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374th Airlift Wing and allies prepare for Operation Christmas Drop

A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A 374th Airlift Wing Airman directs a C-130J Super Hercules at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A 374th Airlift Wing Airman directs a C-130J Super Hercules at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing wait for takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing wait for takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Staff Sgts. Timothy Foote, right, and McArthur Posey, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, wait for takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Staff Sgts. Timothy Foote, right, and McArthur Posey, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, wait for takeoff at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Alex Randall, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot and Operation Christmas Drop mission commander, left, and Republic of Korea Air Force Capt. An Sung Hwan, 251st Airlift Squadron pilot, meet after ROKAF’s arrival to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. Both the 374th Airlift Wing and 251st AS will provide support to more 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau, during Operation Christmas Drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Alex Randall, 36th Airlift Squadron pilot and Operation Christmas Drop mission commander, left, and Republic of Korea Air Force Capt. An Sung Hwan, 251st Airlift Squadron pilot, meet after ROKAF’s arrival to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. Both the 374th Airlift Wing and 251st AS will provide support to more 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau, during Operation Christmas Drop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing unload a power supply cart from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing unload a power supply cart from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 36th Wing help unload a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 36th Wing help unload a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A Republic of Korea Air Force C-130H Super Hercules assigned to the 251st Airlift Squadron prepares to land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. This is the first year for ROKAF to participate in OCD and will help provide food and supplies to 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau as part of OCD to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief skills alongside the U.S. to enhance joint capabilities in case of real-world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A Republic of Korea Air Force C-130H Super Hercules assigned to the 251st Airlift Squadron prepares to land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. This is the first year for ROKAF to participate in OCD and will help provide food and supplies to 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau as part of OCD to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief skills alongside the U.S. to enhance joint capabilities in case of real-world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, prepares to park at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, prior to the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. This year, alongside its mission partners and allies, the 374th Airlift Wing plans to airdrop more than 180 packages containing food and supplies to over 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, prepares to park at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, prior to the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. This year, alongside its mission partners and allies, the 374th Airlift Wing plans to airdrop more than 180 packages containing food and supplies to over 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force 401st Squadron meet after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. Both the 374th AW and 401st SQ will provide support to more 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau, during Operation Christmas Drop. This event creates opportunity for the U.S. to train alongside its allies and partners in the Pacific to refine joint skillsets necessary to react quickly and efficiently during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relieve event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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Members of the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force 401st Squadron meet after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. Both the 374th AW and 401st SQ will provide support to more 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau, during Operation Christmas Drop. This event creates opportunity for the U.S. to train alongside its allies and partners in the Pacific to refine joint skillsets necessary to react quickly and efficiently during a humanitarian assistance and disaster relieve event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H Super Hercules assigned to the 401st Squadron lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. The JASDF will provide food and supplies to 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau as part of OCD to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief skills alongside the U.S. to enhance joint capabilities in case of real-world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H Super Hercules assigned to the 401st Squadron lands at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. The JASDF will provide food and supplies to 20,000 islanders in the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau as part of OCD to improve humanitarian assistance and disaster relief skills alongside the U.S. to enhance joint capabilities in case of real-world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight technician, closes a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight technician, closes a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

From left to right, Senior Airman Joshua Pollard, Airman 1st Class Jalen Riley and Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility technicians, tape a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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From left to right, Senior Airman Joshua Pollard, Airman 1st Class Jalen Riley and Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility technicians, tape a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing prepare bundles during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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Members of the 374th Airlift Wing prepare bundles during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight technician, inserts a plastic liner into a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
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Airman 1st Class Madison Sinclair, 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat mobility flight technician, inserts a plastic liner into a practice bundle during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 1, 2021. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian aid and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam -- A C-130J Super Hercules, assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, from Yokota Air Base, takes off at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 2, 2021, for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop. OCD is the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training mission and provides relief to more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Operations such as OCD provide the U.S. and its partners and allies the opportunity to enhance joint operational capabilities and maintain preparedness for real world emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards)