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37TH COBRA GOLD 2018, Thailand

Cobra Gold is an Asia-Pacific military exercise held in Thailand every year. It is the largest Asia-Pacific military exercise held each year, and is among the largest multinational military exercise in which the United States participates.

There were 29 Nations that participated in Cobra Gold either directly or as observers. This year is 37th anniversary of Cobra Gold exercise co-hosted by Thailand and United States starting from 14 until 24 of February 2018. Cobra Gold 2018 aims is to improve capabilities among the participating nations to conduct Multinational Force Operation, and civic action.

It served as military training exercise to improve coordination between the armed forces of the United States and Thailand in both hostile military and humanitarian efforts. Cobra Gold has three distinct activities. The first is the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX), in which live ammunition is aimed at predetermined targets. Troops then assault a beach and landing zone while this live fire occurs. The second activity is a Command Post Exercise (CPX), in which military officers engage in computerized war games, peace operation, or humanitarian missions over several days. The final activity is Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) which assisting the local Thai population.

The Field exercises including variety of training, such as Amphibious Assault Demonstration EOD mission, Close Air Support (CAS) and Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) which is an exercise on strategic engagement by using various types of weapons. In civic action, were included humanitarian assistance and Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO). NEO was led by Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) during disaster relief operation. Mostly, a NEO used to move noncombatant personnel from dangerous area, usually caused by natural disaster

The Command Post Exercises primarily focus on the operational level of planning and execution, and it is design to address UN authorized peace operation and small scale contingency. It is intended for commanders and staff who plan and execute mission within multinational operation environment where many nations not operate in a unified command but may still require coordination and cooperation between forces and services.

This occasion, Indonesian Delegation were actively participating throughout all activity by sending 51 personnel comprised from Army, Navy and Air Force. The delegation was led by Kolonel (L) Robert Marpaung.

As part as HCA, assisting local population, Royal Thai, U.S. and Indonesian Armed Forces work together on school building in Chachoengsao Province

Indonesian Army Capt. Ridwan Hananto and U.S. Army Sgt. Mike Camacho explain the impact of how Royal Thai, U.S. and Indonesian Armed Forces are working together on an Exercise Cobra Gold 18 construction project at Thung Song Honsa School in Chachoengsao, Kingdom of Thailand, Jan. 31, 2018. Such Humanitarian civic assistance programs demonstrate a mutual commitment to support security and humanitarian interests of friends, allies and partner nations. The programs will improve the quality of life, as well as the general health and welfare, of civilian residents in the local areas.

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