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Newsletter #180     | News

Angel Thunder 2015: US and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise


Angel Thunder 2015 saw US Army CH-47D Chinooks, German Air Force CH-53GS and USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters along students from local universities in a mass casualty exercise in northern Arizona


  • Angel Thunder 2015 saw US Army CH-47D Chinooks, German Air Force CH-53GS and USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters along students from local universities in a mass casualty exercise in northern Arizona

    US Army CH-47D Chinooks, German Air Force CH-53GS and USAF HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters took part of Angel Thunder 2015, a mass casualty exercise in northern Arizona with students from local universities acting as patients

  • Angel Thunder 2015: US and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise
  • Mass Casualty Exercise Angel Thunder 2015
  • Angel Thunder 2015: US and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise


US Army, June 05, 2015 - WINSLOW, Ariz. by A1C Christopher Drzazgowski - A mass casualty exercise involving multinational armed services took place in northern Arizona Friday for Angel Thunder 2015.

A casualty collection point was set up in an aircraft hangar at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport where more than 50 simulated casualties were transported from a simulated flood disaster site in Camp Navajo Training Site, Arizona.

Upon arrival to the CCP in U.S. Army CH-47D Chinooks, German Air Force CH-53GS helicopters and U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pave hawk helicopters, active duty personnel and students from the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University acted as patients to be triaged for injuries ranging from trauma-induced child labor to brain injuries.

"We've got flight nurses and med techs helping run the exercise on the inside [the airport hangar]," said Capt. Leigh Miller, 187th Air Medical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse. "My role is to triage the most critical patients when they come in, assess their injuries and help determine who leaves on a plane first."

Medical personnel worked diligently and cohesively to ensure the patients in the most critical condition received urgent and proper care.

"I think they were very professional," said Ryan Gould, Northern Arizona University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet. "They quickly assessed what was going on and got me out of there very fast. As soon as I got [to the CCP], I felt like I was being taken care of the whole time."

This exercise provided many participants their first experience in working with personnel from the U.S. and foreign nations, but they still stayed team oriented.

"The positive of this exercise is we're getting everyone out of their comfort zones," Miller said. "Everyone is doing something a little bit different than what they're used to. We're all learning. Everybody's being flexible so we're working together and getting it figured out. It's been a great experience."

For personnel from the Royal Danish Air Force, this was their last day as participants in Angel Thunder 2015.

"I think this is a good exercise," said Flight Sergeant Henrik Gyǒrkǒs, Royal Danish Air Force forward air evacuation medic. "It's the first time we have been over here, so it's kind of a survey for us. But I hope for next year we can bring our five forward air teams over and perhaps fly some more med evac because that is our primary job. So I hope we can come over again."

Aircraft mentioned in this article :
VFW CH-53G 85+12 85+00     ( Luftwaffe )

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VFW CH-53G in DELuftwaffe
Boeing 414 - H-47D Chinook in USUS Army Aviation
Sikorsky s-70 H-60 in USUS Air Force
US Arizona National Guard US Army Aviation
DK Flyvevåbnet     ( Royal Danish Air Force )
US Winslow-Lindbergh Regional

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