Angel Thunder participants will rescue 4 personnel from AZ's Meteorite Crater

Release Number: 110615

Four simulated patients will be rescued from Arizona's Meteorite Crater June 12, as the final training event for this year's Angel Thunder exercise.

Army National Guard pararescuemen will rappel into the crater, triage and treat simulated-patients and hoist them 570 feet out of the crater into an Army National Guard UH-60 helicopter.

Angel Thunder is the world's largest Personnel Recovery exercise, hosted by Davis-Monthan AFB 30 May-13 June, which involved joint U.S. forces, 11 partner nations and 9 inter-agencies training together to improve communication and rescue techniques.

Arizona's Meteorite Crater was formed 50,000 years ago, when a Meteorite landed in Winslow. The crater is 570 feet deep and 3,900 feet across.

Angel Thunder 2015 trained personnel from around the world in mass casualty, hostage recovery, high angle mountain rescues, contested environment rescues, and swift water rescues, just to name a few. 

For more information about Angel Thunder 2015 and this rescue training event contact the 355 FW/PA at 520-228-3406 or email