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August 10, 2006
Oregon Soldiers arrive in Mongolia
 
Oregon National Guard arrives in Mongolia for United Nations training.
 
By Spc. April L. Dustin, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs
 
Nearly 90 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers arrived in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, August 9-10 to participate in Khaan Quest 2006, a United Nations peacekeeping training exercise.
 
Soldiers from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, based out of Corvallis, Cottage Grove and Eugene will participate in Khaan Quest 2006, a platoon level, peace support operations training exercise sponsored by the Mongolian Armed Forces and U.S. Pacific Command.
 
"Everyone arrived here in a great frame of mind, they are all excited and ready to train," said Lt. Col. Edward Tanguy, contingency commander for Khaan Quest 2006 and commander of 2nd Bn., 162nd Inf. "You don't really realize how big this is and how important it is until you get here and start meeting soldiers from other countries."
 
Oregon Soldiers are among 220 U.S. military personnel, including nearly 50 members of the Alaska National Guard, participating in the training exercise with 630 Mongolian Armed Forces, and more than 240 international participants from Bangladesh, India, Fiji, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Tonga. All nations participating in Khaan Quest 2006 will receive Training Recognition from the United Nations in support of the Global Peace Operations Initiative.
 
"We want all of our Soldiers to interact with soldiers from the other militaries," said Maj. Eric Riley, officer in charge of operations. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity."
 
Since arriving at the Five Hills Training Area in Mongolia, Spc. Joel Steinman has been spending time learning the languages of soldiers from other countries.
 
"This is a good experience, to learn about our allies and get to know them," said Spc. Joel Steinman. "I've already learned how to call for a medic in the Thai language, that's good stuff to know."
 
"We are very privileged to be here participating in this exercise," Tanguy said. "When our Soldiers get engaged in the global world, it benefits Oregon communities because they bring those cultural learning experiences back with them."
 
Opening ceremonies to begin the 15-day training exercise will be held on August 11 at 10 a.m. at the Five Hills Training Area, near Ulaanbataar, Mongolia.
 
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Photo By: Ken Fankhauser/Alaska National Guard, Public Affairs
 
"August 9, National Guard Members from Oregon and Alaska arrived at the Mongolian International Airport in preparation of Khaan Quest 2006, a United Nations peace keeping exercise."
 
 
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Photo By: Ken Fankhauser/Alaska National Guard, Public Affairs
 
"August 9, National Guard Members from Oregon and Alaska unload gear and supplies at the Mongolian International Airport as they prepare for Khaan Quest 2006, a United Nations peace keeping exercise."
 
 
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Photo by Spc. April L. Dustin/ Oregon National Guard, Public Affairs
 
"Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Pvt. 1st Class Stephen Cavanaugh (foreground) and Sgt. Brian Chytka (background), observe the streets of Ulaanbataar, Mongolia on August 9, during a bus ride from the airport to Five Hills Training Area, where their unit will participate in United Nations peacekeeping training."
 
 
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Photo by Spc. April L. Dustin/ Oregon National Guard, Public Affairs
 
"Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Pvt. 1st Class Stephen Cavanaugh (foreground), Sgt. Brian Chytka (background) and Pvt. Joshua Hunking (backseat), observe a herd of horses that Mongolia is known for, during a bus ride from the airport to Five Hills Training Area, where their unit will participate in United Nations peacekeeping training."
 
 
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Photo by Spc. April L. Dustin/ Oregon National Guard, Public Affairs
 
"Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Cpl. Taylor Haines (left) and Spc. Joel Steinman (center) learn how to speak Thai from a Thailand 23rd Infantry soldier, Sgt. Kumpee (right), on August 9 during Khaan Quest 2006, a United Nations peacekeeping exercise in Mongolia."
 
 
 
Contact:
 
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
503-584-3917
 
Kay Fristad
503-584-3917
cell 503-931-5179
 
Capt Mike Braibish
503-584-3886
cell 503-932-5805