Santa’s Elves

Crew members with the 36th Airlift Squadron fly over Ettal Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, Dec. 9, 2015, during Operation Christmas Drop—a humanitarian aid, disaster relief training event where C-130 aircrews perform low-cost, low-altitude airdrops on unsurveyed drop zones while providing critical supplies to 56 islands throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. The annual operation highlights US and allied airpower capabilities to orient and respond to activities in peacetime and crisis.