Operation Toy Drop is a United States Army Reserve Command collective training exercise and airborne operation executed by the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne).
Each year, thousands of Soldiers are drawn to Operation Toy Drop for the opportunity to conduct an airborne operation with a foreign jumpmaster and the chance to help a local child.
As of Nov. 23, jumpmasters from five nations were confirmed. The countries participating are Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
For updates to the list please visit www.facebook.com/operationtoydrop.
Established in 1998, by then Staff Sgt. Randy Oler, a USACAPOC(A) Soldier, Operation Toy Drop started as a training event and airborne operation. After months of planning, the first Operation Toy Drop had more than 1,200 Soldiers participating and 550 toys were donated.
On April 20, 2004, Oler suffered a fatal heart attack while performing jumpmaster duties. The void left by his death was a difficult one to fill. With the support of the Fort Bragg community, Operation Toy Drop continues to be a holiday tradition.
Over its 19-year span, Operation Toy Drop has seen close to 100,000 toys donated for children in North Carolina, with toys ranging from bikes to dolls and video game systems.
Operation Toy Drop events will kick off Dec. 9, with the airborne lottery. Paratroopers interested in participating in the Operation Toy Drop lottery must bring their advanced combat helmet, identification card, dog tags and hazardous duty orders to Green Ramp on Pope Field, at 7 a.m., to enter the lottery.
All Soldiers participating in the lottery are invited to donate a toy for pick up by a local charity for distribution to Families in need. A toy is not required to receive a lottery ticket.
Selected paratroopers will be manifested against 500 seats for the airborne operation the next day.
The week of Dec. 12 through 16, Operation Toy Drop will continue with airborne operations conducted on Luzon Drop Zone at Camp Mackall.
For more information, please follow www.facebook.com/operationtoydrop or contact the USACAPOC(A) Public Affairs Office at 574-9908.