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Every December, Air Force crews from Yokota Air Base, Japan, team up with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (Koku Jietai) and Royal Australian Air Force for Operation Christmas Drop. They airdrop supplies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and the Republic of Palau. Here, RAAF Sgt. Karl Penny, a C-130J Super Hercules loadmaster with the 37th Squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, Australia, watches the parachute for a low-Cost, low-altitude bundle carrying humanitarian aid down to the atoll of Kapingamarangi, FSM, on Dec. 13, 2018.
(U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore)