Lt. Col. Darren Guttmann, from the 231st Civil Engineering flight of the Missouri Air National Guard, was the A4/7 Contingency Action Team representative for PANAMAX 2012 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 Columbia. These requests are 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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