By Dialogo April 14, 2010 Operation Angel Thunder started on April 12 in Tucson, Arizona (US). Seventeen members of Brazilian Air Force (FAB) units that perform search-and-rescue missions are participating in the exercise. During the training, they will have the opportunity to share experiences and improve procedures, via exchanges with military personnel from participating countries, in rescue operations (Combat Search and Rescue, C-SAR) and humanitarian actions. “The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) already possesses a strong doctrine on this type of mission, and this exchange will allow us to observe the tactics used by other countries and to draw from this comparison new lessons, better adjusted to our reality,” explains Major Potiguara, Commander of the 2nd/10th Aviation Group, one of the FAB’s main aviation units for search-and-rescue operations. For Lt. Colonel Lubas, Commander of Parasar, an elite rescue unit, operating alongside Special Forces from the United States, Venezuela and Chile will provide a new approach to the squadron’s work, since it will allow a new vision of the use of special operations in humanitarian actions. “The whole experience in this exercise, the largest and most complex in the world, is very valuable for our air force, since we will be able to compare what we do to the latest developments in these operations to rescue people in a hostile environment,” said the Commander of the 5th/8th Aviation Group, Lt. Colonel Marques. Operation Angel Thunder will continue until the 24th, with 1,200 participants expected, including military personnel and civilians, and the use of 60 aircraft in actual air missions.