DeWitt Guam was proud to participate in Operation Christmas Drop 2015 this past Holiday Season. Operation Christmas Drop began in 1952, and is the longest running Department of Defense humanitarian airlift mission in the world impacting more than 20,000 islanders each year, from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. This year, four Air Force C-130 aircrews from the 36th Wing, 374th Airlift Wing, 734th Air Mobility Squadron, 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, as well as international partners from Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force, delivered over 40,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, clothing, fishing supplies, tools, toys and other goods that brought holiday cheer to remote Pacific Islanders. The islands that received these annual drops are some of the most remote islands on earth, and have little contact with the outside world, and Christmas Drop is the most important day of the year.
The staging area for this annual operation took place on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and all gifts and supplies were donated by local Guam businesses, such as DeWitt Guam, civic organizations, military personnel and local Guam residents.