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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Militaries from 9 nations exercise peacekeeping scenario during Khaan Quest 2013

By Sgt. Ben Eberle | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | August 19, 2013

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U.S. Marine Capt. Albert Bellamy and Republic of Korea Army Col. Seoko Yoon listen to a brief during Khaan Quest's command post exercise, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Bellamy, serving as a battalion operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment during the CPX, is from Wadsworth, Ohio. Yoon served as the civil-military affairs officer for the multinational brigade's headquarters.

U.S. Marine Capt. Albert Bellamy and Republic of Korea Army Col. Seoko Yoon listen to a brief during Khaan Quest's command post exercise, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Bellamy, serving as a battalion operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment during the CPX, is from Wadsworth, Ohio. Yoon served as the civil-military affairs officer for the multinational brigade's headquarters. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Brian Isbell, from the Center for Civil-Military Relations in Monterey, Calif., briefs U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet Rebekah Williams (far right) and other role players during the command post exercise for Khaan Quest 2013, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Isbell is from Berlin, Germany. Williams, ROTC cadet with University of Alaska, Anchorage, is from Eagle River, Alaska.

Brian Isbell, from the Center for Civil-Military Relations in Monterey, Calif., briefs U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet Rebekah Williams (far right) and other role players during the command post exercise for Khaan Quest 2013, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Isbell is from Berlin, Germany. Williams, ROTC cadet with University of Alaska, Anchorage, is from Eagle River, Alaska. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Command post exercise (CPX) participants from the U.S., India, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea, listen as they receive instructions from their executive officer, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14.

Command post exercise (CPX) participants from the U.S., India, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea, listen as they receive instructions from their executive officer, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Australian Army Maj. Scott McMahon, acting as the executive officer for the Multinational Brigade, delivers a quick brief to his staff officers during Khaan Quest's command post exercise, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. McMahon is from Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia.

Australian Army Maj. Scott McMahon, acting as the executive officer for the Multinational Brigade, delivers a quick brief to his staff officers during Khaan Quest's command post exercise, Aug. 12. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. McMahon is from Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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Colleen Ruru, with the Center for Civil-Military Relations in Monterey, Calif., and serving as the lead planner for Khaan Quest's command post exercise, briefs U.S. Army Recruit Officer Training Corps cadets and active-duty Marines on how to role play as members of the international press, Aug.12. The CPX participants conducted a mock press conference the following day. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Ruru is from Wellington, New Zealand.

Colleen Ruru, with the Center for Civil-Military Relations in Monterey, Calif., and serving as the lead planner for Khaan Quest's command post exercise, briefs U.S. Army Recruit Officer Training Corps cadets and active-duty Marines on how to role play as members of the international press, Aug.12. The CPX participants conducted a mock press conference the following day. Khaan Quest, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific and U.S. Army Pacific, is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. MARFORPAC is the U.S. executive for this year’s exercise, which has been taking place since 2003. Khaan Quest 2013 officially ended Aug. 14. Ruru is from Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Sgt. Ben Eberle)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia --

The Peace Support Center here is just a few kilometers from the field training taking place during exercise Khaan Quest 2013.

While troops sharpen tactical procedures in the rolling hills of Mongolia, military decision-makers from multiple nations are honing operational skills behind closed doors.

Hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored this year by U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, military personnel from nine countries took part in a scenario-driven command post exercise, Aug. 10-13.

The scenario placed a multinational brigade of troops in a fictional country facing significant civil unrest. In the midst of the chaos, a notional earthquake strikes and the team is forced into action.

“Each battalion has its own individual challenges,” said Colleen Ruru, with the Center for Civil-Military Relations – Monterey, Calif. “We have (ground) maneuver battalions, and this year we’ve added an aviation battalion for the first time.

“We’ve thrown a lot of challenges at them, and they’ve risen to every single one of them, if not exceeding our expectations,” Ruru added.

The CPX was executed with a “crawl, walk, run” approach. Classroom learning and scenario familiarization started Aug. 4, which ramped up to staff exercise designed to put everyone on the same page with regard to the military planning process.

The notional battalions were tasked with managing various aspects of peacekeeping operations such as coordinating multi-agency disaster response, providing security support to humanitarian organizations, combating criminal elements and human trafficking, as well as managing media issues and developing a solid plan to communicate with the public.

By the time participants started “running” on Aug. 10, they were working seamlessly with one another.

To add to the realism of the training, U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets and other active-duty service members acted as role players, playing local disaster response managers one day and tenacious media representatives the next.

“This is the best thing that a cadet could ask for,” said Rebekah Williams, from Eagle River, Alaska, and an ROTC cadet with University of Alaska, Anchorage. “We’re jumping in on a higher level than we normally would be, and we’re working multilaterally, which is something that many of our officers don’t get to do, at least not on a regular basis.”

While the scenario was new to some, many participants had compiled a significant background in civil-military operations, and they strived to leave a lasting impression on those with less experience in civil-military operations.

“We hope to help the other units and bring them up to speed on counter-insurgency work, humanitarian work, as well as bilateral and joint operations,” said U.S. Marine Capt. Albert Bellamy, a native of Wadsworth, Ohio and acting as the operations officer of 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment during the CPX.

“We’ve been out ahead of every task, and been able to anticipate the needs of every problem that the instructors have given us,” Bellamy said.

Ruru, who led the planning for this year’s CPX, praised the multinational team for its stellar performance.

“This is my fifth or sixth Khaan Quest, and every year we’ve seen continual improvement in relationships and sharing of information, which ultimately builds on interoperability,” Ruru said.

Exercise Khaan Quest, in its eleventh iteration, officially ended Aug. 14.