Angel Thunder

Pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron sit and await take-off in an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 305th Rescue Squadron. They were headed to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron sit and await take-off in an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 305th Rescue Squadron. They were headed to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Eggel (left) and Senior Airman Troy Patrick sync their radios before taking off in an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 305th Rescue Squadron. They were headed to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Eggel and Airman Patrick are pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Eggel (left) and Senior Airman Troy Patrick sync their radios before taking off in an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 305th Rescue Squadron. They were headed to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Eggel and Airman Patrick are pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Patrick Ryan checks his gear prior to flying to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Ryan is a pararescueman with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Patrick Ryan checks his gear prior to flying to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Ryan is a pararescueman with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Eggel (right) and Senior Airman Troy Patrick test their radios and equipment before flying to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Eggel and Airman Patrick are pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron, (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Ivan Eggel (right) and Senior Airman Troy Patrick test their radios and equipment before flying to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for rescue training as part of Exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Sergeant Eggel and Airman Patrick are pararescuemen with the 48th Rescue Squadron, (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Senior Airman Troy Patrick checks his gear as he prepares to fly to Gila Bend, Ariz., for Exercise Angel Thunder on July 25. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Airman Patrick is a pararescueman with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Senior Airman Troy Patrick checks his gear as he prepares to fly to Gila Bend, Ariz., for Exercise Angel Thunder on July 25. The five-day exercise, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training for active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen in combat rescue forces. Airman Patrick is a pararescueman with the 48th Rescue Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Jon Homan inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk before a mission to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)

Staff Sgt. Jon Homan inspects an HH-60G Pave Hawk before a mission to Gila Bend, Ariz., on July 25 for exercise Angel Thunder. The five-day exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and other areas is designed to provide realistic combat search and rescue training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christina Ponte)