US Army officer dies during Cobra Gold army train in Thailand

The US Army officer who was found useless at a Thai military camp in Lop Buri province, central Thailand, on Tuesday morning has been recognized as 37 12 months old Maj. Andrew Cotter. Cotter was participating within the multinational army train Cobra Gold.
Yesterday, US and Thai officers said that no foul play was suspected.
Superintendent of Mueang Lop Buri Police Station Pol. Col. Raksak Mekchinda stated that Cotter’s physique was discovered in a relaxation room on the thirty first Infantry Regiment at round 2am.
Off the record fainted in the rest room, it was locked, his soldier pals have been searching and couldn’t discover him, so they kicked the door down and found him. He in all probability had a medical situation.”
Cotter, a Kansas native, served as the operations officer for the 27th Field Artillery “Thunderbolt.”
The military officer’s body was taken to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok for an post-mortem.
The US Army also requested they be allowed to hold out their own post-mortem, stated Raksak. The repatriation of Cotter’s body would be handled by the US Army, added the superintendent.
An American soldier attending the annual Cobra Gold military train in Thailand was discovered dead in the rest room at an army camp in Lop Buri province, north of Bangkok, yesterday morning.
Officers from Mueang Lop Buri Police Station travelled to the thirty first Infantry Regiment to find the soldier deceased in the toilet in a pool of blood. There was a wound on his head.
Police revealed no further particulars in regards to the soldier’s identity or suspected explanation for dying. Thai media stories that it is potential that the soldier slipped within the toilet however this ready to be confirmed with autopsy results.
Cobra Gold is the biggest joint military train in Asia, with troops from 30 nations joining this year.
The forty second iteration of Exercise Cobra Gold started on Tuesday and can run till March 10, with military camps hosting Cobra Gold activities in Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, Rayong and Lop Buri provinces.
This year, Cobra Gold has attracted the most US troops in over a decade, with greater than 6000 US military personnel in attendance. More than 3000 Thai troops are joining the navy drill.
The elevated presence of US troops is considered part of Washington’s efforts to build on its ties with Thailand amid rising global geopolitical competitors with Beijing.
Cobra Gold this year has three primary components: a staff exercise, which features a senior leaders’ seminar; humanitarian civic help projects in Thai communities; and subject coaching which incorporates a selection of workouts to strengthen regional relationships and enhance interoperability.
At the Cobra Gold opening ceremony in Rayong, US envoy to Thailand Robert Godec said…
“Cobra Gold helps build interoperability, advances our widespread interests, and serves as a demonstration of our dedication to our allies and companions in ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific area.”

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