2nd SBCT deploys to Thailand in support of Cobra Gold 14

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, arrives at Phitsanulok International Airport, Mueang District, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 6. They are the U.S. Army main body participating in Cobra Gold 2014.

1-21st Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, arrives at Phitsanulok International Airport, Mueang District, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 6. They are the U.S. Army main body
participating in Cobra Gold 2014.

Story and photo by
Spc. Tyler Meister
117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Hawaii Army National Guard

PHITSANULOK, Thailand — With just a few days until the official start of Exercise Cobra Gold 2014, the U.S. Army’s main body of approximately 500 Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and selected 25th ID staff sections slated to participate in the field training exercise, landed, here, Feb. 6.

The 25th ID Soldiers will work side-by-side in diverse terrain with numerous nations during a series of combined arms live-fire exercises, amphibious landings, a strategic airdrop and multinational events.

“I’m excited to work with the Royal Thai Army and see Thailand for the first time,” said Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hewitt, squad leader, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd SBCT. “We will be supporting squad-level fire exercises where we can learn and teach each other.”

Like Hewitt, this occasion will be the first time in Thailand for many of the 25th ID Soldiers. Many of them expressed a sense of excitement and curiosity at the opportunity to explore Thailand and interact with the various nations involved.

“This will be my first time in the Asia-Pacific region,” said 1st Lt. Steven Poland, platoon leader, 1-21st Inf. “I look forward to interacting with the locals. This exercise will allow us an opportunity to learn some new jungle tactics with our experienced partners.”

During the exercise, forces from Thailand, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea will conduct training designed to enhance interoperability and strengthen regional relationships.

In other locations, military personnel from Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, Japan, ROK, Indonesia and Malaysia will participate in humanitarian and civic assistance projects designed to improve the quality of life and local infrastructure for the Thai people, as well as to share medical best practices with the local population.

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