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A New U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II stand positioned on the flight line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 15, 2011. The HC-130J conducts missions from homeland defense to contingency operations. The aircraft conducts civilian and combat search and rescue, medical evacuations, disaster and humanitarian relief, security cooperation and non-combatant evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths/Released) HC-130J prepares for first ever deployment
Since the arrival of the first HC-130J Combat King II to D-M Nov. 15, the men and women of the 563rd Rescue Group have been working to get the aircraft to full-operational capability. The 79th Rescue Squadron is preparing to take the new HC-130J Combat King II on its first ever deployment. They will be rotating personnel and aircraft during the
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On May 20 the Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, the Tucson Unified School District, the City of Tucson, Pima County and countless friends throughout the community, dedicated the multi-use field in Grijalva Park in honor of Christopher J. Moon. The field is used by the same elementary school Christopher Moon attended as a child. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin/released) Dedication to the fallen
When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon's mother, said he was a very active child and enjoyed being
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A contestants fires off rounds during the shooting competion at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., May 17, 2013. The competion is part of national Police Week.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin) 355 SFS battle for top shot
Approximately 40 Airmen competed in a shooting competition, here May 17.It provided Airmen the chance to display their skill and accuracy with the M9, the standard sidearm of the U.S. Air Force since 1985.The competition is part of this year's Police Week and is traditionally held between Airmen from the 355th Security Forces Squadron, as well as
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Participants begin the second part of the hike at Colossal Caves Mountain Park, Ariz., May 11, 2013. The individuals are carrying between 25 and 65 pounds of canned goods that were later donated to  the Tucson Community Food Bank.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin/Released) D-M Airmen ruck for vets
members of the D-M community participated in the annual Rucking for Vets event at the Colossal Cave Mountain Park in Vail ,Arizona, May 11.Rucking for Vets is a grass roots effort led by local D-M Airmen. The goal is to raise money in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. The event consisted of over 250 Airmen and participants rucking six miles
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Default Air Force Logo Army Reserve aviation unit participates in Angel Thunder
An unlikely aviation partner in the Air Combat Command-sponsored Exercise Angel Thunder was the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment from the U.S. Army Reserve. Units from California, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Kentucky converged at here to form an Aviation Battalion Task Force with five CH-47D Chinooks, eight UH-60L Black Hawks, three HH-60M
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Default Air Force Logo Angel Thunder 13 exercises train rescue units
Air-sea battles, high altitude and urban irregular warfare, security cooperation operations, contested degraded operations and Defense Support of Civil Authorities were just some of the many scenarios that rescue assets faced during Angel Thunder 13, April 7-20. The largest and most realistic rescue exercise was based out of Davis-Monthan AFB, but
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Default Air Force Logo Fusilier Kinne's POW Perspective Prior to Angel Thunder Kickoff
Fusilier Derek Kinne, a prisoner of war during the Korean War, helped bring realism to the start of Angel Thunder 13, with his opening remarks to the 500 participants. Kinne was awarded the George Cross Medal for valor he showed in withstanding torture at the hands of the Chinese Communist forces during the Korean War. He discussed his initial
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Default Air Force Logo Ambassador Ray participates in Angel Thunder 13
Here for his third Angel Thunder, former Ambassador Charles Ray shared his decades of experience in the Department of State Embassy environment with exercise participants focused on improving interagency coordination. Angel Thunder 13 involved more interagency participation than any previous Angel Thunder exercise, involving Homeland Security
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Default Air Force Logo C-130 MedTrans
Throughout the two-week Angel Thunder rescue exercise, the HC-130J Combat King II and the combat search and rescue medical elements who execute casualty evacuation missions, trained in providing critical care for more than 60 simulated wounded personnel en-route to better equipped medical facilities. In the heart of the Playas Training and Research
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Default Air Force Logo COLAF
For an injured service member, being flown to safety in a Colombian C-130 is seamless in Angel Thunder, where coalition members participate alongside their American rescue counterparts to bring anyone, anywhere, anytime, to safety.In operations ranging from air drops, troop infill and exfill operations, to casualty evacuation for injured service
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