Engineers sing at 2009 school dedication
In this file photo, 1st Sgt. Thomas Raffipy (left), company first sergeant for the 871st Engineer Company, 9th Mission Support Command, leads the company in a chorus of Hawaii Aloha and Aloha Oi at the dedication ceremony of the new elementary school they helped build at Baan Wanghad, Sukhothai Province, central Thailand, Feb. 9, 2009.

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (Jan. 14, 2010) -- <a href="" target=Aca,!A?_blank">Cobra Gold</a>, the largest multinational exercise in the world, begins its 29th year of joint training and cooperation among six countries in the Asia-Pacific Theater in Thailand on Feb. 1. Participating nations include Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

"Thailand is one of our closest friends and partners in Asia, as well as being our oldest ally in Asia," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army, Pacific. "The <a href="" target=Aca,!A?_blank">Cobra Gold</a> exercise is the largest multi-lateral joint military exercise in the world."

Sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and the Royal Thai Supreme Command, the three-week exercise includes a command post exercise, a series of medical and engineering civic-action projects, and joint and combined field training. The exercise continues to serve as a venue to build coalition interoperability with Asia-Pacific regional partners.

The command post exercise focuses on training a Thai, U.S., Singaporean, Indonesian, and Republic of Korea coalition task force. The exercise also includes Japan participating within a U.N. Force staff. A team consisting of representatives from Brunei, Chile, China, Germany, Laos, Mongolia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will observe the command post exercise at the invitation of Thailand.

Among <a href="" target=Aca,!A?_blank">Cobra Gold</a> 10's objectives are training Pacific Command's rapid deployment of a joint task force and subsequent coordination with U.N. forces, with the aim of improving PACOM's ability to conduct multinational operations and increasing interoperability with partner nations.

The military-to-military relationships developed during <a href="" target=Aca,!A?_blank">Cobra Gold</a> exercises underscore a combined capability to face myriad issues in the Asia-Pacific Theater, including terrorism, transnational threats, and humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief efforts.

For more information on <a href="" target=Aca,!A?_blank">Cobra Gold</a>, visit the Web site at

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