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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.

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.

Kansas Guard, Armenian Partner Complete Eagle Partner Exercise
September 25, 2023
Soldiers from the Kansas National Guard and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force Mountain, hold a closing ceremony for Eagle Partner 2023 Sept. 20, 2023, in Armenia. The exercise between U.S. Army Europe and Africa and Armenian forces aimed to fortify the alliance with Armenia while bolstering interoperability and readiness via specialized peacekeeping operations training.

Air Guard Director, Command Chief Visit Enduring Partners 2023
September 22, 2023
Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director, Air National Guard, views the refueling of U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles and Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Vipers from the boom pod alongside Senior Airman Eric Porter, 116th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, near Korat Air Base, Royal Kingdom of Thailand, for Enduring Partners 2023, Sept. 19, 2023. The general and his staff visited to see the State Partnership Program engagement between the Kingdom of Thailand, the Washington and Oregon Air National Guard.

Maryland Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense
September 21, 2023
The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command to host exercise Baltic Blitz 23 from Sept. 17-20, 2023, at Ämari Air Base, Harijumaa, Estonia. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians participated in the exercise to secure simulated rail transportation systems from cyber attacks.

North Carolina Guard Joins Exercise Rapid Trident in Moldova
September 21, 2023
North Carolina National Guard Capt. Ken Vilagos instructs Moldovan soldiers assigned to the 2nd Motorized Infantry Brigade during Exercise Fire Shield 23 at Bulboaca Training Center, Moldova, Sept. 13, 2023. The annual exercise between North Carolina and Moldova focuses on developing artillery and fire support capabilities.

Maryland Guard Teaches Ambush Tactics to Estonian Partners
September 21, 2023
Solders from the Maryland Army National Guard's 175th Infantry Regiment conduct ambush section training for members of the Estonian Defence League, in Rutja, Lääne-Viru County, Estonia, Sept. 18, 2023. The 18 Maryland Soldiers trained over 2,000 EDL members over three days.

Hokanson: Panama a Global Crossroads, Key Security Cooperation Partner
September 19, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Panama Minister of Public Security Juan Manuel Pino Forero at the Ministry of Public Security, Panama City, Panama, Aug. 28, 2023. Panama and the Missouri National Guard have been paired in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program since 1996.

Hawaii Airman to serve as Bilateral Affairs Officer in the Philippines
September 18, 2023
.S. Air Force Maj. Stephen Brightman, Bilateral Affairs Officer, conducts an engagement during exercise Cope Thunder 23-2, Clark Air Base, Philippines Jul 7, 2023.

Oregon, Washington Guard and Thailand Train Together
September 14, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Washington Air National Guard commander, and Royal Thai Air Force Group Captain Nat Kamintra, exercise director, shake hands after formally opening Enduring Partners 2023 at Korat Air Base, Kingdom of Thailand, Sept. 11, 2023. The Kingdom of Thailand and the Washington and Oregon Air National Guard will practice aerial refueling and fighter tactics during the exercise.