Warrior Brigade kicks off with Cobra Gold 15

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Maj. Gen. Pongsawat Panchit, commander of Thailand’s 1st Infantry Division, King’s  Guard, welcomes the 2nd SBCT to Thailand during an opening eremony for Cobra Gold 15 at Camp 31-1, near Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 10. (Photo by Spc. Sarah Booker, Army Washington National Guard)

Maj. Gen. Pongsawat Panchit, commander of Thailand’s 1st Infantry Division, King’s
Guard, welcomes the 2nd SBCT to Thailand during an opening eremony for Cobra Gold 15 at Camp 31-1, near Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 10. (Photo by Spc. Sarah Booker, Army Washington National Guard)

Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis and Capt. Richard Barker
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

LOP BURI, Thailand — U.S. Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, stood alongside Thai soldiers from the 31-1st Infantry Regiment, King’s Guard Rapid Deployment Force, during a Cobra Gold 15 opening ceremony on the Royal Thai Army’s Camp 31-1, near, here, Feb. 10.

Although Cobra Gold 15 just started, Soldiers of 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, have spent the past week building close friendships with soldiers of the 31-1 Inf. through joint community service projects, friendly sporting events and humanitarian aid focused training.

Soldiers from Thailand’s 31-1st  Inf. Regt., King’s Guard Rapid Deployment Force and Soldiers from the 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, stand in the opening ceremony for Cobra Gold 15 at Camp 31-1, near Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 10. (Photo by Spc. Sarah Booker, Army Washington National Guard)

Soldiers from Thailand’s 31-1st Inf. Regt., King’s Guard Rapid Deployment Force and Soldiers from the 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, stand in the opening ceremony for Cobra Gold 15 at Camp 31-1, near Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 10. (Photo by Spc. Sarah Booker, Army Washington National Guard)

“We are ambassadors for our country, and we are continuing to partner with the Royal Thai Army with the focus on partnership and building ties for the future,” said Col. David B. Womack, commander, 2nd SBCT.

During Cobra Gold, 2nd SBCT will work closely with the Royal Thai Army to conduct a joint field training exercise that will test both nations on the ability to cooperatively conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The training will increase the capacity for U.S. and Thai forces to support the needs and humanitarian interests of civilian populations around the region.

“I am absolutely confident that the Cobra Gold training exercise this year will be successfully accomplished as every person who participates in this program displays discipline and sincere intention to the training,” said Maj. Gen. Pongsawat Panchit, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, King’s Guard, who presided over the ceremony.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Neal Mayo, 1st Battalion Commander, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks to an elderly man at the Lopburi Nursing Home, in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 3, 2015. Lt. Col. Mayo shows his support for a retired member of the Thai's Royal Army. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha Van Winkle)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Neal Mayo, 1st Battalion Commander, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, talks to an elderly man at the Lopburi Nursing Home, in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 3, 2015. Lt. Col. Mayo shows his support for a retired member of the Thai’s Royal Army. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha Van Winkle)

Cobra Gold 15 marks the 34th iteration of the annual multinational training event, which is the largest multinational exercise in Asia and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region.

“I want our Soldiers to walk away from this exercise recognizing how valuable we are in the Pacific,” said Womack. “I want them to grow from this experience so that our Army will continue to get better and so they feel even more confident and competent in their role as the pre-eminent land force in the world.”

A bulk of the more than 700 Soldiers from 25th ID arrived in Thailand from their home in Schofield Barracks in early February, which proved the ability of the 25th ID to quickly deploy forces into the Pacific.

Following Cobra Gold, 25th ID Soldiers are scheduled to continue their Pacific Pathways mission as they move into Korea for exercise Foul Eagle.

 

 

U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Mortenson, of the 25th Infantry Division, speaks with a Thai Soldier from the 31st Infantry Regiment about the children at the Chupsorn School, during a service project, in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 3,  2015. (Army photo by Sgt. Christopher R. Baker)

U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Mortenson, of the 25th Infantry Division, speaks with a Thai Soldier from the 31st Infantry Regiment about the children at the Chupsorn School, during a service project, in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 3, 2015. (Army photo by Sgt. Christopher R. Baker)

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