Combined Joint Civic Military Operations Task Force provides treatment

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Lance Cpl. Kris Daberkoe
III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs

CHANTHABURI PROVINCE, Kingdom of Thailand — In the classrooms of the Don Maung Rae School, military medical personnel set up a makeshift care facility to treat Thai locals during the first medical civic actions project of Exercise Cobra Gold 2011, here, Saturday.

Doctors, dentists and veterinarians of the Combined Joint Civic Military Operations Task Force provide medical treatment to isolated rural locations to build military-community relationships, as well as to increase general welfare throughout the region.

During the exercise, U.S., Thailand, Republic of Singapore, Japan, Republic of Indonesia and Republic of Korea armed forces joined together to conduct humanitarian and civic assistance projects to improve quality of life in remote locations. These projects also allow military personnel to perfect the skills needed for future humanitarian assistance deployments.

“When I was a little girl, military doctors came and helped me,” said Rachanee Paiingchob, a local native. “This year, I brought my daughter knowing that the Soldiers would help.”

During the project, service members from differing national backgrounds worked side by side.

“You can see that our hosts truly appreciate what we are doing here,” said Maj. Mark Taum, a civil affairs team leader with the U.S. Army’s 322nd Civil Affairs Brigade, 351st Civil Affairs Command, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, based out of Honolulu.

Medical civic assistance projects are scheduled to take place in three different regions of Thailand at eight other sites.

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