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RTAF hosts 5th Airman-to-Airman Talks with U.S.

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Royal Thai Air Forces (RTAF) airmen pose for a group photo during the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand Aug. 21, 2018.

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Royal Thai Air Forces (RTAF) airmen pose for a group photo during the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand Aug. 21, 2018. A2A talks are jointly held conferences between PACAF and regional partner air forces designed to bring together both air forces to discuss and improve on training, tactics and procedures. This year marked the 200th year of cooperation between the U.S. and Thailand. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

(Left) U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Eifert, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and (right) Royal Thai Air Forces (RTAF) Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat, Deputy Chief of Air Staff, sign the meeting minutes for the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand Aug. 22, 2018.

(Left) U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Eifert, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and (right) Royal Thai Air Forces (RTAF) Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat, Deputy Chief of Air Staff, sign the meeting minutes for the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand Aug. 22, 2018. A2A talks are jointly held conferences between PACAF and regional partner air forces designed to bring together both air forces to discuss and improve on training, tactics and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) airmen participate in the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 21, 2018.

Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) airmen participate in the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 21, 2018. A2A talks are jointly held conferences between PACAF and regional partner air forces designed to bring together both air forces to discuss and improve on training, tactics and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

(Right) U.S. Air Force Col. Francis Scolaro, 194th Wing Air Support Operations Group commander, discusses training and tactics with (left) Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Gp. Capt. Watchara Sakunrat, RTAF Security Forces deputy director of Operation Division, and (middle) RTAF Sqdrn. Ldr. Sichon, Special Operations Regiment specialist, during the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 21, 2018.

(Right) U.S. Air Force Col. Francis Scolaro, 194th Wing Air Support Operations Group commander, discusses training and tactics with (left) Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Gp. Capt. Watchara Sakunrat, RTAF Security Forces deputy director of Operation Division, and (middle) RTAF Sqdrn. Ldr. Sichon, Special Operations Regiment specialist, during the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman (A2A) talks in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 21, 2018. A2A talks are jointly held conferences between PACAF and regional partner air forces designed to bring together both air forces to discuss and improve on training, tactics and procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

BANGKOK, Thailand --

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) hosted the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) delegation in Bangkok, Thailand, for the fifth RTAF-PACAF Airman-to-Airman talks (A2A) Aug. 20-22, 2018.

A2A talks are jointly held discussions between U.S. and partner nation air forces designed to bolster relations and provide a venue to share best practices.

“Airman-to-Airman talks are incredibly important, not only for us, but for our allies and partner nations,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Eifert, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, PACAF. “These talks help all parties involved to become more interoperable. The more we can carry on these conversations, the better we become at increasing that interoperability. By improving our services as a whole, we are able to build relationships that are enduring.”

RTAF Air Marshal Maanat Wongwat, deputy chief of air staff, and Eifert jointly chaired this year’s talks.

During his remarks AM Maanat said despite the fact that more action items were added to the list, the two air forces continue to progress in developing their interoperability.

The three-day talks began with discussions covering a wide range of topics including personnel management, exercise planning, force development, and safety operations. Both air forces, through open discussions, are able to learn, adapt and grow to better meet their combined objectives.

“I think this is really important for us to exchange ideas [and] generate knowledge” AM Maanat said. “I think the future is more complex in this region, and I think if we get together and work together more and more, there will be more understanding between both peoples to take on the challenges of the region.”

The next RTAF-PACAF A2A talks is scheduled for August 2019 at Camp Murray, Washington.

“The relationship between our two countries is continuing to grow,” Eifert said during his closing remarks. “It’s all about improving and getting better together, because everything is improved when you work as a team.”