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Angel ThunderAngel Thunder 2014 is the largest and most realistic joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to provide training for personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies. Personnel recovery forces will train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with ground recovery personnel, air assets, special forces teams and federal agents. The exercise will be conducted May 4-17 and will execute training scenarios from the Pacific Ocean to Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Angel Thunder provides personnel recovery and combat search and rescue training for combat aircrews, pararescue, intelligence personnel, battle managers and joint search and rescue center personnel.
ANGEL THUNDER is an ACC-sponsored, Joint National Training Capability Accredited/Certified Personnel Recovery exercise for Combat Air Force, Joint, Allied and Interagency participants.  AT provides the most realistic PR training environment available to more than 2,700 USAF Rescue forces, as well as their Joint, Interagency, and International partners to engage in a variety of personnel recovery scenarios. 
tabAngel Thunder 2013 Schedule 
Exercise with be held April 7-20, 2013.
Increased flying activity April 13-20, 2013.
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     HH-60 Pave Hawk                             HC-130J
HH-60 Pave Hawk                          HC-130J 

     C-130                            Pararescue

     Guardian Angel                           563rd Rescue Group
Guardian Angel              563rd Rescue Group
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"That Others May Live"In 2006, Davis-Monthan conducted the first Angel Thunder as a base-specific exercise. The exercise's success and ACC's need for a personnel recovery exercise program prompted ACC to sponsor the event transitioning AT from a local exercise to an international training opportunity for all personnel recovery assets.

The overall Angel Thunder scenario will take place in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The environment will provide the maximum amount of variety in training scenarios in a fictional Southwest country. Various exercises will take place within this setting, to include air-sea battle, security cooperation, interagency operations, and support to civil authorities focused on catastrophic incident search and rescue.
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