TAVANTOLGOI, Mongolia – The command sergeant major of U.S. Army Pacific, Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Lambert, took time to visit his Soldiers in Mongolia June 25, 2015, as they participate in a joint, multinational exercise at the Five Hills Training Area known as Khaan Quest 2015.
Khaan Quest is a regularly scheduled exercise hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces and co-sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. More than 20 nations participate in a multitude of field training exercises alongside approximately 300 U.S. service members.
“The training conducted here is extremely important because it gives everyone a perspective — we learn about each other’s armies, we learn about each other’s terms of reference, and we are able to witness each other’s roles and responsibilities for our Army versus theirs,” said Lambert.
During Lambert’s visit to the Five Hills Training Area, he was able to witness the search and cordon training event, peacekeeping exercise operations and first aid field training, as well as the command post exercise.
“Our relationship with Mongolia is a long-term partnership that we will continue to develop in the future,” explained Lambert regarding the partnership with Mongolia. “We will continue to exercise and train together, we will partner at the lowest levels, and build relationships through the highest levels — we are learning from one another.”
The relationship between the Mongolian and U.S. militaries is one of mutual respect and it continues to flourish. Khaan Quest is one way the relationship is enhanced, as well as strengthened through multinational relationships in the region.
“We are here to build trust; that way if something happened in the future, we are prepared to execute as a team, not individuals or individual armies,” Lambert said. “That’s why we focus on relationships, and that’s why we reinforce the importance of trust.”