Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Operation Toy Drop PSA

Doors open at 0800. Lines traditionally start before sunrise.

ATTN:Paratroopers Don't have a hard seat? Want to give back to your community and have the chance to earn your foreign jump wings?

 Be at Green Ramp Friday December 6, 2013, a new unwrapped toy, your ACH and dog tags.

You must be on Hazardous Duty Orders.

Check out this great video made by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Public Affairs Office. (U.S. Army video by Sgt. 1st Class Andy Yoshimura)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Less than two weeks away

Toy Drop is less than two weeks away.  Doors at green ramp will open at around 0800.  Remember to wear something warm.  We will have warming tents provided by the USACAPOC(A) Family Readiness Group and the USO will be there as well.  We have confirmation that players, cheerleaders and Sir-Purr from the Carolina Panthers will be there for lottery day.  Remember this event is all about putting smiles on children during this holiday season.  We will see you at green ramp!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nine countries confirmed

It is that time of the year again.  Operation Toy Drop in its 16th year.  Here are the countries that will join us.  Italy, Latvia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Poland and Germany.   We are looking forward to a great operation and more importantly the opportunity for all kids to have a smile on their face during the holidays.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Looking for the latest news?

We do our best to populate this site with the freshest news regarding Toy Drop, but in an effort to maintain a high quality of posts, we often defer much of our breaking news, information, photos and video to our facebook page at www.facebook.com/operationtoydrop

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

“Dieci minuti! Preparare!”

Story by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite

“Dieci minuti! Preparare!” These Italian commands meaning “ten minutes” and “get ready,” were heard echoed throughout an aircraft hangar in Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg, N.C. as foreign jumpmasters from around the world rehearsed airborne procedures alongside U.S. Army jumpmasters Dec. 5, 2012. 

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christina Hipenbecker, a jumpmaster of the
 U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command
(Airborne), an Army Reserve unit at Fort Bragg, N.C., briefs jumpmasters
from around the world inside a hangar at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg,
N.C. on Dec. 5, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite)


The rehearsals are part of a week long project, coordinated by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg.

The project, the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, is an annual event where Fort Bragg and other communities collect and donate toys to children and social service agencies in need during the holidays.

Although the event was created to help the local community and those in need, it also provides U.S. paratroopers a chance to earn foreign jump wings by conducting airborne operations with foreign jumpmasters.

Jumpmasters – expert parachutists – from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Uruguay are some of those foreign jumpmasters that will be collaborating in the largest multinational airborne operation in the world slated for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Fort Bragg.
“It is great to be here,” said Dutch army Sgt. 1st Class Sander Middag, a jumpmaster of the Dutch Defense Parachute School in Breda, Netherlands.

“It is an excellent initiative,” said Chilean army Lt. Col. Aquiles Gloffka about the uniqueness of the event.

Both Middag and Gloffka are two of more than 30 jumpmasters participating in this year’s event.
During joint and combined operations like this, foreign jumpmasters are able to learn and observe some of the differences between the other countries.

“Many of the parachute drills are very similar,” explained Middag. But unlike the U.S., the Dutch parachute school provides jumpmaster support to units throughout Holland since individual airborne units don’t have their own jumpmasters like the U.S. does.

For Gloffka, what was most captivating for him was seeing the U.S. Army’s involvement within the community.

“One of the good things the U.S. Army does is it helps the community a lot,” explained Gloffka. “We should imitate that in Chile.”

This year, according to their website, Operation Toy Drop hopes to collect and distribute more than the 20,000 toys collected last year.

“They are good people – good discipline, and very experienced,” explained Middag. “And I look forward to coming again next year.”dy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, is an annual event where Fort Bragg and other communities collect and donate toys to children and social service agencies in need during the holidays.

Although the event was created to help the local community and those in need, it also provides U.S. paratroopers a chance to earn foreign jump wings by conducting airborne operations with foreign jumpmasters.

Jumpmasters – expert parachutists – from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Uruguay are some of those foreign jumpmasters that will be collaborating in the largest multinational airborne operation in the world slated for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 on Fort Bragg.

“It is great to be here,” said Dutch army Sgt. 1st Class Sander Middag, a jumpmaster of the Dutch Defense Parachute School in Breda, Netherlands.

“It is an excellent initiative,” said Chilean army Lt. Col. Aquiles Gloffka about the uniqueness of the event.

Both Middag and Gloffka are two of more than 30 jumpmasters participating in this year’s event.
During joint and combined operations like this, foreign jumpmasters are able to learn and observe some of the differences between the other countries.

“Many of the parachute drills are very similar,” explained Middag. But unlike the U.S., the Dutch parachute school provides jumpmaster support to units throughout Holland since individual airborne units don’t have their own jumpmasters like the U.S. does.


For Gloffka, what was most captivating for him was seeing the U.S. Army’s involvement within the community.

“One of the good things the U.S. Army does is it helps the community a lot,” explained Gloffka. “We should imitate that in Chile.”


This year, according to their website, Operation Toy Drop hopes to collect and distribute more than the 20,000 toys collected last year.


“They are good people – good discipline, and very experienced,” explained Middag. “And I look forward to coming again next year.”





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mission Afghanistan: UPDATE

Interested in reaching out and spreading joy in Afghanistan?
You can send an unwrapped toy (that doesn't require batteries or electricity), children's clothes, or children's shoes to

Sgt. Katie Summerhill
Task Force Titan/333 MP BDE
Bagram AF/Sabalu-Harrison
APO, AE 09354

Your toy will go to an orphanage in Bagram.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MISSION AFGHANISTAN

Confirmed: Afghanistan.

No, jumpmasters won't be coming to Fort Bragg, instead Toy Drop is putting on its battle rattle and going to Afghanistan. 

Thanks to Sgt. Katie Summerhill, a USACAPOC(A) Public Affairs alumni, and the 340th Tactical PSYOP Co. Toy Drop has spread to Afghanistan, specifically Bagram Airfield.

Summerhill, currently deployed to Bagram got the idea to bring Toy Drop to Afghanistan and has been running with it ever since.

The 340th TPC has been helping Summerhill with the logistics of the operation. All toys they collect will go to a local orphanage. We'll provide details on how you can help as soon as they are ironed out.