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Alabama National Guard strengthens partnership with Romania
February 29, 2012
Alabama National Guard Soldiers and members of the Romanian Land Force pose in front of the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 2012. The Alabama National Guard and Romania have been partners for 19 years through the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Deputy Defense Secretary meets with Polish troops, discusses Illinois Guard State Partnership
February 24, 2012
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter greets a Polish battle group commander on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Afghanistan, Feb. 23, 2012. Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with troops and NATO members.

USNORTHCOM, National Guard leaders: Partnerships key to domestic response
February 23, 2012
Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., Commander United States Northern
Command, gives welcome remarks during the opening ceremony of the DomesticPreparedness Workshop at the Gaylord National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2012.

Guard's state partnership program could shape future Army capabilities
February 16, 2012
From left, working group three members Bob Toguchi, concept developer, U.S. Army TRADOC, and Mike Knippel, transformation integrator, G-3 Strategic Initiatives Division at U.S. Army Forces Command, listen as Col. Bruce Caulkins, Capability Development Integration Directorate, answers questions on the future of the National Guard. The seminar was the fifth in a series of Unified Quest 2012 seminars, hosted by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

New York Soldiers represent U.S. military at workshop in S. Africa
February 15, 2012
Army Col. Craig Meinking, a member of the New York Army National Guard, explains New York Army National Guard health-check procedures to South African Maj. Gen. Roy Andersen (center) and other South African National Defense Force Reserves officers during a Dec. 1, 2010 visit in Latham, N.Y.

Michigan Guard member helped pave way for partnership with Liberia
February 8, 2012
Air Force Master Sgt. Leslie Blanks returned home Jan. 6, 2012, after a 6-month deployment to Liberia, where he worked as a mentor and adviser to a group of Liberian military personnel. Blanks is a member of the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. The Michigan National Guard and the Armed Forces of Liberia recently entered into a partnership through the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Partnership benefits New Hampshire Guard, El Salvador
February 2, 2012
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. William Reddel III, center, in flight suit, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard, and other senior leaders from the New Hampshire Guard look over maintenance records while visiting with members of the El Savadoran 1st Air Brigade near San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan. 27, 2012. Reddel met with Salvadoran military officials as part of the State Partnership Program, which builds relationships between the National Guard in the states and territories and partnered nations worldwide. New Hampshire is in its 12th year of partnering with El Salvador.

Armed Forces of Liberia completes legal training program with Michigan Guard members
February 1, 2012
U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Wojcik, left, staff judge advocate, Joint Force Headquarters, Michigan National Guard, talks to an Armed Forces of Liberia soldier during a break in instruction during a three-week legal training course at Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks, Liberia, Jan 23, 2011. About 50 AFL service members, including military police officers, investigators and paralegals, completed the three-week course that taught basics in detainee operations and military law procedures, among other topics. The legal training was one in a series of capacity building events designed to promote the developing AFL, which is being retrained and reequipped following several years of national strife.

New Hampshire Guard fosters deeper connection with El Salvador
January 30, 2012
New Hampshire Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. John Nanof hands a soccer ball to a student at the Dr. Jose Mendieta School in San Jose Villanueva, La Libertad, El Salvador, on Jan. 27, 2012, as Air Force Maj. Gen. William Reddel and Air Force Maj. Gen Mark Sears look on. The three were members of a group of senior leaders visiting El Salvador as part of the National Guard State Partnership Program with El Salvador. The visit also included the donation of 36 computers to the school and a women's shelter.

National Guard SPP included in seminar on 'Arab Spring' phenomenon
January 23, 2012
Egyptian Col. Ayman Kishar, center-right, makes a point to speaker Magda Kandil, executive director and director of research of the Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, during a panel discussion about the 'Arab Spring' during a seminar held at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmish-PartenKirchen, Germany. Kishar is one of 97 participants attending the Jan. 18 to 26 seminar.