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In Any Clime and Place

Mongolian, US engineers team up to renovate school

By Sgt. Ben Eberle | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | July 20, 2013

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U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Braxton R. Moody (left) and Private First Class Ismael Moctezumadelalanza with 9th Engineer Support Battalion works to clear debris from a window frame during renovation work on Erdmiin Oyun High School as part of Exercise Khaan Quest in the Nalaikh District of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20, 2013. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled multinational exercise co sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces, designed to promote regional peace and security.

U.S. Marines Lance Cpl. Braxton R. Moody (left) and Private First Class Ismael Moctezumadelalanza with 9th Engineer Support Battalion works to clear debris from a window frame during renovation work on Erdmiin Oyun High School as part of Exercise Khaan Quest in the Nalaikh District of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20, 2013. Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled multinational exercise co sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces, designed to promote regional peace and security. (Photo by Sgt. John Ewald)


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A combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, dismantles a concrete awning at Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20. Marine combat engineers are working alongside counterparts with the Washington Army National Guard and Mongolian Armed Forces to complete a large-scale renovation of the school as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community.

A combat engineer with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, dismantles a concrete awning at Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20. Marine combat engineers are working alongside counterparts with the Washington Army National Guard and Mongolian Armed Forces to complete a large-scale renovation of the school as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Engineers with the Mongolian Armed Forces conduct preparation work on the rooftop of Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, July 20. The MAF engineers are working alongside U.S. Marine and Washington Army National Guard counterparts to complete the school renovation project as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community.

Engineers with the Mongolian Armed Forces conduct preparation work on the rooftop of Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, July 20. The MAF engineers are working alongside U.S. Marine and Washington Army National Guard counterparts to complete the school renovation project as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Mongolian Armed Forces Sgt. Gantugs Battsengel, a builder with the MAF's 017 Construction Unit, hands a pair of wire cutters to Army Sgt. Sean Belka, an engineer with 176th Engineer Company (Vertical), 96th Troop Command, Washington Army National Guard, Jul 20. The multinational team of engineers, which includes U.S. Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, are working together to renovate Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community.

Mongolian Armed Forces Sgt. Gantugs Battsengel, a builder with the MAF's 017 Construction Unit, hands a pair of wire cutters to Army Sgt. Sean Belka, an engineer with 176th Engineer Company (Vertical), 96th Troop Command, Washington Army National Guard, Jul 20. The multinational team of engineers, which includes U.S. Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, are working together to renovate Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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U.S. and Mongolian engineers review the renovation plan from the rooftop of Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20. The Mongolian and U.S. armed forces are working side-by-side as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community.

U.S. and Mongolian engineers review the renovation plan from the rooftop of Erdmiin Oyun High School in the Nalaikh district of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 20. The Mongolian and U.S. armed forces are working side-by-side as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Army Master Sgt Andrew Haas, site foreman and operations sergeant with 96th Troops Command, Washington Army National Guard, stands aside as Mongolian Armed Forces 1st Lt. Tumurbataar Tulga, training officer for 017 Construction Regiment and Mongolian officer-in-charge at the site, provides instructions to one of his engineers at the Erdmiin Oyan High School renovation site, July 20. The MAF engineers are working alongside U.S. Marine and Washington Army National Guard counterparts to complete the school renovation project as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community.

Army Master Sgt Andrew Haas, site foreman and operations sergeant with 96th Troops Command, Washington Army National Guard, stands aside as Mongolian Armed Forces 1st Lt. Tumurbataar Tulga, training officer for 017 Construction Regiment and Mongolian officer-in-charge at the site, provides instructions to one of his engineers at the Erdmiin Oyan High School renovation site, July 20. The MAF engineers are working alongside U.S. Marine and Washington Army National Guard counterparts to complete the school renovation project as part of Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, and hosted annually by the MAF. The intent of the ongoing engineering civic action program (ENCAP) project in Nalaikh is to provide valuable training for Mongolian and U.S. armed forces by boosting their interoperability, as well as demonstrate a mutual commitment to local community. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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NALAIKH DISTRICT, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia -- Despite the generally arid climate in Mongolia’s steppe, rain poses a significant threat to a high school here. A multinational team of engineers and construction specialists are working to solve that problem during exercise Khaan Quest 2013.

Marines with 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, and soldiers from 96th Troop Command, Washington Army National Guard, have teamed up with the Mongolian Armed Force’s 017 Construction Regiment to renovate Erdmiin Oyun High School, kicking off the project, July 20.

Cracks in the roof and walls have caused leaks into the school’s classrooms and gymnasium and are starting to compromise the structural integrity of the building.

“The water is filling the cracks,” said Army Master Sgt. Andrew Haas, site foreman and operations sergeant with 96th Troops Command. “In the winter this water freezes and expands which is causing the wall to break away.

“The roof is getting fixed, the application of the emulsion to the walls will keep rain from getting into the side of the building, and the new windows will help keep water from getting inside,” Haas added. “All three together will slow down the decay of the wall and prolong the life of the building.”

The team is also building a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the front entrance of the school.

“This project is very important, especially for the local people,” said MAF 1st Lt. Tumurbataar Tulga, training officer for 017 Construction Regiment and Mongolian officer-in-charge at the site. “It’s even better because it gives (our militaries) an opportunity to share our knowledge and learn how to incorporate our expertise.”

1st Lt. Matthew Elliott, a platoon commander with 9th ESB and OIC of U.S. forces, has confidence that his Marines will not only play a large part in completing the mission, but that they will also learn from the experience during this year’s Khaan Quest exercise.

“The (MAF engineers’) work ethic is great, they come out here and they start working right off the bat,” said Elliott. “They do things differently out here … and the way they design their roofs is something we’ve never seen before.”

“Our precision will probably be impressed on them a little bit, and we’re definitely picking up some things from them … they can make things work without the most state-of-the-art tools,” said Lance Cpl. John M. Toniolo, a combat engineer with Alpha Company, 9th ESB. “We should both take away a lot from this.”

Exposure to different tactics, techniques and procedures provides a valuable training benefit to the exercise participants, but it will also leave a lasting impression on the surrounding community.

“I see kids walking around here, and I know that I’m not just impacting the Mongolian Armed Forces,” said Toniolo. “This is something that the local community needs to use, and they’ll use it everyday.”
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