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A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H executes a low-cost, low-altitude bundle drop as part of Operation Christmas 2015, Dec. 7, 2015. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, JASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands while executing partner Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Bergstrom)

A Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H executes a low-cost, low-altitude bundle drop as part of Operation Christmas 2015, Dec. 7, 2015. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, JASDF and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands while executing partner Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Bergstrom)

Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin)

Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Katrina Brisbin)

C-130s from the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force park on the ramp at Andersen Air Force Base, Dec. 6, 2015 in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, and the first trilateral execution of Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

C-130s from the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force park on the ramp at Andersen Air Force Base, Dec. 6, 2015 in preparation for Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, and the first trilateral execution of Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Menezes, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 pilot,  gives a pre-flight briefing to U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Menezes, 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 pilot, gives a pre-flight briefing to U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Force members at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Residents of Falalp, Woleai Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, leave a Merry Christmas message in the sand for Operation Christmas Drop participants Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, along with Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation/recovery while practicing low-cost, low-altitude airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Residents of Falalp, Woleai Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, leave a Merry Christmas message in the sand for Operation Christmas Drop participants Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, along with Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation/recovery while practicing low-cost, low-altitude airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Combat mobility riggers from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron load low-cost low-altitude bundles onto a C-130 Hercules at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, and the first trilateral execution of Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission with support from Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Combat mobility riggers from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron load low-cost low-altitude bundles onto a C-130 Hercules at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 10, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, and the first trilateral execution of Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission with support from Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Pulusuk, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 13, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Operation Christmas Drop allows the 374th Airlift Wing and international partners from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force to practice dynamic delivery airdrop with unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Pulusuk, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 13, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Operation Christmas Drop allows the 374th Airlift Wing and international partners from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force to practice dynamic delivery airdrop with unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan, drops a low-cost, low-altitude bundle over the Federated States of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop Dec.13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

A C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, Japan, drops a low-cost, low-altitude bundle over the Federated States of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop Dec.13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

Villagers from Piig, Federated States of Micronesia, look on as a C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, drops them a bundle of donated goods during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

Villagers from Piig, Federated States of Micronesia, look on as a C-130 Hercules from Yokota Air Base, drops them a bundle of donated goods during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense`s longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

151211-N-ZB122-010 U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ren Forbes, 36th Airlfist Squadron loadmaster (right), and Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Rod Cairns (left) perform post-flight duties after successfully dropping multiple bundles to islands in the Federated States of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian airdrop mission where C-130 crews drop LCLA bundles filled with donated goods and supplies for 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. This year marks the first ever trilateral execution that includes air support from the Japan Air Self-Defense force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130 crews. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsy Alamina)
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151211-N-ZB122-010 U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ren Forbes, 36th Airlfist Squadron loadmaster (right), and Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Rod Cairns (left) perform post-flight duties after successfully dropping multiple bundles to islands in the Federated States of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop, Dec. 11, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian airdrop mission where C-130 crews drop LCLA bundles filled with donated goods and supplies for 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. This year marks the first ever trilateral execution that includes air support from the Japan Air Self-Defense force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130 crews. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsy Alamina)

Staff Sgt. Travis Livingston, 36th Airlift Squadron flight engineer, checks instruments over the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop.  Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Travis Livingston, 36th Airlift Squadron flight engineer, checks instruments over the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

An island in Republic of Palau, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, which began in 1952, and is the first trilateral execution of the event with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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An island in Republic of Palau, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, which began in 1952, and is the first trilateral execution of the event with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Airmen from Team Yokota and Andersen wave out the back of a C-130H Hercules to the people of Kayangel, Republic of Palau, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Airmen from Team Yokota and Andersen wave out the back of a C-130H Hercules to the people of Kayangel, Republic of Palau, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Island children look on with excitement as Louis Man6gtau, Chief of Fais Island, sorts through supplies and gifts that were dropped during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, Dec. 8, 2015, at Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia. Operation Christmas Drop is a humanitarian/disaster relief training event where C-130 crews provide critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. This year marks the first ever trilateral execution that includes air support  where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Island children look on with excitement as Louis Man6gtau, Chief of Fais Island, sorts through supplies and gifts that were dropped during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, Dec. 8, 2015, at Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia. Operation Christmas Drop is a humanitarian/disaster relief training event where C-130 crews provide critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. This year marks the first ever trilateral execution that includes air support where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Islanders from Fais watch a C-130 Hercules fly over head during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, at Fais island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Islanders from Fais watch a C-130 Hercules fly over head during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, at Fais island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Ngulu island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Operation Christmas Drop allows the 374th Airlift Wing and international partners from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force to practice dynamic delivery airdrop with unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Ngulu island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 11, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Operation Christmas Drop allows the 374th Airlift Wing and international partners from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force to practice dynamic delivery airdrop with unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Bruce Best , Pacific program coordinator, communicates with mission planners from the 36th Airlift Squadron,Yokota Air Base, Japan, and locals on the islands of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 10, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)
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Bruce Best , Pacific program coordinator, communicates with mission planners from the 36th Airlift Squadron,Yokota Air Base, Japan, and locals on the islands of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 10, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

Airmen with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force drop a low-cost, low-altitude bundle to Lukunor Atoll, Federated Sates of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the first time allied partners from JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force joined the U.S. in the Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event. During the training missions, C-130 aircrews perform low-cost low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. In addition to delivering critical supplies to those in need, Operation Christmas Drop provides specific training to U.S. and allied aircrews, enabling theater-wide airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Airmen with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and U.S. Air Force drop a low-cost, low-altitude bundle to Lukunor Atoll, Federated Sates of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the first time allied partners from JASDF and Royal Australian Air Force joined the U.S. in the Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event. During the training missions, C-130 aircrews perform low-cost low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. In addition to delivering critical supplies to those in need, Operation Christmas Drop provides specific training to U.S. and allied aircrews, enabling theater-wide airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Bruce Best communicates with the mission planners from 36th Airlift Squadron,Yokota Air Base, Japan, and locals on the islands of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 10, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)
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Bruce Best communicates with the mission planners from 36th Airlift Squadron,Yokota Air Base, Japan, and locals on the islands of Micronesia during Operation Christmas Drop 2015 on Dec. 10, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian mission covering 56 remote islands in Micronesia. This is the first year the Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force have participated in the drops.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Melissa K. Mekpongsatorn)

A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Lukunor Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, which began in 1952, making it the world's longest-running airdrop mission. This is the first ever trilateral training event that includes additional air support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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A low-cost low-altitude bundle of donated goods drops to Lukunor Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This year marks the 64th year of Operation Christmas Drop, which began in 1952, making it the world's longest-running airdrop mission. This is the first ever trilateral training event that includes additional air support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force C-130 aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

(Right to left) Staff Sgt. Ren Forbes and Airman 1st Class Alexander Lauher, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, watch out the back of a C-130H Hercules after delivering eight bundles to Mortlock Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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(Right to left) Staff Sgt. Ren Forbes and Airman 1st Class Alexander Lauher, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, watch out the back of a C-130H Hercules after delivering eight bundles to Mortlock Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. Every December, C-130H Hercules aircrews from Yokota head to Andersen Air Force Base to execute low-cost, low-altitude humanitarian airdrops to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, 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. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian airdrop operation with 2015 being the first trilateral execution with support from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Crew members with the 36th Airlift Squadron fly over Ettal Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This is a Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event where C-130 aircrews perform low-cost low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. In addition to delivering critical supplies to those in need, Operation Christmas Drop provides specific training to U.S. and allied aircrews, enabling theater-wide airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Crew members with the 36th Airlift Squadron fly over Ettal Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop. This is a Humanitarian Aid/Disaster Relief training event where C-130 aircrews perform low-cost low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. It highlights the U.S. and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis. In addition to delivering critical supplies to those in need, Operation Christmas Drop provides specific training to U.S. and allied aircrews, enabling theater-wide airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A child on Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron delivered more than 800 pounds of supplies to Fais island during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the first trilateral execution that includes air support from the Japan Air-Self Defense force and the Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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A child on Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. A C-130 Hercules from the 36th Airlift Squadron delivered more than 800 pounds of supplies to Fais island during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. This year marks the first trilateral execution that includes air support from the Japan Air-Self Defense force and the Royal Australian Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron drops a bundle filled with donated goods and supplies during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, at Fais island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. Airmen delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during the drop. This year marks the first trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron drops a bundle filled with donated goods and supplies during Operation Christmas Drop 2015, at Fais island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015. Airmen delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during the drop. This year marks the first trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrew observe a U.S. Air Force C-130H low-cost, low-cost altitude bundle drop to Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. Airmen delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during the drop. This year marks the first trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and RAAF work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircrew observe a U.S. Air Force C-130H low-cost, low-cost altitude bundle drop to Fais Island, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 8, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. Airmen delivered over 800 pounds of supplies to the island of Fais during the drop. This year marks the first trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and RAAF work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting 20,000 islanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Locals from the island of Fais recover and carry a low-cost, low-altitude bundle during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)
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Locals from the island of Fais recover and carry a low-cost, low-altitude bundle during Operation Christmas Drop 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is the Department of Defense's longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. This year marks the first ever trilateral Operation Christmas Drop where the U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Royal Australian Air Force work together to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands.(U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo/Released)

Residents of Falalp, Woleai Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, leave a Merry Christmas message in the sand for Operation Christmas Drop participants Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, along with Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation/recovery while practicing low-cost, low-altitude airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)
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Residents of Falalp, Woleai Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, leave a Merry Christmas message in the sand for Operation Christmas Drop participants Dec. 13, 2015. Operation Christmas Drop is a training mission which helps the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, along with Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, to maintain and develop combat readiness through sustainable aircraft generation/recovery while practicing low-cost, low-altitude airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

Andersen Air Force Base, Guam (Dec. 15, 2015) -- U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan, launched the final missions of Operation Christmas Drop 2015, Dec. 15,  officially completing this year's operation with 100 percent of bundles on target.

Since Dec. 8, C-130 crews from Yokota's 36th Airlift Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force worked together on humanitarian aid/disaster relief training while spreading goodwill and Christmas joy throughout the Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas and the Republic of Palau.

This was the first time the three nations trained alongside one another, executing 22 missions and flying 105.8 hours to provide critical supplies to 56 Micronesian islands impacting about 20,000 people covering 1.8 million square miles.

"Our ability to interoperate with our allies and partners is critical," said Lt. Col. Andrew Campbell, 36th AS commander. "This kind of training and teamwork provides the foundation upon which we can work together in peacetime and crisis while addressing broader shared interests across the region."

Together, aircrews trained for HA/DR using low-cost, low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones. This was an opportunity for the Japanese to hone their skill while working with the U.S. and Australian aviators, and provided a new technical skillset for the RAAF. The 36th AS provided observers and advisers onboard both JASDF and RAAF aircraft, while the JASDF and RAAF had observers onboard U.S. C-130s as well.

"Part of the importance of contributing to Operation Christmas Drop is the fact we are building on the relationships with the U.S. Air Force and the JASDF," said RAAF squad leader Christopher George Bassingthwaihte. "It's incredibly important for us to operate together, so that if a contingency or humanitarian crisis arises we can come together and pull our resources, and if we have done this before we will be able to do so much better."

One hundred bundles were successfully dropped to islands across the three objective areas. Each bundle contained donated items such as clothing, food, fish hooks, fishing line and other goods collected by the Operation Christmas Drop private organization and Airman at Andersen AFB. 

Some of the islands are so remote that they may only get one or two supply shipments via boat per year. According to Bruce Best, Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center, Pacific program coordinator, "Christmas Drop is the most important day of the year for them, this is the biggest thing going on."

Best has been volunteering his time to help Operation Christmas Drop for the last 34 years, dedicating countless hours before and during Operation Christmas Drop to coordinate air drops between islanders and the 374th AW's mission planning cell (also known by its mission name, "North Pole Ops") via high frequency radio. He ensured islanders knew when they would receive their bundles, provided safety instructions and relayed back to the aircrews what identifying markers island residents put on the drop zones.

Every part of the Operation Christmas Drop mission is carefully planned with Best playing a pivotal role in ensuring the mission planning and execution was successful.

Each island that receives a bundle has their own unique way of deciding what they will do with the items inside. On the first day of drops, call sign SANTA 11, aircrews dropped two bundles with more than 800 pounds of supplies and toys to the island of Fais, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

The island has one main Chief, Chief Louis Mangtau, who governs three small villages. Holding a crucial position among his people, the chief was the first and only person to open the dropped bundles. He then sorted through the contents and made three piles, as villagers watched and waited patiently. Each pile was then given to the head of each village to determine who gets what -- except for certain coveted goods such as fishing line, hooks, and fins, which were distributed by the chief himself to those in need.

The process is well organized on Fais to make sure everything is divided fairly. While supplies inside the box are key and the toys fun for families, the parachute is said to be the most important item on the bundle. Islanders use it for a variety of applications, from covering their canoes to improving their roofing.

According Chief Mangtau, the church donates all the food for the island's holiday dinner, a time when all villages come together to eat and sing Christmas songs. He said the airdrops are enjoyable for the entire island and is an event they look forward to every year.

The anticipated Christmas dinner would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers, donations, the copious amount of maintenance hours and coordination with international partners.

Though the U.S., RAAF and JASDF all had their fair share of challenges from the severe weather of a tropical depression to aircraft maintenance and engine replacements, the hard work and dedication from then entire team made Operation Christmas Drop 2015 a resounding success.