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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Lt. Gen. Stalder Tours Five Hills Training Area

By Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall | | August 15, 2009

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Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commanding general, MARFORPAC, speaks with Marines from 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. Stalder thanked the Marines for their ensuing participation in Khaan Quest 2009 and expressed his gratitude for their efforts in continuing to uphold peacekeeping operations around the world. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)

Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commanding general, MARFORPAC, speaks with Marines from 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. Stalder thanked the Marines for their ensuing participation in Khaan Quest 2009 and expressed his gratitude for their efforts in continuing to uphold peacekeeping operations around the world. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)


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Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder digs a hole before planting a tree as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Peacekeeping Park Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. The president of Mongolia, Ts. Elbegdorj, and the Mongolian minister of defense, L. Bold, also participated in the event. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)

Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder digs a hole before planting a tree as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Peacekeeping Park Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. The president of Mongolia, Ts. Elbegdorj, and the Mongolian minister of defense, L. Bold, also participated in the event. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)


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Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, commander Marine Corps Forces Pacific speaks to military members of several nations during the opening ceremony for “Khaan Quest“ a multi-national peace-keeping training exercise Aug. 15 to Aug. 25. “I am here to open a peacekeeping ceremony where (each country involved) will be working and training together, and that fills me with great optimism,” said Stalder. “The professionalism and courage of the Mongolian Armed Forces has been an inspiration to us all.” (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Balmer)

Lieutenant General Keith J. Stalder, commander Marine Corps Forces Pacific speaks to military members of several nations during the opening ceremony for “Khaan Quest“ a multi-national peace-keeping training exercise Aug. 15 to Aug. 25. “I am here to open a peacekeeping ceremony where (each country involved) will be working and training together, and that fills me with great optimism,” said Stalder. “The professionalism and courage of the Mongolian Armed Forces has been an inspiration to us all.” (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Balmer) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Balmer)


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Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, speaks to a crowd of more than 400 Khaan Quest participants and visiting dignitaries during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 2009 Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. “I want to thank the organizers of Khaan Quest for their hard work,” Stalder said. “Also I want to thank the [Mongolian Armed Forces] for hosting this exercise and all of the foreign units for traveling here to Mongolia. Here, [all Khaan Quest participants] will learn vital medical and peacekeeping skills which they will use around the world.” (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)

Lt. Gen. Keith J. Stalder, speaks to a crowd of more than 400 Khaan Quest participants and visiting dignitaries during the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 2009 Aug. 15 at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. “I want to thank the organizers of Khaan Quest for their hard work,” Stalder said. “Also I want to thank the [Mongolian Armed Forces] for hosting this exercise and all of the foreign units for traveling here to Mongolia. Here, [all Khaan Quest participants] will learn vital medical and peacekeeping skills which they will use around the world.” (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)


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Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces perform drill movements with rifles Aug. 15 during the Khaan Quest 2009 opening ceremony at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. Khaan Quest 2009, a multinational peace support training exercise, began earlier this month with the United Nations Staff Officers Course and the Engineering Civic Action Program but officially opened in the Five Hills Training Area Aug. 15. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)

Members of the Mongolian Armed Forces perform drill movements with rifles Aug. 15 during the Khaan Quest 2009 opening ceremony at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia. Khaan Quest 2009, a multinational peace support training exercise, began earlier this month with the United Nations Staff Officers Course and the Engineering Civic Action Program but officially opened in the Five Hills Training Area Aug. 15. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel H. Woodall)


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FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia -- Lieutenant Gen. Keith J. Stalder, commanding general, Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, visited the Five Hills Training Area Aug. 15 to attend the opening ceremony of Khaan Quest 2009 and to meet with participating U.S. forces.

Khaan Quest 2009, a multi-national peace support training exercise, began earlier this month with the United Nations Staff Officers Course and the Engineering Civic Action Program but officially opened in the Five Hills Training Area, Aug. 15. Five Hills Training Area, located near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, is a large joint-training area which provides units with large field training areas and classrooms for planning peacekeeping operations.

On Aug. 15, Stalder, along with Mongolian dignitaries, spoke to the large audience at Five Hills Training regarding his views of Khaan Quest 2009.

"I want to thank the organizers of Khaan Quest for their hard work," Stalder said while speaking to a crowd of more than 400 Khaan Quest participants and visiting dignitaries during the opening ceremony. "Also I want to thank the [Mongolian Armed Forces] for hosting this exercise and foreign units for traveling here to Mongolia. Here, [all Khaan Quest participants] will learn vital medical and peacekeeping skills which they will use around the world."

While visiting the area, Stalder also met with several of Mongolia's most prominent public figures including Mongolian president Ts. Elbegdorj, the Mongolian minister of defense, L. Bold, and the chief of the Mongolian general staff, Maj. Gen. Ts. Byambjav.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, Stalder attended a ceremony for the opening of a new park at Five Hills Training Area where he ceremoniously planted trees with Elbegdorj and Bold. Stalder also toured the Five Hills Training Area living quarters of the Mongolian contingent participating in Khaan Quest field exercises as well as other international units including the U.S., India, South Korea, Cambodia and Japan. Stalder also made time to speak with the U.S. contingent, Marines with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., regarding the importance of their mission in Mongolia.

Toward the end of his visit, Stalder sat down with Mongolian Maj. Gen. Byambjav where he expressed his gratitude toward the MAF for graciously hosting participating international forces and their global impact.

"The professionalism and courage of the Mongolians has been an inspiration for global peace operations," Stalder said to Byambjav. "[The Mongolian's] work in creating amore stable Asia is greatly appreciated. Mongolians have a powerful influence in the world and the fact that Mongolia is deploying more units to Afghanistan in the near future shows a big commitment from a relatively small armed force. I hope the situation in Afghanistan becomes less violent and I wish the safety of your soldiers."

At Five Hills Training Area, the field training and command post exercises are slated to begin Aug. 17 while the Khaan Quest 2009 closing ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 25.