Col. Steve Pedrotty was the Contingency Action Team Director for PANAMAX 2012 for Air Forces Southern, Aug. 6-17. PANAMAX 2012 is an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise series that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal - one of the most strategically and economically crucial pieces of infrastructure in the world. Forces from 17 partner nations participated in simulated training scenarios from various U.S. locations. The overall objective of the exercise was to increase interoperability among participating nations, which enables the assembled forces to organize and conduct combined operations in a multinational task force, and test its responsiveness.

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