Air Force honors mayor, city workers for flood-relief assistance

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Royal Thai Air Force officers honored 17 top Pattaya politicians and bureaucrats for their assistance in aiding victims of recent flooding in Bangkok.

Lt. Gen. Thongchai Chalomkhet, deputy air force chief of staff, presented certificates and Civil Affairs logos to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn and 15 other Sanitation, Water and Engineering department workers.

Royal Thai Air Force officers present certificates and Civil Affairs logos to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn and 15 other Sanitation, Water and Engineering department workers. Royal Thai Air Force officers present certificates and Civil Affairs logos to Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome, Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn and 15 other Sanitation, Water and Engineering department workers.

The flooding that crippled central Thailand and Bangkok for weeks hampered Air Force operations, which were based at the flooded Don Muang International Airport. To carry out their flood-relief mission, the air force called on engineers and specialists from Pattaya.

Thongchai presented a Civil Affairs award to the Pattaya Sanitation Department as a whole and individually to Director Virat Jirasriphaithun, Interior Ministry liaison Phaiwong Techanarong, pump sponsor Wichai Siriprasertchok, and civil engineers Chaloey Dithakarn, Ratdech Jaenglaeng, and Wiroj Josungnern.

Itthiphol thanked the military for the recognition and said he and other city workers felt proud to help flood victims and that Pattaya residents came together to help fellow Thais in need.