Angel Thunder 2015: Task Force Tatanka

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures prior to take off as U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Blackmon 22nd Training Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., adjusts his helmet during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures prior to take off as U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Blackmon 22nd Training Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., adjusts his helmet during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures prior take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is hosted by the 355th fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizonam New Mexico and California. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures prior take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is hosted by the 355th fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB but many flying operations will extend throughout Arizonam New Mexico and California. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, stands by for communication from the a pilot during start up procedures prior to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The objective of the exercise is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue misson. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, stands by for communication from the a pilot during start up procedures prior to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The objective of the exercise is to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue misson. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures on a CH-47D prior to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts start up procedures on a CH-47D prior to take off during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, hands a headset connector to U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Blackmon 2nd Training Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., inside a CH-47D Chinook during  Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, hands a headset connector to U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Casey Blackmon 2nd Training Squadron survival, evasion, resistance, and escape specialist, 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., inside a CH-47D Chinook during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

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 Angel Thunder 2015 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

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 Angel Thunder 2015 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

A U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook from the Montana Army National Guard’s 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion, prepares to take off from Ruby Fuzzy MOA, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2015, June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

A U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook from the Montana Army National Guard’s 1-189th General Support Aviation Battalion, prepares to take off from Ruby Fuzzy MOA, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2015, June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo 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 Angel Thunder 2015, 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. Air Force photo 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 Angel Thunder 2015, 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, monitors the landing area as U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Airmen from the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., exits a CH-47D for search and rescue training mission during Angel Thunder 2015 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, monitors the landing area as U.S. Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Airmen from the 22nd Training Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., exits a CH-47D for search and rescue training mission during Angel Thunder 2015 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, and 1st Lt. Sebastien Guilhemotonia secure themselves as a CH-47D takes off from the at Ruby Fuzzy MOA, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2015, June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Westly Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, and 1st Lt. Sebastien Guilhemotonia secure themselves as a CH-47D takes off from the at Ruby Fuzzy MOA, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2015, June 2, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine inter-agencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

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 Angel Thunder 2015, 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)
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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 Angel Thunder 2015, 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. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Patera, Task Force Tatanka CH-47D Chinook pneudraulics, loads 7.62 NATO ammunition in a CH-47 during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)
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U.S. Army Sgt. Patera, Task Force Tatanka CH-47D Chinook pneudraulics, loads 7.62 NATO ammunition in a CH-47 during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 2, 2015. The 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 photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, surveys the flightline before a distinguished visitor flight during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 3, 2015. 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 photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, surveys the flightline before a distinguished visitor flight during Angel Thunder 2015 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 3, 2015. 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 photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts airspace surveillance on the back of a CH-47D during Angel Thunder 2015 over Tucson, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Vincent, Task Force Tatanka, CH-47D Chinook flight engineer, conducts airspace surveillance on the back of a CH-47D during Angel Thunder 2015 over Tucson, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeff Weed, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander, views Tucson, Ariz., from the ramp of a CH-47D Chinook during a flight for Angel Thunder 2015, June 3, 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. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Jeff Weed, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander, views Tucson, Ariz., from the ramp of a CH-47D Chinook during a flight for Angel Thunder 2015, June 3, 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. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)