A US Air Force pararescueman exits the back of a C-130J Super Hercules for a search and rescue scenario during Exercise Pacific Angel at Kuantan Air Base, Malaysia, Aug. 18, 2022. Exercises like Pacific Angel are designed to posture US Air Force Airmen and allied military and civilian personnel to work together to quickly and effectively respond to a wide range of possible humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenarios. (US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessi Roth)


Multilateral SARX, or Multilateral Search and Rescue Exercises, are designed to improve coordination and cooperation among participating nations in order to save lives. The most recent exercises include a mass casualty scenario in which the US Air Force will work alongside militaries from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The Pacific Angel series of exercises began in 2004 as a way to build relationships and improve interoperability between the United States and regional partners. Since then, the scope of the drills has expanded to include more countries and more realistic scenarios.

The mass casualty scenario is just one aspect of this year’s exercise. Pacific Angel 22 will also focus on airlift operations, medical evacuations, engineering support, and disaster response coordination. By working together in a simulated disaster environment, the participating nations will be better prepared to respond to real-world emergencies.