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Colorado National Guard, Jordanian Armed Forces conduct eighth women's leadership engagement
July 13, 2012
Women from the Colorado Air National Guard and Jordanian Armed Forces participate in the V Walk at the High Ropes course at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 5, 2012. Colorado and Jordan started women’s leadership events back in 2009 and have executed eight of these types of events since. The National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program links U.S. states with foreign nations to promote and enhance bilateral relations; supporting homeland defense and international relations by nurturing dependable, collaborative partners for coalition operations in an era of persistent conflict. Colorado and Jordan’s partnership was the first, and is the only, state partnership with a Middle Eastern nation and has endured for eight years. (Official Air National Guard photo by Maj. Nicole David) (Released)

Vermont Air National Guard members among U.S. service members providing humanitarian aid in Senegal
July 12, 2012
U.S. service members carry a local woman unable to walk into the gates of the clinic in Thies, Senegal, July 11, 2012. The medical care provided by U.S. service members is part of Exercise Western Accord 2012, a multi-lateral exercise with Senegalese and several West Africa nations. The training exercise runs from June 26 - July 24 and involves the armed forces of Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Gambia and France, as well as U.S. service members – primarily Reservists from the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force.

South African National Defense Force leaders learn logistics from New York Guard members
July 11, 2012
Army Lt. Col. Kaarlo Hietala, deputy director of logistics for the New York Army National Guard, and other logistic support leaders, shares some best practices with members of the South African Defense Force logistics team during a visit by the South Africans to the New York Army National Guard's Lexington Avenue Armory in New York July 3, 2012. The engagement was part of the New York Guard's partnership with the Republic of South Africa through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.

New Hampshire Air National Guard medics travel to El Salvador, take part in urban search and rescue exchange
July 10, 2012
Tech. Sgt. Shawn Theberge, a medical technician with the 157th Medical Group, plays the role of a victim during a training exercise at the Santanita Fire Training Complex in San Salvador, El Salvador, as a member of the local fire department begins to extract him.Personnel from the New Hampshire Air National Guard traveled to San Salvador to participate in a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) exchange with local search and rescue authorities.

State Partnership Program part of Africom's theater engagement plan
July 6, 2012
Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deegan, right, leads Ghanaian army soldiers off of the pop-up target marksmanship range at Camp Grafton Training Center in Devils Lake, N.D., Sept. 18, 2011. The Ghanaian soldiers visited North Dakota as part of an engineer instructor exchange under the State Partnership Program. North Dakota and Ghana have been partners under the program since 2004.

Through State Partnership Program, Maryland National Guard works to enhance foreign nations’ interoperability
June 26, 2012
Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina Capt. Drgan Malic, left, company commander, and Army 1st Lt. Jeff Hartline, of Company C, 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, plot out features on a map in order to complete a sand table for a combat lane exercise during training at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., June 15, 2012. AFBiH soldiers were embedded with Maryland Army National Guard units throughout the duration of training here and at Camp Dawson, W.V. Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Maryland National Guard are partnered through the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.

Cameroon: National Guard joins 36 nations in Africa's largest communications exercise
June 26, 2012
Air Force Lt. Col. Jeff Marks, of the Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing, works with officers from Gambia and Togo during Operation Africa Endeavor in Doula, Cameroon. National Guard members from two states and the District of Columbia are participating in the annual communications exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, which focuses on the interoperability of equipment and information sharing among military representatives throughout the African Union and partner nations.

Latvian prime minister praises Latvia, Michigan National Guard relationship
June 25, 2012
Valdis Dombrovskis, in white shirt, prime minister of Latvia, talks with U.S. and Latvian officials shortly after observing an air-to-air refueling operation from a Michigan Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker. The prime minister praised the ongoing relationship between Latvia and the Michigan National Guard that is a part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

Texas Army National Guard Soldiers work with Ugandan Soldiers
June 25, 2012
Uganda Peoples Defense Force soldiers demonstrate elements of a deliberate attack drill Army Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Stille, from 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment. The UPDF invited the U.S. Soldiers to participate in a best-practices exchange where they conducted various military-to-military exchanges in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, whose mission is to build partnerships with nations in East Africa.

Suriname military leaders, South Dakota National Guard exchange leadership training, team building techniques
June 18, 2012
Suriname Army Maj. Richardo Breinburg hands Spc. Frank Doll, with the South Dakota Army National Guard, a stretcher while conducting a task on the Leader Reaction Course at West Camp Rapid, S.D., as part of the South Dakota Guard's Golden Coyote training exercise June 11, 2012. The South Dakota Guard hosted military leaders from the Republic of Suriname for a week long Subject Matter Expert Exchange.