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Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers from the 297th Regional Support Group HHC contribute to role-playing operations during Khaan Quest 2022

ByJulie J. Helfer

Jun 23, 2022

Mongolia – On June 20, 2022, Khan Quest 2022 ended with the official closing ceremony. Over the past two weeks, the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) has hosted 15 countries in this 18th edition of the exercise. By participating in Khaan Quest, nations have been able to show their resolve in peacekeeping missions around the world.

Soldiers, Spc. Hunter sector and SPC. Kyle Johnson with the Alaska Army National Guard, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 297th Regional Support Group played a major role in CPX operations which had them play a role in several different scenarios .

The two soldiers were appointed to SITFOR (Situation Force) during the exercise.

Mains described the tasks of SITFOR: “SITFOR is a group that helps advance the exercise by interacting with the training battalion (BN) through emails, phone calls and in person. We dress and act in a wide range. We may be the chief of a village who calls to say that the soldiers have done something and that we want compensation. Or we can be a commander with troops and work with or against the battalions as the situation calls for.

We wait for meetings or calls when we have the opportunity to show our skills, we put everything we can into it. When asked what the highlight of the exercise was, Mains replied, “The highlight of this exercise was a meeting between Princess Zoeha (a fictional character from the simulation) and the 387th Police BN military. We have done everything.

We had a nice outdoor setting, flowers, music, donuts and coffee. We made it the best meeting possible. Working with Mongols and other international soldiers was very fun and exciting. They bring a lot of knowledge and different ways of doing things. It’s amazing how everyone would approach a situation. They are all great and I really enjoyed my time with them”.

SPC. Kyle Johnson was also part of the SITFOR team for the exercise and had the opportunity to work with civilian Jasper who is a true UN peacekeeper. One of the Spcs. Johnson’s duties during the exercise included planning the logistics of medical and food supplies for the two IDP camps comprising 65,000 people. As well as trying to coordinate care for 10 women and 3 female children who were crossed by the deputies into a hacker human trafficking ring. (Pirates were also part of the storyline).

The two Soldiers also participated in the end of the press conference mock exercise. The press conference is designed to prepare peacekeepers and military leaders for questions that may be asked of them during stressful situations. Johnson and Mains acted as reporters asking the questions.

Johnson was also asked what he enjoyed most about role-playing during the exercise. He said: “Honestly, my favorite part was being a ‘humanitarian.’ to be mentored by a real United Nations peacekeeper.