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Senate Recognizes 30-year State Partnership Program
September 28, 2023
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Lindsey Graham, Senate National Guard Caucus co-chairs, present Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, with a formal copy of Senate Resolution 308 to recognize the historic significance of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2023. The State Partnership Program was established in 1993 to assist countries emerging from behind the Iron Curtain. It now includes 88 partnerships with 100 nations and the National Guard of every state, territory and the District of Columbia.

Michigan Guard Brings HIMARS Capability to Swift Response 23
May 31, 2023
U.S. Army crew with the 1-182nd Field Artillery Regiment Michigan National Guard, fire a rocket with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System into the Baltic Sea at Skede, Latvia, May 13, 2023. The Soldiers participated in a live fire event in support of the Defender 23 exercise to build readiness and interoperability between U.S., NATO allies and partners.

Latvia Honors Michigan Guard Partnership with Postage Stamp
May 8, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, Lt. Gen. Leonīds Kalniņš, Latvian chief of defense, and Mārcis Vilcāns, chairman of the board for Latvia Post, perform a stamp canceling ceremony May 3, 2023, in Riga, Latvia, at an event honoring the 30th anniversary of Latvia’s defense cooperation with the Michigan National Guard under the State Partnership Program. The SPP has been instrumental in developing Latvia's defense capabilities

Michigan National Guard, Latvia Celebrate Partnership
July 18, 2022
Left to right, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Lawrence Schloegl, assistant adjutant general-Army, Latvian Ambassador Māris Selga, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, and Defense Attaché Maj. Gen. Andis Dilāns tour the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment aircraft facility, Grand Ledge Armory, Michigan, July 1, 2022. For nearly 30 years, the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia have partnered under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Three Nations, One Goal: Continued Freedom
June 24, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with multinational troops supporting a NATO mission, Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 16, 2022.

Michigan Guard Conducts Public Affairs Workshop With Latvia, Liberia
May 12, 2022
Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna attends the Trilateral Public Affairs workshop from his home in Lansing, Michigan, April 6, 2022. More than 25 public affairs specialists from the Michigan National Guard, Latvian National Armed Forces, and the Armed Forces of Liberia teamed up April 12-22 to hold a virtual storytelling workshop under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Michigan National Guard Team Saves a Life While Mentoring Liberian Partners
May 3, 2022
U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Gomberg, a battalion physician assistant assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, Michigan National Guard, with a cardiac patient in 14 Military Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, April 26, 2022. The man's heart stopped the day before, but MING's medical team helped hospital staff resuscitate him.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program critical to national security
April 12, 2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Lane, director of operations for the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, speaks to doctors with the Azerbaijan Operational Capabilities Concept Battalion about aeromedical evacuation roles during a medical knowledge exchange event in Oklahoma City March 30, 2022. The knowledge exchange involved the participation and support of Guardsmen with both the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard in support of the State Partnership Program.

Common goals strengthen Michigan National Guard-Latvia-Liberia relationship
March 29, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, left, with Armed Forces of Liberia Maj. Gen. Prince C. Johnson III, AFL’s chief of staff; and Latvian National Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Imants Ziedins, LNAF’s deputy chief of defense, in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 9, 2022. The Michigan Guard is partners with Liberia and Latvia under the State Partnership Program.

Latvia-Michigan SPP partnership on display at Winter Strike
January 28, 2022
Military personnel from the Latvian National Armed Forces prepare to conduct close air support training during Northern Strike 22-1 at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center, Grayling, Mich., Jan. 27, 2022. Latvia trains with the Michigan National Guard under the State Partnership Program.