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NJ celebrates 15 years with Albania
December 5, 2008
Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth (left), the Adjutant General of New Jersey and His Excellency Mr. Gazmend Oketa (right), minister of defense for the republic of Albania, cut a special anniversary cake commemorating the 15-year partnership between New Jersey and the Republic of Albania in December. Mr. Oketa's visit coincides with the 15th anniversary of his nation's participation in the State Partnership Program with the New Jersey National Guard. This week, Albania achieved its long-standing goal of membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Ohio National Guard has fans in Belgrade
November 18, 2008

Cal Guard discovers parallels in Ukraine's disaster relief efforts
November 18, 2008
General Vasyl Kvashuk, director of the Ukrainian Army's Civil Protection Department, addresses Brig. Gen. William H. Wade II, adjutant general of the California National Guard, and other key leadership on Nov. 12, 2008, at the Joint Force Headquarters in Sacramento. The Urkainian team led by Kvashuk was in California to participate in Vigilant Guard '09, the National Guard's weeklong disaster-response exercise. Kvashuk discussed Ukraine's response to the July 2008 floods that decimated lives and homes in Western Ukraine.

State Partnership for Peace units pair up for deployment
November 6, 2008
A Latvian soldier and an Afghan soldier communicate during Operational Mentor and Liaison Team training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center at the Hohenfels Training Area.

Oregon finds partner in South Asia
November 3, 2008
A delegation from the Oregon National Guard met with key civic and military leaders in Bangladesh Oct. 25-30 to discuss a collaborative partnership between Oregon and the South Asian country. This is the first official partner for Oregon in the U.S. State Department's "State Partnership Program", developed to foster alliances between the United States and foreign countries.