Maj. Andrew Cotter had been taking part in Cobra Gold, a training and coordinating exercise involving the participation of 23 other nations, the host nation Thailand, the United States, and five significant Asian allies. More than 7,000 military members are participating.
According to a statement released from the location where the unit is often stationed, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, Cotter served as operations officer for the 17th Field Artillery Thunderbolt Brigade in the army’s I Corps. He was reportedly discovered unconscious in the exercise’s venue city of Lopburi in central Thailand, and his death was officially announced on Tuesday.
Police According to Col. Raksak Mekchinda, the Lopburi police station supervisor, Cotter’s body was found in a washroom on Tuesday about 2 a.m.
He claimed that when he passed out in the locked bathroom and his soldier companions couldn’t find him, they kicked the door down to get them in. He most likely had a health issue.
According to Raksak, Cotter’s body was taken to the Police General Hospital in Bangkok for an autopsy. U.S. Army officials asked to perform their own autopsy as well, and the U.S. Embassy was in charge of making arrangements for the body’s return to the United States.