Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

An Arizona Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, approaches simulated downed pilots after spotting smoke from simulated downed pilots during joint training at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015.  The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

An Arizona Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, approaches simulated downed pilots after spotting smoke from simulated downed pilots during joint training at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Fancher, 355th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, instructs Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, how to confirm his location with a signal mirror to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015.  Stranger was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Fancher, 355th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, instructs Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, how to confirm his location with a signal mirror to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. Stranger was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, uses a mirror to signal his location to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015.  Stranger was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, uses a mirror to signal his location to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. Stranger was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

(Right to Left) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Fancher, 355th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, instructs Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, how to communicate his location to an aircraft during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. Young was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

(Right to Left) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tony Fancher, 355th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, instructs Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, how to communicate his location to an aircraft during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. Young was simulating a downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, communicates his location to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015.  Young was simulating an injured downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

U.S. Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, communicates his location to an A-10C Thunderbolt II flying ahead during a joint training exercise at a southern Arizona military training range, Jan. 20, 2015. Young was simulating an injured downed pilot during the close air support and combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

An Arizona Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, hovers over smoke from a flare at a military training range in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015.  The flare signified the location of a simulated downed pilot during a joint service close air support and combat search and rescue exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

An Arizona Army National Guard UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, hovers over smoke from a flare at a military training range in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015. The flare signified the location of a simulated downed pilot during a joint service close air support and combat search and rescue exercise. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, stabilizes U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, who is being hoisted up to a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015.  Young was acting as a downed pilot with simulated injuries during the close air support and combat search and rescue exercises.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, stabilizes U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hunter Young, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, who is being hoisted up to a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015. Young was acting as a downed pilot with simulated injuries during the close air support and combat search and rescue exercises. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, rides a hoist up a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015.  The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, rides a hoist up a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015. The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, signals to his crew chief in the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter above while U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, simulates an injured downed pilot during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015.  The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

Arizona Army National Guard Sgt. Kevin Murphy, Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance flight medic, signals to his crew chief in the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter above while U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Stranger, 355th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, simulates an injured downed pilot during a joint training exercise held in southern Arizona, Jan. 20, 2015. The joint training consisted of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and the UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducting close air support and combat search and rescue exercises. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey/Released)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20.

A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from Detachment 1, C Company, 5-159th Air Ambulance, based out of Phoenix, conducted close air support and combat search and rescue exercises.

"Anytime we go downrange, we are working jointly with Army, Navy and Marines, so it behooves us to actually train how we fight," said Tech. Sgt. Tony Fancher, 355th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist.  "By training with other services, we make sure that we have good synergy between them."

During the training exercise, two Airmen acted as downed pilots and were dressed with simulated injuries.  The downed pilots radioed their locations and conditions to A-10 pilots in the air.  The downed pilots confirmed their location with signal mirrors as the A-10s flew by.  The A-10 pilots then coordinated entry of the rescue helicopter.

"The A-10s provide a rescue escort, or rescort, for the helicopter or recovery vehicle," said Fancher.  "As they're coming in, the A-10 pilots will ensure that if there's any enemy near the helicopter, they're going to try to suppress it before it becomes a real threat."

Due to the terrain, the helicopter could not land, so the Army medic needed to fast-rope to the ground allowing him to assess and evaluate the downed pilot's injuries.  The first pilot extracted was able to be hoisted on his own.  The second pilot was hoisted up with the medic.  The A-10s provided overhead cover during the rescue.

"Joint training between Army and Air Force crews is important so we can understand each other's procedures, abilities and limitations," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Rovey, Det. 1, C Co., 5-159th Air Ambulance pilot in command.  "Flying with the A-10s was exciting and not something we do every day."