Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia – Mongolian armed forces, U.S. soldiers and Canadian forces participated in the Engineer Subject Matter Expert Exchange portion of Khaan Quest 12 Aug. 13-21.
The purpose of the training was to conduct classroom and hands-on instruction regarding the best practices related to vertical troop construction, by utilizing the skills of carpentry/masonry, plumbing and interior electrical work.
“The training went well, the Mongolian armed forces engineers were very interested in the type of practices that we presented in the classroom,” said Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Verango, 6th Engineer Battalion, engineer projects officer.
The topics covered in the classroom training were project management, construction management, carpentry and masonry, interior electrical work, safety, quality control and quality assurance, said Verango.
Following three days of classroom instruction, the participating units relocated to a Mongolian armed forces camp in Nalaikh district to conduct the oversight and instruction on several projects: a repair center, vehicle garage, gym, cultural center, kitchen, dining hall, checkpoint and two battalion buildings.
“We had the opportunity to collaborate with multinational forces and to exchange our various techniques and practices over the past week,” said Lt. Col. O. Sugar, Mongolian armed forces engineer commander.
Verango said this training has strengthened military-to-military cooperation and established a mutual respect for how our partners and allies in the Pacific region conduct vertical troop construction.
“Now that we have a better understanding of how they operate, we have the opportunity to take the things we have learned back home,” said Verango, who is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled multinational exercise sponsored by the U.S. Army Pacific and hosted annually by the Mongolia Armed Forces held at the Mongolian Armed Forces Peace Support Center in the vicinity of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
“This has been an amazing experience for us,” said Air Force Capt. Joe Doubrough, Canadian Forces Engineers, Canadian Operational Support Command, construction engineer. “I have enjoyed working with the other nations here, and it’s always good to learn different things from different people.”