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 | June 22, 2012

Estonian ambassador visits Estonian pilots training with Maryland Army National Guard

By Army 2nd Lt. Jessica Donnelly Maryland National Guard

EDGEWOOD, Md. - The Estonian ambassador to the United States visited the Army Aviation Support Facility here, June 18, to meet with Estonian Air Force pilots training with the Maryland Army National Guard.

Ambassador Marina Kaljurand spoke with the Estonian pilots, Capt. Rene Kallis and Lt. Martin Noorsalu, who have been assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, during their time in Maryland. Kaljurand was briefed on the training the pilots have received, their preparation to deploy to Afghanistan in support of their assigned unit and the future training plans for the pilots while attached to the Maryland Army Guard.

"We've been learning new things that we've never done before," said Kallis. "We're getting more and more experience. ... I think we have enough training for the deployment and we'll get even more in Afghanistan."

The Estonian pilots have been learning to fly UH-60 Black hawk helicopters after completing the qualification course at Fort Rucker, Ala., while also training on the hoist mechanism, water-rescue techniques, and use of night-vision goggles. Kallis explained that the Black hawk is much different than the aircraft they are used to flying in Estonia, but they have been conducting plenty of flying hours to get familiar with the new aircraft.

"We are very proud of them," said Kaljurand. "I'm convinced these two bright, young, brave pilots will be an asset upon their return."

The Estonian pilots are assigned to the Maryland Army Guard as part of the State Partnership Program. The National Guard Bureau's 63-nation, 20-year-old SPP provides unique partnership capacity-building capabilities to combatant commanders and U.S. ambassadors through partnerships between U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia and foreign countries.

The Maryland National Guard has had a partnership with Estonia since 1993 and has another partnership with Bosnia-Herzegovina since 2003.



Related Articles
Maj. Gen. Jonathan M. Stubbs, the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory White, senior enlisted leader of the Arkansas National Guard presented the Vanguard award to Master Sgt. Greggorey Brewer, at the Enlisted Association of Arkansas National Guard and the National Guard Association of Arkansas (AANG/NGAA) Joint State conference Saturday, Feb. 24 to acknowledge his extraordinary acts of heroism.
Heroic Airman Receives Vanguard Award for Life-Saving Actions
By Maj. Jennifer Gerhardt, | Feb. 26, 2024
FORT SMITH, Ark. – In a remarkable display of courage and quick thinking, Master Sgt. Greggorey Brewer, a readiness and emergency manager with the 188th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), has been honored with the prestigious...

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brendan Wu, 163rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron remotely piloted aircraft crew chief, assigned to the California Air National Guard at March Air Reserve Base (ARB), Calif., marshals  an MQ-9 Reaper assigned to March ARB, after landing for the first time at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 14, 2024. This cross-country mission required units from both active duty and reserve components to work jointly in order to execute new launch and recovery capabilities for the MQ-9 Reaper, showcasing the total force’s always ready posture for Agile Combat Employment missions.
MQ-9 Reaper Lands at Shaw AFB in Historic First
By Master Sgt. Dillon White, | Feb. 26, 2024
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – Airmen from the 50th Attack Squadron and Air National Guardsmen from the 163rd Attack Wing conducted a historic first Feb. 14, by successfully landing an MQ-9 Reaper at Shaw Air Force Base under...

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Fischer, a tactical aircraft maintenance specialist with the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, assists an F-35A Lightning II pilot with preflight tasks February 13, 2024, during a Weapon System Evaluation Program exercise at Tyndall Air force Base, Florida. The Combat Archer exercise was a formal evaluation of the unit's ability to conduct air-to-air live fire missions. Airmen were given the opportunity to train on tasks and skills that they don't perform at their home unit such as unrestricted takeoffs and loading live ammunition onto the airframe.
Wisconsin Airmen Complete First F-35 Training Deployment
By Senior Master Sgt. Paul Gorman and Master Sgt. Mary Greenwood, | Feb. 26, 2024
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 150 Airmen assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing completed the Weapons System Evaluation Program’s Combat Archer exercise Feb. 23. The exercise was the...