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In Any Clime and Place

Peacekeeping exercise kicks off in Mongolia

By Sgt. G.S. Thomas | | August 08, 2007

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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces await the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces await the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? As if the spirit of Chinghis Khaan himself rode the winds down from heaven, a bird of prey swoops in on the opening ceremony for exercise Khaan Quest 07 held here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? As if the spirit of Chinghis Khaan himself rode the winds down from heaven, a bird of prey swoops in on the opening ceremony for exercise Khaan Quest 07 held here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) ? The senior U. S. Pacific Command representative, Maj. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi, mobilization assistant to the commander of U. S. Pacific Forces, along with distinguished members of the Mongolian Armed Forces review platoons of multinational service members during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities.

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) ? The senior U. S. Pacific Command representative, Maj. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi, mobilization assistant to the commander of U. S. Pacific Forces, along with distinguished members of the Mongolian Armed Forces review platoons of multinational service members during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces pass in review during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces pass in review during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? The official Mongolian song was performed during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? The official Mongolian song was performed during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â??The Mongolian Armed Forces clash during a mock horse-mounted battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. This nomadic country is hosting the multinational peacekeeping exercise for the second year in a row. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? A horse-mounted rider dashes off after a mock battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here to take part in training to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? A horse-mounted rider dashes off after a mock battle during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here to take part in training to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Horse-mounted members of the Mongolian Armed Forces honor their warrior heritage during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Horse-mounted members of the Mongolian Armed Forces honor their warrior heritage during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Horse-mounted members of the Mongolian Armed Forces honor their warrior heritage during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas)

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia (Aug. 1, 2007) â?? Horse-mounted members of the Mongolian Armed Forces honor their warrior heritage during the opening ceremony of exercise Khaan Quest 07 here Aug. 1. Approximately 1,000 multinational service members converged on the training center here for exercise Khaan Quest 07 to increase their peacekeeping abilities. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. G. S. Thomas) (Photo by Sgt. G.S. Thomas)


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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia --

FIVE HILLS TRAINING CENTER, Mongolia – The president of Mongolia, Nambariyn Enkhbayar, officially kicked off the multinational peace support operations training exercise known as Khaan Quest 07 during an opening ceremony here today.

The exercise aims to increase the peacekeeping abilities of the more than 1,000 participating multinational service members as well as improve international speed of response, mission effectiveness, interoperability and unity of effort in peacekeeping operations.

“I have no hesitation [that] this exercise will enhance peacekeeping capacities of each and every one,” said Enkhbayar. “Today, about 2,000 personnel from our armed forces have already taken part in the United Nations mandated operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and several African countries and an international operation to reconstruct post-war Iraq and provide humanitarian assistance to its people.”

The Mongolian Armed Force personnel are no strangers to peacekeeping operations. Currently, there are more than 400 MAF serving in eight countries on four continents.

Their involvement couples well with the experience of the U.S. armed forces.

“It’s helpful to train with countries that deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan with us,” said Capt. Patrick Keane, platoon commander, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment. “They were one of the first to back us up in Iraq, and they took part in peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone.”

In addition to the field training exercise, the MAF and U.S. forces will conduct Humanitarian Civic Assistance projects and a command post exercise focusing on multinational peace support operations and United Nations planning and execution.

The senior U.S. Pacific Command representative at the opening ceremony, Maj. Gen. Vern T. Miyagi, mobilization assistant to the commander of U. S. Pacific Forces, said, “Exercises such as Khaan Quest are the type of exercise that contribute enormously to developing the Asia-Pacific’s regional peacekeeping capabilities.”