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North Dakota National Guard has new partnership with Benin
April 7, 2014
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, shakes hands with Rear Admiral Denis H. Gbessemahlem, chief of the defense staff, Beninese Armed Forces, as Michael Raynor, U.S. ambassador to Benin, looks on, in Cotonou, Benin on April 3, 2014. The exchange followed a ceremony in which the North Dakota National Guard formalized its association with the Republic of Benin under the auspices of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

North Dakota National Guard celebrates Togo as third African partner
April 7, 2014
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, left, North Dakota adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. Abalo Kadangha, chief of defense staff of the Togolese Armed Forces, shake hands in Lome, Togo, on April 4, 2014.

Texas National Guard and Chilean Armed Forces leaders meet to discuss future of partnership
April 3, 2014
Chilean Air Force Capt. Javier Salinas, left, Commandos, 6th Squadron, 4th Aviation Brigade, Chilean Air Force, briefs U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Brian Newby, Chief of Staff and Vice Commander, Texas Air National Guard, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Oscar Tey, Senior Enlisted Leader, Texas Joint Domestic Operations Command, on the capabilities of his unit at the brigade's air base in southern Chile, March 27, 2014.

Mongolian visit to Alaska Vigilant Guard exercise continues partnership success
April 3, 2014
Staff Sgt. Ned Tri, right, Alaska Medical Station clinical noncommissioned officer-in-charge, explains to Maj. Ariunaa Chadraabal, left, and Col. Ulambayay Nyamkhuu, middle, representatives from Mongolia, the contents of a medical bag used during Exercises Alaska Shield and Vigilant Guard-Alaska 2014, March 28, 2014.

U.S., Jordanian military leaders deepen National Guard partnership
March 27, 2014
Army Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with Gen. Masha Al-Zaben, right, chair of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, and His Royal Highness, Lt. Gen. Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, left, in Jordan, March 27, 2014. The Colorado National Guard is partnered with Jordan in the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Texas Airmen among those in Chile for exchanges
March 25, 2014
Maj. Camille LaDrew, a logistics officer from the Texas Air National Guard, ties down F-16 engine equipment and tools in Santiago, Chile, March 24, 2014. She is one of nearly 60 U.S. Airmen participating in subject matter expert exchanges with Chilean air force counterparts, and involved in hosting static displays of the C-130 Hercules and F-16 Fighting Falcon during the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, March 25 through 30. The exchanges, conducted regularly throughout the year, involve U.S. Airmen sharing best practices and procedures to build partnerships and promote interoperability with partner-nations throughout South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

National Guard State Partnership Program taking shape in Liberia
March 14, 2014
Army Capt. Margaret Mieras and Master Sgt. Angela Adams, both of Michigan, gather with members of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Force of Liberia administrative staff in Monrovia, Liberia on Feb. 20, 2014.

Belize looks to Louisiana Guard to create its own at-risk youth program
March 13, 2014
Capt. Marco Salam, member of the Belize Defence Force, visits with cadets at Camp Beauregard's Youth ChalleNGe Program, in Pineville, La., Feb. 18, 2014.

Michigan National Guard certifies Latvian Joint Fires Observers with 100 percent pass rate
March 11, 2014
Michigan National Guard State Partnership Program Graphic

Combatant commanders: National Guard builds global partnerships, proven on battlefield
March 7, 2014
Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart, senior enlisted leader with the North Carolina National Guard, talks with a Botswana Defence Force soldier in a recent visit Swart made during a State Partnership Program engagement in the southern Africa country. North Carolina almost doubled its SPP engagements in 2013. As mobilizations overseas trend downward, the North Carolina Guard has used their SPP relationships as one tool to sustain readiness and training proficiency. (Photo courtesy of North Carolina National Guard)