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Airdrops save lives

Marines deployed to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh roll over a bundle of food rations that was recently airdropped by A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules Oct 3, 2011. The supplies are loaded on trucks for transport back to the FOB and the parachutes and other packing material are collected and burned on site to reduce the debris left on the drop zone. Aerial delivery of food and water allows Marines to get some critical supplies without having to rely on risky ground convoys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

Marines deployed to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh roll over a bundle of food rations that was recently airdropped by A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules Oct 3, 2011. The supplies are loaded on trucks for transport back to the FOB and the parachutes and other packing material are collected and burned on site to reduce the debris left on the drop zone. Aerial delivery of food and water allows Marines to get some critical supplies without having to rely on risky ground convoys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)