Lt. Gen Benjamin Mixon, commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific and the co-exercise director of Cobra Gold 2009, spoke with bloggers and online journalists Feb. 6 during a Defense Department bloggers roundtable.
During the roundtable, Lt. Gen. Mixon noted the multifaceted nature of Cobra Gold and extensive training opportunities it allows while showing the interest the U.S. has in creating partnerships with the countries participating.
Lt. Gen. Mixon also pointed out the essential role Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs) play in the exercise, pointing out that NCOs lead most, if not all of the training while doing most of the tactical interface with the participating militaries. The general went on to say that NCOs are also a valuable part of the headquarters’ operations and that he makes a special point to ensure the NCOs on his staff are visible and present during the exercise as an example for exercise partners.
The complete transcript and audio file from the bloggers roundtable is available on DOD Live.
Follow the exercise on the Cobra Gold website.