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Tech. Sgt. Heath Bahyi observes boxed cargo being air dropped over the remote Island of Yap from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 19, 2008. Airmen continue the tradition of delivering supplies to remote islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Yap, Palau, Chuuk and Pohnpei. In all, more than 180 boxes were built for the humanitarian mission, making 2008 one of the largest drops in Operation Christmas Drop's 57 year history. Operation Christmas Drop is the Air Forceís longest-running humanitarian mission which began in 1952. Sergeant Bahyi is a loadmaster from the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota AB, Japan.   DoD photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

U.S. service members participate in a large-scale map exercise.Ensign Dennis Lang writes out instructions.U.S. Army 1st Lt. Justin John checks his surroundings.A U.S. Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft.A U.S. Army doctor examines a young boy.
Christmas lights are displayed aboard the USS Wasp.Staff Sgt. Zeus Lee pushes a palette of cargo.A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III prepares to depart.Lance Cpl. Warren Burton fires a 60-mm mortar system.Tech. Sgt. David Fitzpatrick assists Senior Airman Alicia Goodner.

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