Capt. Matthew Orders, a team leader with 1st Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, observes a training event alongside Col. Aekanan Hemabut, tcommander of the Royal Thai Army’s 111th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Aug. 25 in Chachoengsao, Thailand. (Staff Sgt. Pietro Dimaria/Army) About 60 soldiers from the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade spent a month in Thailand — the unit’s first overseas mission since it was activated in May.
The 5th SFAB worked alongside the Royal Thai Army and learned about their military training academies during August, returning to the United States Sept. 1, brigade officials said. The unit is one of six intended to train foreign militaries across the globe, with the 5th SFAB aligned to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s area of responsibility.
The 30-day trip to Thailand was an initial visit meant to establish relations and set the stage for future advising missions, according to Maj. William Leasure, brigade spokesman. […]