Angel Thunder 2015: Hostage Recovery Training

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

German Air Force pararescuemen prepare their gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter during Angel Thunder 2015, June 7, 2015.  The objective of Angel Thunder is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

German Air Force pararescuemen prepare their gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter during Angel Thunder 2015, June 7, 2015. The objective of Angel Thunder is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 hosted by the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizona, New Mexico and California.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 hosted by the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizona, New Mexico and California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS flies over southern Arizona during Angel Thunder 2015 June 7, 2015.  Angel Thunder is the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world combining joint, coalition and interagency personnel. Participants train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with numerous types of aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS flies over southern Arizona during Angel Thunder 2015 June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world combining joint, coalition and interagency personnel. Participants train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with numerous types of aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS flies 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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS flies 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS sits the flightline before being 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS sits the flightline before being 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force aerial gunner looks out the gunner window of German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter while flying over Southern California 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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A German Air Force aerial gunner looks out the gunner window of German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter while flying over Southern California 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force pararescueman prepares his gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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A German Air Force pararescueman prepares his gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

German Air Force pararescuemen sit aboard a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter while flying over Southern California 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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German Air Force pararescuemen sit aboard a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter while flying over Southern California 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

German Air Force pararescuemen prepare their gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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German Air Force pararescuemen prepare their gear while flying over Southern California in a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter sits on the flightline during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 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. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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A German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter sits on the flightline during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 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. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 an Air Combat Command-sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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 an Air Combat Command-sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

German Air Force pararescue and U.S. Air Force 48th Rescue Squadron Pararescue patches are worn by pararescuemen working together during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015.  Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants to come together and increase their knowledge about various recovery techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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German Air Force pararescue and U.S. Air Force 48th Rescue Squadron Pararescue patches are worn by pararescuemen working together during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants to come together and increase their knowledge about various recovery techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

The blades of German Air Force CH-53GS begin to spin before being boarded by German and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen 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.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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The blades of German Air Force CH-53GS begin to spin before being boarded by German and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen 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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force CH-53GS is seen through a window of its counterpart prior to takeoff from the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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A German Air Force CH-53GS is seen through a window of its counterpart prior to takeoff from the flightline at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 hosted by the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizona, New Mexico and California.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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 hosted by the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizona, New Mexico and California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Two German Air Force aerial gunners sit aboard a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter during a departure from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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Two German Air Force aerial gunners sit aboard a German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter during a departure from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., 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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

A German Air Force aerial gunner gives a "thumbs up" to passengers of the German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter signifying the aircraft is about to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015.  Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants to come together and increase their knowledge about various recovery techniques.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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A German Air Force aerial gunner gives a "thumbs up" to passengers of the German Air Force CH-53GS helicopter signifying the aircraft is about to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 7, 2015. Angel Thunder is an Air Combat Command sponsored personnel recovery exercise for combat air force, joint, allied and interagency participants to come together and increase their knowledge about various recovery techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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 photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

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.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)
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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. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)