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Angels of Mercy: But, You Don’t Want to Mess With ‘Em

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The Arizona desert terrain where Angel Thunder is conducted
The Arizona desert terrain where Angel Thunder is conducted    

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In October 2011, I got a chance to participate in the US Air Force‘s Angel Thunder Exercise. This was my second visit to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona to ‘play’ in this huge search and rescue exercise that includes many US Government agencies, local authorities, and participants from different nations. Below are some of the photos I took during my week there. The Air Force pararescue jumpers, or PJs, are often called Guardian Angels for their role in rescuing d0wned pilots or other people who are in distress, but these are angels with claws that you definitely don’t want to get on the wrong side of.

Air Force rescue chopper over Arizona lake.
Air Force rescue chopper over Arizona lake.
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Air Force PJs establish position on the ground before searching for missing.
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PJs take rescued person to area for pickup
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Swedish search dog team.

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