• Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commander of U.S. Army Pacific (center) and senior multinational leaders attend a mission analysis brief, Feb. 14, 2013, during the Cobra Gold 2013 staff exercise in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold 13, in its 32nd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Staff exercise mission analysis

    Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski, commander of U.S. Army Pacific (center) and senior multinational leaders attend a mission analysis brief, Feb. 14, 2013, during the Cobra Gold 2013 staff exercise in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold...

  • Members of the Kingdom of Thailand, U. S., Republic of Korea and Indonesia discuss mission analysis, and course of action development for Cobra Gold 14 projects during the Staff Exercise for Cobra Gold 2013, Feb. 14, 2013, in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold 13 is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region and provides the Kingdom of Thailand, United States, Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia an opportunity to maintain relationships and enhance interoperability.

    Course of action development for Cobra Gold 14

    Members of the Kingdom of Thailand, U. S., Republic of Korea and Indonesia discuss mission analysis, and course of action development for Cobra Gold 14 projects during the Staff Exercise for Cobra Gold 2013, Feb. 14, 2013, in Chiang Mai province...

  • U.S. Army Soldiers briefed members of the Cobra Gold 2013 multinational staff exercise about human resource planning, Feb. 14, 2013, in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold includes humanitarian and civic assistance projects, a staff exercise and field training exercises. Joint and multinational training is vital to maintaining the readiness and interoperability of all participating military forces.

    Human resource planning

    U.S. Army Soldiers briefed members of the Cobra Gold 2013 multinational staff exercise about human resource planning, Feb. 14, 2013, in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand. Exercise Cobra Gold includes humanitarian and civic assistance projects, a...

CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand (Feb. 20, 2012) -- Thirteen nations are participating in a staff planning exercise as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2013, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 22, in Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand.

The staff exercise, led by the Royal Thai Armed Forces, is a training event where planners from the participating nations draft an operations plan to collectively solve a regional crisis.

During Cobra Gold 13, Royal Thai Army Lt. Gen. Preecha Jan-o-cha is the multinational force commander and Lt. Gen. Francis J. Wiercinski is the deputy commander. Nations contributing their expertise and experience to the staff exercise include Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Mongolia and Brunei.

"The integration through all the nations has been good," said Malaysian Col. Shamsuri bin Alias, a representative from the Malaysian military. "Language might be a barrier, but still we can overcome that. We hope to learn more about humanitarian assistance and for our military force protection in the context of protecting civilians."

The staff exercise scenario is United Nations-authorized peace enforcement operations within a protection of civilians scenario that includes a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief element. The staff exercise sustains and reinforces the foundation and framework for multinational forces to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises.

"I don't think you're going to see unilateral operations, or very few of them, in the future. It's just not the way the world is working," said Wiercinski, who is also the commander of U.S. Army Pacific, known as USARPAC. "Our shift to the Asia-Pacific is spot on ... it's very important that we continue these things to maintain peace, stability and security in the region."

The operations plan developed during Cobra Gold 13 will be executed at a command post exercise during Cobra Gold 2014.

USARPAC is the lead for U.S. participation during the staff exercise and have been integral in the preparatory planning preceding the start of Cobra Gold.

Elsewhere in Thailand, as part of Cobra Gold 13, military personnel are participating in humanitarian and civic assistance projects, including engineering projects, cooperative health engagements, information sharing and field training exercises.

Cobra Gold 13, in its 32nd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.

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