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Vermont City Builds on Guard's Partnership with Senegal
March 28, 2024
The Vermont The Vermont National Guard, shown working at the Thies Regional Hospital in Thies, Senegal, as part of a medical readiness exercise organized by the State Partnership Program, has partnered with Senegal under the program since 2008. The Burlington, Vermont, City Council voted unanimously March 25, 2024, to forge a sister city relationship with Thies-East, Senegal.

State Partnership Directors Share Tips on Adriatic Partnerships
February 28, 2024
U.S. Army and Air National Guard members of the State Partnership Program discuss plans to integrate efforts with Adriatic partner nations at the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Jan. 24, 2024. By linking U.S. states with partner countries, the SPP enhances military capabilities and interoperability.

Hokanson Sees Nascent Austria-Vermont National Guard Partnership Expanding
January 24, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, speaks with Gen. Rudolf Striedinger, Austria’s chief of defense, and joint Austrian Armed Forces leaders at the Federal Ministry of Defence of Austria in Vienna Jan. 19, 2024. Austria and the Vermont National Guard are paired in the 100-nation Defense Department National Guard State Partnership Program.

USEUCOM, Austrian Defense Leaders Explore Expanded Cooperation
December 1, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, second from right, U.S. European Command deputy commander; and Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes, third from left, civilian deputy and foreign policy advisor to U.S. European Command; host Arnold Kammel, center, secretary general of the Austrian Ministry of Defense, and members of Kammel’s staff at the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 30, 2023. The meeting was aimed at identifying areas for future military cooperation and builds on a the State Partnership Program relationship between Austria and the Vermont National Guard.

Vermont Guard Partner North Macedonia Hosts Adriatic Conference
October 5, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, listens to a speaker during the 26th U.S.-Adriatic Charter Chiefs of Defense Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 27, 2023. The conference included Balkan region military leaders, representatives, and their National Guard state partners.

Vermont National Guard Delegation Visits North Macedonia
September 27, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, and North Macedonia Lt. Gen. Vasko Gjurchinovski, chief of the general staff, Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, pose with Vermont and North Macedonia delegates outside the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 25, 2023.

Vermont Guard Soldiers Return from NATO Exercise in Europe
June 5, 2023
Mountaineers with the 1-157th Mountain Infantry Battalion, Colorado Army National Guard, work alongside NATO partners to showcase their abilities to distinguished visitors during DEFENDER 23 at Bohinjska Bela, Slovenia, May 25, 2023. DEFENDER 23 includes more than 7,000 U.S. and 17,000 multinational service members from more than 20 nations.

Austrian Ambassador Hosts Vermont Delegation at Investment Summit
May 8, 2023
Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Petra Schneebauer, center, hosted, from left, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont adjutant general; U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lindsay Kurrle and Austrian Defense Attache Maj. Gen. Norbert Huber during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, May 3, 2023.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

Vermont, Maine Guard Join Common Challenge 23
March 29, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Sam Rathbun, medic, Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont Army National Guard, cares for a simulated casualty during Common Challenge 23 in the mountains around Kolašin, Montenegro, Feb. 6, 2023. Common Challenge 23 is a multinational exercise focused on integrating allied forces and conducting mountain warfare operations in severe terrain and weather with military members from the United States, Montenegro, Austria, North Macedonia and Italy forming a multinational mountain infantry company.