An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 21, 2021

A Loadmaster Completes Her First Operation Christmas Drop

By Tech. Sgt. Joshua Edwards 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- It was a hot, muggy day, but Santa still had to deliver presents to islands in the Pacific.

For a lot of people in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau, one of their Santas during the 70th Anniversary of Operation Christmas Drop was Senior Airman Kim Doyle, 36th Airlift Squadron loadmaster.

“This is my first humanitarian mission and it’s been life changing for me,” said Doyle. “Most of what I do at Yokota is just training and preparing for a crisis. I’m just so glad I had the opportunity to come out here and a be a part of this mission.”

As part of her job for the OCD mission, Doyle peered over the loading ramp, picked and mark drop zones, and communicated that information to the pilots of her C-130J Super Hercules.

“These loadmasters do a dangerous job, and I’m just grateful, every day, that we have them on the back of our plane,” said 1st Lt. Harrison Law, 36th AS pilot. “I see Airmen Doyle as a little sister. She’s an extremely hard worker, and she isn’t afraid to tell us what to do and how to handle things for her.”

During a few of her flights, she had the chance to show some Japanese Air Self-Defense Force members, who were flying C-130H Super Hercules, how she accomplishes the mission.

“I find it interesting how we get to interact with our partners here,” said Doyle. “During OCD, the JASDF have flown on our plane, which is a little bit different than theirs. I got to give them a tour and answer all their questions on the differences.”

This year, Doyle’s efforts contributed to supplying aid to over 22,000 residents across more than 55 remote islands in the South-Eastern Pacific.

“It was emotional for me, since this was the first time I’ve done anything like this. Knowing that we are out here giving aid to these people is a phenomenal experience.”
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
331,816
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
USAID Supports the Ministry of Health to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination in Lao PDR
USAID Supports the Ministry of Health to Expand COVID-19 Vaccination in Lao PDR.
Sept. 29, 2022 - VIENTIANE -- Today, the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over cold chain and IT equipment worth around U.S. $150,000 to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to further...

USINDOPACOM Partners with Fiji to Initiate the First Ever Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan for Fiji
The First Ever Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan for Fiji.
Sept. 29, 2022 - SUVA, Fiji -- The first Women, Peace & Security (WPS) National Action Plan (NAP) Orientation Workshop facilitated by the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security is underway in Suva, Fiji from...

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Visits USS Howard (DDG 83)
Vice President Kamala Harris addresses service members aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) during her visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), Sept. 28. The Vice President’s tour of the ship and her remarks to U.S. service members highlight the administration’s continued commitment to its alliances in the region. Howard is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s principal surface force.
Sept. 29, 2022 - YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) while moored at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Sept. 28.The visit to Howard was part of Vice...

USINDOPACOM Statement on DPRK Missile Launch
Sept. 29, 2022 - We are aware of the two ballistic missile launches and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our...

Austin Welcomes Marshall Islands President to Pentagon
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Republic of Marshall Islands President David Kabua pose for a photo during a bilateral exchange at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2022.
Sept. 28, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III today met with Marshall Islands President David Kabua, who is in Washington to participate in the first U.S.-Pacific Island Nation Summit with President Joe Biden later...