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.”

Like Us
Follow Us



New Course Brings Humanitarian Perspective on Conflicts in the Indo-Pacific
Jan. 11, 2022 - CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Fifteen U.S. Marines from various units under 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force participated virtually in the first official Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART)-Conflict course run by the...

Pentagon Moves to Health Protection Condition Charlie
A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington D.C.  The cards will be sent out as part of vaccination kits from Operation Warp Speed, which is an effort by several U.S. government components and public partnerships to facilitate the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.
Jan. 11, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- Due to recent increases in COVID-19 positivity case numbers, the Defense Department headquarters has moved to Health Protection Condition Charlie (HPCON), Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said during a...

90th FS Pilot Selected for NASA’s 2021 Astronaut Candidate Class
Jan. 11, 2022 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- From the last frontier to the final frontier, a 90th Fighter Squadron pilot’s lifelong dream has come true.“I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since I was a little kid; I can’t even...

U.S. and Germany Provide a Refrigerated Truck and IT Equipment to Support the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort in Laos
U.S. and Germany Provide a Refrigerated Truck and IT Equipment to Support the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort in Laos.
Jan. 11, 2022 - LAO, U.S. Embassy in Laos -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Federal Ministry of Health of Germany (BMG) are continuing to support the Lao PDR’s goal to vaccinate 80 percent of the population by...

Air Force Moves Forward with $28.9M Contract Award at Andersen AFB
Munitions storage igloos at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Det. 2 recently awarded $28.9 million for the construction of 12 sustainable facilities in support of an on-going effort consisting of 20 new igloos. This is a four-phased project to increase munitions storage capacity at Andersen AFB.
Jan. 11, 2022 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Detachment 2 successfully led the award of a $28.9 million contract recently to construct new reinforced munitions storage magazines...