Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts, U.S. Air Force
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 1-73 Cavalry Regiment, wait in line with their toys early in the morning to ensure their chances of receiving a lottery ticket during this year's Operation Toy Drop Dec. 4 on Pope Air Force Base. Operation Toy Drop is an annual Airborne jump held at Fort Bragg, N.C. hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), and supported by Fort Bragg's XVIII Airborne Corps and Pope Air Force Base's 43rd Airlift Wing. Over 3,000 Soldiers are expected to donate a toy for a lottery ticket and the chance to jump under an international jumpmaster in order to earn their foreign jump wings. The operation gives Soldiers and Airmen the opportunity to help local families in need over the holidays while boosting morale and incorporating valuable training.