives and in collaboration with our partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith)

Members of the 36th Airlift Squadron gather inside a C-130J Super Hercules to review low-cost, low-altitude bundle rigging procedures in preparation of Operation Christmas Drop at Yokota Air Base, Japan Nov, 16, 2018.The success of OCD means an expansion of existing capabilities to provide tactical airlift in accordance with national strategic objectives and in collaboration with our partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Smith)

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. (U.S. Air Force Graphic courtesty)

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. (U.S. Air Force Graphic courtesty)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI --

The U.S. Air Force and regional allies and partners are set to participate in the 67th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop in the south-eastern Pacific Dec. 10, 2018.

 

During the week-long international humanitarian effort, Pacific Air Forces Airmen from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Yokota Air Base, Japan, will work side-by-side with allies from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Philippine air force and the Royal Australian air force to execute low-cost, low-altitude air drop training.

 

Operation Christmas Drop is an annual event delivering food and tools provided by private donors, charitable organizations and the University of Guam to approximately 20,000 people residing on more than 56 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.

 

Operation Christmas Drop began 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 2018 missions are set to carry on this tradition of international goodwill.

 

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

 

The general public and members of the media may direct any questions to the 36th Wing Public Affairs office at (671) 366-4202 or via 36wg.pa2@us.af.mil.