[단독] Air Force and U.S. Army for First ‘Christmas Airlift’

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At this time of the year, the US Air Force launches a “Christmas Airlift” to drop gifts on remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. This year, our Air Force also participated in this operation.

This is the exclusive report by Kim Tae-hoon, a reporter specializing in national defense.

A US Air Force C-130 transport aircraft flies over a palm-sized tropical island 1,600 kilometers southeast of Guam.

The aft opens and boxes with parachutes are dropped.

When I opened the box, it was filled with various daily necessities such as clothes, school supplies, and food.

Literally, a Christmas present that came down from heaven.

The ‘Christmas Airlift’, in which donated items from the US Air Force are dropped on 50 islands in the Pacific Ocean in the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

As an event with 70 years of tradition, it was held from the 1st to the 12th this year.

[미국 공군 : (‘크리스마스 공수 작전’은) 미 국방부의 가장 오래된 인도주의 공수 작전으로, 동맹국들도 매년 인도주의 임무를 지원하고 있습니다.]

Allies of the United States, such as Japan and Australia, often send transport planes, and this year, the Korean Air Force also dispatched a C-130 transport plane and about 30 soldiers for the first time this year.

An Air Force official told SBS that “there was a request from the US military, and we participated to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian relief operations.”

He did not disclose his participation in the operation, explaining that “there is no specific reason and we do not promote all training and operations.”

The South Korean military has not disclosed any multinational exercises in which troops and equipment are mobilized to manage the dialogue between North and South Korea since 2018.

(Video editing: Jeong Seong-hoon, CG: Lee Jong-jeong)

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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