• Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. Standing to McHugh's left is Vice Minister of Defense Baasankhuu Suren. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh is officially welcomed by the Mongolian Honor Guard upon his arrival to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. Standing to McHugh's left is Vice Minister of Defense Baasankhuu Suren...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh meets with Lieutenant General Tserendejid Byambajav, Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Mongolia, and members of his staff during a visit to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh meets with Lieutenant General Tserendejid Byambajav, Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Mongolia, and members of his staff during a visit to the Ministry of Defense in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents certificates to two Mongolian soldiers during a visit to the Mongolian Ministry of Defense Aug. 13, 2012.  The Soldiers were recognized for valor for actions they took to prevent a vehicle borne explosive device from entering the coalition base they were guarding in Iraq, saving countless lives.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh presents certificates to two Mongolian soldiers during a visit to the Mongolian Ministry of Defense Aug. 13, 2012. The Soldiers were recognized for valor for actions they took to prevent a vehicle borne explosive...

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh views artifacts from the era of Genghis Khan during a visit to the Ministry of Defense for Mongolia in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh views artifacts from the era of Genghis Khan during a visit to the Ministry of Defense for Mongolia in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

  • Secretary of the Army John McHugh views a portrait of Genghis Khan during a visit to the Mongolian Government House, Ulaanbaatar, prior to meeting with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

    On the Road with Secretary McHugh " Mongolia

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh views a portrait of Genghis Khan during a visit to the Mongolian Government House, Ulaanbaatar, prior to meeting with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, Aug 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. John G. Martinez)

Secretary of the Army John McHugh conducts an official visit to the Mongolian Ministry of Defense to meet with senior officials. Thousands of Mongolian peacekeepers have contributed to world stability over the last 10 years, an impressive contribution for a country of its size. The Mongolian Armed Forces are highly regarded by American Soldiers who have served with them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, approximately 700 troops conduct base security and train the Afghan National Army artillery. In March, Mongolia was designated as the first NATO "partner" under the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program. McHugh will also observe U.S. service members participating in Exercise Khaan Quest 2012, a regularly scheduled, multinational exercise sponsored by the U.S. Army, Pacific, and hosted annually by the Mongolian Armed Forces.

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