Exercise Angel Thunder 2015

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(U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts airspace surveillance on the back of a CH-47D while flying over southern Arizona during Exercise Angel Thunder June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is hosted by the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., but many flying operation will extend throughout Arizona, New Mexico and California.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Erik Poser, Task Force Tatanka CH-47D Chinook pilot, reads an Sectional Aeronautical Chart while Capt. Drew Rowland, Task Force Tatanka CH-47D Chinook pilot commands a CH-47D while flying over southern Arizona during Exercise Angel Thunder, June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world combining joint, coalition and interagency personnel. Participants will train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with numerous types of aircraft.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, monitors the landing area of a CH-47D as U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Airmen, 22nd Training Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., depart for a search and rescue training mission during Exercise Angel Thunder at Ruby Fuzzy MOA, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The objective of the exercise is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures prior take off during Exercise Angel Thunder at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is from May 30-June 13, operating mainly out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizona. Task Force Tatanka is made up of three companies from the Montana Army National Guard’s 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Miles Roberts, reserve pararescueman, assists U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Dan Peete, reconnaissance Marine, tie a knot designed to stay secure while rappelling during Exercise Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mount Lemmon, Ariz., June 1. During the training, U.S. Marines and U.S. Airmen practiced tying knots, anchoring ropes, rappelling down a cliffside unassisted, and returning to the initial elevation point. Exercise Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command-sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants. Roberts is assigned to the 304th Rescue Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., and Peete is assigned to Force Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Austin Sanders, reserve pararescueman, ascends a cliffside during Exercise Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mount Lemmon, Ariz., June 1. During the training, U.S. Marines and U.S. Airmen practiced tying knots, anchoring ropes, rappelling down a cliffside unassisted, and returning to the initial elevation point. Exercise Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command-sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants. Sanders is assigned to the 304th Reserve Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore.

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Morrison, Expeditionary Operations Training Group instructor, demonstrates how to anchor a rappel rope using the natural environment to fellow Marines during Exercise Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mount Lemmon, Ariz., June 1. During the training, U.S. Marines and U.S. Airmen practiced tying knots, anchoring ropes, rappelling down a cliffside unassisted, and returning to the initial elevation point. Exercise Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command-sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants. The Marines are assigned to Force Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.