Day: April 14, 2013

U.S. Representative Ron Barber Gets Brief on Angel Thunder

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Representative Ron Barber (D), who occupies the House seat once held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, yesterday visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson to get a first hand briefing on Angel Thunder, the largest personnel recovery exercise in the world. Now in its seventh year, Angel Thunder has become a major platform for exercising the national capacity to provide search and rescue and recovery services for American military forces serving abroad, support to the civilian agencies in their efforts to protect their citizens abroad, and defense support to civil authority here in the US. This year’s exercise, despite the restrictions imposed by sequestration, is one of the largest yet, with some 3,000 participants from all of the military services, federal civilian agencies, and local emergency management officials and agencies in Arizona.

Congressman Ron Barber (r) and a staffer are briefed on Angel Thunder by exercise director Brett Hartnett.
Congressman Ron Barber (r) and a staffer are briefed on Angel Thunder by exercise director Brett Hartnett.
Military and civilian emergency medical personnel 'treat' simulated casualties during Angel Thunder, conducted at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
Military and civilian emergency medical personnel ‘treat’ simulated casualties during Angel Thunder, conducted at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.
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