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Partnerships help boost Jordan security amid serious threats
June 28, 2018
Colorado Army National Guard Mobile Training Team members after being recognized March 16, 2018, at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado, Centennial, Colorado, for their accomplishments under the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s U.S.-Jordan Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction-Building Partner Capacity Program.

Retired Michigan Guard member has unique view of Latvia bond
June 28, 2018
Lt. Col. (ret.) Ivars Sika, a former member of the Michigan National Guard, observes as members of the 82d Airborne Division stage a parachute drop at Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 9, 2018, as part of exercise Saber Strike 2018

Fort Indiantown Gap hosts exchange with Lithuanian partners
June 22, 2018
Members of Fort Indiantown Gap’s billeting and logistics team met with Lithuanian training center Soldiers during a range exchange visit June 10. (

Kentucky Guard maintenance team visits Ecuadorian military
June 20, 2018
Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard inspect and assess HMMWVs along with the Ecuadorian army in Quito, Ecuador, on June 4, 2018. This visit was part of the State Partnership Program between Kentucky National Guard and Ecuadorian Military, which is focused on conducting exchanges in military and civilian best practices.

N.H. Soldiers practice swift water rescues in El Salvador
June 19, 2018
NHARNG 1st Lt. Katrina Simpson, an infantry officer with Mountain Company, works with Salvadoran soldiers and firefighters to complete a rope system spanning the Lempa River in El Salvador June 7, 2018. The swift water rescue training, led by Maj. Brian Fernandes, deputy commander, 12th Civil Support Team, brought N.H. Guardsmen, Salvadoran soldiers and firefighters together to focus on sharing ideas and best practices for rescue techniques to improve interoperability between civilian and military personnel.

Kentucky Guard strengthens partnership with Djibouti
June 18, 2018
Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Bill Draper and Col. (Chaplain) Yong Cho visit with two KBR employees attending the Iftar on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa May 21, 2018.

Latvia dedicates 'Michigan Ave.' to honor state partnership
June 13, 2018
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Pettit, Adjutant General of Michigan, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, Latvian Armed Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Leonīds Kalniņs, and Latvian Infantry Brigade commander, Col. Ilmārs Lejiņš, unveil “Michigan Avenue” at Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 12, 2018, to commemorate the 25-year relationship between Latvia and Michigan under the U.S. National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program (SPP).

Ohio National Guard builds partnerships at Platinum Wolf
June 12, 2018
ONG in Serbia for exercises

Female S.D. Air Guard members exchange ideas with Suriname
June 8, 2018
Tech. Sgt. Rachael Bjerke, 114th Medical Group dental assistant, talks about her experience in the South Dakota Air National Guard to Suriname Defense Force members during the National Guard State Partnership Program’s Women in the Military Conference May 14-19, 2018. The conference allowed for the exchange of ideas on promoting the importance of women in the U.S. and Suriname militaries.

WVNG Soldier influences NCO development in Peruvian army
June 7, 2018
Sgt. 1st Class Héctor Guillén, West Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program coordinator and Peru native, poses with members of the U.S. Army South Non-commissioned officer (NCO) professional development team and Peruvian Army June 1, 2018 in Lima, Peru. Guillén provided training in Spanish on NCO leadership and development to the Peruvian Army.