BAYANKHONGOR, Mongolia – Exercise Gobi Wolf 2022 an international military and civilian training exercise, kicked off with a formal opening ceremony and experts’ academic discussions on Sept. 5.

The six-day event forms part of the Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) program which is focused on coordination between agencies and international humanitarian aid. Gobi Wolf is coordinated by the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Pacific.

Gobi Wolf Exercise Gobi Wolf originated in 2009 in Ulaanbaatar using a scenario for training which involved a potentially hazardous material spill. It is in its 10th year of existence. the training will be centered around the simulation of a natural earthquake that’s 400 miles to the southwest in the capital.

Brig. General. B. Uuganbayar, the deputy director of NEMA inaugurated the event and stressed the need for countries to work together and share their experiences in the field of disaster prevention, to enhance the effectiveness of planning and to ensure that readiness.

“Disaster mitigation and readiness can be facilitated through comprehensive measures including the creation of plans and documents, as well as creating alert and communication network,” said Uuganbayar.

The workout is comprised of an academic expert discussion as well as field-based training exercises and tabletop exercises that help you develop extensive measures and test disaster response.

In two days of talks Participants will interact on a regular basis with specialists in their fields and examine various disaster scenarios. The field-based training session, lasting a week, includes hazmat response, search and rescue, and large-scale medical care.

Brig. Gen. Tracy Smith, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, spoke about the potential for training of the exercise at the opening ceremony , and also the amount each organization and nation has to learn from one another.

“Our nations continue to get stronger as we increase our capacity to prepare for, to react to and reduce the negative effects of a national crisis or natural disaster,” Smith said. Smith. “This regional strategy to improve and strengthen our government model of emergencies is essential to stability, security as well as recovery.”

The tradition is that the Gobi Wolf exercise has involved nations that go beyond Mongolia in addition to that of the United States, and this year is no different, with around 300 participants. Participants from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam are taking part this year’s.

U.S. military and civilian participants include experts from active and reserve units that comprise the U.S. Army Pacific and Pacific Air Forces, Alaska and Washington National Guards, U.S. Forest Service as well as the Alaskan City of Palmer Fire and Rescue and exercise planning by the Department Security Cooperation Agency’s Institute for Security Governance.