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Continued ISG Support to Annual Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise in Mongolia

Posted: July 9, 2019  - Edited: July 9. 2019
R. Tomasovic

An ISG Team supported the annual multinational peacekeeping exercise Khaan Quest 2019 from 14-28 June near the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar featuring participation of more than 1,700 peacekeepers from 38 countries. 

Khaan Quest is a multinational exercise co-sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces. This year’s iteration of the exercise marks the 17th anniversary of this training event. The exercise consisted of a UN peacekeeping operation Command Post Exercise (CPX), a company-training event, a staff training event, a field-training event, and a critical enabler capability enhancement event at the Five Hills Training Area.

The Mongolian President and Commander-in-Chief of the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF), Khaltmaa Battulga, US Indo-Pacific Commander (INDOPACOM), Admiral Philip S. Davidson, U.S. Navy and US Ambassador, Michael S. Klecheski provided remarks at the opening Ceremony on the 15th of June.  Admiral Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Ambassador Klecheski joined President Khaltmaa Battulga for the opening of Khaan Quest 2019. Hosted by Mongolia and co-sponsored by INDOPACOM, Khaan Quest is a key multinational peacekeeping exercise. 

Peacekeepers from seven countries to include Benin, Zambia, Moldova, Rwanda, Togo, Israel and Jordan took part in the exercise for the first time, according to the MAF. Additionally the United States, Germany, Australia, Nepal, China, Indonesia, Qatar, Indonesia, and a dozen more nations participated.  Mongolia is part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) with Alaska and the Alaska National Guard participated with a Headquarters Staff in the CPX. 

The ISG team led the academic preparation and the execution of the CPX at Five Hills Training Area near Ulan Bator.  Mr. Bob Tomasovic from ISG participated in the academic session with Ms. Krista Magras, Mr. Pelle Rosdahl and Mr. Jesper Folkesson.  Ms. Magras, Mr. Rosdahl and Mr. Folkesson lead the ISG effort during the CPX. 

Ms. Krista Magras, lead CPX Planner and planners Mr. Pelle Rosdahl and Mr. Jesper Folkesson were awarded the Daichin aldar-III Medals from the Mongolian Ministry of Defense for their contribution to training the Mongolian Peacekeepers.