Lieutenant Colonel Grant Davis, USA, 1ST Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Washington, prepares his parachute prior to boarding an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Phitsanulok, Thailand. U.S. and Thai forces are participating in a combined Army High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump in preparation for the opening ceremony activities at this year's Exercise COBRA GOLD. COBRA GOLD is regularly scheduled, joint-combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies. This year's exercise, the 20th in the series, will focus on peace enforcement operations