Bunker Talk: Santa’s Airlift Operation Edition

It’s cold outside, but it’s always warm in the bunker!

byTyler Rogoway|
U.S. Air Force Maj. Zach “Santa Badger” Overbey, Operation Christmas Drop 2023 (OCD 23) mission commander and pilot, stands before three U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 436th Transport Squadron C-130J Super Hercules, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) C-130H Hercules assigned to the 401st Tactical Airlift Squadron, and a Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) C-130H Hercules assigned to the 251st Airlift Squadron in support of an OCD 23 elephant walk at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 9, 2023. Throughout OCD 23, USAF, RCAF, JASDF, and ROKAF crewmembers delivered 210 bundles to 58 islands over the span of six days. The deliveries of humanitarian aid reached over 42 thousand remote Micronesian islanders across 1.8 million square miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooklyn Golightly)
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooklyn Golightly
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We want to wish all of our readers and their families a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Welcome to Bunker Talk. This is a weekend open discussion post for the best commenting crew on the net, in which we can chat about all the stuff that went on this week that we didn’t cover. We can also talk about the stuff we did, or whatever else grabs your interest. In other words, it’s literally an off-topic thread.

The caption to this week’s top shot reads:

U.S. Air Force Maj. Zach “Santa Badger” Overbey, Operation Christmas Drop 2023 mission commander and pilot, stands before three U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, a Royal Canadian Air Force 436th Transport Squadron C-130J Super Hercules, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force ( C-130H Hercules assigned to the 401st Tactical Airlift Squadron, and a Republic of Korea Air Force C-130H Hercules assigned to the 251st Airlift Squadron in support of an Operation Christmas Drop elephant walk at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, December 9, 2023.

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