Different rounds same lessons learned[MIGRATE]

By Pfc. Mike Granahan | February 16, 2013

U.S. Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 3 conducted a bilateral pistol shoot with members of the Royal Thai Marines Feb. 16 in Sattahip, Chonburi province, Kingdom of Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

Thai Marines fired larger .45-caliber rounds while the U.S. Marines put holes in the target with smaller 9mm rounds.

The integration of forces is critical to strengthening the military-to-military relationship between the Thai and U.S. Marine Corps, said U.S. Marine Capt. Clayton T. Anderson, an intelligence officer with CLR-3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Marines, Thai and U.S. alike, operate with a similar level of motivation.

“Just like U.S. Marines, Thai Marines take pride in everything from customs and courtesies…all the way up to weapons handling,” said Anderson.

According to Royal Thai Marine Lt. Cmdr. Banjerd Adium, the Thai Marines are appreciative of the bilateral training, which gives them an opportunity to share basic tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as strengthen the bonds with their U.S. brethren.

“I am very glad we have experienced the combined training, it was very beneficial for us. We hope to do it again,” said Adium.

Being able to train side by side with their Thai counterparts in pistol marksmanship gave the U.S. Marines important firsthand experience that also allowed them a better understanding of other cultures.

“It has been an awesome opportunity to see these guys work, they are very professional,” said Anderson.

Whether asking a junior or senior Marine—Thai or U.S.—training bilaterally is a great experience for all participating forces, across the board.

“Some Marines have been in for 15 years or more and have never gotten this opportunity (to train with foreign militaries), and some of these guys are able to do that within their first two years,” said Anderson.

CG 13, in its 32nd iteration, is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region giving forces from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and observer nations, an opportunity to strengthen military-to-military relations and enhance interoperability.