Joint Task Force Soldiers Stand Shoulder to Shoulder
136th MEB Public Affairs Officer
KABUL, Afghanistan - To help increase cultural awareness among the many coalition Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, a group of Soldiers from Mongolia recently celebrated their long cultural history with demonstration of the highly disciplined military tactics that made Mongolia the worlds largest ever contiguous empire in history, which began more than 800 years ago.
The celebration also marked 88 years of Mongolia's declaration of independence.
"Today we celebrate that 1924 momentous occasion by coming together with our allies and sharing the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship," said Lt. Col. Turmunkh Buyanbat, commander of Mongolian Expeditionary Task Force VII during his remarks. "Just days ago, when the enemy attacked outside the gates of Camp Eggers, our Mongolian brothers and the combined joint forces stood shoulder to shoulder with our other security forces in defense of our camp."
Coalition Soldiers stationed on Camp Eggers again stood side by side to watch a celebration that included traditional Mongolian-style wrestling, drill and ceremony, and feats of strength, endurance and concentration.
"In every unit I serve with, I judge that unit's soldiers and leadership by two
things-competence and confidence," Brig. Gen. William Hall said. "Every time I visit Camp Eggers, I am greeted by Mongolian Soldiers who display both."
Hall is Task Force Centurion commander, which includes more than 500 Soldiers from the Texas, New Jersey, and Georgia Army National Guard and the recent addition of METF VII. During his remarks at the ceremony, Hall promised the soldiers that he would always practice five core principles: trust, communicate, serve at the level assigned, enable subordinate success, return with honor, and say "thank you".
The celebration ended with Hall's presentation of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade unit combat patch to each Mongolian Soldier.
Col. Robert Woodmansee, Camp Eggers base commander said, "I have nothing but praise for our Mongolian brothers. They have a tremendous reputation as fierce warriors and they are afraid of no one."
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