CHIANG MAI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand --
Senior leaders from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Malaysia participating in exercise Cobra Gold 2013 attended a senior leader seminar Feb. 11 and Feb. 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.
Singapore Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Chia Choon Hoong, commander, 9th Division, Chief Infantry Officer, Ministry of Defense, remarked on the opportunities the senior leader seminar provides participating nations.
“It was a very excellent platform for all the participating nations to share about their experiences in the various operations over the last few years,” said Hoong.
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 Corp. 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.
In addition to the staff exercise and senior leader seminars, Cobra Gold participants conducted multinational combined arms operations during field training exercises and continued humanitarian and civic assistance projects, including engineering civic assistance programs and cooperative health engagements across Thailand.
In its 32nd iteration, CG 13 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 security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.
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