An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | Nov. 10, 2016

Georgia National Guard announces State Partnership with Argentina

By Desiree Bamba Georgia Department of Defense

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Ga. - The Georgia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner for the Republic of Argentina as part of the Department of Defense State Partnership Program (SPP).

"The State Partnership Program allows us to leverage the deep and trusting ties the National Guard has built with a very large group of foreign allies across every combatant command,"said Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau. "I'm confident the Georgia National Guard and Argentina will both benefit from the extraordinarily rich tapestry of skills and experience each will bring to this partnership."

Guided by U.S. Department of State foreign policy goals, the State Partnership Program is administered by the National Guard Bureau and supports theater commanders' security cooperation objectives. The program has been successfully building relationships around the globe for more than 20 years. With the inclusion of Argentina, the State Partnership Program will have a total of 73 state partnerships.

"I am proud that our Georgia Department of Defense will enter into a State Partnership Program with the country of Argentina,"said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. "We look forward to this partnership as it will serve as an opportunity for many of Georgia's leading industries and business enterprises as well as state agencies, universities and civic organizations."

Argentina will become Georgia's second state partner. The state formalized a partnership with the Country of Georgia in 1994. Since the partnership began, the Georgia National Guard has completed more than 100 exchanges ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness to maintenance, emergency management, aviation opportunities and restructuring of the Georgian Military Police.

The United States-Argentina relationship took a significant step forward when then-newly elected Argentine President Mauricio Macri requested the inclusion of Argentina in the State Partnership Program in early 2016. Since then, the Georgia National Guard has demonstrated a range of capabilities that will assist in meeting Argentina's security requirements and solidifying pre-existing security collaboration.

The State Partnership Program between the state of Georgia and Argentina will lay the foundation for developing a long-term successful relationship by sharing expertise in emergency and disaster response, enhancing border security and strengthening cooperation in peacekeeping operations and readiness, Georgia officials said.

"I'm excited to start our relationship and to explore opportunities between the State of Georgia and the Republic of Argentina,"said Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard, adjutant general, Georgia National Guard. "Argentina has an open, well-developed economy with a mature military. Our organization is looking forward to providing assistance with environmental issues related to flooding and wildfires, aviation exchanges and maintenance, border security, logistics and disaster preparedness. The future relationship between this South American country and our southern state is boundless and will help strengthen not only our two countries, but also increase stability in the Americas.

The State Partnership Program evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up a Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with Reserve component Soldiers and Airmen. A subsequent National Guard Bureau proposal paired U.S. states with three nations emerging from the former Soviet Bloc and the SPP was born, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool, facilitating cooperation across all aspects of international civil-military affairs and encouraging people-to-people ties at the state level.

Through SPP, the National Guard conducts military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals but also leverages whole-of-society relationships and capabilities to facilitate broader interagency and corollary engagements spanning military, government, economic and social spheres.



Related Articles
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, participates in the 2024 Defence Services Asia conference and exhibit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 6, 2024. While at DSA, Hokanson joined a panel discussion to talk about the National Guard State Partnership Program.
Guard Bureau Chief Promotes Partnerships at Defense Services Asia Exhibition
By Sgt. 1st Class Zach Sheely, | May 12, 2024
KUALA LUMPUR – Alliances and partnerships underscored the National Guard Bureau chief’s participation in one of Asia’s largest defense and homeland security events on May 6.Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the Guard’s top officer,...

Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addressed the attendees virtually at the State Partnership Program conference, an annual forum for collaboration on global security cooperation.
Guard, Partner Nations Collaborate at State Partnership Program Conference
By Air Force Lt. Col. Allison Stephens, | April 26, 2024
LAS VEGAS – National Guard members and leaders from partner nations came together last week to participate in the State Partnership Program conference—an annual forum to collaborate about global security cooperation.With more...

(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Timothy Bower, Brig. Gen, Vice Director Vice for Strategy, Policy, Plans, and International Affairs, National Guard Bureau, Brig. Gen. Sergiu Cirimpei, Deputy Chief of  Defense of the Moldovan Army,  Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, North Carolina Adjutant General, Elanie Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Capt. Kory Dearie, North Carolina National Guard, State Partnership Coordinator,  Lt. Col. Valeriu Burusciuc, Moldovan Army State Partnership Program Director, Col. Michael Marciniak, Director of Plans and Programs, Maj. Michael Sterling, North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program Director and Col. Scott Humphrey, Chief, International Affairs, NGB. North Carolina and Moldova were awarded the 2023 SPP Partnership of the year award at the annual SPP Conference. The partnership, established in 1996, has facilitated over 500 exchanges over two decades with more to continue in the future.
North Carolina, North Dakota, Maine Honored for State Partnerships
By Air Force Lt. Col. Allison, Stephens, | April 25, 2024
LAS VEGAS - The North Carolina National Guard and Moldova were awarded the 2023 Partnership of the Year at the State Partnership Program’s annual conference April 16-18.Brig. Gen. Timothy Brower, the National Guard Bureau’s...