DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Maj. John Murtha, from Indianapolis, Ind., was legal counsel for the 183rd Fighter Wing and for the PANAMAX 2012 exercise at Air Forces Southern, Aug. 6-17. PANAMAX 2012 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 Tech. Sgt. Andria Sapp/Released).
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