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12/07/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/07/2021 16:14

70th Annual Operation Christmas Drop kicks off Dec. 6 in Guam

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --

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. 6 ChST.

Operation Christmas Drop, or OCD, 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; 515th Air Mobility Operations 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.

The aerial delivery enables aircrews to develop and maintain combat readiness through aircraft generation and recovery, while delivering donations provided by private donors, charitable organizations and the University of Guam, to over 22,000 residents across the remote islands in the region.