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After parachuting onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the German town of Alzey, Capt. Michael Wetlesen of the Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group was met by his wife, Samantha, and son Michael Jr., whom he pushed back to the rally point in his stroller.
After parachuting onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the German town of Alzey, Capt. Michael Wetlesen of the Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group was met by his wife, Samantha, and son Michael Jr., whom he pushed back to the rally point in his stroller. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
After parachuting onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the German town of Alzey, Capt. Michael Wetlesen of the Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group was met by his wife, Samantha, and son Michael Jr., whom he pushed back to the rally point in his stroller.
After parachuting onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the German town of Alzey, Capt. Michael Wetlesen of the Air Force's 435th Contingency Response Group was met by his wife, Samantha, and son Michael Jr., whom he pushed back to the rally point in his stroller. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Santa Claus joined U.S. and European military personnel Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, for International Jump Week, jumping out of a military transport aircraft near Alzey, Germany, with a parachute and a big box of presents.
Santa Claus joined U.S. and European military personnel Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, for International Jump Week, jumping out of a military transport aircraft near Alzey, Germany, with a parachute and a big box of presents. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
After taking off from Ramstein Air Base in a C-130, U.S. and European military personnel jump near the German town of Alzey Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, on the first day of International Jump Week.
After taking off from Ramstein Air Base in a C-130, U.S. and European military personnel jump near the German town of Alzey Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, on the first day of International Jump Week. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. and European military personnel parachuted to the ground as a U.S. Air Force C-130 flies by Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, the first day of International Jump Week.
U.S. and European military personnel parachuted to the ground as a U.S. Air Force C-130 flies by Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, the first day of International Jump Week. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
U.S. and European military personnel parachute onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the Germany town of Alzey.
U.S. and European military personnel parachute onto a farmer's field Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, outside the Germany town of Alzey. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
A German soldier maneuvers over a landing zone outside the town of Alzey during a multinational parachute jump Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The International Jump Week event included a jump by Santa Claus and an air drop of holiday gifts.
A German soldier maneuvers over a landing zone outside the town of Alzey during a multinational parachute jump Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The International Jump Week event included a jump by Santa Claus and an air drop of holiday gifts. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
A pair of German military parachutists land near U.S. and other military personnel who landed earlier Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, the first day of International Jump Week, a multinational military airborne exercise meant to strengthen military partnerships and interoperability.
A pair of German military parachutists land near U.S. and other military personnel who landed earlier Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, the first day of International Jump Week, a multinational military airborne exercise meant to strengthen military partnerships and interoperability. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Santa Claus hands out candy and presents to the children of U.S. service members after parachuting from a U.S. Air Force C-130 transport plane Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, near the town of Alzey, Germany.
Santa Claus hands out candy and presents to the children of U.S. service members after parachuting from a U.S. Air Force C-130 transport plane Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, near the town of Alzey, Germany. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
French military personnel walk to a rally point after parachuting from a C-130 transport plane near the German town of Alzey. Santa Claus and more than 100 U.S. and European military personnel jumped here Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, as part of International Jump Week, an event meant to strengthen military partnerships and interoperability.
French military personnel walk to a rally point after parachuting from a C-130 transport plane near the German town of Alzey. Santa Claus and more than 100 U.S. and European military personnel jumped here Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, as part of International Jump Week, an event meant to strengthen military partnerships and interoperability. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)
Santa Claus waves to children and members of the military after parachuting from a C-130 military transport Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, near the German town of Alzey.
Santa Claus waves to children and members of the military after parachuting from a C-130 military transport Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, near the German town of Alzey. (Matt Millham/Stars and Stripes)

ALZEY, Germany — Santa Claus and more than 100 personnel from the U.S. and European militaries landed on a farmer’s field Monday to kick off International Jump Week, an event meant to build international partnerships and improve the interoperability of U.S. military with its allies.

Taking off from Ramstein Air Base, waves of personnel dropped onto the landing zone throughout the morning.

Santa was the first to jump, plunging from a U.S. Air Force C-130 with a load of toys.

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