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January 25, 2004

Preparing For The Unthinkable

Lajes Field's capabilities to save a downed space shuttle crew will be put to the test during a daylong exercise here January 30. The exercise involves American and Portuguese forces and a Defense Department agency for space flight. The combined event joins 65th Air Base Wing and Portuguese Air Base 4 emergency forces at this base in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Joint fire, medical, search and rescue, as well as other forces here will take part testing a wealth of capabilities, according to Portuguese air force Maj. Albano Coutinho, chief of the air operations center here.

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