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Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson goes through a pre-flight check on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Aircrew assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force

Aircrew assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Air Force prepare a Low-Cost, Low-Altitude bundle on board their C-130H Hercules as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD is a quadrilateral training mission designed to give C-130 crews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force a chance to airdrop supplies on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters, CPL Toni Thompson (right) and SGT Ethan Moran, (left) run through their checklist after dropping supplies off to two Micronesian islands as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

An air sickness back

An air sickness back is adorned with festive holiday decorations on a C-130H Hercules assigned to Royal New Zealand Air Force while participating in Operation Christmas Drop 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD is a quadrilateral training mission designed to give C-130 crews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force a chance to airdrop supplies on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Craft,

Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Craft, a guidance and controls technician assigned to the 374 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan watches as loadmasters assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force perform pre-flight operations during Operation Christmas Drop 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Loadmasters assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force

Loadmasters assigned to the Royal New Zealand Air Force prepare a Low-Cost, Low-Altitude bundle on board their C-130H Hercules as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD is a quadrilateral training mission designed to give C-130 crews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force a chance to airdrop supplies on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force SGT Ethan Moran

Royal New Zealand Air Force SGT Ethan Moran prepares to cut free supplies above a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019.OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson prepares to cut free supplies above a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters, CPL Toni Thompson (right) and SGT Ethan Moran, (left) prepare to cut free supplies above a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompso
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Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson collects parachute straps above a Micronesian island after dropping supplies as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson
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Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson collects parachute straps above a Micronesian island after dropping supplies as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters
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Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters, CPL Toni Thompson (right) and SGT Ethan Moran, (left) prepare to cut free supplies above a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters
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Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters, CPL Toni Thompson (right) and SGT Ethan Moran, (left) cut free supplies above a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD serves as a training platform for the U.S. Air Force and its partners to better train for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the use of LCLA airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Low-Cost, Low-Altitude bundles
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Low-Cost, Low-Altitude bundles fall to a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD is a quadrilateral training mission designed to give C-130 crews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force a chance to airdrop supplies on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson
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Royal New Zealand Air Force CPL Toni Thompson collects parachute straps above a Micronesian island after dropping supplies as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. In its 68th year, OCD is the world’s longest running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands, impacting approximately 20,000 people across 1.8 million square nautical miles of operating area.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters
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Royal New Zealand Air Force loadmasters, CPL Toni Thompson (right) and SGT Ethan Moran, (left) wave to locals after dropping supplies onto a Micronesian island as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2019, Dec. 11, 2019. OCD is a quadrilateral training mission designed to give C-130 crews from the U.S. Air Force, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, Royal Australian Air Force, and Royal New Zealand Air Force a chance to airdrop supplies on unsurveyed drop zones throughout the Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Royal New Zealand Air Force is participating for the first time in Operation Christmas Drop in Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, packaging and delivering humanitarian aid supplies to islands in the Western Pacific.