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art news 1 4 may 16

U.S. Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl-Galt delivers opening remarks during an alumni Outreach Network Event in Mongolia last month. Dr. Sven Bernhard Gareis is on the right. (Photo contributed by Marc Johnson)

By GCMC Public Affairs

The George C. Marshall European Center Alumni Affairs office organized an Outreach Network Event for alumni from the Marshall Center and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, last month. 

U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jennifer Zimdahl-Galt and German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann highlighted in their opening remarks to the more than 40 participant the crucial role that the Marshall Center and its alumni network play for the professional development of the Mongolian personnel working in the security institutions.  Other speakers were Mongolian State Secretary of Defense, Major General Zagdsuren Boldbaatar, Mongolia’s GCMC Alumni Association chairman Dr. Jugder Enkhbayar and COL Dorjjudger Munch-Ochir from the Mongolian Ministry of Defence.  Alumni specialist Marc P. Johnson updated alumni on Marshall Center programs and news.  According to alumni office figures, Mongolia has had 171 participants attend Marshall Center resident programs. 

Dr. Sven Bernhard Gareis, Deputy Dean at the Marshall Center, explained that the event was organized to coincidence with two activities of the Defense Education Enhancement Program (DEEP).

“This NATO/PfPC program on the modernization of the Professional Military Education at the Mongolian National Defence University is strongly supported by the Marshall Center,” said Gareis, who was accompanied by German navy Commander Andreas Hildenbrand, also from the Marshall Center faculty.

“An increasing number of GCMC and APCSS alumni are involved in the realization of that Program both in the field of creating new curricula and introducing modern teaching methodologies. The Marshall Center also has a strong relationship with the nation and we’ve been asked to hold several outreach events there in the past several years.  We’ve helped their National Defense University create a syllabus for professional military education and they are eager to put to use what they’ve been taught.   This was a great opportunity to host this event and reaffirm our ties with Mongolia,” explained Gareis.