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Cobra Gold 2014 News
CALFEX showcases Asia-Pacific interoperability Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 concludes

By Cpl. Adam Miller | February 21, 2014

Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 concluded Feb. 21 following a multilateral combined arms live-fire exercise at Royal Thai Navy Tactical Training Center Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand.  Cobra Gold is the largest multinational and multiservice exercise in Southeast Asia, which takes places annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. This year’s MORE
CALFEX showcases Asia-Pacific interoperability Culminating event strengthens interoperability at Cobra Gold

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | February 21, 2014

The roar of jets overhead diverts the attention of the crowd to the sky as aircraft drop various types of ordinance. The rumble of tanks approaching is heard at the same time as the crack of the explosion. The combined arms live-fire exercise has started.  Marines from the Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Thailand and United States came together in MORE
Osprey supports multinational Marine fast-rope drills Osprey supports multinational Marine fast-rope drills

By Cpl. Zachary Scanlon | February 20, 2014

Ever since the MV-22B Osprey was fully implemented into the Marine Corps, U.S. Marines have been riding, rappelling and parachuting out of them as part of operations and exercises.   Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines conducted fast-rope drills out of an MV-22B Osprey Feb. 18 in Hat Yao, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra MORE
U.S. Marines take aim at improved accuracy alongside Royal Thai Marines Royal Thai, U.S. Marines partner to improve combat accuracy, effectiveness

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | February 19, 2014

“Shooters, STANDBY!” echoes across the range as a line of Royal Thai and U.S Marines bring their rifles up to their shoulders and lean forward into their buttstocks.  Each shooter stands prepared to fire on the appropriate command. When that moment comes, the smell of sulfur fills the air as each Marine starts taking steps toward their target, MORE
School dedication symbolizes regional cooperation during CG 14 School dedication symbolizes regional cooperation during

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 18, 2014

Dignitaries with the Kingdom of Thailand, U.S. and People’s Republic of China came together for a building dedication ceremony Feb. 18 at the Wattatakian School in Phitsanulok province, Kingdom of Thailand, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.  Cobra Gold, in its 33rd iteration, is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to MORE
Thai, U.S. Marines burst into training Thai and U.S. Marines burst into training

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | February 15, 2014

The sun peaks over the mountainous jungle terrain of Thailand, while a rapid burst of hollow thunks echoes in the distance.  The sounds continue in rhythmic spurts, then suddenly stop, followed by a series of explosions down-range moments later.  U.S. Marines demonstrated various machine gun weapons systems to Royal Thai Marines Feb. 12 at Ban Chan MORE
U.S. Marines face fear to survive Marines face fears to survive

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | February 15, 2014

Marines gathered closely as Pairoj Prasansai, affectionately known as “the snake man”, pulled two venomous Thai cobras out of a crate with his bare hands.  “The snake man” dropped the cobras at his feet to start his famous snake charming demonstration during a jungle survival class given to U.S. Marines at Exercise Cobra Gold.  The class begins MORE
Royal Thai, U.S. Marines break bread on sacred Buddhist temple grounds Thai, U.S. Marines break bread on sacred Buddhist temple grounds

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Himes | February 15, 2014

Wearing nothing but an orange sheet intricately wrapped around himself, a Buddhist monk sweeps the dead leaves from around a tree.  Off to the side of the temple, Royal Thai Marines rush hurriedly as they set the table with food for their guests.  Royal Thai Marines hosted a dinner for U.S. Marines Feb. 15 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand MORE
Marines,Thai, Korean exercise combined capabilities in Thailand

By Cpl. Zachary Scanlon | February 14, 2014

Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines demonstrated a combined amphibious assault Feb. 14 at Hat Yao Beach, Kingdom of Thailand, during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.  “We have three different countries and their forces, both Marines and sailors, participating in today’s exercise,” said Maj. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy III, the commanding general for MORE
Thai, US engineers improve training area for Cobra Gold

By Cpl. Adam Miller | February 14, 2014

Royal Thai and U.S. Marine engineer construction teams joined forces Feb. 11-21 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold.  In its 33rd iteration, Cobra Gold is designed to advance regional security and ensure effective response to regional crises by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and MORE
Royal Thai Marines, US Marines train in jungle Royal Thai Marines, US Marines train in jungle

By Cpl. Adam Miller | February 13, 2014

Royal Thai and U.S. Marines conducted aerial-insertions and jungle patrol training Feb. 12 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.  The purpose of the training was to further familiarize the Royal Thai Marines and U.S. Marines with the basic tactics, techniques and procedures of jungle warfare.   “Today a platoon of MORE
Thai students, community come together to paint school during Cobra Gold 2014

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 13, 2014

Children lined up anxiously, crowding in closer to Singapore Army 1st. Sgt. Kenneth Soh, who held up a bright blue paint brush. The first student came forward and nervously grabbed the handle, Soh patiently helped with the first few strokes of the brush. In short order, the entire building was surrounded by children laughing and painting.  Royal MORE
Thai, Korean and US Recon Marines Take Part in Small Boat Training

By Cpl. Zachary Scanlon | February 12, 2014

“One... two… three…!” yelled a U.S. Marine while standing on a capsized zodiac boat in the middle of the water preparing to upright the boat by leaning back and pulling on the rope. With the weight being too much for one person to handle, he had the aid of his foreign brothers-in-arms. With the assistance of the Korean and Royal Thai Marines, the MORE
Bilateral team visits Thai stadium Thai, US service members tour stadium providing shelter during floods

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 10, 2014

A ball is kicked through the air of an indoor soccer arena as a group of local doctors compete against each other in an afternoon match at the Phitsanulok Provincial Sports Complex. Seeing the open court and the friendly match, it is hard to believe that at one point 2,500 people lived in the building, seeking refuge from a devastating flood.  A MORE
MWSS-171 fuels set up TAFDS in Korat for first time MWSS-171 fuels set up TAFDS in Thailand

By Cpl. James Smith | February 10, 2014

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, set up a Tactical Airfield Fuel Dispensing System aboard Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 2 in preparation of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.  CG 14 is a joint, multinational MORE
Opening ceremony kicks off Exercise Cobra Gold 2014

By Cpl. James Smith | February 09, 2014

Service members from 1st Marine Air Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, gathered with the Royal Thai Air Force aboard Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 9 for the opening ceremony of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014.  CG 14 is a joint, multinational exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand aimed MORE
Civil affairs gathers vital information at transportation hubs Civil affairs gathers vital information at transportation hubs

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 07, 2014

A contingent of U.S. service members entered the heart of Phitsanulok, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 5 to tour the main transportation hubs for the city of approximately 85,000 people as part of a civil reconnaissance mission during Cobra Gold 2014.  The U.S. service members are participating in a civil affairs capacity as part of the Combined Joint MORE
US service members return to Thai school built during CG13

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 04, 2014

U.S. service members along with a representative of the People’s Liberation Army toured a school building Feb. 4 at the Ban Hua Wang Krang School in Phitsanulok, Kingdom of Thailand.  The building was constructed during Cobra Gold 2013 and the purpose of the visit was to reconnect with the local populace and ensure the structure was functioning as MORE
Marines gather cultural information at ancient capital

By 1st Lt. Luke Kuper | February 03, 2014

Ancient spires dating back 700 years rise from the ground, as if puncturing up through the Earth’s crust and not built by hand. Elsewhere, ornate statues, earthen pots and rudimentary kilns are preserved as testaments to the artistry and craftsmanship of the early civilization which inhabited the Sukhothai province, Kingdom of Thailand.  Marines MORE
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