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Nepalese Soldier Embraces Peacekeeping Operations Training

By Staff Sgt. Ryan Sheldon

Nepalese army (infantry) Capt. Shreeram Khatri Chhetri has served as a U.N. peacekeeper before, but feels the training here at the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Capstone Training Event Garuda Canti Dharma 2014 will greatly benefit his troops more and help increase their knowledge by working with peacekeepers from other countries.

"In 2013, I served as a peacekeeper in South Sudan and, right now, we are receiving a lot of training about conducting patrols, gender awareness and human rights," Chhetri said. "All of the training that is provided here in the different lanes are very applicable to the real-world missions we will face during U.N. peacekeeping missions."

This year's theme, Garuda Canti Dharma, means Indonesia Serving for Peace and consists of three different components of training: Senior training seminar, staff training event and field training event. Serving as Nepal's platoon leader, Capt. K.C. leads his troops as they go through field-training events. The training is facilitated by an international cadre of instructors with extensive peacekeeping and peacekeeping-training experience and personnel from U.S. Pacific Command.

The training provides us more in-depth knowledge about peacekeeping operations, Chhetri said. He went on further list more details of the training that including what should be done as a peacekeeper in different scenarios, cultural diversity, how to cooperate with members of the local community and how applying the skills and knowledge gained in this exercise may vary in different countries.

According to the U.N.'s official website, statistics show that as of June 2014 there were 122 countries contributing uniformed personnel.

"Cultural diversity is really important because we will be working in countries that do not share the same cultures as us," Chhetri said.

He added the training here at the Indonesia Peace and Security Center is applicable to real-world U.N. missions and all of the troops will benefit from this training.

Garuda Canti Dharma is an Indonesian National Defense Force training event supported by the U.S. PACOM GPOI Program that takes place from Aug. 19, 2014, to Sept. 1, 2014, in Sentul, Indonesia. Training events such as this contribute to regional peacekeeping training capacity and strengthen multinational cooperation.

Capt K.C. said he believes training events like this help introduce countries to each other and share experiences.

"I think it's a great opportunity to work with other countries in this training event," Chhetri said. "We get the chance to share tactics and experiences with other countries, and I can gain an ample amount of knowledge here in this environment."

Capt. K.C., who has served in the Nepalese army for 10 years, constantly expressed how proud he is to be a part of peacekeeping missions worldwide.

"I am very, very proud because I have the chance to serve my country, and I get a lot of opportunities while serving in the military," Chhetri said. "I can proudly present myself now as a peacekeeper because of the experience I have in U.N. peacekeeping missions."
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