Events

April 3, 2014

AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Heather Redman
12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs 
12AF_pict
Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, with recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force.

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER.

During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop exercise plans incorporating combat search and rescue tactics, and close air support tactics. This is the third year Colombia is participating in the combat search and rescue training, and it will be the first year Colombia participates in close air support roles.

Last year, Colombia participated in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER utilizing their C-130 Hercules aircraft, primarily for cargo and personnel transport. This year Colombia will bring their A-29 Super Tucano which is used for close air support missions, in addition to the C-130 and Bell 212 helicopter.

“With this being the first year that Colombia is using attack fixed wing aircraft platforms, we helped spin them up for the exercise,” said Cavazos.

“By training with them in their own country, we are able to teach techniques in comfortable surroundings. And helps us prepare for the combat search and rescue missions we will encounter during Exercise ANGEL THUNDER,” added Nagle.

The lessons learned during the training event are procedures the Colombian Air Force can incorporate into their everyday missions.

Combat search and rescue involves the rescue of an individual from a hostile environment. During Exercise ANGEL THUNDER, close air support participants will train in suppressing enemy fire and keeping adversaries from capturing additional resources and aircraft.

Cavazos and Nagle will be returning to Colombia in April to continue training prior to the start of ANGEL THUNDER.

“This is an ongoing effort that is just another example of the close ties between our nations. AFSOUTH has been sending people to train with Colombia for years and will continue to send people after us, to strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” said Cavazos.

ANGEL THUNDER is the largest and most realistic joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise in the world. ANGEL THUNDER uses a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies to provide personnel recovery and combat search and rescue training for combat aircrews, pararescue, intelligence personnel, battle managers and joint search and rescue center personnel.

The exercise will be conducted May 4-17 and will execute training scenarios from Davis-Monthan AFB to the Pacific Ocean off of the coast of California.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Local Briefs July 25, 2014

355th FW to hold active shooter training exercise July 29, 7 p.m. The 355th Fighter Wing will be conducting an active shooter trainingexercise starting at approximately 7 p.m. local, Tuesday, July 29. Multiple facilities and locations on base will be affected, but the overall impact to normal operations will be minimal for those who are...
 
 
Recycling_pict

Tucson Clean & Beautiful to host Electronics Recycling Collection event

Don’t know what to do with your outdated computer or other electronics sitting in storage? Want to recycle it properly and safely? Have boxes of confidential documents that you want to destroy? Tucson Clean & Beautiful is...
 
 

Local Briefs July 18, 2014

355th FW to hold active shooter training exercise July 29, 7 p.m. The 355th Fighter Wing will be conducting an active shooter training exercise starting at approximately 7 p.m. local, Tuesday, July 29. Multiple facilities and locations on base will be affected, but the overall impact to normal operations will be minimal for those who...
 

 

A-10s take Hawgsmoke to new heights

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies during the 2014 Hawgsmoke Competition at Barry M. Goldwater Range Two. This year’s Hawgsmoke competition focused on forward firing. The participants competed in high, medium, and low-angle strafes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie)...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie)

A-10 pilots ‘Hawg’ the range

The 355th Fighter Wing hosted 14 A-10 teams from around the world for Hawgsmoke, July 9-12. Hawgsmoke is a biennial worldwide A-10 bombing, missile and tactical gunnery competition, which was derived from the discontinued “Gu...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie)

Davis-Monthan hosts Hawgsmoke 2014

The 355th Fighter Wing will host 14 A-10 teams from around the world for the 8th biannual bombing, missile, and tactical gunnery competition known as Hawgsmoke July 9-12. The competition focuses on A-10 tactics such as moving t...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin