MAE SOT, Kingdom of Thailand --
Public figures gathered Feb. 16, 2011 to commemorate the completion of a new schoolhouse built here as an engineering civic assistance project during Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.
The dedication ceremony acknowledged the eight engineering civic assistance projects and nine medical civic assistance projects completed throughout Thailand during Cobra Gold 2011.
The projects reinforce the skills needed to increase disaster relief readiness in the event of a crisis within the region.
“Not only does this (Cobra Gold) contribute to military operational readiness but also peacekeeping operations,” said Royal Thai Army Lt. Gen. Parinya Boorananggoon. “This training is the foundation of efficient hands to practice in future exercises.”
Diplomats including Kristie Kenney, the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, and Woot Sittisurat, the deputy governor of Tak province, expressed their gratitude to the service members responsible for the completion of the school.
“My mother was a school teacher at a school like this,” said Kenney. “So, I’m thrilled to see the work we do for the future leaders and future citizens of Thailand.”
The guest speakers symbolically opened the schoolhouse for the local community by together pressing a dedication button.
Engineering civic assistance projects began Jan. 10., 2011, in three different regions of Thailand.
“Tak province alone is the site of two construction projects and two medical projects,” said Boorananggoon.
For more information about Cobra Gold 2011, visit www.marines.mil/cobragold2011 or www.facebook.com/exercisecobragold.