Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gabriel S. Weber
Utaphao, Thailand (February 12, 2009) - Construction Mechanic 3rd Class (SCW) Jeff Schroeder from Beatty, N.V., left, assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment Three of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, works alongside Royal Thai Marines to paint the fence at Banklong Sai Elementary School as part of a community relations project during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner Asian-pacific forces. The exercise will include humanitarian projects with participants from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. The U.S. will also engage with Thai military forces in a field training exercise to promote familiarity with and cohesion between these partner nations' military forces. CG 09 provides a multinational environment to strengthen the bonds between the Thai community and partner militaries.