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NEWS | June 11, 2019

30 Nations Arrive in Mongolia for Peacekeeping Exercise

By Gunnery Sgt. Scott Schmidt III Marine Expeditionary Force

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia -- The Mongolian Armed Forces and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command have announced their participation in Exercise Khaan Quest 2019, scheduled to be held at the Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia from June 14 through June 28.

Khaan Quest is a multinational exercise co-sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces. Khaan Quest 2019 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. This year’s exercise marks the 17th anniversary of this training event.

Khaan Quest 2019 consists of a UN peacekeeping operations command-post exercise, 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, all of which will focus on UN and international peacekeeping and stability operations. During these portions of the exercise, Mongolian, U.S., and multinational forces will work to enhance interoperability and mission effectiveness in common tactics, techniques, and procedures in accordance with UN doctrine for peacekeeping operations.

Approximately 220 U.S. personnel and 900 MAF personnel are expected to participate in Khaan Quest 2019, along with approximately 750 personnel from various other nations. This year, the MAF has invited military personnel from various nations including Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, El Salvador, Fiji, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Moldova, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Togo, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vietnam and Zambia to participate in Khaan Quest 2019.

The purpose of Khaan Quest is to gain UN training and certification for the participants through the conduct of realistic peace support operations, to include increasing and improving UN peacekeeping operations interoperability and military relationships among the participating nations.
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