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Angel Thunder 2015: Interagency High Angle Rescue

Two U.S. Army CH-47D Chinooks sit on the top of a canyon at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., after dropping of personnel to conduct high angle rescue training for Angel Thunder 2015 June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Two U.S. Army CH-47D Chinooks sit on the top of a canyon at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., after dropping of personnel to conduct high angle rescue training for Angel Thunder 2015 June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

U.S. Army Soldiers monitor the landing area of a CH-47D Chinook during Angel Thunder 2015 at Mongollon Rim, 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. Army Soldiers monitor the landing area of a CH-47D Chinook during Angel Thunder 2015 at Mongollon Rim, 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)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescuemen discuss the assembly of an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescuemen discuss the assembly of an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman connect ropes to an Arizona Vortex Tripod during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams hoist a simulated patient up a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams hoist a simulated patient up a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and members of several interagency search and rescue teams use combined strength to hoist a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and members of several interagency search and rescue teams use combined strength to hoist a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman communicates with a search and rescue team member who is recovering a simulated patient during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman communicates with a search and rescue team member who is recovering a simulated patient during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

A member of the Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team secures rope, carabiners and pulley climbing equipment to a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman before he descends over a cliffside to simulate rescuing a patient during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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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A member of the Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team secures rope, carabiners and pulley climbing equipment to a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman before he descends over a cliffside to simulate rescuing a patient during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

John Vonk, Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team member, verifies rescue equipment is assembled properly to a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and a gurney before lowering them over a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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John Vonk, Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team member, verifies rescue equipment is assembled properly to a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and a gurney before lowering them over a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Airmen from 306th Rescue Squadron prepare to lift a simulated patient and a reserve pararescueman up a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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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Airmen from 306th Rescue Squadron prepare to lift a simulated patient and a reserve pararescueman up a cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, 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)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and members of several interagency search and rescue teams use combined strength to hoist a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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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A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman and members of several interagency search and rescue teams use combined strength to hoist a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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)

A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman resets a pulley system used to pull a simulated patient over a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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A 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman resets a pulley system used to pull a simulated patient over a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Brandon Othon, Coconino County search and rescue member, prepares to move a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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Brandon Othon, Coconino County search and rescue member, prepares to move a simulated patient up a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies with a common goal to train personnel recovery forces to prepare, plan, execute and adapt for a rescue mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman provide instruction while pulling a simulated patient and rescue member to the top of cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman provide instruction while pulling a simulated patient and rescue member to the top of cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 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 Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)

John Vonk, Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team member, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Gaddy, 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman, connect ropes to pull a simulated patient to the top of a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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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John Vonk, Grand Canyon National Park Service search and rescue team member, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Gaddy, 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman, connect ropes to pull a simulated patient to the top of a steep cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., 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)

Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman provide instruction while pulling a simulated patient and rescue member to the top of cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)
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Members of several interagency search and rescue teams and a 306th Rescue Squadron reserve pararescueman provide instruction while pulling a simulated patient and rescue member to the top of cliffside during Angel Thunder 2015 high angle rescue training at Mongollon Rim, Ariz., June 3, 2015. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, hosting 11 partner nations and nine interagencies at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier/Released)