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Marshall Center German Deputy Dean Sven Gareis (center) and German General Staff and Command College in Hamburg Army LTC Klaus Huettker (right) meet with Mongolian Minister of Defense, Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene during the military parade on the Mongolian National Day.
Marshall Center German Deputy Dean Sven Gareis (center) and German General Staff and Command College in Hamburg Army LTC Klaus Huettker (right) meet with Mongolian Minister of Defense, Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene during the military parade on the Mongolian National Day.

Garmisch Partenkirchen, GERMANY (July 21, 2017) - George C. Marshall European Center German deputy Dean Sven Gareis traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 5-12, for the final review of the first phase of Mongolia’s Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP) made possible through the Partnership for Peace Consortium, NATO and the Marshall Center.

Over the course of four years, Dr. Gareis, German General Staff and Command College in Hamburg Army LTC Klaus Huettker and many other experts from the US, Canada, Slovakia and Ukraine have worked with their Mongolian colleagues to develop a state-of-the-art Mongolian Staff Officer Course (MSOC) and to implement modern teaching methodologies in the University’s curricula. 

“Our involvement with Mongolia’s DEEP program isn’t over,” said Gareis.  “This visit marked the end of the assistance phase of the program.  The next phase is a sustainment phase to secure the achievements and further develop curricula and governance at the MNDU.”

Mongolian National Defense University (MNDU) President Major General Yadmaa Choijamts emphasized the program success. 

 "This program is providing Mongolian officers the opportunity to prepare for multinational operations' staff headquarters.  DEEP changed the mindset of the MNDU, increasing the impulse for reform," said Choijamts.  "As a result of the program, 45 military personnel from the Mongolian Armed Forces, the General Authority for Border protection, and National Emergency Management Agency have participated in Mongolian Staff Officer Course and gained knowledge and skills to carry out their duties in international peacekeeping operations staff."

During Gareis’ trip, he had the opportunity to meet with Mongolian Minister of Defense, Badmaanyambuugiin Bat-Erdene.

“Minister Bat-Erdene, who attended a special tailored seminar for Mongolian parliamentarians at the George C. Marshall Center in December 2014, expressed to me his appreciation of the successful work of the DEEP team,” said Gareis.