Guam – Each year Operation Christmas Drop [OCD] provides aid to more than 30,000 islanders in Chuuk, Palau, Yap, Marshall Islands and the northernmost islands of the CNMI.
This year is the 61st anniversary of OCD, making it the longest running humanitarian mission in the world.
In total, eight days of air drops took place and 54 islands received humanitarian aid.
The pictures below highlight this year’s Operation Christmas drop.
[Chief Master Sgt. Reynold Albright, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, walks back inside a C-130 Hercules after a successful Christmas Drop, Dec. 15, 2012. Often flying at only 300 feet above the ground, loadmasters wear safety tethers and helmets to stay safe during the turbulent low-altitude drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)]
[A Federated States of Micronesia island is seen in the distance as a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules turns back to ensure reception of a box of humanitarian assistance goods during an Operation Christmas Drop flight from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 14, 2012. Each year OCD provides aid to more than 30,000 islanders in Chuuk, Palau, Yap, Marshall Islands and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This year is the 61st anniversary of OCD, making it the longest running humanitarian mission in the world. In total, there are eight planned days of air drops, with 54 islands scheduled to receive humanitarian aid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes/Released)