Marines

Left to right: Royal Thai Army Gen. Wichien Sirisoonthorn, Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters; U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Malaysian Army Lt. Col. Made Trika, Malaysian Armed Forces; Mr. Channa Eiumsang, governor of Trat Province. The distinguished hold a photo of the one-room multi-purpose educational building that was dedicated Feb. 18 at Ban Sa Yai, Trat, Thailand. The construction at Ban Sa Yai was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will worked together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. to our long-standing alliance and regional partnership toward advancing prosperity and security in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Jose O. Nava/Released)
Left to right: Mr. Channa Eiumsang, governor of Trat Province; U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Royal Thai Army Gen. Wichien Sirisoonthorn, Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters; Malaysian Army Lt. Col. Made Trika, Malaysian Armed Forces. The distinguished visitors watched the dedication ceremony of a one-room multi-purpose educational building Feb. 18 at Ban Sa Yai, Trat, Thailand. The construction at Ban Sa Yai was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will worked together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. to our long-standing alliance and regional partnership toward advancing prosperity and security in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Jose O. Nava/Released)
School children perform a traditional Thai dance during the dedication ceremony for a one-room multi-purpose educational building Feb. 18 at Ban Sa Yai, Trat, Thailand. The construction at Ban Sa Yai was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will worked together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. The HCA programs will help improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas.   (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Jose O. Nava/Released)
Royal Thai Armed Forces, U.S. Navy and Malaysian Armed Forces service members wait for the start of the dedication ceremony Feb. 18 at Ban Sa Yai, Trat, Thailand. The construction at Ban Sa Yai was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will worked together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. to our long-standing alliance and regional partnership toward advancing prosperity and security in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Jose O. Nava/Released)
Left to right: U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, commanding general of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Royal Thai Army Gen. Wichien Sirisoonthorn, Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters ; Malaysian Army Lt. Col. Made Trika, Malaysian Armed Forces; Mr. Channa Eiumsang, governor of Trat Province. The distinguished visitors render honors during the unveiling of the one-room multi-purpose educational building dedicated Feb. 18 at Ban Sa Yai, Trat, Thailand. The construction at Ban Sa Yai was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will worked together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, demonstrates the commitment of the Kingdom of Thailand and the U.S. to our long-standing alliance and regional partnership toward advancing prosperity and security in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt. Jose O. Nava/Released)
School children perform a traditional Thai dance during the Ban Phromnimit construction project dedication ceremony Feb. 16 at Sakeao, Thailand. The construction at Ban Phromnimit was one of six humanitarian civic action sites in which the Thai, U.S. and partner nation’s militaries will work together on civic programs during Cobra Gold 2016. The HCA programs will help improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas.
Lance Cpl. Kenneth D. Tenhopen observes the surrounding area for potential dangers during the scenario-based training while other members of the tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel team pick up the simulated casualty during exercise Cobra Gold, Utapao, Thailand February 15, 2016. During the scenario-based training an MV-22B Osprey unloads the TRAP force personnel so they can continue on foot to rescue the casualty. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise designed to improve capabilities and cooperation through various training events in aims of strengthening relationships. Tenhopen, from Jacksonville, North Carolina, is a field radio operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Sgt. Eric M. Ekelund prepares an MV-22B Osprey to land the tactical recovery of aircraft and personal force during a Cobra Gold 16 demonstration at Utapao, Thailand February 15. During the scenario-based training the MV-22B Osprey unloads the TRAP force personnel so they can continue on foot to rescue the simulated casualty. Cobra Gold is a multi-national exercise that focuses on increasing relationships and capabilities of participating countries by training to form solutions to common challenges. Ekelund, from Bay Shore, New York is with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Pfc. Silvia Munozgarcia makes a radio call during the Cobra Gold 16 scenario-based training of the tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel at Utapao, Thailand February 15. Practicing TRAP missions allows the TRAP force to have the experience to respond quickly and accurately if an evacuation is needed. Cobra Gold is designed to advance interoperability, and increase capacity to plan and conduct combined task force to respond rapidly and effectively to regional crises. Munozgarcia, from San Francisco, California, is a radio operator with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Heath Fernald shows Republic of Korea and Thai Marines the armor on the AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle at the Thai AAV Camp in Chonburi, Thailand Feb. 14, 2016. The militaries are in Thailand for Cobra Gold 16. CG16 allows the U.S. to increase cooperation, interoperability and collaboration with partner nations in order to achieve effective solutions to common challenges. Fernald a native of Erie, Pennsylvania is the AAV platoon sergeant with the Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
U.S., Thai, and Republic of Korea Marines pay attention to classes about the Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicle at the Thai AAV Camp in Chonburi, Thailand Feb. 14, 2016. CG16 provides a venue for both United States and all partner nations to increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic, combined task force operations.
U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, along with Thai Korean Marines, watch Royal Thai Marine Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Pairog Prasansai, assigned to Recon Battalion, demonstrate how cobras are attracted to heat and motion in jungle survival training during Cobra Gold 2016 on Ban Chan Krem, Thailand, Feb. 13, 2016. CG16 provides a joint, combined task force venue for all participating nations to advance interoperability and increase capacity to conduct combined task force events.
U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, along with Thai and Korean Marines, watch Royal Thai Marine Petty Officer 1st Class Chaiwat Ladsim, assigned to Recon Battalion, demonstrate how to retrieve water from a banana tree as part of jungle survival training during Cobra Gold 2016 on Camp Ban Chan Krem, Thailand, Feb. 13, 2016. CG16 provides a joint, combined task force venue for all participating nations to advance interoperability and increase capacity to conduct combined task force events.
Rear Adm. John B. Nowell smiles at the camera as he exits an AAV-P7/A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle Feb. 11, 2016, in Hat Yao, Rayong, Thailand. The AAV had just left the USS Ashland (LSD 48) to practice a ship-to-shore mission for Cobra Gold 16. CG16 is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored exercise that allows partnering nations to improve cohesion between partner militaries and sustain regional security.
Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander Task Force (CTF) 76, prepares for the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) to be launched from amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander Task Force (CTF) 76, and Lance Cpl. Nathan Rhodes, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) secure their helmets before launching an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) from the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander Task Force (CTF) 76, prepares for the launch of an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) from the well deck of amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48). Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Lance Cpl. Nathan Rhodes, a Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), tells Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander Task Force (CTF) 76, the safety procedures for amphibious assault vehicles (AAV). Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Lance Cpl. Nathan Rhodes, a Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), shows Rear Adm. John B. Nowell, commander Task Force (CTF) 76, how to open the hatch of an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) in the well deck of Ashland. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise Cobra Gold 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), drive away from amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) during a rehearsal for the amphibious capabilities demonstration part of exercise Cobra Gold (CG) 16. Ashland is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Ready Group, and is participating in exercise CG 16, a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific