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Cobra Gold 2010

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Thailand is one of our closest friends and partners in Asia, as well as being our oldest ally in Asia. The Cobra Gold exercise is the largest multi-lateral joint military exercise in the world."

- Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander, U.S. Army Pacific

Cobra Gold 2010 to build on 29 years of dynamic training

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"One of the main focuses of finance is to ultimately eliminate U.S. currency from the battlefield. Our government is implementing the use of the Iraqi dinar, to both undermine the dependency the Iraqi nationals have on American currency and to back the Dinar, greatly increasing its weight on the market."

- Sgt. Brittany A. Raimer, a dispersing manager with the 368th Finance Management Company, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), said eliminating the use of U.S. currency on the battlefield will help to stimulate the economy of Iraq.

Use of U.S. dollar in Iraq being reduced to stimulate local currency, economy

CALENDAR

February 2010

African American History Month See Web site: African Americans in the U.S. Army

Feb.1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 15: President's Day

Feb. 24- 26: AUSA Winter Symposium

March 2010

Women’s History Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mar. 18: Army Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Exercise Cobra Gold 2010

What is it?

Marking the 177th year of U.S.-Thai relations, U.S. Army Pacific Soldiers join other U.S. forces and five partner countries for the 29th annual Cobra Gold exercise-Cobra Gold 10-being held in Thailand.

Military personnel representing Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Republic of Korea and the United States will participate in the joint and coalition multinational exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 1-11.

Cobra Gold 2010 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security and will consist of a coalition task force (CTF) and United Nations Force (UNF) command post exercise (CPX), humanitarian civic assistance projects, and field training exercises including live fire events. A separate global peace operation initiative (GPOI) field training event is also planned.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army participates annually in Cobra Gold to improve interoperability and capacity to conduct joint and multinational planning and operations. Cobra Gold provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while also promoting relationship-building between militaries and local communities.

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

Cobra Gold is conducted annually to improve joint coalition interoperability and capabilities to respond to the most likely regional security and humanitarian situations. Future exercises will continue to build on progress made during previous exercises in terms of participating nations' ability to conduct joint/multinational operations, and improve multinational interoperability and capacity. The exercise is rooted in partnerships and recognizes the need for multinational solutions to common challenges ranging from transnational violent extremism to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. Army's participation in Cobra Gold increases cooperation and collaboration to achieve effective solutions to common challenges, civil, governmental, regional and international partner relationships and capacity to respond quickly to crises with increased speed, mission effectiveness and unity of effort.

Resources:

Cobra Gold 2010

USARPAC Web site

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Video:
Cobra Gold 2010 Humanitarian-Civic Assistance Projects

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