Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Arizona Daily Star, AZ - Nov 14, 2008
The effort, dubbed Angel Thunder, will involve the US Army and Air Force, troops from Germany, Chile, Colombia and observers from Canada, Mexico, ...

'Angel thunder': major international drill on US soil on dec1-12 pakistan & the national reconnaissance office reunite for more blackop terror drills?

'angel thunder': major international drill on US soil on dec1-12from arizona daily star: To troops downed in combat, few sights are sweeter than the approach of military rescuers. In a few weeks, Tucson will be at the center of efforts to speed up that lifesaving process. Personnel from around the globe will converge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 for the largest rescue exercise of its kind. The effort, dubbed Angel Thunder, will involve the U.S. Army and Air Force, troops from Germany, Chile, Colombia and observers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan. Several non-military U.S. agencies such as the State and Justice departments, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office, also will take part in the drills, which aim to smooth interaction between military branches, allied nations and civilian agencies. With about 450 personnel involved, Angel Thunder "is the most complex and largest Department of Defense personnel- recovery exercise to date," said a news release from Air Combat Command in Langley, Va. D-M will be at the hub of the effort, but most of the mock rescue action will take place elsewhere in Arizona and in New Mexico.

D-M prepares for full-scale exercise, Nov. 20
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will conduct a multi-agency, full-scale exercise on Nov. 20 from 9-5 p.m. The exercise will include civilian first responders from local government agencies and counties. Preparations for the exercise will start on the evening of Nov.19. Base facilities impacted by the exercise include the Haffner Fitness Center and surrounding streets, Heritage Park, and the Base Exchange parking lot.

Angel Thunder ‘08: RTAF In Hot! (Part I)

As an annual weapon operation competition to evaluate the effectiveness of the training of whole year, this year Angel Thunder come back to Nam Pong Gunnery Range in Kon Kaen. But unfortunately, the weather was bad and the size of showing area were limit the aerial display so this year was not as big as last year in Chandy ‘07 which the paticipaint had a chance to experience the live-firing live-bombing show from almost all RTAF fighters.

But it’s still worth to see.

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I had been invited by RTAF as an internet press from my blog. We boarded the C-130H to Kon Kaen in a not-much smooth flight because of bad weather.

The event was organized by Air Combat Command Headquarter. ACM Kanit Suwanneat is the chairperson.

Just after the opening ceremony the rain drop heavily. So the CAS demonstration display was limit. This year feature aircrafts are 2 x F-16, 4 x Alphajet, 2 x F-5, 1 x BT-67, and 1 x C-130. (BT-67 demonstrated the rainmaking mission and C-130 decomstrated the firefighting mission.)

Close up look on AA gun. This is just like a demonstration gun.

And UH-1H also paticipated in the CSAR mission, rescusing the downed pilot.

Second photo set of Operation Angel Thunder ‘08. This set is the static display weapon on that day.

We start with Swedish-made RBS-70 Short-range SAM.

Angel Thunder ‘08: RTAF Arsenal (Part II)

German-made 30mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery from Mauser.

Damn it’s huge!!!!

Swedish-made Giraffe radar

Chinese-made QW-2 MANPADS.

She is a TV journalist

Confirmed: Air Force Flunks Nuke Inspection

By Noah Shachtman 13 Nov 2008 It's confirmed: The atomic missile team at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana "failed its nuclear surety inspection" earlier this week, Air Force Times is reporting. Inspectors found problems that 341st Missile Wing’s "weapons storage area and its personnel reliability program, which monitors who can work with nuclear weapons."

'That loophole lets a known terrorist who is on a government watch list board a plane without needing a fake ID. All that's needed is a home computer, a printer and a little skill at HTML.' Chertoff: We're Closing that Boarding-Pass Loophole By Ryan Singel 17 Nov 2008 There’s a hole in airline security big enough to get Osama bin Laden himself onto a domestic flight, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff acknowledges, but that’s no reason to ditch watch lists or ID checks at the airport, he says. Chertoff told Threat Level in an interview last week that the government was aware of, and patching, the so-called boarding-pass loophole, which just came back into the public eye after a recent Atlantic magazine story where a reporter got though security using a fake boarding pass.

KBR's Convenient Contract --KBR is awarded a $75 million U.S. Army Corps contract to provide emergency power to Western states --days before a wildfire sweeps California, 'threatening the power of the city of Los Angeles.' By Lori Price 16 Nov 2008 Now, that's what I call a coincidence!

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