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US, Thai, Singaporean airmen support Korat community during Cope Tiger 2019

U.S., Royal Thai, and Singaporean Airmen participate in a team-building competition with Ban PaLai school kids during a COPE Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019.

U.S., Royal Thai, and Singaporean airmen participate in a team-building competition with Ban PaLai school kids during an exercise Cope Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019. In addition to cultural exchange activities, exercise Cope Tiger service members were greeted by students of all ages and watched performances from the students and the Royal Thai Air Force Band. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

A Ban PaLai School student thanks Col. Teo Soo Yeow, Singapore air force COPE Tiger 2019 exercise director, after being served lunch during a cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019.

A Ban PaLai School student thanks Col. Teo Soo Yeow, Singapore air force Cope Tiger 2019 exercise director, after being served lunch during a cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019. Exercise Cope Tiger participants had the opportunity to spend the morning with the kids, participating in a team-building exercise, dancing along to the Royal Thai Air Force Band and eating lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

Ban PaLai School children cheer after receiving donations from the U.S., Royal Thai and Singaporean air forces during a COPE Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019.

Ban PaLai School children cheer after receiving donations from the U.S., Royal Thai and Singaporean air forces during an exercise Cope Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019. The school received books, school supplies, sports equipment and a dishwashing system from the three partner nations to support their educational and health needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

Two Ban PaLai School children pose for a photo during a COPE Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019.

Two Ban PaLai School children pose for a photo during an exercise Cope Tiger 2019 cultural exchange at Korat, Thailand, March 13, 2019. Airmen from the U.S., Thailand and Singapore stepped away from flying operations for the day to strengthen relationships with the local Thai community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Hutto)

KORAT, Thailand (AFNS) --

Airmen from the United States, Thailand and Singapore visited a local school as part of a cultural exchange during exercise Cope Tiger 2019 in Korat, Thailand, March 13.

Exercise Cope Tiger is a large force air employment exercise aimed at strengthening interoperability in the Indo-Pacific but the airmen stepped off the flightline to strengthen the relationship with the local Thai community hosting them.

Students at the Ban PaLai School greeted the Cope Tiger exercise directors and Airman representatives with greetings in both Thai and English.

“Teachers and students would like to welcome and pay honor and respect…to the officers for military exercise Cope Tiger 2019...for supporting humanities education significantly for our school,” one presenting student said.

After the welcoming comments, the exercise directors presented the school with donations of books, school supplies, sports equipment and a dishwashing system.

Before, the students would have to leave their dirty dishes outside and allow the rain or dew to wash off their eating trays overnight. Now, they will have clean plateware, no matter the weather.

“Meeting the needs of the kids of this region is incredibly rewarding,” said Col. Shannon Smith, Cope Tiger exercise director and deployed forces commander. “The Korat community has hosted Cope Tiger for decades, and we’re glad to be able to provide a piece of equipment that will enhance these students’ quality of life for many years.”

After the donation presentation, the exercise directors served the Ban PaLai students lunch, and the airmen from each of the three services partnered with the kids in a team-building competition and danced to the Royal Thai Air Force Band together.

Senior Airman Jessica Ho, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew member, expressed that it was an eye-opening overall learning experience.

“I really enjoyed meeting the children and sharing in their culture,” she said. “Interacting with the Thai and Singaporean Airmen added to the community outreach program. It shows how three vastly different countries come together as one for the common greater good.”

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