Mongolian, US forces prepare Five Hills Training Area for Khaan Quest 2009
By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall
| | August 15, 2009
FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia --
Mongolian Armed Forces, along with U.S. cooperation, are currently finalizing preparations of the Five Hills Training Area for Khaan Quest 2009, a multi-national training exercise with the goal of increasing peace support operation core competencies.
Located near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and established in 1983, Five Hills Training Area is a joint-training military site which provides units with large areas for many types of field training and exercises as well as classroom settings for strategic planning lessons. Currently, Five Hills Training Area is being used for pre-deployment training by Mongolian forces set to deploy to Afghanistan in late August.
The field training exercise for Khaan Quest, slated to begin Aug. 15, will take place on the range and include different types of unit lane training scenarios. In preparation for the FTX, Mongolian forces are constructing lanes and areas for individual platoon movements and patrolling in Mongolia’s natural terrain environment. For the command post exercise, also scheduled to begin Aug. 15, classrooms and computer labs will be provided for planning lectures and large group discussions.
According to MAF Lt. Col. Ch. Gandorj, chief of training section, Peace Support Operations Training Center, Five Hills Training Area, the goal for the training site is to become a regional training center to involve several countries by 2015. Other plans include building more barracks and paving the roads to provide easier access to the area for military units. Mongolian forces also want to grow forests around the training area in order to block the wind to make the area more temperate for year-round training.
“Working with the U.S. is a good experience because both [MAF] and the U.S. learn a lot from each other,” Gandorj said, who is participating in his second Khaan Quest. “I like the training experience provided by Khaan Quest because the comprehensive training program. Also, I enjoy the cultural showcases [put on by members of participating nations].”
Final preparations are scheduled to end before the official opening ceremony for Khaan Quest 2009 on Aug. 15 at Five Hill Training Hills Area.