Thunderbird 2014


This important training exercise is hosted every two years by the Auxiliary's Division 2 of the U.S. Coast Guard's 8th District (Coastal Region), in cooperation with New Mexico State Parks (NMSP). The major goals of the exercise are to: (1) enhance the search & rescue skills of the participants, (2) create better understanding of the roles and authorities of the several emergency response agencies, (3) improve cooperation among these agencies, and (4) improve the overall emergency response capabilities and other services available to the recreational boating public who use New Mexico's lakes.

Although final details are still being developed, the exercise will begin at the Richard Cooper Boating Center on the east side of the NM State Park entrance at 1300 hours on Friday with participant introductions, to be followed by training seminars (topics to be announced). That evening, the Auxiliary will host a food and drink get-together for all participants. Starting on Saturday morning, a series of on-the-water exercises will be conducted that will be designed to test and improve the skills of the exercise participants and the ability of the several agencies to productively cooperate in a variety of scenarios; followed by additional training and a debriefing and critique session covering the day's activities. On Saturday evening there will be dinner event to which all participants are invited (estimated cost is 10 to 15 dollars). On-the-water exercises will be continued throughout Sunday morning, and the exercise will close about noon with a final debriefing & critique session. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Elephant Butte Inn at $85.00 per night. Other information concerning lodging can be obtained at the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce, , (575) 744 4708), or the Truth of Consequences Chamber of Commerce, or (575) 894 3536.