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Alaskan soldiers jump into Thailand for Cobra Gold 2014

By Bonney Bowman 7:26 PM February 18, 2014

Cobra Gold is an international mission to improve cooperation amongst America's military allies in the Pacific.


THAILAND – Over the weekend more than 400 Alaskan soldiers flew 17 hours and then parachuted into Thailand.

KTVA went along for the ride.

The 4-25 Airborne Infantry Brigade went to Thailand for Cobra Gold 2014.

Working with counterparts from another country takes practice, and that’s where Cobra Gold comes in.

It’s an international mission to improve cooperation amongst America’s military allies in the Pacific.

After jumping out of C-17s, the soldiers then had to work with friendly Thai forces to re-take an airstrip from a fictitious rebel group.

Besides a language barrier, one of the biggest obstacles the soldiers faced was the heat.

It was zero degrees and snowing when they left Alaska, but 90 degrees and blazing sunshine in Thailand.

“As soon as you felt the doors on the aircraft open, you could feel the heat come in and upon exiting the aircraft, it was like you were stepping into a blast furnace. It was phenomenally shocking to the system,” said Cpt. Zachary Miller.

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