Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cobra Gold Comes to a Close in Thailand

Exercise Cobra Gold wrapped up Feb. 17 with a ceremony in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The ceremony was attended by Royal Thai Armed Forces Commander General Songkitti Jaggabatara and Commander, U.S Pacific Command Admiral Timothy J. Keating, as well as ambassadors to Thailand from Japan, Singapore and Indonesia.

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Eric G. John spoke during the ceremony, emphasizing that the training carried out during the exercise can help save lives in future operations, peacekeeping deployments, and disaster responses.

Approximately 11,600 personnel from the U.S., Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore took part in this year’s exercise. Participants had an opportunity to work together and share experiences in areas such as the operation of a coalition task force staff and in field training events.

Six engineering civic action projects were conducted to improve infrastructure at local schools. All five participating nations contributed to the exercise’s seven medical civic action projects, during which more than 4,000 patients were treated for more than 4,500 issues such as pediatric care, optometry, dental care, and veterinary services.

The Cobra Gold website is a repository of news, photos and videos that provides an overview of the many and varied activities that took place during the exercise. The Cobra Gold Flickr page contains hundred of images from across the spectrum of training and outreach events.

Exercises such as Cobra Gold are an important component of U.S. Pacific Command’s commitment to fostering multilateral relationships to enhance stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

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