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    AFSOUTH prepares for Angel Thunder ‘14



    Story by Staff Sgt. Heather Salazar and Maj. Sarah Schwennesen

    12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

    DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Members from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and partner nations from around the world are preparing for Angel Thunder 2014, a joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.

    Angel Thunder began in 2006 and is the world's largest personnel recovery exercise, supporting the DOD.

    Last year’s Angel Thunder exercise was a joint collaboration with Air Force Special Operation Command's Emerald Warrior, the U.S. Navy 3rd Fleet’s Joint Warfighting Center Training and Exercise, and the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserve's Global Medic exercises.

    More than 3,000 joint, total force, coalition and interagency partners were trained and 109 aircraft participated logging more than 1,700 flight hours.

    This year , more than 200 planners from around the world have already met in preparation for this year’s Angel Thunder exercise scheduled for May 4-17.

    Over a three-day planning conference held by the Angel Thunder Professional Control Force, under Headquarters Air Combat Command Exercises Division, planners from Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, and Colombia joined U.S. planners from the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Arizona National Guard, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations, Pima County Emergency Management, Pima County Sheriff, Pinal County Sheriff, Coconino County Sheriff and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to discuss all aspects of the exercise from billeting to range coordination.

    Angle Thunder will be conducted over three southwestern states.

    The Angel Thunder 2014 exercise will be held in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

    By holding the Angel Thunder over a large area, exercise planers can plan for a variety in training scenarios.

    Some of the various exercises that are planned include security cooperation, interagency operations, and support to civil authorities focused on catastrophic incident search and rescue.

    Plans for this year’s Angel Thunder Exercise will train more than 2,000 joint, total force, coalition and interagency partners through a full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with ground recovery personnel, air assets, Special Forces teams and federal agents.

    (Editor’s Note: Maj. Sarah Schwennesen from Angel Thunder Public Affairs contributed to this story)



    Date Taken: 02.19.2014
    Date Posted: 02.19.2014 14:17
    Story ID: 120831

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