PANAMAX 2012 Spotlight with Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Barber
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Barber, from the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield, Ill., was a member of the Air Forces Southern force protection cell for PANAMAX 2012, Aug. 6-17. PANAMAX is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal. Forces from 17 nations worked together as part of a computer-simulated-exercise to provide a variety of responses to requests made by the governments of Panama and Colombia. These requests were geared at protecting and guaranteeing safe passage of traffic through the Panama Canal, ensuring its neutrality, and respecting national sovereignty. (USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden/Released).