Cope Tiger ‘06, an annual multi-lateral exercise involving
the U.S., Thailand and Singapore, began Feb. 7.
More than 1,300 people, including 300 U.S. servicemembers and
1,000 servicemembers from Thailand and Singapore, are participating
in the exercise that involves aviation and ground units. The
exercise is designed to hone flying skills and foster international
cooperation among the three countries.
A-10 Thunderbolt II operators and maintainers from Osan Air
Base, South Korea, have deployed for the exercise.
“For a unit that doesn’t normally deploy (this) is a
great opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Scott Caine, 25th Fighter
Squadron commander. “The whole team has taken this mission
and made it run as smooth as possible. I couldn’t be happier
Colonel Caine said the operations and maintenance relationship
is strong among the A-10 unit.
“It’s nice to see the 51st Fighter Wing grow through
this deployment by making this mission happen,” he said.
“It’s nothing short of exceptional.”
Some of the biggest lessons A-10 maintainers are learning are
from each other, said Master Sgt. Norman Barrett, a production
superintendent with the 25th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.
“When a jet breaks, it’s great to see people step up
and be ready to lend a hand. There are back shop guys here that
some of the maintainers have never met, so this deployment is
helping out flightline workers learn some additional depth,”
Sergeant Barrett said.
Col. Jeffery LeVault, exercise director for U.S. forces in Cope
Tiger, said A-10 pilots will see some different range space, employ
weapons and have the opportunity to be part of a larger air group
during Cope Tiger.
Cope Tiger provides air-to-air, air-to-ground and large force
employment training for crews in a multi-national environment while
expanding the capabilities and readiness of U.S. and allied forces,
The exercise, held annually since 1994, runs through Feb. 18.
[ANN Salutes Master Sgt. Adam Johnston, Cope Tiger '06 Public