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Exercise Cobra Gold 2009, Chiang Mai, Thailand

What is it?

Exercise Cobra Gold is a two-week long annual joint training exercise scheduled this year from Feb. 4-17 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC), with support from U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Air Force Pacific, the Royal Thai Army, Navy, and Marines as well as contingencies from the militaries of Singapore, Indonesia, and Japan will participate in the exercise, which has been ongoing since 1981. The exercise is designed to promote regional peace and security, and will consist of tactical exercises as well as humanitarian and civic assistance projects. This dynamic exercise will take place simultaneously throughout the Kingdom of Thailand to include the cities of Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lo Buri, Utaphao, Ban Cham Krem, Korat and Phitsanoluk.

What has the Army done?

Cobra Gold 2009 is the 28th Annual U.S./Thai Exercise promoting regional stability and security. This year marks the 176th year of U.S/Thai relations. Thailand is one of our closest friends and partners in Asia. We have enjoyed relations with Thailand longer than any other country in Asia. This year alone the U..S military will host seven medical civic action projects and six engineer construction projects throughout the northern and central areas of Thailand.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The relationship between the U.S., Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, and Singaporean militaries grows stronger with each annual event. Cobra Gold will continue to be one of the premier exercises in the Pacific for many years to come and the plans for the 2010 exercise are already being finalized. In addition to Cobra Gold, the U.S. annually participates in exercises Yama Sakura, Northwind, Orient Shield, Rising Warrior, and Keen Edge with Japan; Exercise Garuda Shield with Indonesia; and Exercise Tiger Balm with Singapore.

Why is this important to the Army?

Exercise Cobra Gold is one way U.S. Army, Pacific strengthens security and stability in the vitally important Pacific region. Thailand is one of our oldest and closest friends in South Asia and has a proven capability to conduct multinational operations with the U.S. and other nations in complex environments. This exercise provides a valuable opportunity to train with our Royal Thai counterparts and other multinational partners improving interoperability of our forces while building personal relationships.

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