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Airdrops over Megara during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII

Pilots speak with each other.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Gibson, 37th Airlift Squadron pilot, left, speaks with Capt. Ally Swift, 37th AS pilot, during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. Airmen and C-130s assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing participated in a bilateral training event with Hellenic armed forces from Sept. 8-20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

A loadmaster secures a harness on an Airman.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Hutton, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, secures a harness on Senior Airman Brice Breshears, 86th Maintenance Squadron maintaner, during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. Harnesses secure personnel to the aircraft and protect them from ejection when the ramp of an airborne C-130J Super Hercules aircraft is open. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

A chain is linked to an aircraft.

A chain is linked to a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. These chains keep personnel and materials secured to the aircraft to prevent ejection when the ramp of an airborne C-130J is open. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Airmen secure a high velocity container delivery system to a C-130J aircraft.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Marc Gonsalves, far right, and Senior Airman Robert Hutton, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, secure a high velocity container delivery system to a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Megara Bay, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. These systems are designed to drop quickly to the ground, unlike low cost low altitude airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Airmen watch a plane fly over while on a plane.

Members of the 37th Airlift Squadron and 86th Maintenance Squadron watch a Hellenic C-130 Super Hercules aircraft fly during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Megara Bay, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. Operation Stolen Cerberus is an exercise designed to enhance interoperability and airlift capabilities among allied forces through realistic, joint air operation scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

A loadmaster poses for a photo.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Hutton, 37th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, poses for a photo during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Megara Bay, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. Loadmasters communicate with pilots to deploy airdrops and make sure they are released safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman watches a C-130J fly overhead.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brice Breshears, 86th Maintenance Squadron maintainer, watches a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft assigned to Hellenic forces during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Megara Bay, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. The exercise is designed to enhance readiness and demonstrate a shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An airdrop is deployed.

A high velocity container delivery system is deployed during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII at Megara Bay, Greece, Sept. 14, 2020. High velocity airdrops can be used to deploy more durable items that will not be damaged by ground impacts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman relays information on a radio.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Joseph Atwood, 4th Air Support Operations Group air mobility liaison officer, relays information via radio at the Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. The 37th Airlift Squadron tested flight capabilities by flying three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft overhead. Radios allow service members on the ground to communicate current conditions with pilots even from several miles away. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An anemometer measures wind speed.
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An anemometer measures wind speeds at the Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. Drop zone support personnel watch the device for wind speeds and direction and communicate with pilots on whether it is safe to perform air or personnel drops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Two C-130J fly over Megara.
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Two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft fly over Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. Stolen Cerberus VII is designed to enhance interoperability and airlift capabilities among allied armed forces through realistic, joint air operation scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

A C-130J performs a low cost low altitude airdrop.
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A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft performs a low cost low altitude airdrop at the Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. LCLA airdrops are able to quickly deliver supplies to service members in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

Hellenic forces members run to recover a parachute.
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Hellenic forces recover a low cost low altitude airdrop at the Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. The exercise is designed to enhance readiness and demonstrate a shared commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

An Airman displays his patch.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kyle Brooks, 435th Contingency Response Squadron team chief, displays his patch at the Megara drop zones during Operation Stolen Cerberus VII near Elefsis Air Base, Greece, Sept. 10, 2020. About 20 Airmen from the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing provided support to Operation Stolen Cerberus VII, including loadmasters, pilots, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape specialists and aerial porters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor D. Slater)

ELEFSIS AIR BASE, Germany -- Airmen and C-130s assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing participated in a bilateral training event called with Hellenic armed forces called Stolen Cerberus VII from Sept. 8-20. Airdrops are designed to quickly deliver supplies to service members in austere environments.