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North Dakota Guard Joins Medical Exercise with Ghana
May 23, 2024
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John LeBlanc, deputy commanding general (National Guard) of U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa greets Maj. Gen. Raymond Ewusi, deputy chief of staff in charge of medical services, Ghana Armed Forces, before the opening ceremony of a medical readiness exercise in Accra, Ghana, May 13, 2024.

Virginia Guard, Tajik Partners Conduct Mountain Warfare Exchange
May 22, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 to May 3, 2024, in Romit, Tajikistan. The exchange supported the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Hawaii Guard Supports Exchange with Partner Indonesia
May 22, 2024
Tentara Nasional Indonesia Lt. Cdr. Ronny Basirun Simatupang, Indonesia Armed Forces Surgeon General Headquarters staff officer and emergency nurse, center, and Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program medical representatives, Maj. Ryan Ruiz and 1st Sgt. Aaron Pitts, celebrate the completion of a bilateral defense discussions midterm review May 7, 2024, at Jakarta, Indonesia.

In Thailand, Hokanson Sees Enduring Partners in Name and Practice
May 21, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, joins Army Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, Washington's adjutant general, to visit Washington National Guardsmen and Royal Thai Air Force members training together during exercise Enduring Partners 2024, Bangkok, Thailand, May 9, 2024.

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.

New Hampshire Guard Welcomes Cabo Verde State Partners
May 17, 2024
Cabo Verde military leaders pose for a picture with Airmen from the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, May 9, 2024. The State Partnership Program exchange enabled Cabo Verde leaders to learn more about the wing's mission and where the partners can work together as Cabo Verde explores a military aviation program.

Sierra Leone to Partner with Michigan National Guard, Liberia
May 16, 2024
The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) is joining the State Partnership Program as an additional member of the existing partnership between the Michigan National Guard and the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Tennessee National Guard Soldiers Join Multinational Exercise
May 14, 2024
Capt. Eric Cheatham, operations officer for the 117th Military Police Battalion, Tennessee National Guard, meets Col. Dimitar Dimitrov with the Bulgarian Military Police Force during the opening ceremony of the multinational training exercise Beyond Horizon 2024 at Bulgaria’s Novo Selo Training Site, May 14. Nearly 20 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers from the 117th Military Police Battalion and 269th Military Police Company will train with more than 140 military police from Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, North Macedonia and Romania during the nine-day exercise.

Guard Bureau Chief Promotes Partnerships at Defense Services Asia Exhibition
May 12, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, participates in the 2024 Defence Services Asia conference and exhibit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 6, 2024. While at DSA, Hokanson joined a panel discussion to talk about the National Guard State Partnership Program.

Kentucky National Guard Partner Ecuador Receives C-130H
May 6, 2024
Ecuadorian Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Flores, left, liaison to the U.S. Embassy, speaks to Kentucky Air National Guard leaders before a ceremony welcoming the arrival of a C-130H Hercules to the Ecuadorian Air Force in Latacunga, Ecuador, March 25, 2024. The ceremony marked a new milestone in Ecuador’s participation in the National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, which has paired Ecuador and the Kentucky National Guard for mutual military cooperation.

North Carolina Guard Welcomes New Zambian State Partnership
May 3, 2024
Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, the adjutant general of North Carolina, joins Kristi Jones, chief of staff for the North Carolina governor’s office; the Honorable Ambrose Lwizhi Lufuma, member of Parliament, minister of defence, Republic of Zambia; and Honorable Jack Mwiimbu, SC, member of Parliament, minister of home affairs and internal security for a State Partnership Program signing ceremony in Livingstone, Zambia, April 26, 2024.

Guard Leaders Stress NCOs Role in State Partnership Program
May 3, 2024
Chief Master Sgt. Mikael Sundin, senior enlisted advisor to the director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, talks about security cooperation and NCO development during the State Partnership Program Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 17, 2024.

Enduring Partners 2024 Begins with Thai-US Airmen Exchange
May 2, 2024
Royal Thai Air Force Group Capt. Sithipol Pomtri, left, deputy director, office of operations and training, and Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Washington Air National Guard commander, exchange Enduring Partners 24 exercise uniform patches on Camp Murray, Wash., April 30, 2024. EP24 is an exercise between the Washington Air National Guard and the Royal Thai Air Force.

Virginia National Guard Formalizes Partnership with Finland
May 2, 2024
The Virginia National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner to the nation of Finland for the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced May 2, 2024. The signing ceremony occurred at the Finnish Ministry of Defense in Helsinki.

Guam National Guard launches State Partnership with Palau
May 2, 2024
From left, Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of U.S. National Guard Bureau; U.S. Ambassador Joel Ehrendreich; Palau President Surangel Whipps; Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero; and Col. Michael Cruz, adjutant general of the Guam National Guard, formalize a State Partnership Program partnership between Guam and Palau in Koror, Palau, April 29, 2024. The partnership builds on thousands of years of common ancestry between the Second Island Chain islands and seeks to mutually benefit both partners in defense and security cooperation.

North Carolina, North Dakota, Maine Honored for State Partnerships
April 25, 2024
(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Timothy Bower, Brig. Gen, Vice Director Vice for Strategy, Policy, Plans, and International Affairs, National Guard Bureau, Brig. Gen. Sergiu Cirimpei, Deputy Chief of  Defense of the Moldovan Army,  Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, North Carolina Adjutant General, Elanie Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Capt. Kory Dearie, North Carolina National Guard, State Partnership Coordinator,  Lt. Col. Valeriu Burusciuc, Moldovan Army State Partnership Program Director, Col. Michael Marciniak, Director of Plans and Programs, Maj. Michael Sterling, North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program Director and Col. Scott Humphrey, Chief, International Affairs, NGB.

Ohio Guard Air Control Squadron Trains with NATO Partners
April 23, 2024
Hungarian Defence Forces 1st Lt. Mate Nagy, a fighter controller assigned to the Common Reporting Center,  trains on large force employment tactics during a joint training exercise March 22, 2024 in Blue Ash, Ohio. Success in contested environments depends on how well U.S. forces combine with the broad range of allied and partner capabilities and expertise to secure our common interests and promote our shared values. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Shane Hughes)

New York Army Guard Chaplains Train with African Counterparts
April 23, 2024
New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Col.) Douglas Brock, the state chaplain for the New York National Guard, poses with Zambian Chaplain Capt. P. Kopakopa during a meeting of African and American chaplains in  Lusaka, Zambia, April 8, 2024. The Zambian Defence Force invited Brock, New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Timothy Miller and other American chaplains to a five-day workshop for African military chaplains in Lusaka.

Wisconsin Air Guard Trains with Papua New Guinea Partners
April 19, 2024
Wisconsin National Guard Airmen with the 128th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces Squadron and the 115th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron trained in Papua New Guinea March 17-22 with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force as part of the State Partnership Program. The Airmen trained PNGDF military police and other service members in crowd control, compliance techniques and physical and electronic security.

West Virginia Guard Expands International Partnerships
April 16, 2024
Maj. Gen. Bill Crane, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, laughs with Gen. Orestes Vargas, Peruvian Army chief of staff, in Lima, Peru, in late March 2024. The West Virginia Guard partners with Peru, Qatar and Gabon via the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.