PACAF, partner nations deliver critical supplies during 70th annual Operation Christmas Drop

U.S. and partner-nation Airmen are set to participate in the Department of Defense’s longest running humanitarian assistance training mission out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, beginning Dec. 5.

Operation Christmas Drop is an annual U.S. Air Force tradition of packaging and delivering food, tools and clothing to more than 55 remote islands in the South-Eastern Pacific, including the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

The weeklong international effort allows Pacific Air Forces Airmen from the 36th Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam; 15th Wing from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; and the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to work with partner nations to execute low-cost, low-altitude training air drops, a critical training event improving interoperability and communication for future real-world humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.

OCD

Airman 1st Class Ryan Helie, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130J crew chief, marshals a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 29, 2021. The initial Operation Christmas Drop’s crew members left Yokota AB to participate in the weeklong international effort allowing Pacific Air Forces Airmen from the 36th Wing, Andersen AFB, Guam; 15th Wing from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and the 374th Airlift Wing from Yokota Air Base, Japan, to work with partner nations to execute low-cost, low-altitude training air drops, a critical training event improving interoperability and communication for future real world humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

‘ + ‘

‘ + ‘

SHOW PHOTO DETAILS

‘; } else { caption += $(this).find(‘figcaption’).html() + getDetailsURL($(this).parent()) + getDownloadURL($(this).parent()) + showFBShare(); } } return caption; }, afterLoad: function (instance, current) { //initial desktop view if (isMobile()) $(“.fancybox-caption__body”).addClass(“mobile”); }, afterShow: function (instance, current) { var $currentSlide = $(“.fancybox-slide.fancybox-slide–current.fancybox-slide–image”).parent().parent(); if (isMobile()) $currentSlide.find(“.fancy-detail-link”).on(“touchstart”, function() { captionToggle(); }); }, afterClose: function () { } })); let debounceTimer; $(window).on(“resize”, function (event) { if (isMobile()) return; if ($(“.af3-caption-body”).length > 0 && $(“.af3-caption-body”).css(“height”) != undefined) { event.stopImmediatePropagation(); $(“.fancybox-caption__body”).removeClass(“half”); isDesktopInit = false; captionToggle(); debounceTimer = setTimeout(function () { clearTimeout(debounceTimer); debounceTimer = null; recalculateImageSize(); }, 1000); } }); function recalculateImageSize() { // Fancy box miscalculates because of race conditions with new layout var origImgWth = $(“.fancybox-image”).prop(“naturalWidth”); var origImgHgt = $(“.fancybox-image”).prop(“naturalHeight”); var winWth = $(window).innerWidth(); var winHgt = $(window).innerHeight() var ratio = Math.min(winWth / origImgWth, winHgt / origImgHgt); var newImgWth = (origImgWth * ratio); var newImgHgt = (origImgHgt * ratio); var dstTop = Math.floor((winHgt – newImgHgt)) / 2; var dstLeft = Math.floor((winWth – newImgWth)) / 2; $(“.fancybox-content”).removeAttr(“style”); $(“.fancybox-content”).css(“width”, newImgWth + “px”); $(“.fancybox-content”).css(“height”, newImgHgt + “px”); $(“.fancybox-content”).css(“transform”, “translate(” + dstLeft + “px, ” + dstTop + “px)”); } function captionToggle() { if ($(“.fancybox-caption__body”).hasClass(“af3-caption-body”)) { $(“.af3-caption-body”).stop(true, false).animate({ height: “0vh” }, 800, function () { // Animation complete. closeDetails(); }); $(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).html($(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).html().replace(“CLOSE”, “SHOW”)); } else { $(“.fancybox-caption__body”).addClass(“af3-caption-body”); $(“.af3-caption-body”).addClass(detailSize); $(“.af3-caption-body”).animate({ height: displayhgt }, 800); $(“.fancybox-caption”).addClass(“af3-caption-bg”); $(“.base-caption-info”).addClass(“full-height”); $(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).addClass(“photo-detail-gradient”); $(“.fancybox-button”).css(“display”, “none”); $(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).html($(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).html().replace(“SHOW”, “CLOSE”)); $(“.fancybox-caption__body”).prepend(prependClosing()); $(“.closing-box, .closingx”).on(“touchstart”, function() { captionToggle(); }); } } function getDetailsURL(fbObj) { return ‘DETAILS‘; } function getDownloadURL(fbObj) { return ‘DOWNLOAD‘; } function showFBShare() { return ”; } function closeDetails() { $(“.af3-caption-body”).removeClass(detailSize); $(“.fancybox-caption__body”).removeClass(“af3-caption-body”); $(“.fancybox-caption”).removeClass(“af3-caption-bg”); $(“.base-caption-info”).removeClass(“full-height”); $(“.fancy-photo-detail-link”).removeClass(“photo-detail-gradient”); $(“.fancybox-button”).css(“display”, “block”); if (detailSize === “half”) { detailSize = “full”; displayhgt = “90vh”; $(“.fancybox-caption”).removeClass(“desktop-init”); } } function prependClosing() { return ‘

‘ } function isMobile() { var isMobile = false; //initiate as false // device detection if (/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od)|ipad|iris|kindle|Android|Silk|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows (ce|phone)|xda|xiino/i.test(navigator.userAgent) || /1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(navigator.userAgent.substr(0, 4))) { isMobile = true; } return isMobile; } });

/U.S. Air Force Release. This material from the originating organization/author(s) may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s).View in full here.