ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Military members from the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Navy, with international support from the Japan Air Self-Defense and Royal Australian Air Force, joined forces to airdrop donated toys, clothes, food items and other necessities to remote islands across the Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Christmas Drop 2016, which began on Dec. 6, according to a U.S. Air Force Public Affairs release.
Christmas Drop is in its 65th year and is the Defense Department’s longest running humanitarian airlift operation. The Operation Christmas Drop volunteers at Andersen Air Force Base and Yokota Air Base raised more than $52,000 from fundraisers and collected more than $20,000 in donated goods to aid in the humanitarian mission. Military and civilian volunteers loaded 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of clothes, rice, fish hooks and other necessities into large-capacity boxes flown in 22 sorties, covering more than 50 islands, where 140 boxes were dropped. mbj