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Guard, International Partners Train on Cyber Skills in Slovenia
July 17, 2024
Maryland Army National Guard Sgt. Emmanuel Unaka, cyber threat intelligence analyst with Cyber Protection Team 169, listens to Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina Lt. Armin Kolašinac, a Security Operations Center member, during the Adriatic Regional Security Cyber Cooperation exercise at the Slovenian Armed Forces Baron Andrej Čehovin barracks in Postojna, Slovenia, July 5, 2024. The two-week cybersecurity training event included 60 representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia and North Macedonia and their National Guard State Partnership Program counterparts from New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Iowa, Maine and Colorado, respectively.

National Guard Participates in Adriatic Cyber Exercise in Slovenia
July 10, 2024
Maryland Army National Guard Sgt. Emmanuel Unaka, cyber threat intelligence analyst with Cyber Protection Team 169, listens to Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina Lt. Armin Kolašinac, a Security Operations Center member, during the Adriatic Regional Security Cyber Cooperation exercise at the Slovenian Armed Forces Baron Andrej Čehovin barracks in Postojna, Slovenia, July 5, 2024. The two-week cybersecurity training event included representatives from six Adriatic nations working alongside their U.S. National Guard counterparts.

New Jersey Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing Hosts Partner Cyprus
June 21, 2024
First Sgt. Akakios Pelekanos, right, and 1st Lt. Andreas Pavlou, explosive ordnance disposal team technicians with the 70th Combat Engineer Battalion of the National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus, prepare small explosive charges for detonation June 11, 2024, at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, Warren Grove, New Jersey. The Cypriot guardsmen and the 177th Civil Engineers Squadron EOD team detonated the explosives during a training event that simulated clearing a runway of explosives dropped by enemy forces.

National Guard Officer Candidates Train with Albanian Partners
May 21, 2024
U.S. Army Officer Candidate Brian Luckenbill, New Jersey OCS Class 67, 254th Training Regiment, conducts water crossing familiarization training with Albanian Armed Forces Cadets in Rreth-Greth, Albania, May 16, 2024. New Jersey and New York National Guard Soldiers traveled to Albania to train with cadets from the Albanian Military Academy.

Maryland Guard, Bosnia and Herzegovina Conduct JTAC Training
April 12, 2024
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marine Forces Reserve, and Maryland National Guard pose for a photo during Deliberate Response '24 at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, April 6, 2024. The exercise demonstrated the partnership between the Maryland National Guard and the AFBiH through the State Partnership Program.

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.

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.

In Albania, Hokanson Sees Committed Partner, Steadfast NATO Ally
June 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Brig. Gen. Arben Kingji, Albania’s chief of defence, observe an Albanian Special Forces Battalion live-fire exercise at the Albanian Armed Forces Land Force headquarters in Zerr-Hall, Albania, June 10, 2023. Hokanson visited the Balkan nation to reaffirm the New Jersey National Guard’s partnership with Albania through the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.

New York, New Jersey Officer Candidates Train with Albanian Counterparts
May 4, 2023
New York and New Jersey Army National Guard officer candidates and Albanian officer cadets listen during a mission briefing on April 12, 2023, near Rrogozhine-Kryevidh, Albania. The officer candidates participated in two weeks of training with Albanian officer cadets April 10-24 as part of a State Partnership Program exchange.

New York Army Guard Officer Candidates to Train in Albania
March 28, 2023
Albanian Armed Forces officer candidate Besmilvini Kolchi, left, speaks with New Jersey National Guard officer candidates Asturias Roncol and Michael Wisniewski during tactics training at the Bunavi Individual Training Center, April 6, 2022, in Vlorë, Albania. The New Jersey National Guard Officer Candidate School will return to Albania April 10-24, 2023, to train as part of their State Partnership Program relationship with Albania, with five New York Army National Guard officer candidates invited to participate.