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Air Force briefs mayors on Christmas Drop operations

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The annual Christmas Drop flights take off Sunday, and Air Force organizers are still working to fill other seats. Village mayors during their monthly meeting got a special invitation from Tech Sgt. Bryan Magee to take part in the operation which delivers donations of Christmas goods and gifts to people living on remote islands across the Northern Pacific.

"But the biggest thing we got going on this Friday the 14th is, we actually talked to the general and we made it to where we have a plane just for the mayors to go up and see a drop," Magee stated. "And the reason why we wanted to do this is because a lot of people from your communities, your villages, helped, participated. They helped put in some of the donations. And we would like for you guys to see how it all works."

The operation is coordinated on Guam by the 36th Wing at Andersen Air Force Base, using C-130 cargo planes.

The annual Christmas drop began in 1952 and has grown to include airdrops to 20,000 residents spread out across 56 Micronesian islands. According to the Andersen Air Force Base website, it is the Department of Defenses longest-running airlift humanitarian operation. 

 

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