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Operation Christmas Drop Opening Ceremony 2019

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard await to present the colors at the Operation Christmas Drop “Push” Ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. Operation Christmas Drop is an annual U.S. Air Force tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and clothing to 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard present the colors at the Operation Christmas Drop “Push” Ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. Operation Christmas Drop is an annual U.S. Air Force tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and clothing to 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard

Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard present the colors at the Operation Christmas Drop “Push” Ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. Operation Christmas Drop is an annual U.S. Air Force tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and clothing to 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Capt. Nicholas Reid

Capt. Nicholas Reid, 673rd Air Base Wing chaplain, delivers the invocation during the Operation Christmas Drop opening ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. The rich history of Operation Christmas Drop started in 1952 when locals on the atoll of Kapingamarangi waved at the aircrew of a passing WB-50 Superfortress, prompting the crew to gather, pack and parachute goods to the islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Ambassador Robert Riley

Ambassador Robert Riley, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, speaks at the Operation Christmas Drop opening ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. During the weeklong international charity effort, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) airpower ambassadors from Andersen AFB, Guam, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, will work with their partners in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, to execute low-cost, low-altitude training air drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Col. Otis Jones,

Col. Otis Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, speaks at the Operation Christmas Drop opening ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. The aerial delivery serves as valuable interoperability training with the partner nations while delivering various donations provided by private donors, charitable organizations and the University of Guam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Col. Matthew Nicholson

Col. Matthew Nicholson, 36th Wing vice commander, speaks at the Operation Christmas Drop opening ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. During the weeklong international charity effort, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) airpower ambassadors from Andersen AFB, Guam, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Yokota Air Base, Japan, will work with their partners in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, to execute low-cost, low-altitude training air drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

Ambassador Robert Riley

Ambassador Robert Riley, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Col. Matthew Nicholson, 36th Wing vice commander, Col. Otis Jones, 374th Airlift Wing commander, and others make the ceremonial “push” of the the first pallet to kick-off Operation Christmas Drop. Nearly seven decades of valuable training for aircrews and the resulting delivery of more than one million pounds of charitable goods later, the 2019 missions are set to carry on this tradition of international goodwill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Members of the 36th Wing base honor guard await to present the colors at the Operation Christmas Drop “Push” Ceremony at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2019. Operation Christmas Drop is an annual U.S. Air Force tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and clothing to 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)