U.S. and Thai airmen visit schools as part of Tiger 23 training

Members of the Thai, American, and Singaporean air forces visited a school in northeastern Thailand last week to deliver medical care and eyeglasses to students and villagers. The visit was part of the trilateral Cope Tiger 23 exercises designed to enhance combined military capabilities
“It is a blessing to have the opportunity to give back in a small way to the community that has hosted us so generously,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Carey, M.D., a flight surgeon.
Cope Tiger is an annual series of air force training exercises involving Thailand, Singapore, and the U.S. This year is the 27th time that the three nations have held the drills. The annual exercise is meant to improve readiness and the ability of participating forces to operate together while enhancing military relations and combined capabilities.
“The Thai people are truly some of the kindest and most hospitable, while the exercise and civic action engagement have been a great avenue to strengthen our ties,” said Carey as he and other military personnel visited students at Nongpednam School in Nakhon Ratchasima province in northeastern Thailand.
The airmen were greeted with welcoming smiles from the students, staff, and community members as they entered the school grounds to begin the day’s activities.
Those activities included medical professionals from all three countries performing medical examinations, dental examinations, and distributing eyeglasses to students, staff, and members of the local community.
The military men also joined students in team-building games and a cook-off challenge featuring a local favorite dish, papaya salad.
“Participating in today’s events and seeing the smiles on the student’s faces was truly a rewarding experience,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Davidson, Cope Tiger Director. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have been a part of it,” he added.
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