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Archive: May, 2018

Washington's State Partnership Program continues to grow
May 30, 2018
81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team members and three officers from the Royal Thai Army pose for a photo by the Washington National Guard headquarters building on Camp Murray, Wash. on April 5, 2018.

W.Va. Guardsman uses language skills for dream job in Peru
May 23, 2018
Capt. Joe Reppert, West Virginia National Guard Traditional Commanders Activities (TCA) coordinator at the U.S. Embassy Peru, discusses potential engagements with the Peruvian Army during a meeting held Feb. 1, 2018, in Lima, Peru, as a part of key leader engagement for the State Partnership Program. The WVNG and Peruvian Army and Air Force have been partners through the National Guard Bureau’s SPP program since 1996.

NCNG, Moldovan soldiers collaborate on Humvee maintenance
May 21, 2018
Warrant Officer Ghenadie Varzari and SGT Andrei Dogari, Mechanics with the Moldovan Defense Forces, work together to troubleshoot the issue in a Humvee engine at the North Carolina National Guard Combine Support Maintenance Shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17, 2018. The North Carolina National Guard and the Moldovan Defense Forces have been hosting bi-lateral engagements through the State Partnership Program that has allowed Soldier growth and development for both countries.

N.Y. National Guard commander visits South African school
May 17, 2018
Major General Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, meets with cadets at the Military Academy of South Africa in Saldanha,  Western Cape Province, South Africa on May 8, 2018. German was speaking at the Academy as part of an exchange program executed as part of the New York National Guard State Partnership Program relationship with the South African National Defense Force.

Md. Guard celebrates 25 years of partnership with Estonia
May 16, 2018
Estonian Defense Force personnel from 2nd brigade conduct recon and react to contact missions May 6, 2018, during Exercise Hedgehog in Southern Estonia. Soldiers from the Maryland National Guard 629th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion worked as observers and controllers for the EDF.

Qatar, W. Va. leaders meet at onset of new state partnership
May 16, 2018
West Virginia National Guard and Qatar defense attaché leadership approach a C-17 Globemaster III from the 167th Airlift Wing as the two forces engage in meetings about the newly formed State Partnership Program May 14, 2018 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va.

NGB’s State Partnership Program celebrates 25 years
May 15, 2018
Sgt. 1st Class Harry R. Martinez, right, with the New Jersey Army National Guard, demonstrates how to load an ammunition drum on a M249 squad automatic weapon to Albanian Officer Candidate Endri Deda while training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The New Jersey National Guard and Albania are paired together as part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, which links National Guard elements with partner nations worldwide. The SPP began with three partnerships in 1993 and now, 25 years later, includes 74 partnerships spanning the globe.

25th anniversary: Ohio-Hungary partnership more like family
May 14, 2018
Maj. James Eriksen, left, commander of Operational Mentor and Liasion Team (OMLT) 9.1, talks with a Hungarian army counterpart while on duty in Afghanistan, circa 2009. The ONG and Hungarian military partnered for several rotations in the early 2010s to train the Afghan National Army.

Idaho hosts Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Seminar
May 11, 2018
Attendees of the Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response seminar held in Boise, Idaho pose for a group photo May 8, 2018.

Michigan National Guard works with partner nation Liberia
May 10, 2018
During a visit to the Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, was presented with a plaque in appreciation of his support to the Edward Binyah Kesselly facility and the families of the Armed Forces of Liberia.  The children greeted him in their classrooms and showed him what they were learning.