Paratroopers Jump for Toys, Foreign Wings

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. Army paratroopers wait with their toys during Operation Toy Drop on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 10, 2010. Paratroopers donate a toy for local children  to help brighten their holidays and also in an effort to earn foreign jump wings. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • This is one of the toys U.S. paratroopers brought to Fort Bragg, N.C., during Operation Toy Drop, Dec. 10, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erik Cardenas
  • A U.S. Army paratrooper brings his donation to Operation Toy Drop at Green Ramp, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Dec. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Felix Fimbres
  • A green stuffed animal is one of the toys U.S. paratroopers donated during Operation Toy Drop at Green Ramp, Pope Air Force Base, Dec. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • A paratrooper arrives with a toy in an effort to brighten the holidays for a child and to earn foreign jump wings during Operation Toy Drop on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. Army paratroopers conduct pre-jump training during Operation Toy Drop on Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Dec. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Army Sgt. 1st Class Crystie Somero gets inspected by a jumpmaster before participating in Operation Toy Drop on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Paratroopers wait to board a C-17 to start the airborne operation in which paratroopers donated toys to help children in need this holiday season Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. paratroopers board an Air Force AC-130 aircraft at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ
  • U.S. paratroopers wait to jump out of an Air Force C-130 aircraft over Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ
  • U.S. paratroopers jump out of an Air Force C-130 aircraft over Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton Russ
  • An Army paratrooper jumps out of an Air Force C-130 aircraft over Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. William Greer
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Hurdley, an 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers, smiles after a safe landing on Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erik Cardenas
  • U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Hurdley gathers his parachute after a safe landing on Sicily Drop Zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion
  • A Chilian jumpmaster pins jump wings from his country on a U.S. paratrooper during the rain and cold during Operation Toy Drop at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Army Photo by Sharilyn Wells
  • A Chilean jumpmaster pins his Army's jump wings on a U.S. Army paratrooper at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010, as part of Operation Toy Drop. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • Thai jump wings are proudly presented to a U.S. paratrooper after he participated in Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells
  • U.S. paratroopers fall from the sky behind a mound of donated toys at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 11, 2010. Paratroopers donated more than 5,000 toys to local children, hoping to brighten their holidays. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sharilyn Wells