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German and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen check their radios before a training exercise during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise. D-M hosted 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for rescue missions.

A German Air Force maintainer performs pre-flight checks on a German Air Force CH-53GS during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise. D-M hosted 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for rescue missions.

A German Air Force maintainer performs pre-flight checks on a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter during Angel Thunder 2015 at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., during Angel Thunder 2015 June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise. D-M hosted 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for rescue missions.

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman provide instruction while pulling a simulated patient and rescue member to the top of cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3. The objective of the exercise is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission.

A German Air Force aerial gunner sits on the ramp of a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter while flying over southern Arizona during Angel Thunder 2015, June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise. D-M hosted 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for rescue missions.

A German Air Force CH-53GS waits to be refueled at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., during Angel Thunder 2015, June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise. D-M hosted 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for rescue missions.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Kaupas, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load team chief and simulated patient, holds an IV after receiving medical care during an Angel Thunder 2015 mass casualty exercise at Winslow–Lindbergh Regional Airport, Ariz., June 5, 2015. Service members, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University students acted as simulated patients to create a realistic experience during the exercise.

U.S. Air Force and Royal Danish Air Force medical personnel treat a simulated victim for neck and head injuries during an Angel Thunder 2015 mass casualty exercise at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, Ariz., June 5, 2015. Alongside service members, students from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University acted as simulated patients to create a realistic experience during the exercise.