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Santa, Elves jump for Operation Toy Drop 2018

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Santa Claus cheers as he completes a military freefall jump during Operation Toy Drop 2018 over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany, Dec. 12, 2018. Santa and his elves jumped from 86th Airlift Wing Super Hercules aircraft and delivered gifts to children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

One of Santa’s helpers and a Soldier walk toward the rally point after conducting a static-line jump out of an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during Operation Toy Drop on Alzey Drop Zone, Germany, Dec. 13, 2018. The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations delivered toys from 86th Airlift Wing’s C-130Js to children waiting on the perimeter of the drop zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Santa’s elves conduct static-line jumps out of an Air Force C-130J Super Hercules during Operation Toy Drop 2018 Dec. 13, 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany. Twelve members from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing dressed as Santa’s elves for the final day of static-line jumps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann)

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Santa Claus and members of the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing watch as a military free fall jumper approaches Alzey Drop Zone, Germany, during Operation Toy Drop 2018, Dec. 13, 2018. Paratroopers with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and seven partner nations conducted jumps during the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Mrs. Claus poses with 12 of Santa’s elves for a photo after being rigged into their parachutes for Operation Toy Drop 2018 at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 13, 2018. Members of the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company worked with the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, 86th Airlift Wing, and seven coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann)

Santa and his helpers, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations conducted static-line and military freefall jumps for Operation Toy Drop 2018, over Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Army Capt. Rizzoli Elias, 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company commander, hands a stuffed animal to a child during Operation Toy Drop 2018 on Alzey Drop Zone, Germany, Dec. 13, 2018. Santa and his elves delivered gifts via cargo delivery system drops from an 86th Airlift Wing Super Hercules aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin M. Rumbaugh)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Santa Claus and his elves delivered toys to children via military freefall and static-line jumps as part of the 7th annual Operation Toy Drop event on Alzey Drop Zone, Germany Dec. 11-13, 2018.

Each day of the operation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and seven partner nations took off in an 86th Airlift Wing C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to conduct low-level passes over the drop zone.

Throughout the operation, paratroopers conducted approximately 140 personnel drops each day.

On the final day of the event, the 37th Airlift Squadron dropped several crates of toys while Santa Claus performed a high altitude military freefall jump, and Mrs. Claus and 12 elves performed static-line jumps onto Alzey Drop Zone.

After the jump, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the elves gave toys to local children from around the Kaiserslautern military community.

“It’s a great way to build our community,” said Maj. Benjamin Wingler, 1st Combat Communications Squadron director of operations and jumpmaster. “It shows that we’re not just here to use the land as the U.S. Army or Air Force, but we’re here to give back to the community.”

The U.S. Army 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, based at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany, hosted the event.

The three-day operation ended with coalition partner jumpmasters presenting their nation’s jump wings to other country’s paratroopers who jumped with them during the week.

“It’s just a great week for building partnership capacity,” Wingler said. “It’s a great training environment that gives back to the community.”

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