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CG13 hosts senior leader seminar

By Sgt. Rory Featherston | | February 12, 2013

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U.S. Marine Corp Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, II  U.S. Pacific Command-designated executive agent senior representative for Cobra Gold 2013 and the deputy commander of U. S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific takes note during the Senior Leaders Seminar held on Feb 11-12  in Chiang Mai provice, Kingodm of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. U.S. involvement in Cobra Gold 13 demonstrates commitment to building military-to-military
interoperability with participating nations and to supporting peace and stability in the region.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released)

U.S. Marine Corp Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, II U.S. Pacific Command-designated executive agent senior representative for Cobra Gold 2013 and the deputy commander of U. S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific takes note during the Senior Leaders Seminar held on Feb 11-12 in Chiang Mai provice, Kingodm of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013. U.S. involvement in Cobra Gold 13 demonstrates commitment to building military-to-military interoperability with participating nations and to supporting peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston)


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senior representatives of Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia attended a senior leaders seminar in Chiang Mai province,  the kingdom of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013  Feb. 11 and 12. The CG 13 staff exercise and senior leader engagements will sustain and reinforce the foundation and framework for a multinational force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released)

senior representatives of Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia attended a senior leaders seminar in Chiang Mai province, the kingdom of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 Feb. 11 and 12. The CG 13 staff exercise and senior leader engagements will sustain and reinforce the foundation and framework for a multinational force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston)


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Australian Army Maj. Gen. Richard M. Burr, Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific sits with leaders from the Kingdom of Thailand, Japan and Indonesia at a Senior Leaders Seminar during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 held Feb 11 and 12. The seminar is a way for the senior leaders of participating nations to discuss protection of civilians in conflict situations, strategic communication, multinational and coalition operations, and inter-agency operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released)

Australian Army Maj. Gen. Richard M. Burr, Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army Pacific sits with leaders from the Kingdom of Thailand, Japan and Indonesia at a Senior Leaders Seminar during exercise Cobra Gold 2013 held Feb 11 and 12. The seminar is a way for the senior leaders of participating nations to discuss protection of civilians in conflict situations, strategic communication, multinational and coalition operations, and inter-agency operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Rory Featherston)


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CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand --

Senior leaders from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia attended a senior leader seminar Feb. 11-12, Chiang Mai province, Kingdom of Thailand, during exercise Cobra Gold 2013.

Discussions during the seminar centered on protection of civilians during conflict situations, coordinated communication, multinational and coalition operations, and interagency operations.

“It was a very excellent platform for all the participating nations to share their experiences in the various operations over the last few years,” said Singapore Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Chia Choon Hoong, commander, 9th Division, Ministry of Defense.

The shared experiences covered Indonesian peacekeeping operations, International Stabilization Forces’ missions, United Nations mandated security resolutions, joint task force support for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and additional information required to exercise or execute a response to a large scale disaster.

“Our partners have significant planning and execution experience in these operations, and it was beneficial to learn how they operate in a multinational environment,” said U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Richard L. Simcock, II, U.S. Pacific Command-designated executive agent senior military representative for CG 13 and deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

CG 13, in its 32nd iteration, demonstrates the U.S. commitment to strengthening ties with its long-standing ally, the Kingdom of Thailand, and to improve regional partnership, prosperity and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Exercise Cobra Gold is the largest multinational exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, providing more than 15 countries the opportunity to participate, attend as a part of a Multinational Planning Augmentation Teams or attend as a Coalition Observer Liaison Team. All opportunities are designed to build relationships, enhance interoperability and promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The senior leader seminar provided an excellent opportunity to learn from counterparts about real world peacekeeping and coalition operations.” said Simcock.

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