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  • 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Return Home From Iraq

    Feb 18, 2009

    More than 400 Soldiers returned home to Hawaii following a 15-month deployment to Iraq with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. The redeployment ceremony took place at the Wheeler Army Airfield Multiple Deployment Facility.

  • Militaries from four nations work together during evacuation exercise

    Feb 18, 2009

    UTAPHAO, Thailand- Japanese Self Defense Force and Thai, Indonesian and U.S. militaries conducted a multinational noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise here Feb. 15, successfully "evacuating" more than 90 people, during Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Hawaii Soldiers take part in "Great Aloha Run"

    Feb 18, 2009

    As some 20,000 runners hit the streets for the 2009 Hawaii Telcom Great Aloha Run here at sunrise Monday, more than 2,500 troops, running as the "Sounds of Freedom," demonstrated their cadences and esprit de corps.

  • All-Army Small Arms Championships set for March

    Feb 18, 2009

    The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit will host the 2009 Army Rifle and Pistol Championships in conjunction with the U.S. Army Infantry Center from February 21 to 28 2009. Training and competitions are open to all Soldiers of all Army components, of any rank, with of any military occupational specialty, including West Point and college ROTC cadets.

  • Masters of the Beach

    Feb 18, 2009

    GULF OF THAILAND - (February 13, 2009) - Conducting a full-scale amphibious assault requires a great deal of manpower and coordination. It involves the transportation of hundreds of Marines and dozens of vehicles.

  • Port of Yokohama 150th Anniversary

    Feb 18, 2009

    The city of Yokohama, Japan's Manager of the Urban Planning Bureau for U.S .Military Installations, presents Lt. Col. Craig Jorgenson, commander of the 836th Transportation Battalion and Sgt. Maj. Charles D. Berry, the Tanemaru mascot representing the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama.

  • MNF-I CSM Visits Northern Iraq

    Feb 18, 2009

    Multi-National Force - Iraq Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence K. Wilson visits Soldiers of the many units, battalions and brigades serving on Contingency Operating Base Speicher, near Tikrit, Iraq, Feb. 16-19. Among the many messages Wilson had for military personnel serving on the Northern Iraq base was the gratitude he and the forces command have to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen accomplishments on every level.

  • Cobra Gold 09 comes to an end

    Feb 17, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Hundreds of people gathered here to celebrate the end of yet another successful Cobra Gold exercise Feb. 17.

  • Cobra Gold troops assist local orphanage

    Feb 16, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand - As part of Exercise Cobra Gold 09, Singaporean and U.S. servicemembers came together Feb. 14 and 15 to lend a helping hand to a local children's home.

  • Breaching and Entering

    Feb 16, 2009

    An explosive charge placed beside a doorknob waited for a team of silent raiders to make their move, and with the press of a button, the lock was blown completely out of the doorframe with a thunderous boom. Royal Thai Special Forces had no time to admire the effect of their newly found capability. With the element of surprise and confusion left in the wake of the explosion, the team rushed inside to clear the objective. Nothing stood in their way but a door swinging loosely from bent hinges.

  • Redeploying Soldiers use paintball to blow off steam

    Feb 15, 2009

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Paintballs ricocheted off inflatable barriers as 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Soldiers bobbed and weaved, trying their best to miss paint-filled projectiles.

  • Thai community and partner militaries

    Feb 14, 2009

  • Thai, U.S. forces train to protect the skies during Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 14, 2009

    UTAPHAO, Thailand - U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Thai Air Force and U.S. Air Force personnel participated in a Large Force Exercise here Feb. 12 as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Royal Thai Air Force, U.S. military team up for search and rescue training during Exercise Cobra Gol

    Feb 14, 2009

    KORAT, Thailand- The Royal Thai Air Force and U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps worked together to conduct a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) exercise here Feb. 11, as a part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • USS Harpers Ferry and the 31st MEU

    Feb 13, 2009

  • USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) Cobra Gold Helicopter Exercise

    Feb 13, 2009

  • Bilateral Amphibious Assault

    Feb 13, 2009

  • Raid from the Sky

    Feb 13, 2009

    SAMAESAN, Thailand (Feb. 12, 2009) - As the rear hatch of the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter opens, the Marines and sailors from different countries begin a fast paced assault with precision accuracy and continue relentlessly for the next hour. With little room for error, they "fastrope" out of the helicopter, secure the landing zone perimeter, and form up in teams to push inland toward the target, a reinforced mock terrorist stronghold.

  • Army Training: For the Dogs

    Feb 13, 2009

    Staff Sgt. Robert Weddle, unlike most military dog handlers, has only enjoyed a partnership with Elmo for a short three months, only one of which being prior to deploying to Iraq's Contingency Operating Base Speicher, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • 1HBCT, 2ID at forefront of Live Virtual Constructive training

    Feb 13, 2009

    Warrior Focus, a 2nd Infantry Division training exercise, enabled the brigades of 2ID the opportunity to have training focused at the battalion levels of command. 1HBCT focused primarily on training 1-72 Armor Regiment and 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, while the remaining battalions acted as opposition forces, observer controllers, and also provided administrative and logistic support to the exercise.

  • Hawaii Soldiers, Thai Marines distribute 37,000 milk cartons to schools, community

    Feb 12, 2009

    Shrieks of laughter greet the formidable Hawaiian as he steps into the large, open classroom filled with small Thai children. He looks as if he wants to give all the children a bear-hug. The kids are excited and laughing, but they are shy and playfully keep their distance in a large ring around him. As he kneels down on one knee, the children finally feel more comfortable and approach the laughing, warm-hearted stranger.

  • 31st MEU Landing Craft Air Cushion Offloads Supllies

    Feb 12, 2009

    A Landing Craft Air Cushion transporting Marines and equipment from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit comes ashore during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Battle of the boats

    Feb 12, 2009

    It was the boat with the least positive name of ODR Wreck that prevailed and sank the competition of Shark Attack and USS Never Sail during the first Cardboard Vessel Regatta, Saturday at Benyaurd Indoor Pool. Designed to inspire a little community competition and fun between Fort Belvoir organizations, the regatta was organized by Anthony Poore, FMWR fitness coordinator.

  • Service personally rewarding for Cayanong

    Feb 12, 2009

    It's not uncommon for someone to have second thoughts about joining a branch of the military. However, that wasn't the case for Monica Cayanong. Cayanong, a first sergeant with the Army's Veterinary Command at Fort Belvoir, has recorded more than 20 years in a career filled with praise and accommodations. She was recently inducted into the elite Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and has aspirations of one day becoming a sergeant major.

  • Belvoir marks Black History Month with special guest

    Feb 12, 2009

    For Black History Month, Stokes took center stage at Fort Belvoir's Community Center Tuesday, when he described his experiences growing up in the South and how a student-strike committee he planned would set in motion one of the most powerful movements in American history.

  • Students get hands-on experience during Job Shadow Day

    Feb 12, 2009

    Students from Mount Vernon High School arrived at battalion head quarters on Fort Belvoir last Thursday for Job Shadow Day. Fort Belvoir's Public Affairs Office's Community Relations section put the event together to show students how education can lead into rewarding futures.

  • Obama, Kaine make historic visit to Fort Belvoir

    Feb 12, 2009

    President Barack Obama joined Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine at a construction site near Fort Belvoir's north area, also known as the Engineer Proving Ground, Wednesday. The commander-in-chief visited the site in the hopes of spurring quick action on a proposed economic stimulus package.

  • Iron Brigade supports Warrior Focus

    Feb 11, 2009

    2nd Infantry Division conducted Warrior Focus, a Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) exercise that focused on Battalion level training, Feb. 4-13 in South Korea. The Live portion of the exercise was conducted at the Korean Training Center (KTC) and Rodriguez Live Fire range while the Virtual and Constructive portions were conducted at the Warrior Training Center and Close Combat Tactical Training (CCTT) buildings located on Camp Casey, Korea. The 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 'Iron Brigade', conducted operations in support of Warrior Focus with emphasis on conducting combat and sustainment operations.

  • USS Harpers Ferry(LSD49) amphibious Assault Vehicle

    Feb 11, 2009

    Marines watch from the flight deck as an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) launches from the well-deck of USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

  • Essex Performs Flight Deck Qualifications with Royal Thai Navy

    Feb 11, 2009

    GULF OF THAILAND - (February 8, 2009) - Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) conducted deck landing qualifications (DLQ) with their Royal Thai Navy (RTN) counterparts Feb. 8.

  • USS Tortuga (LSD 46) Amphibious Assault

    Feb 11, 2009

    The USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the 31st MEU are taking part in Exercise Cobra Gold, an annual Kingdom of Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored military exercise designed to train U.S. and partner asian-pacific nation forces. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S.

  • USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) Amphibious Assault vehicle

    Feb 11, 2009

    An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) enters the well-deck of the landing dock ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49)

  • WINTER TRAINING IN YUMA PROVED TO BE A "CROWNING" AFFAIR

    Feb 11, 2009

    Miss U.S.A. Crystle Stewart jumps with the U.S. Army Parachute Team during winter training in Yuma Arizona.

  • 45th Sustainment Brigade assumes Joint Logistics Command mission in Afghanistan

    Feb 10, 2009

    The 45th Sustainment Brigade assumed responsibility of the Joint Logistics Command from 101st Sustainment Brigade, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 7.

  • Hawaii Soldiers support Pro Bowl

    Feb 10, 2009

    Soldiers from the 8th Theater Sustainment Command were given a distinct honor this year to serve on the Joint Service Color Guard for the National Football League 2009 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Three Soldiers comprised a part of the Joint Service Color Guard, which were responsible for rendering honors for the start of the Pro Bowl.

  • Army Spouse wins Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown

    Feb 10, 2009

    FORT SHAFTER Aca,!" Out of 10,000 entries, Lisa Roman, wife of Capt. Joe Roman, strategic plans officer, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, was chosen as the winner of the ultimate dessert recipe during the Food NetworkAca,!a,,cs Ultimate Recipe Showdown, Sunday, February 8th.

  • Thai, U.S. Marines conduct aerial delivery training during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 10, 2009

    U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 3 and Royal Thai Marines conducted bilateral aerial delivery training here Feb. 8 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Field mess allows deployed Marines to eat well

    Feb 10, 2009

    The food service specialists of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, deployed to Thailand in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009, established a field mess here that is capable of supporting about 250 Marines.

  • Royal Thai, U.S. Marines participate in Emergency Assault exercise

    Feb 10, 2009

    Eight Royal Thai Reconnaissance Marines and 43 U.S. Marines conducted an Emergency Assault bilateral exercise here Feb. 9 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Soldiers learn to survive during Cobra Gold

    Feb 10, 2009

    PHITSANOLUK, Thailand - Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, took part in a survival training class taught by members of the Royal Thai Army Special Forces during Cobra Gold '09. During the course, Soldiers learned various ways to find 'nourishment' which might help keep them alive while in a jungle setting.

  • Mock amphibious assault

    Feb 10, 2009

    An Amphibious Assault Vehicle with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts a Mock amphibious assault during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. The purpose of the assault was to prepare for the upcoming bilateral amphibious assault and mechanized raid training that will be conducted alongside the Royal Thai Marines

  • Strykers train at Cobra Gold

    Feb 10, 2009

    PHITSANOLUK, Thailand-- Soldiers of the New York National Guard's 2-108 Infantry Battalion and 2-23 Infantry Regiment (Stryker) from Ft. Lewis, Wash. conducted joint training with their Thai counterparts during Exercise Cobra Gold 09, sharing their expertise in areas such as mortar fire, land navigation, squad movement and weapons training.

  • Helicopters on the USS Essex

    Feb 9, 2009

  • Landing craft air cushion (LCAC)

    Feb 9, 2009

  • COMMANDER'S BLOG

    Feb 9, 2009

    COMMANDER'S BLOG

  • A day on the USS Essex

    Feb 9, 2009

    Exercise Cobra Gold 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. This year's exercise is the 28th iteration, and 2009 marks the 176th year of U.S./Thai relations. The exercise includes participating nations from Indonesia , Japan , Singapore , Thailand and the United States. Exercise CG09 provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while promoting relationship building between militaries and local communities. The exercise also includes humanitarian and civic action projects. These photos show Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, U.S. Army Pacific Commander and co-exercise director for Exercise Cobra Gold on a visit to the USS Essex, the primary flag ship for Task Group 76, which participated in CG09.

  • U.N. peacekeeping training conducted in Thailand

    Feb 9, 2009

    LOP BURI, Thailand - Royal Thai Army forces hosted the United Nations Global Peacekeeping Operation Initiative (GPOI) certification in the jungle here Feb. 6. This year, senior non commissioned officers from the United States certified NCOs from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore as Observer/Controller/Trainers for the annual GPOI, part of Cobra Gold 09.

  • One team, one fight

    Feb 9, 2009

    Soldiers and Noncommissioned Officers from Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company here recently shared with Air Force and Navy brethren what the expression of "one team, one fight" really means. From Jan. 19-23, at the Misawa Air Base Martial Arts and Tumbling Center, Sgt. James Harris, a Level III Modern Army Combatives instructor from Delta Detachment taught and certified eighteen Airmen and Navy personnel in Modern Army Combatives.

  • 'The Great Aloha Run' Starts at COB Speicher

    Feb 9, 2009

    In keeping with tradition, The Great Aloha Run, a six-mile course originating with Hawaii's 25th Infantry Division as an annual Division run, is held on COB Speicher welcoming the participation of all military and civilian personnel.

  • Amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) off loads Marines

    Feb 8, 2009

  • U.S. commander for Exercise Cobra Gold 09, listens to a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief brie

    Feb 8, 2009

    . Gen. Benjamin Mixon, Commander, U.S. Army Pacific Command and senior U.S. commander for Exercise Cobra Gold 09, listens to a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief brief in the war room aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during exercise Cobra Gold 2009 (CG 09).

  • Marines reach out to Pattaya orphanage during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 8, 2009

    More than 25 Marines and Sailors deployed in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009 participated in a community relations event Feb. 7 at Father Ray Children's Village orphanage in Pattaya, Thailand. Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled joint/coalition multinational exercise and is the latest in the continuing series of U.S.-Thai military exercises designed to promote regional peace and stability.

  • Cobra Gold '09 Technology Experimentation inspires future operations

    Feb 8, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Medics evacuate a casualty up to a flying helicopter, a robotic ruck-sack with legs carries 400 pounds of equipment through rocky terrain, and miniature unmanned aerial vehicles patrol the ground at night.

  • Essex Begins Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 7, 2009

    The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived off the coast of Thailand Feb. 7 to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand. CG 09 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security.

  • Marines and equipment ashore for Cobra Gold 2009!

    Feb 7, 2009

    Landing craft, air cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 and assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), transport Marines and equipment ashore for Cobra Gold 2009.

  • A CH-46E from the Dragons of HMM-265 prepares to liftoff the flight deck of USS Harpers Ferry

    Feb 7, 2009

    - A CH-46E from the Dragons of HMM-265 prepares to liftoff the flight deck of USS Harpers Ferry while a landing craft air cushion (LCAC) assigned to assault craft unit (ACU) 5 transports Marines and there equipment from USS Essex (LHD 2) ashore during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • U.S. Navy Cobra Gold execise

    Feb 7, 2009

    USS ESSEX, Gulf of Thailand (February 6, 2009) - The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) steam alongside the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), with the USS Stethem (DDG 63) and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) close behind, during an refueling-at-sea in preparation for Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Interoperability is vital in controlling air space during Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 7, 2009

    UTAPHAO, Thailand- The daily operation of an airport requires the coordination and communication of a lot moving parts, but running one during an exercise like Cobra Gold requires even more than normal.

  • CH-46E lifts off from USS Harpers Ferry

    Feb 6, 2009

    CH-46E lifts off from USS Harpers Ferry

  • Education Front: Sponsorship programs make transition easier for students

    Feb 6, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Every month, military youth are relocating and transitioning into new schools. Thanks to the Army's Child, Youth & School Services (CYS2), Youth Sponsorship Clubs, and the Leilehua High School (LHS) Aloha Ambassadors School Transition Support Program, these new students are being supported and welcomed.

  • Cobra Gold Community Relations

    Feb 6, 2009

    Painting a shelter at Sang Song La Nursery in Sattahip, Thailand along with Royal Thai Navy Sailors and other U.S. Marines and Sailors as part of a community relations project during Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Hawaii Soldiers, Thai Marines Build Classroom, Bridges

    Feb 6, 2009

    CHANTHABURI, Thailand - After 24 hours of non-stop travel, 30 Soldiers from Hawaii step off their bus into the early morning light and, for the first time, see the place they will call home for the next three weeks. A two-story schoolhouse sits at the end of a large, dusty quad that is spotted with a few meager trees. Classrooms have been emptied of furniture and the Soldiers wearily carry their luggage to the cots with their names marked on the wall.

  • Keiki create Valentines for deployed parents at the Sgt. Yano Library

    Feb 6, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Family members of deployed Soldiers showed off their hearts at the Sgt. Yano Library, here, recently, for the free Create-a-Card Program.

  • Artillery chief awarded Purple Heart

    Feb 6, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A member of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, received a Purple Heart in a ceremony at the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team motor pool, here, Jan. 28.

  • Year of the NCO: Retired NCOs remember

    Feb 6, 2009

    The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer is well underway and NCOs are being honored Army-wide, but Fort Myer Military Community Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Varner III wants to ensure that the year-long celebration of enlisted leaders isn't limited to those currently serving.

  • U.S., ROK Army conduct joint river crossing in South Korea

    Feb 6, 2009

    Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry conducted a joint river crossing through the Yang Pyong river on Feb. 5 with the Republic of Korea Army's 38th Armor Battalion, crossing icy waters with depths of up to 6 feet.

  • Defense Department civilians, families offered on-post housing options

    Feb 5, 2009

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Nearly 20,000 Department of Defense (DoD) civilians provide vital support to Soldiers, families and military operations on the islands. Similar to active duty, many civilians often relocate to meet the military's needs; however, finding a home in the right community can be a challenge.

  • Supporting the troops

    Feb 5, 2009

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - American flags wave across Pohakuloa Training Area's (PTA) main gate while Big Island residents, veterans and family readiness group members express their support for Soldiers and Marines training at PTA during a Support Our Troops rally, Jan. 31.

  • U.S. and ROK Army joint river crossing

    Feb 5, 2009

    Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division and Soldiers from the Republic of Korea's 75th Armor Brigade, 26th Mechanized Infantry Division participate in a joint river crossing exercise held Feb. 5th in South Korea.

  • Stanley Town Hall addresses issues

    Feb 5, 2009

    CAMP STANLEY - Soldiers on Camp Stanley met with Area I leadership Jan. 21 to talk about their issues and brainstorm with the leadership to make life easier by making adjustments to services on post. Headlining the agenda was two weeks of bank closure.

  • Sailors and Marines aboard the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga

    Feb 5, 2009

  • U.S. Marines and Thai Special Forces partner up during Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 5, 2009

    BASE KHUN NEN, CHIANG MAI, Thailand- A detachment of seven U.S. Marines and 26 servicemembers with the Thai Special Forces commemorated the beginning of their combined training here Jan. 31 as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. The U.S. Marine detachment from Special Operations Training Group, Special Missions Branch, III Marine Expeditionary Force is here to share their expertise in Dynamic Entry tactics with the Royal Thai Marine, Navy and Army Special Forces.

  • Thai Marines, CLR-3 come together, put rounds down range

    Feb 5, 2009

    BAN CHAN KREM, Thailand Aca,!" About 60 U.S. Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, teamed up with about 30 Royal Thai Marines to conduct live-fire training here Feb. 4 during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is a joint, coalition multinational exercise focused on maintaining and improving military interoperability among its participants.

  • 7th Communication Battalion gets wired for Cobra Gold 2009

    Feb 5, 2009

    SATTAHIP, Thailand - Every major exercise has thousands of moving parts, but none of those parts would function if there were no communications in place. 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, establishes the lifeline that supplies the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade command element during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Blazing the trail: A Buffalo Soldier's Story

    Feb 5, 2009

    The Equal Opportunity Program at Fort Belvoir sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Observance at DeWitt Hospital Friday. Maxwell was a guest speaker at the event.

  • COB Speicher Celebrates Black History Month

    Feb 5, 2009

    Contingency Operating Base Speicher kicked off a month-long celebration of African American Black History Month with an elimination Three-Point Shooting Contest on Feb. 5.

  • 9th MSC Soldiers work with coalition partners during Cobra Gold

    Feb 4, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- In an effort to reinforce international ties, Cobra Gold 09 gives service members from over 20 countries a chance to share knowledge and an opportunity to build a lasting bond between nations.

  • 9th MSC Soldiers work with coalition partners during Cobra Gold

    Feb 4, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- In an effort to reinforce international ties, Cobra Gold 09 gives service members from over 20 countries a chance to share knowledge and an opportunity to build a lasting bond between nations. This yearAca,!a,,cs exercise is the latest in the continuing series of U.S. Aca,!" Thai military exercises designed to ensure regional peace through U.S. Pacific Command.

  • Amphibious Assault Briefing

    Feb 4, 2009

    UTAPHAO, Thailand (Feb. 4, 2009) Royal Thai Navy Cmdr. Nuttapong Kuardponlark briefs U.S., Thai and Singaporean naval officers on the Thai procedures for an amphibious assault during the first day of Cobra Gold 2009. Cobra Gold is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force.

  • General quarters drill aboard USS Harpers Ferry

    Feb 4, 2009

    Culinary Specialist Seaman Jermaine Jefferson braces for shock during a general quarters drill aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), which is en route to Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Cobra Gold 09 kicks off in Thailand

    Feb 4, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, ThailandAca,!" With an emphasis on friendship and cooperation, Exercise Cobra Gold 09, a multi-national combined joint training exercise and humanitarian effort held throughout the Kingdom of Thailand, launched here Feb. 4.

  • Communication system loses weight, gains readiness

    Feb 4, 2009

    Time and communications are critical to operation security in a down-range environment, where the difference of minutes can save SoldiersAca,!a,,c lives. A Huntsville, Ala., company specializing in satellite communications has developed and deployed an ultra-portable communication system that hits the ground running with the warfighterAca,!"one that can be on satellite in less than an hour.

  • Ninewa province completes elections uneventfully

    Feb 4, 2009

    Maj. Gen. Adbulla Abdul Karim Satter Abbas Al, the commanding general of the 2nd Iraqi Army Division in Mosul, Iraq toured his area of operations Jan. 31, the day of the countryAca,!a,,cs provincial elections. Besides overseeing the security of nearly 200 polling sites throughout the city, Abdulla was also charged with the maintenance and operation of each.

  • Salah ad-Din officials make final security coordinations for upcoming provincial elections

    Feb 4, 2009

    Representatives from the Iraqi High Electoral Commission, the Iraqi Police, Iraqi Army, the U.S. Army, the U.S. State Department and the mayors from the major towns and cities in the province attended the meeting to make final security coordinations for the upcoming Jan. 31 provincial elections.

  • Purple fingers for Election Day

    Feb 4, 2009

    An Iraqi man and his family check a list of possible candidates to vote for while at a polling station during Election Day in Diyala, Iraq, Jan. 31. Voters received a purple finger after their voting preferences were completed.

  • Dog's Best Friend

    Feb 4, 2009

    Cpl. Justin Rodriguez, a specialized search dog handler assigned to the K-9 Section, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and his military working dog Rex search polling sites Jan. 28 to seek out potential explosives, ammunition, weapons caches and other harmful elements. U.S. military personnel are assisting Iraqi Security Forces with specialized services such as military working dogs in preparation for the Jan. 31 provincial elections.

  • Bayji Joint Coordination Center monitors provincial elections

    Feb 4, 2009

    Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, Salah ad-Din provincial election officials and Coalition forces monitor security operations for the Jan. 31 provincial elections at the Bayji Joint Coordination Center. Thirty-five schools in Bayji were designated as voting sites, and Iraqi Policemen provided security at each location.

  • USS Harpers Ferry

    Feb 3, 2009

    The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) sails in route to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold 09 (CG 09). CG 09 is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force.

  • Superbowl

    Feb 3, 2009

    AMBASSADOR HOTEL, JOMTIEN, Thailand Aca,!" While deployed in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009, Marines and sailors enjoyed a Super Bowl party hosted by Marine Corps Community Services here Feb. 2.

  • Amphibious Assault Demo

    Feb 3, 2009

    Cobra Gold is an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the U.S., and a U.S. Thai military field training exercise.

  • Bi-Lateral Breach Training

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (Feb. 3, 2008) Aca,!" Five days of bilateral Dynamic Entry training culminated with a live exercise at the Thai 5th Special Forces Regiment training compound at Camp Khuwnian today, during which Thai special operations soldiers built and detonated interior and exterior linear charges as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • Warm Welcome

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand Aca,!" As participants of Cobra Gold 09 step foot in Thailand after what can be a long, tiring flight, they are welcomed and oriented by members of the Joint Reception Center staff at various hubs throughout the country.

  • Soldiers key in 'behind the scenes' effort at Cobra Gold

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Stepping on stage should be easy for Cobra Gold '09 participants, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Army, Pacific, Special Troops Battalion, who are manning the Coalition Task Force/ Joint Task Force Headquarters.

  • U.S. Navy Mock Casualty Exercise

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHUK SAMET, Thailand (Feb. 3, 2009) Aca,!" Sailors aboard the Maritime Prepositioning Ship S.S. Maj. Stephen W. Pless participate in a mock casualty evacuation prior to the start of exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • U. S. Navy Mock Evacuation Exercise

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHUK SAMET, Thailand (Feb. 3, 2009) Aca,!" Sailors aboard the Maritime Prepositioning Ship S.S. Maj. Stephen W. Pless participate in a mock casualty evacuation prior to the start of exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • U.S. Navy Mock Casualty Exercise

    Feb 3, 2009

    CHUK SAMET, Thailand (Feb. 3, 2009) Aca,!" Crewmembers aboard the Maritime Prepositioning Ship S.S. Maj. Stephen W. Pless participate in a mock casualty evacuation prior to the start of exercise Cobra Gold 2009 by lowering a simulated patient to a waiting Royal Thai Navy ship for transportation to a Thai hospital.

  • Multinational participants arrive for 28th iteration of Exercise Cobra Gold

    Feb 2, 2009

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- More than 11,000 participants and observers representing 15 nations will deploy to Thailand this month in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 09, a two-week long annual joint combined multinational training exercise scheduled to be held from Feb. 4-17 here.

  • U.S. Marine returns to her first home to support Cobra Gold 09

    Feb 2, 2009

    PATTAYA, Thailand Aca,!" After living in the United States for 19 years, 15 of which she has worn the uniform of a U.S. Marine, Staff Sgt. Siriporn Nakphinphat returned to Thailand in support of Exercise Cobra Gold 2009.

  • USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) sails to participate in Exercise Cobra Gold 09

    Feb 2, 2009

    Photo of USS Harpers Ferry in Cobra Gold

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