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Maj. Chris Price steps to his A-10 before a Cope Tiger '06 mission at Korat Royal Air Force Base, Thailand, on Wednesday. Price, with the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea is one of about 300 U.S. servicemembers taking in a multi-lateral exercise at this air base about 110 miles northeast of Bangkok.
Maj. Chris Price steps to his A-10 before a Cope Tiger '06 mission at Korat Royal Air Force Base, Thailand, on Wednesday. Price, with the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea is one of about 300 U.S. servicemembers taking in a multi-lateral exercise at this air base about 110 miles northeast of Bangkok. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
Maj. Chris Price steps to his A-10 before a Cope Tiger '06 mission at Korat Royal Air Force Base, Thailand, on Wednesday. Price, with the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea is one of about 300 U.S. servicemembers taking in a multi-lateral exercise at this air base about 110 miles northeast of Bangkok.
Maj. Chris Price steps to his A-10 before a Cope Tiger '06 mission at Korat Royal Air Force Base, Thailand, on Wednesday. Price, with the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea is one of about 300 U.S. servicemembers taking in a multi-lateral exercise at this air base about 110 miles northeast of Bangkok. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
Senior Airman Isaac Ibarra cleans an A-10 canopy before a Cope Tiger '06 mission on the flight line at Korat Royal Air Force Base. Ibarra is a crew chief with the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Osan Air Base.
Senior Airman Isaac Ibarra cleans an A-10 canopy before a Cope Tiger '06 mission on the flight line at Korat Royal Air Force Base. Ibarra is a crew chief with the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from Osan Air Base. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
1st Lt. Keith Bonser checks maintenance forms before a Cope Tiger '06 mission on the ramp at Korat Royal Air Force Base on Wednesday. Bonser is an A-10 pilot from the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base.
1st Lt. Keith Bonser checks maintenance forms before a Cope Tiger '06 mission on the ramp at Korat Royal Air Force Base on Wednesday. Bonser is an A-10 pilot from the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
Aircrews from the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea, perform pre-flight procedures on a flightline ramp at Korat Royal Air Force Base on Wednesday.
Aircrews from the 25th Fighter Squadron from Osan Air Base, South Korea, perform pre-flight procedures on a flightline ramp at Korat Royal Air Force Base on Wednesday. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)
Thai military members watch Maj. Chris Price taxi his A-10 Thunderbolt II on the tarmac at Korat Royal Air Force Base.
Thai military members watch Maj. Chris Price taxi his A-10 Thunderbolt II on the tarmac at Korat Royal Air Force Base. (Keith Brown / Courtesy of U.S. Air Force)

Aviators from three countries are taking to the skies over Thailand this week and next for an annual exercise designed to hone flying skills and international cooperation among the U.S., Thailand and Singapore militaries.

About 300 U.S. servicemembers and nearly 1,000 more from the two Southeast Asian countries are participating in Cope Tiger ’06, being held at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.

“This year we’ve got a very challenging scenario which will provide an opportunity for Pacific Air Forces’ aircrews to get some very good tactical-level training,” Col. Jeffery LeVault, exercise director for U.S. forces in Cope Tiger, stated in a news release. “That’s what we’re all about at the squadron level. To put bombs on target, control aircraft and to be able to deliver airlift packages.”

This year’s exercise also includes a deployment of A-10s from Osan Air Base, South Korea. The 25th Fighter Squadron pilots will see a firing range different from what they’re accustomed to in South Korea and also will be part of a larger air group than usual, LeVault stated.

C-130s from Yokota Air Base near Tokyo also are part of the overall scenario, he stated.

“The additional benefit to the C-130 crews is that they’re getting some nighttime training and low-altitude practice that they don’t have the opportunity to do in Japan,” he stated. “They need this kind of training to keep their edge.”

Other aircraft involved include KC-135 Stratotankers from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, and E-3B Sentries from Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.

Cope Tiger, an annual exercise that began in 1994, is scheduled to end Feb. 18.

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